My rating is more of a 2.5 - 3. I can't decide really.
I enjoyed the characters and the plot. James' characters are very flawed and the situations they are in are less than ideal. The courtship was rather fast between the main characters, Simon and Henrietta. There is significantly more development with Esme and Sebastian's story. I like that James tackles severely flawed characters and severely flawed situations. However, it also a very difficult road in that some times I can't muster up the sympathy for a particular character or situation so a lot of her novels are a hit or miss for me. But I definitely thought this one was more of a hit than a miss especially the further development of Esme and Sebastian's story. However, I'm not sure just how I feel about the series on a whole.