I had a hard time getting into this one. After reading the synopsis on the back, I expected the events outlined to progress quickly, but I had read half the book before the accident causing Merryn and Garrick to marry even happened. I think that deviation from my expectations caused me to like this book less. Sometimes I wish I had never read book blurbs.
Another thing that made this book the mediocre one of the bunch was that I saw what was coming from a mile away. There were a few suprises, including Tom’s parentage and the actual accident that were nice ones, but I knew what Garrick was hiding the whole time. I would much rather be surprised. For the most part, the plot didn’t win me over.
Fortunately, Merryn and Garrick saved the book. Though I would have liked a tad more development from Garrick, I liked him. He was likable and just honorable enough. Merryn was perfect. She was clever and naive at the same time. I adored her. Their romance wasn’t on par with the rest of the series, but it kept me interested enough to keep reading. I also really enjoyed the appearances of Joanna, Alex, Tess, and Owen. I’m glad I’ve already read the last book because I don’t think I would have appreciated Tess quite as much.
All in all, it’s a good historical romance novel. It just didn’t live up to the others in the series.