I LOVED IT! This book was nothing short of FANTASTIC and VERY well done!
I loved that Venetia took actual historical characters and created this fiction about them. Knowing the historical facts (as described in the forward of the book) was like getting a "behind the scenes" glimpse before the show, and it made me very interested to see how Venetia would have the characters going from point A (the beginning) to point B (the end).
As this is set in historical times, the entire narration is written in an old-world style and uses, refreshingly, a lot of words that, shall we say, expanded my vocabulary (thank goodness for the dictionary in my Kindle app!). I felt this made the book so much more authentic, or as authentic as I can imagine people speaking in the 1300s.
While tragedy and dark circumstances appeared for a good part of the book, that darkness was combated by the "silvery" glow of William, the valiant knight who finds his true love and refuses to accept life without her, despite her resistance.
Bess was very complex in her thinking, but I am SO happy with the ending and felt that her actions made the story a real page-turner!
This is an erotic historical romance (with some HOT love scenes), but it portrays both eroticism and romanticism in what I felt was a perfect balance. Venetia is VERY talented, and I would, without hesitation, read anything she writes!
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***