Hmmm, sort of waffling here, but I think 3 stars. Easier to say that I liked it more than Delicious, but it was not as intimate and intricate as [b:His at Night|6903194|His at Night|Sherry Thomas|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320458803s/6903194.jpg|7126917] and [b:Not Quite a Husband|5841500|Not Quite a Husband|Sherry Thomas|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347729201s/5841500.jpg|6013640] and [b:Private Arrangements|2660720|Private Arrangements |Sherry Thomas|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1243615721s/2660720.jpg|2685945]. I adore the 'don't-hate-me-because-I'm-beautiful' trope, and parts were really lovely, but the romance seemed at arm's length. So much happened offscreen, so it was hard to really feel sympathetic - or to get that true angst fix. There was also oodles of series foundation building, and nearly every character from her previous books had a cameo. I guess people must really get a kick out of that because I am seeing it more and more. I am in the minority but it's my pet peeve - it's so contrived. AND as long as we are on the subject, the appearance of my beloved Lord Vere raised my brow...wasn't he supposed to have a miraculous recovery?. I would have preferred a Great Beauty smile-off between Lady Vere and Venetia! Update: After a reread - it's still a three. I really didn't like the ending - too slapsticky with Lady Avery.