I like my romances steamy. Nevertheless, I was so turned off by the sexual encounter in the first chapter that I put this book aside for a while. Having been given a eARC by edelweiss, however, I felt duty bound to read and review it, so after a couple of weeks I finally read the entire book.
Aside from the first chapter, I enjoyed this adventure/romance between a ruined earl's daughter and a aristocratic young man who had been stripped of his title. The primary setting at the Congress of Vienna adds an extra dose of history to this novel. Indeed, perhaps too much history for some readers. Me, I liked it.
There's lots of adventure and romantic angst, but it kept me turning the pages.