This is more of 3 1/2 stars for me. This story is about a nobleman and his valet, their forbidden love for each other, and their journey to overcome obstacles to truly love one another. Lord Richard is well respected and very upstanding. He battles with his feelings for his valet, David, feeling that they can never come to fruition. Lines get crossed, feelings get hurt, and they struggle to be together. I enjoyed David's willpower to stick to his guns and wanted to smack Lord Richard up side his head. The friendships among their acquaintances added a wonderful touch.