This is my first book by Rachel L. Demeter and I am hunting down more by her. I liked her writing as she went were a lot of romance authors don't go. Ms. Demeter took on a rather hard story about the hero, Colonel Gabriel de Laurent and his life up to the point were he made a really bad decision I thought, but it brought him to the heroine, Ariah Larochell. Ariah is also a survivor, and knows some of what Gabriel is feeling. I love how this is a different story than most and hope that you do too.