This is about as good as an historical can get for me. You get the misunderstood rake, and the pretty but shy wallflower who are forced together. Sebastian is full of secrets and unfocused energy. He's let a reputation be carved of him that isn't really him but he doesn't see anything else for himself until Evie comes along. She gives him something to aspire to and fight for in both his professional and personal lives. We see Evie's backbone emerge as she fights for what she needs and her clever wit comes out with Sebastian in their banter. She doesn't back down from him or let him hide but she does it in her way. Add in some angst and drama that has the couple fighting for each other and it's a fun, delicious ride. Excellent historical.