Quick review: If this is one of the best in the genre, then I think that historical romance and I shall never be friends. Moments of good banter and tension were appreciated, but the overall use of obvious tropes (a wallflower who seeks adventure! a notorious rake who reforms for love! trysts in carriages, complete with a bucket of euphemisms!) and the unbelievable and too frequent sex scenes were turn-offs for me. I may finish this series out since I have now read the first and third books in the trilogy, but I don't expect to be enamored by it.