This was a sexy, romantic story. Kane is a great alpha male (aside from being a literal Alpha) and Elise is an interesting foil to that given her innocence and inexperience. It's a sweet start to this series.
In my head, Ian Somerhalder (Damon from Vampire Diaries) is Ryne - smart, sexy, dangerous, a foil to Kane's straight-laced character. I liked that the author didn't try to repeat the story arc from the first book. Ryne and Mel definitely had their own story to tell.
This book was satisfying in many ways - intelligent, provocative, suspenseful. I enjoyed it quite a bit and recommend it to others. There were a few things that could have been improved upon on terms of the story, but as this seems to be the author's first work, those are very understandable. In fact, I could easily envision this book being made available in hard copy. Well done, and I look forward to following this author's progression in fiction.
After reading all of this author's books, I can definitively say that I hope Nicky Charles will return to fiction! This particular work was sexy, intriguing, and so compelling that I read it in less than two days - often when I should have been doing something else! I am very impressed that the author was able to craft such different characters for each novel while still staying true to the chosen genre and weaving together all of their stories. I truly wish there was more available.
As someone else said, the plot was improbable, but that is traditional fare for a regency romance. No, the problem here was - unfortunately - the writing.
There is so much exposition, so much of the author telling you that the characters are in love, that by the end of the first chapter, you're fairly screaming for proof. There also seems to have been a lack of editing because points of view and plot lines switch unpredictably. I had to go back through certain sections several times to figure out what was happening. The rhetoric is also rather nauseating. Descriptive phrases are repeated too often and too dramatically. Really, there is very little to care about in the beginning and the author makes it sound as though the "hero" is already going through some live-changing catharsis.
Overall, it's free. But even then, I couldn't get more than halfway through. With more work, it could be better.
This may have been an interesting story, but I couldn't even get halfway through - the writing was terrible. Every sentence in the entire first paragraph had the exact same structure, and by the time I got to page 2, I was already bored. "Holding her books against her hip, she dug around her purse..." "Kicking the door open with her foot, she walked in..." "Reading this book on my Kindle, I wanted to stick a fork in my eye."
With some major editing and revision, this could be promising. As it stands, oh boy, is it difficult to read.