I have been reading Johanna Lindsey for over 20 years. I still think she is one of the best romance writers out there, but over the past 10 years or so, the books have gotten shorter, more watered down with a lackluster energy, and I found myself bracing for a subpar novel every time I bought one, hoping against hope that something had changed. So imagine my surprise when THIS book started off so beautifully! Well-written characters, fleshed out plot line, and such a solid foundation laid before the love interest is even introduced! I was shockingly thrilled, which then made me wonder, why now? And as I read a few more pages, I realized the answer. JL is using a ghost writer. It doesn't read like her style, I'm sorry to say. However, the book itself is so good, I don't mind. It just makes me yearn though for her past novels at the height of her writing prowess. I miss that Johanna Lindsey. But if THIS is the replacement, I think I can live with it.