I received this and the first book of the trilogy free in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn't nearly as impressed with the first in the series, Rogue, as I was with this 2nd book. The first book had an abundance of romance, and for me it was too much. That's not a reflection of the quality of the writing or of the intent of the author, however. So, I didn't rate or review based on my own preferences. That being said, this 2nd book was quite the treat! Rich in its historical element, I never felt like the story was dragging on or focusing too much on one thing or another. It flowed easily, but was never predictable. I love to see/read about fierce and capable women, and Caterina fit that bill. I look forward to book #3!