Basically, the many subplots further muddled a weak plot to begin with. New characters jumped into the dialogues without ever letting the reader know for example,(You have to GUESS this part) that Jeremy was a very good friend or that Lady Waynflete was like a beloved foster mother. Traded insults coated in civility were SO SUBTLE, THEY HAD TO BE EXPLAINED.
TOTALLY UNROMANTIC! The sexual act was more like a lesson in dominance & submission. It's always described in terms of "subjugate & dominate, capitulate & possess, submit & master." For example: There's the scene where Nicholas wrenches Jainee's hair & pours chocolate all over her dress, mouth & nose (A miracle she didn't choke!), then 'eating' at her mouth. Then, after just taking her virginity, he curses her for a 'whore, bawd, strumpet, brazen-faced jade, etc.'
All throughout the entire book, there were lots of long-winded & repetitive phrases like Jainee's motto: "Never explain, always attack. Attack, attack, attack...Strike a bargain & come away with something for a woman must pay...Pay, pay, pay." Aaargh. Gimme a break already!
Lastly, in my list of complaints, is the confusing matter wherein it's the first time I've ever heard the fashionable MEN of the ton refered as 'exquisites.'