Even a non romance reader could love this story. Author James hits her stride in this beguiling Regency romance set on coastal Wales. Linnet Berry Thrynne is, as happened to many of her time and class, betrothed to a man with a nasty reputation. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is the evil-tempered groom-to-be. But, as with all James’ novels, nobody is what they appear on the surface, and Linnet finds herself being drawn down into…you read it. You’ll love it. It’s a solid 5, with fully-drawn, absorbing, believable characters. Sex is a 2.5.