I really liked the first half of this book and the characters. Then in the second half the characterizations of both the hero and heroine went into stereotypical Harlequin mode. The heroine's descent was more acute - she faced any tough conversation or situation by either crying or spreading her legs. The hero was actually a pretty good guy, tough but open minded and open hearted. Then he just got secretive so he could protect the little lady bullshit. I ended up skimming most of the last 25% of the book. The ending was okay, but not enough for me to want to read the rest in the series.