First things first: Catherine Coulter can write well. Her style, while not innovative, is solid and works, which was the main reason I kept reading "Hellion." But her characters and plotlines are all monotonous and boring. The hero, Ryder, is a holier-than-thou loverboy whom the author keeps congratulating for his charitable deeds and irresistable manliness. The heroine, Sophie, is equally annoying. Despite her bravery in the hands of the Two-Dimensional and Uninteresting Bad Guy, her manhating fury and other idiosyncracies get tedious fast. The bedroom scenes are hot, sexy and kinky enough to catch the attention of the modern reader, but they're hard to enjoy because of the marital rape in them, conveniently disguised as Ryder showing Sophie just how good sex can be--because of course he's right about everything. These people just aren't appealing or intelligent in any way, despite Coulter's attempts to paint them as such by oh-so-subtly throwing in an allusion to Rosseau. Their personalities don't make sense, the plot is thin and contrived, and just WHY the hero and heroine come to love each other is beyond me. Let's hope Ms. Coulter does better next time, because I get the feeling that she can.