The final line of this novel moved me greatly. This really could have been a great love story. Certanly the main characters are engaging and I wanted a happy ending for them, something that didn’t quite happen in the way I expected it to — another plus point. But the novel is terribly bloated and needed a sharper editorial eye. Also, the author indulges in the kind of sex scenes that go on too long, so that the erotic gives way to the merely sensational.