Take away the shock antics, and there’s a pretty sweet, if silly, love story in there.
The author looks like she means business – she wants to be the queen of swashbuckling romances.
The suspense saves this one, but even then, it’s a close one. The main characters whine and mope so much, they are grating to follow.
The heroine is great, but the hero is an ass. They end up canceling one another to give a meh story.
This traditional Regency author’s first mainstream historical romance is a pretty good hit out of the gates.