First of all, this can’t be read as a stand-alone. You absolutely have to have read the first book in this series, A Fashionable Indulgence, to understand a significant portion of the larger plot. That being said, this is not a detraction to the book. In fact, I spent a lot of time admiring the plot details Charles had sprinkled through the previous book that emphasized both stories, especially where they overlap.
I’d love to give this book two separate 5-star ratings: the first for the relationship and the second for the political intrigue. There was so much to balance between Silas and Dominic, between their differing social classes and political viewpoints. But especially between their sexual desires in a time period that didn’t have names or words to describe such conversations. I was impressed by all of it. In terms of the political intrigue, I admired how Charles was able to use real-life events to craft her story, thrusting original characters into the midst of things without diluting the realism of the plot.
Though it seems like some of the political intrigue that I love in this series might be tapering off, Charles dropped enough clues in this book that I absolutely must see who the next book centers on. I’ve kept myself oblivious up until now, but I have some ideas about what might come next. I’m certain that I’ll be delighted to be proven completely wrong.