One of my favorites!
I loved the formula in this book. Forbidden love...childhood friends and love unconditional in more ways than one...
Also, the rather racy/taboo issues added to this historical romance and drama--of revenge, alcoholism, disfiguration, and homosexuality--that are dealt with and portrayed by the main and secondary characters
, which are the heroine's sister and the hero's cynical and reckless business partner(leads the reader to think there will be a more elaborate story with these two).
Further, it is easy to get sucked into the consuming romance because you have to adore the way the hero worships his lady.