Of all the McNaught historical romance novels, this is probably my favorite and Alexandra is my favorite protagonist. I love that she saves his life—as a Knight no less—and that she’s witty and independent and rebellious and compassionate and non-conventional. I adore that she quotes philosophers. I love the back from the dead trope and all that accompanies and Jordan, besides the obvious male issues, is not that bad.
As much as I’ve bitched about the men in these novels, I still enjoy rereading them and love the stories and characters. I’m not afraid to stand toe-to-toe with bullies and assholes and have had my share of them. If there’s any hope of redeeming a bully and asshole, bring it. We can certainly use less assholes in the world and I applaud Ms. McNaught for that objective as futile as it sometimes feels.
Ms. McNaught is a fabulous writer and she creates these wonderful, intelligent, assertive and resilient female protagonists that you absolutely adore and root for and revel in when she brings these men to heel. And the stories are feminist for their time. Don’t be discouraged from not reading them because they are well worth your time, especially if you’re a fast reader like myself. I read this one in a day—it is definitely something wonderful.