The first two thirds of this was a good, if not particularly original romance. Maddy is a forthright, mature, goodhearted heroine, facing a difficult life with courage and ingenuity. Nash comes off as a bit of a weasel, showing very little respect or feeling for Maddy at first, but he's redeemable. But then the story just became tiresome, cliched filler -- Nash refusing to fall in love with Maddy because LOVE BAD! -- and I could barely bring myself to finish. Maddy deserves a better book -- but at least she gets some great sexual tension, while she and the injured Nash are forced to share a bed.