My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Historical romance is among the most difficult of sub-genre to get right imho.
Too much detail and it becomes more of a factual experience, too little detail and you might as well read a contemporary romance.
Setting a book in the Restoration period of British history is a bold move and Rebecca Cohen’s talent ensures the reader gets a treat which is not only a delightful romance, but a top quality setting pitched perfectly.
I’ve loved all her Crofton series so far and this one was a wonderful addition to the collection.
James, great-grandson of Anthony, the first Earl, isn’t your usual feckless noble, he’s already been helping King Charles II’s court recover after the Great Plague and the Fire of London.
Adam is a fascinating character, son of a famous soldier, a supporter of Charles’ father during the English Civil War, and general man of all talents.
He’s acting as a minder to a younger son at court when their paths cross and we then get a delicious slow burn friends to lovers romance with a side order of dashing highwayman and dodgy dealings at the ancestral home.
Everything about this book just worked for me. I’d have happily read about James and Adam indefinitely 😁
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.