It does follow pretty predictable Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz lines with the story and the characters. That's not a problem for me as I do like the characters she creates and these two are better than some others. I could see the growing affection for the characters and the growing understanding that give and take was going to be an important part of their relationship. I did like how it wasn't all plain sailing and it relied on both of them to solve the mystery and on both of them working as a team to do it. I know that some of the situations and attitudes aren't period and I know that a lot of the shennagins were over the top but I did enjoy the read and the character interactions, they sparked well.