I stopped reading this book like 2 or 3 times because I found it very hard work. The plot sounded interesting but after the first 20 pages I couldnt help despising the hero. Arrogant, know it all using his physical strength to punish the heroine. He wanted to find his ward, he thought Deborah had kidnapped him so in his warped mind it was okay to threaten to molest her sexually and put her through humiliating experiences. Even when he realises his mistake, he never apologizes to her or acknowledges to himself that he treated her like crap. Suddenly we go from torture master to "love" and Gray imagining the heroine as the mother of his children? I just didnt believe in their relationship or care. It sounded like he was always ordering the heroine around, sweet and tender to her when things were going his way and commandeeering when they werent. After all, he knew what was best for her! Arghh nasty man. Deborah's dad's evilness was a bit too much. Almost farfetched. I am still struggling to finish it. Would have thrown in the towel ages ago but I want to know who the killer is and if I guessed right. This is only the second book ever from this author that I am disappointed in. Most of her other historical novels are perfect 5 stars and have earned a place on the keepers list.