I think this one just wasn't what I had expected. I had expected a little more seriousness on the historical aspects, but it seemed that the history was more of just a bit of a backdrop for everything instead of an actual part of everything. I really enjoy my historical settings and this one fell a little flat there.
The erotic part of the story was definitely on point. It's more of a low key BDSM with some light bondage, spanking, and feathers for the most part. But it was very sensual - he loved the anticipation. The scenes were written beautifully and they really flew above the rest of the book.
I also like a lot of story to go along with my erotica. It fell a little flat there as well. Bliss's reason for not wanting to marry Stephan is a pretty bad one, once we find out what it is. She refuses to tell him why she's been mad at him for several years though - it just didn't make sense to me at all. He does everything he can to show her that he cares and wants her, but a very minor slip years ago looks like it is going to ruin their chance at being happy together. This part was just too drug out for me.
I did really like the characters overall - just wasn't quite enough to balance out the rest of it.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*