I admit after the rather lacklustre opinion I had of How to be a Proper Lady I wasn't really that eager to start this book. Boy, was I wrong, if I had known how much I was going to enjoy this book I would have dived right in the second after I had finished the previous book!
The main this I loved about this book was the heroine, Diantha Lucas, there are two main reasons for this:
1. She was charming. Funny, spirited and very direct, I immediately fell under her spell. Ms Ashe seems to excel at writing really likable heroines, giving them great inner strength and vivacious personalities, it is hardly surprising the heroes fall in love with them.
2. She has been through an ugly duckling transformation, going from an over weight, spotty teen to a beautiful young lady BUT rather then her suddenly having a perfect body with nipple pointing to the ceiling and smooth unmarked skin, she instead still held a normal woman's body, stretch marks and all. It may seem a little shallow to like her more for this reason but I did, it made her more relatable, and although she may have had a few faint scars from her spots and stretch marks like a normal woman, that don't make her any less beautiful.
But what is a great heroine without her hero? I really liked Wyn, I wasn't sure what I expected from him, as although he has popped up in previous books he still remains rather mysterious. He won me over though, beneath his dashing and gentlemanly exterior and underneath the constant alcohol he drowned himself with he had a tortured past and what girl can resist that?
The mixture of two fantastic characters, a bucketful of wit and humour as well as some self discovery and a little anguish created a fabulous read and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.