Marian is a wonderful, and quite young, heroine: smart, outspoken, and brave, with a marvelously offbeat family. Gil, our hero, is older, a diplomat, and an earl. Their story takes many unexpected twists and turns; there's really a lot of plot here.
I love my smexy romances, but Carla Kelly writes them totally clean and that's okay; she's a wonderful writer. I expect to be working my way through her backlist as more becomes available on Kindle.