The Secret Pearl - Mary Balogh I don't think I've ever read a grimmer romance in my life. The only laugh in the book came about three pages from the end. I didn't even realize how humorless it was until I got to that one small joke by the hero.

The heroine Fleur was very frustrating in her refusal to trust the hero and confide her secrets. As stupid as she was, the hero was seemed overly insightful in figuring it all out.

All the above aside, it was an enjoyable read. As I was reading, I just couldn't imagine how this story was going to have a happily ever after ending but the author managed to pull it off.