I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
This will be short since I can't really say much about why I did not enjoy it as much as I could. The story line was good and realistic. In the prequel book I read for this series I like that, unlike a lot of historical romances, this series doesn't have this fairytale like feel to it. Like it was happening in some far of land, once upon a time....this had real characters, with real issues and mostly talked about and enjoyed sex in a real way. That is the best this I liked about this book and its prequel.
I also liked Robert. He was a character with flaws and really vulnerabilities and issues that were not swept under the rug or magically healed with true love. His loneliness and issues with his father were treated as they should and provided a good understanding of his motivations. Minerva as a character along also was very nicely fleshed out and likeable on her own.
So really...my issue with the book was mainly that I liked all the parts, but I just did not enjoy it all together. How crazy it that. My reviews of books tend to come from the gut, I don't have a lot of fancy words sometimes to describe by I hate or love a book...sometimes all I can say was it was good, but it did not grab me. I did not "feel it." The romance that is, I guess, I found that I needed a bit more build up with the romance and my emotions did not connect with the characters as much as I would like liked it. I was more reading it and observing from the outside...rather than feeling I was living it with them. Make sense? Eh.
But overall I liked it. I just did not love.