This was almost cookie cutter to me. I love alpha males, but I am soo bored with virginal, wimpy females, even if they 'man up' as they go along. I usually avoid historicals because of this type of female, but the PNR aspect plus the great sounding male lead seduced me into reading this one. Dear God, there must have been women in 'olden times' who had courage, guts, gumption, etc., or we would have never advanced! Can our authors write about these women as the female leads, please.