Wow! It's kinda hard for me to relay my reaction. Overall, the plot is well developed with just enough intrigue to be fun. The characterization on the other hand is odd. The hero in theory should be fine, yet he comes off as either a bit dim (considering his profession it is unrealistic) or way too provincial (yes, he's a highlander, but this is too much). The heroine is similarly challenged; one minute she's great, really I should like her and then, she's...naive (socially and politically, but not sexually) doesn't begin to explain it. I guess the pendulum shift in both characters was off-putting and disconcerting. There are some bizarre resolutions to conflicts in this one, not realistic to me, but that's my two cents.