I find myself a little uncertain if how to rate this book, there were things I really liked about it, but other aspects that didn't sit very well, overall I think it was good, but for me not the kind of book I will remember long are I have finished it. However, I love the idea rewriting fairy tales, something this series is based on, and the story of the ugly duckling who then blossoms into a beautiful swan is something that appeals to me as someone who loves a plain Jane kind of story.
The problem I had with this book wasn't the characters who I did really like, especially the Theo she was a strong, funny heroine who I enjoyed reading about, and James and Theo had great chemistry, not only sexually but I felt that the love they had for each other, even when they were angry, shone through.
It was the pacing, it was very odd and I didn't like it. It started off really well, introducing the characters and their relationship with one another, but then when they get separated it really slows down and skips through 7 years of time giving you brief glimpses into their lives, then at the very end when they are reunited it picks up again, but it seems to end rather quickly. It was almost like a really long novella, and I think it would have almost been better off as one, starting from when they were reunited and maybe telling the story of how they came to be married in flashbacks, it wouldn't have had this large and slightly tedious section in the middle then.
It was an enjoyable read though, the characters were likeable and the love story was sweet but full of some really good steamy sensuous scenes.