Guhrke has set herself a challenging love story, as it deals with a heroine who has been raped. Unwilling to ever subject herself to that risk again, Edie strikes a bargain to marry the Duke of Margrave if he leaves for Africa immediately and never returns. Five years later, he has broken their bargain and come home.
I feel that any romance that deals with this level of baggage has trouble making the transition seem realistic in 371 pages, and this romance does seem to come more easily than it would in real life. That said, romance novels are not real life, and I think this one works within the context of what the author has established.
I enjoyed this novel, but would probably not read it again. For 18 and up.