Is this the same Sara Blayne that gave us Enticed, His Scandolous Duchess, and Passion's Lady? It can't be. If this was an attempt to infuse her books with humor, I wish she would abandon it on her next try. It took me five tries to get beyond the first 5 pages, and I usually read a Blayne in one sitting. After nearly two weeks of starting and stopping and reading everything else at hand to avoid this book, I finally gave in and made a beginning. I managed to get through 2/3 of the book in the course of an entire weekend, but have not been driven to pick it up and finish it yet. I found the book passable where the writing focused on characters other than the heroine's ridiculous prattling about karmic destiny and sun signs. Blayne seems to have even lost her ear for Regency dialogue - how else can one explain her dependence on "egad!" and "the Devil"? Those two terms appeared at least once on every page, whether the characters were speaking aloud or thinking. I used to buy a Sara Blayne w/out reading the blurb. Regretably, I will now scan the first chapter of future publications before I "waste the ready" on this author again.