I am fast becoming a great fan of Elizabeth Hoyt, this book was both funny and touching with an unusual couple as the main characters. Vale, although a rake he wasn't very handsome and was clearly suffering from PTSD, he could not sleep in a bed and instead had a pallet on the floor in which he kept a knife and a packed bag next to him, even though he was safely ensconed in his London residence. And Melisande, although a "plain Jane" heroine wasn't shy and retiring and wasn't a blushing virgin bride either, I loved that she went for what she wanted, both inside and outside the bedroom, and challenged Vale. Together they made a very entertaining couple.
This book also has a mystery to it as well, a mystery which I believe is a thread through out the whole series, and I can't wait to see when I read the last book who the traitor was. The massacre at Spinners Fall gives the book some gravity and direction as Melisande and Jasper get to know each other, but this book, despite both characters rather tragic pasts, is actually very light hearted and I found the dialogue between the couple witty and humourous.
A great read, and I can't wait to see what happens next.