I was so excited about this after reading the first in the series. I just couldn’t wait to read Puck’s story. It took me a little while to get to it, but it was the perfect bedtime read for my trip. It was interesting and I loved both Puck and Regina, but it didn’t keep me up all night reading. I felt fine waiting for the next night to learn more. I usually love it the other way, but it fit my busy holiday schedule.
Puck is everything I hoped he’d be. He’s present in the first book and, if I remember correctly, his personality shone through in that one. In this one, it’s all him though and I just loved that. He was wonderful. Hilarious. Sweet. Completely devious and at the same time a perfect gentleman. It was so much fun to read his clever comments. Regina was the real surprise. She might be my favorite romance heroine ever. She’s so determined and stubborn, but still has that trace of innocence that her role calls for. The two of them make a delightful pair. They really made the book for me. I also enjoyed a real introduction to Jack. He showed up in the first book, but there was no real sense of who he is. In this one, there’s much more to him and it really whet my appetite for his story. I know I’ll love it. So far, this is the best of the series, but we’ll see how I feel after the next one.
The only downside I found was the plot. The whole idea was fine, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was still in the introduction mode. It wasn’t until the last third of the book that I felt things pick up and get exciting. I would have liked it to gear up a little earlier than that. I think it was mostly because I was just as engrossed in the suspense part of the plot as I was in Puck and Regina’s romance. Normally, I’m so wrapped up in the romance part that I never really dig into the rest of the plot. By no means does this make the book bad. I definitely think it’s worth reading, it just bothered me a little.
I recommend this one to historical romance fans. There’s no need to read the first one, but it also includes a good bit of Puck and his witty humor, so don’t overlook it.