I decided to re-read the novel and found that I really don't care for the whole ugly duckling and the popular rake trope. It just seems so imbalanced. I prefer reading about characters who have more of a partnership rather than one at an emotional disadvantage.
In spite of my personal preferences, the novel is generally well written and our two main characters are well developed. The secondary characters help move the story as well as deepen the character development.
The specific scenes that didn't work for me were the ones where she went to the tavern and the sporting club. She really didn't execute those plans carefully enough to warrant success. However, these are relatively minor.
You really get a strong sense of Callie's character and feel for her when she is hurt. The author definitely does an excellent job creating a bond between Callie and the reader.