The characters are well thought out and likeable. The element of history adds interest, but does not become ponderous. I enjoyed seeing the relationship play out between the two main characters, especially since the author decided to make them both forthright and honest with each other, being able to pick up on emotional cues, instead of relying on misdirection and misinterpretation to lengthen the story, as is usually the case in this genre. I would have given it five stars, but the grammar nazi in me noticed a few inconsistencies/misspelled words that the editors missed (perhaps it's a kindle thing? Many of the books I've read on the kindle seem to suffer from this). All in all, this book is an enjoyable break from reality, and I would definitely read the next two books in the series.
It was refreshing to read a romance with a heroine who wasn't constantly melting at the sight of the hero or, conversely,unconvincingly resistant to his charms. Jack seems an authentically strong young woman which is what really attracted me to the story. Very well written. I liked it and will read the series. More by this author please!
I really grew to love Gideon/Giddy and Jacqueline/Jack. Jack is a weapon-loving bluestocking who is forced to marry Gideon due to an interesting meeting. Their characters and their relationship develop at an almost perfect pace as the book progresses (with bumps along the newlywed road, of course). If you like a strong female, this is the book for you. The only (very minor) issue I had was that if both characters were as against getting married as they said they were, I would've expected a little more resistance on both sides. Although they were upset, I felt that they acted like they were more indifferent versus actively trying to avoid the marriage mart prior to their leg-shackling. Granted, both characters seemed sensible and would be resigned to accepting the situation in time...but the immediate period surrounding the marriage still felt a bit weird. Aside from that, it was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!
OH MY GOODNESS, I love your book! I was up at 3:45 this morning reading before I had to get ready for work! When can I expect the next one? I hope not long!