When I began reading this book, I thought this was going to be the first true 5-star I've read in a while. The hero and heroine were introduced so well, but above all, the romance was so perfectly developed. The author took the time to allow the hero and heroine to get to know one another (and themselves) and to truly fall in love. Their thoughts were intelligent and clever and I was absolutely impressed.
And then came their separation...and it just seemed like a bit of a different book for me then because the heroine seemed different. I think it was because of the conflict that was put in there. The heroine frustrated me and I didn't understand why she didn't understand that the hero had been trying to protect her and had no choice in what happened. I wanted to knock her on the head a couple of times. As the story progressed, I thought, "Why don't you just get a leash and jerk this guy around a little more so he can prove himself to you?" Thank goodness we saw the hero find his spine again and remain a lovable character at the same time.
I also wasn't sure that the development of Lord Frost's character was consistent...I think he should have been evil and disturbed or confused and heartbroken, but not a combination because in my mind it just didn't seem to fit - that could very well be a point, however, that is perceived quite differently by others.
Also, the way everything with the women turned out was almost too convenient. The hero had changed, the reader understood that, and if he actually, truly used a girl in the past, I think the reader would forgive him.
In spite of my annoyances, this was a very good book and a worthwhile read. I read the predecessor to this book and I believe this author is very talented and I will definitely continue reading her stories.