I foundthere were frequent phrases that were totally overused, such as describing the heroine's brow as "her marmalade brow" so often I wondered seriously about the editing. Then, as quickly as it began, her brow was never mentioned again after about p 50. And the author found a new phrase to repeat.
I found the smuggling storyline to be good but not anything special. The book did improve after the first few chapters, but it still was quite average, IMO.