Garwood sure likes to have her misterious villain hidden for the duration of the story. People who likes to guess along the reading shouldn't bother trying since she didn't give any clue whatsoever. After all, it is a romance not a mistery book. I'm sure it's not historically correct either, so don't bother to check the facts. However, it is enjoyable if you keep your expectation low and your disbelief suspended. Enjoy it like chips, knowing well enough the glutamat content but still craving it anyway.