This one is a bit difficult for me to rate and write a review. The h/H have some bizarre conversations here. Not sure if bizarre is the right word, their verbal ping pong matches are bizarre, brilliant and wtf, all at the same time. There is this connection between them on a intellectual level I guess, from the moment they meet. This book has a bit of a gothic feel with the dark castle, strange uncle and well....Lots of candles, so I had this feeling of dark shadows and dreary barely light. Some bizarre actions, a terrorized child duke, villains that aren't clear at first, and lots of captivating conversation between the h/H. I am never bored reading Ranney, that is for sure.