What really bumps up the rating is the surprisingly evocative imagery. The hero is described as a "study in contrasts" and an "avenging angel," and at one point, when he's angry at the heroine for her tell-all article, he compares her to a vulture who pecks at carrion down to the "bleached bones." It kind of made me wonder how much of the blandness of the storyline was maybe the publisher's fault, because a lot of modern Harlequin novels have a very tame, very watered-down vibe to them that just feels way too subdued.
I like the author's writing style so I'd be curious to see what she comes up with if she decides to self-publish or work with a different publisher than Harlequin.
Points for having an alpha hero who doesn't act like he belongs on a rack at Lowes.
2.5 out of 5 stars