This is one of the few Victorian historical romances I've ever read (I'm not including steampunk here, although they also tend to be Victorian).
I really liked Nell, but only sometimes liked Simon. I thought I'd have a huge issue with the whole they're using each other thing (she wants money and he's the key - even if she is the sheerness no one would believe her on her own & he wants money too but the only way to get it is to marry her and convince everyone she really is this heiress.) I wasn't really sure how that was going to play out, so I was worried I'd end up hating one or both of them for that alone.
Most of the book was focused on making Nell into a lady. The real drama only happens at the end of the book when one man's greed overtakes his common sense. (Not spoiling here!)
I think part of my problem with writing this review is that I didn't read this book at all yesterday. I should have known better, but I got lazy.