Where to start? This was the first book I'd read by this author. It started off quite well, with an interesting, if somewhat far-fetched premise. However, if one can suspend disbelief (and I usually can), this book captured the reader's interest...at first.
I blasted throught the first 100 pages. The book was shaping up well. The characters were likeable, and I cried a little when Nicholas "died", even though I knew he wasn't really dead. The plot was moving swiftly, and the focus appeared to be firmly on the relationship between hero and heroine. That's just as is should be. So far, so good.
But then the book started to fall apart. Aurora really began to get on my nerves. She was lamenting about how much she missed Nick and what might have been. Then Nick returns from the dead, and suddenly she doesn't want him anymore. Then she doesn't want a true marriage with him (kind of late for that, chickipoo!) unless it's based on love. So then he falls in love with her, and admits it to her, and again, she changes her mind and decides that she doesn't want him anymore. Then she realizes she's in love with him too, but casts him aside for someone else based on some pretty lame excuses about honor and duty. Then she wants him again. Arrgh! As my English mother would say, "changeable as the bloody wind!" I wanted to smack her and tell her to make up her stupid mind already--choose the man you love, the one who's name you already share! I'd started out liking her, but this pretty much killed any warm feelings I had about her.
And then there was the overabundance of sex in this book. I'm no prude, but it got to be ridiculous. There had to be at least a dozen sex scenes in this book, and most lasted for almost 10 pages. I was starting to roll my eyes and mutter, "Oh, for Pete's sake, are they doing it AGAIN?" It seemed like they were either fighting or screwing (mostly screwing) for the last 2/3 of the book. I was like, get on with the story. Where's the love, the romance in my romance novel? If I wanted erotic fiction (I don't), then that's what I'd buy. I started skimming whole sections of this book, and skipping scenes entirely because I was getting bored.
I was barely able to make myself finish this. If I can borrow another book by this author from the library, I might consider trying it. Otherwise, I'll save my money. Unless you're a die-hard fan of this author, I'd suggest you save your money and skip this book.