I'm not one for historical romance or fiction. However the time setting isn't what I considered "historical" as it is set in the 20th century, albeit over 50+ years ago. This book, while the premise seemed interesting ... it fell flat. And, I'm not the only one who noticed it. Others did too. The description - "This pas de deux, set in the golden years of 1960s Paris, Geneva, Gstaad, and Cannes, provides an insider's peek into the worlds of haute couture, three-star gourmet restaurants, and lavish hotel suites—the domains of rank and privilege" - doesn't really do much to highlight the strong points. This is a reverse story - a countess, woman of privilege, with a younger male suitor. Scott in the early chapters comes off as a womanizer and one who takes far too much from the kindness of others. Sadly, I too was far too bored to continue. Too much emphasis on haute couture and not even character development or plot.