I liked Needham's previous books, so I picked this one up right away at the local bookstore. That said, following is a short synopsis. Elizabeth Dunaway is a beautiful, 19th century feminist, who is by her own rights, wealthy and smart. She's an intelligent business woman who owns a book shop (which carries books geared towards the rights of women), and the first exclusive women's private club, i.e. White's on estrogen. Enter the hero - Ross Carrington, Earl of Blakestone, diplomat for the government, all around good guy. Predictably, he sees her, wants her, and ends up "saving" her after she is thrown into prison for disorderly conduct - leading a women's march for rights.
For me, the book was entirely boring. The characters were one dimensional. Elizabeth is portrayed as the perfect woman, always does the right thing, always is successful...in other words, she can do no wrong. So is Ross. There is no depth within the characters, no sexual chemistry. It was a struggle to get through, took me days, I even chose to do laundry instead of reading the book. Even Elizabeth's close friends were more interesting. The characters were flat, the plot was flat, the ending was flat. Not sure if the author was hurrying to meet a deadline, or the characters didn't appeal to her, so she just wrote a mediocre storyline for them.