This would be my first Anne Stuart book and I've heard a lot of great things about her as an author. Perhaps, though, I was expecting too much or had other silly preconceived notions. The story itself wasn't too bad and I have a weakness for crude, dark heroes. Viscount Rohan certainly fits that bill. For me, the shining aspect of this book was the dialogue between the heroine and the hero. It was funny, feisty, and entertaining. And they do quite a bit of it...until the hop into bed.
Don't get me wrong, all their bickering was practically foreplay through the entire story and the sense of sexual tension between Rohan and Elinor was achieved perfectly. I just felt that the climax (pun intended) fell short of what I was expecting. I wanted more animalistic passion, I suppose, given Elinor's sharp tongue and Rohan's claimed prowess. In terms of that and the resolution of the book's central conflict, the buildup was way more enjoyable to experience than the conclusion of both aspects.
And because I'm a bit nitpicky, the constant reference to Rohan's moniker, "The King of Hell" made my eyes hurt from all the rolling they were doing.