More like 1 1/2 stars. This is the first gay romance novel from this writer. Her second book, Discreet Young Gentleman, is much better. This one is like a gay Barbara Cartland romance. Every single cliché is there up to the young, innocent love interest chained up in a dungeon at the mercy of a very dark villain. I was laughing and not because it was funny. The book cover is so bad and as predictable as the plot of this story. Better only read her second book.