I liked this story; it was a light, quick, fun read. But after I finished it I did give it a little more thought and realized that my overall impression of it was disappointment. Not in the characters themselves or in the plot, but with the undeveloped potential involving the secondary characters and their subplots that was allowed to languish. The behavioral inconsistencies of the main characters caused me to raise an eyebrow every now and then, but didn't bother me as much as finishing the book and wishing the author had taken the time to flesh out a lot of other interesting bits.
I don't know, perhaps it was due to contractual limits on the page number, but there was a lot in this book that could have been better developed that, I think, would have really made this a stand-out romance.
Ms. Dodd created a number of interesting secondary characters, but didn't take them that extra step. The voice of the book was basically that of either Meadow or Devlin, yet I would have really loved to have read more scenes from the secondary characters' points of view, more scenes rounding them out as characters in their own right because they seemed to be more than just stereotypes. There were more subplots than are usually found in a standard romance: Meadow's mother's battle with cancer, the embittered life of Bradley Benjamin, the wasted life of Four Benjamin, Grace Fitzwilliam's celebrity status and emotional distance, the business that Meadow apparently left to run itself, and Judith's insane desire for recognition. I think it would have really kicked this book up out of the ordinary if the story had more of a touch of the epic about it. The material was there to use, it just wasn't developed.
I don't usually mentally re-write books after I read them, but this was one that I did.