I really enjoyed this story! I wasn’t sure at first because it’s rather longer than I expected for a romance, but I ended up loving the slow build. It felt necessary to Gideon and Messalina being able to trust one another and come to care for one another.
The characters were wonderful – so many very unique ones who really came alive. Lucretia, Sam, Gideon, Messalina, Hicks, all of them really.
There were a lot of allusions to the mysterious tragedy where her older sister disappeared/died? that didn’t make much sense to me. Perhaps if I’d read the first book before tackling this one. Everything else was explained/wrapped up neatly.
I would love to see a novel with Lucretia as the main character! She’s so feisty and determined, she practically begs to be the focus of a novel. I would definitely read that one. And I’d love to see more of her older brothers. There’s a lot of potential there.
The only thing I didn’t like about this novel is the sex scenes. They were… awkward and weird to read. If they’d been omitted, it would have been a perfect book for me (though I’m sure plenty of other people would complain if they had been).
*Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing an e-arc for review.