This was a very well done period piece with a highly unusual female for her time.
Will is a broken man in most respects from his time at war but his honor and morality in most respects is not compromised. He gambles and is not a saint but for those flaws he is at heart an incredibly honorable man. You want the best for him and cheer when he does end up with what matters most… love and respect from those who deserve it.
Lydia is a wonderful heroine and extremely unusual for most romance novels covering this time… She does what she has to in order to survive but also has her own strong sense of honor and loyalty. She has a quick mind and an amazing knack for reading/running cards that serves her well.
I enjoyed the by-play between Will and Lydia but I missed some of that connection during the sex scenes.. she is a woman who is selling her body for protection and still loves sex but…. there is a disconnect between the main pair in these scenes that I missed.
Overall a good read and worth picking up.
Special thanks to netgalley.com and Bantam for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.