This one had too much going on and the heroine did some really stupid things.
I've read book one and two, because that's all my library has of this series. We later find her visions took place 1,000 years in the past. I had no idea Wolf and Cymbra's book took place that long ago! For these being in the legendary, mystical Akora, all these books seem to take place in boring England and feel like any other romance book. Also, I think when an author does a new series, she should let old characters and places go. This series takes place at Hawkforte and Holyhood, just like her viking series does. He compared her to a blonde he spoke to who was clearly air headed, and when Clio shows she has a mind, he said it was a shame. She didn't act like a princess in the slightest. No one treated her like a princess. I didn't like Will saying "I've never kissed a princess." As if he was just doing it for the novelty. What about every woman in every romance book ever written, where the guy is always experienced? I love that Clio had been kissed by several men and had enjoyed it. In romance books, the women either have no experience or what little experience they did have they didn't enjoy. Clio had to be the best at archery, even beating Hope, Charity, and Faith, ridiculous names, when she said she hadn't practiced in years, and these women have been practicing. I didn't like that Will was presented as the possible murderer, and seemed suspicious, and untrustworthy. There were some repetitive phrases used throughout the whole book: 'Like as not' and 'for all that.' There was confusing back and forth conversations with herself: 'The yellow dress...it was pretty and she could put it on quickly. For once in her life, forget about focusing on every single little detail and see the big, luscious, oh-so-seductive treat just waiting for her to- Whether or not she was in danger of falling in love with a man who was a murderer was not a little detail! She knew he wasn't a murderer. And if he had killed that man, like as not he had a very good reason. She knew no such thing and if he had killed that man, she had to know why. Instead of just saying the events of the day, she kept distinguishing the night also as if we don't know the day covers both. When she said she didn't know him, she contradicted herself and said it wasn't true. Clio is somehow special and I can't tell exactly why, because they don't really know each other. Lady Constance always said 'dear William.' 'Dear husband.' She never spoke his name without saying 'dear' before it. 'Perhaps it was a family tradition, men determined on matrimony.' Not a good thing when you're talking about your dad and the hero of the story. There was no reason for her to begrudge that which she benefited from so thoroughly.' That's the problem with romance authors. He didn't seem like a bad guy at all. Nor did it make sense that he'd shoot the Queen at a house full of guards right in front of Clio, a princess, who he'd also have to kill. I just felt bad for him when he said he works like every gentleman does, to advance himself. It reminded me of Cold-Hearted Rake, which took place around the same time with all the industrial progress and changes England was going through. Bolkum mentions a storyteller he used to know, Dragon, brother to Wolf and friend of Hawk. He said he'd tell her his stories sometime, which wasn't included in the book. Like I said, if you haven't read her viking series, you'd be so confused by all this. This was way too sappy and inconsistent with Will's character: "as you are my love, wife, the completion of myself, all I have ever dreamed of and more than I knew could be." I loved this: 'sleep took them, there on the petal-strewn bed, as the ship rocked softly in the cove beneath Holyhood, from where, so many years before, a stolen bride had been taken and so much had begun.' There's a book at Hawkforte written by Fawn, about the history of the place. Like there was so much more that needed wrapping up. This just didn't seem like the ending of a series with so many loose ends. If you haven't read her Viking series you wouldn't know what in the world was going on. She said she wasn't a good cook like her cousin Amelia was, but she seemed adept at household stuff anyway.