Okay, so I didn't dislike the book, but it didn't work all that well for me either. Minerva was a nice enough main character, though I thought she sometimes had a bit of too-stupid-to-live going on. But not the whole time, so I was somewhat accepting this. And Langley was odd, but well, he had been hit on the head (and no, not as a child).
Overall, I thought it was a bit unlikely. I mean, four of Langley's former mistresses storming Minerva's house and taking up residence there because they believe he will show up there after years of absence? And then when he's discovered in Minerva's bedroom, the first time they meet, he declares he came back to marry her and is actually meaning to go through with it? After 5 minutes?
I know the whole thing with historical romances is that there's usually a whirlwind romance and that can work if it's done right. But here, I just didn't believe it. In my opinion they didn't have enough moments before they decided they loved each other. There should be MOMENTS! MOMENTS that make their heart (and mine) beat faster and make them realise that maybe there's something more... And I always like a bit of gut-wrenching heartbreak. But that's just me.
Anyway, I didn't get all that. And though I did enjoy the story for what it was, it didn't really do much for me in the end. I did like that there was more to the story than just the romance. There was some mystery and Minerva and other women plotting (highly ill-advised plotting) and blackmailing going around.
My rating: 2,5 stars