This was my first Woodiwiss book and set me off on a hunt for the others! This book was great! The main characters, Elise and Maxim were fantastic heroes - strong, honourable, but also flawed, suffering from too much pride, afraid of being hurt - made them both very human. The relationship between Maxim and Elise builds slowly and credibly - unlike other novels where the hero and heroine spend 5 minutes together and decide they are in love, and instantly refer to each other as "Darling" ... !! I would highly recommend this book!