I often find that the negative reviews are as helpful as the positive ones, and sometimes more so. Both English reviewers of this book were dead on in their assessment of it. The plot was tissue thin. The characters were shallow, their actions were not credible, and their development was nonexistent. How the marquess came to the conclusion he loved Lucinda seemed driven simply by the fact that it was the end of the book, and therefore time to wrap things up. As a minor note, a lot of the regencies I've read have fairly dense, small type, which is necessary to get a fully fleshed out story into the usual number of pages. The type in this book is rather large, and there is a lot more unoccupied space on a page than I'm accustomed to seeing in other regencies, which I think is rather telling. I've come to enjoy regencies as pleasant entertainment, but some are definitely better than others. This is the first one by Ms. Chesney that I've read, and she seems to have a decent reputation so perhaps I'll seek out another one and give it a try. However, with better books out there, I cannot recommend this one.