So I was enjoying this one. Dare is such a great writer and I've liked all of her characters. But I wasn't loving it as much as the previous books in the series, especially A Week to be Wicked. The story just wasn't grabbing me as much as the others. And then the book punched me in the gut. I'd been waiting for Griffin to finally confide in Pauline and tell her his secrets. I had an idea what he would reveal, but it was all just heartwrenching. The room and carriage scenes are beautifully written. I went from liking Griffin to loving him.
I also loved how Dare resolved the whole a duke in a relationship with a barmaid dilemma. It's not just Paulina simply giving up her past or who she is and becoming a duchess. It's much more complicated than that and I'm glad Dare addresses it.
I enjoyed the first half, but I adored the second half of this book.
ARC provided through Edelweiss.