What started off as an interesting plot (a nefarious individual intent on gaining entry into Leonora's house by any means) fell flat when the story shifted to the increasingly desparate attempts of Tristan to get Leonora to marry him (after she seduced him). Then unfortunately it is all about illicit sex in secluded areas at their various hostesses houses, right in the middle of functions both attend every night. Which is fine if what you are looking for is just sex, unfortunately although I do not mind it (I am French afterall), every single page for about 3 chapters give you an overdose!! Anyway, I gave her 2 stars, just for the plot. Maybe Laurens should cut the size of her book to compact a bit more the story rather then trying to fill it with too many sex scenes!