This was a rather strange and uneven book. I really enjoyed the first half of it when Tamara meets Gritzko at the Sphinx and then later again in Russia. Gritzko is an exotic--possibly psychotic--character and it was entertaining to watch them become better acquainted and, of course, fall for each other. Toward the latter part of the book, though, I thought the story got a little too turned in on itself to be entertaining. We know where their relationship is headed, of course, but the author tried to sustain the suspense of it for longer than the conflict between them could carry. After a while, the hero's behavior especially just seemed ridiculous, and entirely contrived to stretch out the plot. Still an entertaining read, though, and I look forward to exploring more of Elinor Glyn's titles on Kindle.