The premise behind the story is interesting and the detailing very good, but what turned me off (ironically) was the formulaic love scenes. I'm beginning to see a pattern of mechanical writing. It's as if a number of intimate scenes are required and no matter what is going on, somehow they need to be jammed in the short story. I didn't find it romantic, but rather distracting and disturbing. Again, the descriptions resonated with modern romance novels and not altogether fitting with the time period. It just didn't seem to mesh for me. I found myself merely scanning and then flipping through to get back to the plot of the story. More of an 'ew' than an 'oh.'