If I could give this one a 6 out of 5 I would. This book just sparkled. Loved (LOVED) the H/h (especially Piers) and their verbal sparring and I thought, towards the last few chapters in particular, that the emotional development was well executed (I got teary eyed at several points.) Also enjoyed the cast of characters and the sweet rekindled romance between two of the secondaries. I've always been a scuker for a Beauty and the Beast story and this one is no exception. James is in top form with this one. It goes on my keeper list.