More like 3.5 stars. I had a hard time warming up to this story. I expected little romance but it was a very slow read. Liberty made for a well likeable heroine and I enjoyed the growth as the book progressed. However I was highly disappointed that the book picked up at the end. I wanted to feel more for Gage but he barely got his time to shine. I know he was a good man but I wanted more. I can't even begin to understand the Hardy situation. I hope he's redeemable in the next book. I felt like his actions at the end were contradictory to his action in the beginning of the book. Thought there were some things I didn't like about this book, I still want to learn more about the Travises.