This sparkling, painful and sweet historical romance raked my heart over the coals – in just the right way. Leo and Bryony have this hopeful awkward little marriage that falls apart due to their separate issues. When they’re throw back together all of the bad comes to the surface. They’re awful to one another bc they’re still in love and deeply hurt. However, they’re also incredibly tender and romantic.
Set in England and India in the 1890s this book has unexpected adventure and danger. It moved quickly, and I was sucked in from the first page. Sherry Thomas has some of the best writing I’ve ever read – I wanted to post a dozen quotes as I read.
Bryony is smart and likable, but Leo had my heart. The man was romance personified. When I figured out why Leo was in Germany, America and then India I paused for minute to grin at my kindle. Steam is low – swoon is high. And there are some uncomfortable moments – Bryony and Leo are perfectly civilized and perfectly vicious several times. Their words are like rapiers – and they were fighting to the death. I loved every minute of it.