I have read every book in this series and enjoyed them all, some a huge amount, but all were a good read but the best one was always the first. So with this in mind it was hard to see how it could be improved upon..but CF managed it... the story rips along. I must admit I could manage with less of the bodice ripping as it is the story and the Carpathians and their history which fascinates me the most, but whenever I was tempted to skip a page or two when bodice ripping was the main event, I found I had to go back and read it as some subtle change had taken place in their knowledge of each other/relationship.
Physically the book is nice to handle with a deep lavender hardback under the dust cover and the pages have been individually split so they present an interesting "Antique" appearance.
Overall well worth the purchase price.