I absolutely love that Ariadne finally gets her own book! Her journal’s constant presence and her literary mind made me love her from the first novel in this series and having her front and center in this story, with just a dash of Regency intrigue, makes it my favorite of the series.
Reading about characters who either love to read or to write is something that I find irresistible. Maybe it started with Austen’s Northanger Abbey, or perhaps it is the near-breach of the boundaries between reality and fiction, but I really engage with these types of stories. I enjoy tracking with the fictional characters and learning something about my own obsession with the written word in the process.
There is something a little bit more in the romance as well—more heart-pounding action and a taste of danger infused directly into the relationship; more kisses to curl the toes, too. And I adore that our heroine is imperfect even as the hero loves her, imperfections and all. She doesn’t have to change to earn his love; she only needs to be herself.
Now then, as I’ve binge-read this series, it’s time to pick up book five and find out the rest of the story. Though I must admit, it will be hard to say goodbye to these characters I have so thoroughly enjoyed reading about and watching grow and change through the past four books. For anyone who is considering this series: I highly recommend it, but make sure you start at the beginning to get the full effect and maximum enjoyment!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)