This hit all the right spots with me. The beauty and the beast like story where we have the heroine and not the hero badly scarred. Her face now a mess, she hides behind a veil and the world. And she is confronted with the fact that she really just wasn't a very nice person and everyone just knew her by her beauty. The hero just keeps poking at her through all her sharp spikes until she is forced to look beyond the scars and really look at herself. I just couldn't stop reading this one. Bought and read basically in one day. The interactions between the h/H are so rich, so meaningful, I just loved it. Looking at the books I read so far by Ranney, I guess I like all of them. I am glad I can still find newly written historicals that are this well done.