Many parts of this book made me cringe, but it was more for tropes I hate than anything else. In fact, the solid writing and (slightly plodding) story kept me from abandoning the book all together.
- learning medieval tidbits about castles and falconry
- how thoughtfully (and sexily) the hero seduced the heroine
- Meg’s inner strength and belief in her convictions. She doesn’t let a stupid alpha male keep her from what she has to do.
- heroine being held captive (sorta) for a good chunk of the book
- all this talk of “I must have sons!” without any regard to whether Meg would, you know, actually want sons. Or kids in general.
- Dominic never ever trusts Meg, even after she proves herself several times
- the spy was mad easy to spot
- the battle scenes seemed short for how important they are. But maybe that’s my urban fantasy roots showing
While this book wasn’t for me I would recommend it to someone whose taste in tropes run opposite to mine.