I think this author has a lot of potential. As a long-time reader of romance novels, I think I can speak for a lot of readers when I say that this author, being new, has done a good first book and will continue to write intriguing, erotic books.
That being said, this is definitely a first book. And has some of the requisite new-author mistakes that other commentators have pointed out. Some of the sex scenes are beautiful and very well done, but some of them were eye-rolling annoyances. The characters are interesting, and I found the premise of the plot to be intriguing (a thought-dead man returns from a Crusade to a wife he abandoned, whom he has idolized during years in a Saracen prison), but the plot has holes and is not well-developed. The threads do not come together in a beautiful tapestry, although the writing is often quite good, and the characters are engaging. I found the heroine to be worth reading, and the hero a tragic, compelling man. I stuck through some of the other issues because I really wanted them to get their Happily Ever After.
The secondary plots were not as well-done as the primary. And the sudden appearance of Alex's first love about halfway through the book was frustrating, but provided the necessary modus apperandi for the plot to tie up in the end. That being said, though, if you're looking for a good erotic romance, there is a lot of sex, and most of it is quite well-written. All of it makes sense in the plot of the book, because the whole premise of their relationship is seduction.
Given the fact that there were glimmers of real excellence in the book, I really hope that Angela Johnson continues to write. I appreciated the uniqueness of the plot, and thought there were some love scenes that rivaled some of the best I've read in this genre. I will look forward to getting a chance to read another of Ms. Johnson's books at some point in the future. Thanks for an interesting first read.