I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series and I will start book #4 tonight, but this one fell flat for me. Part of the problem was the ebook formatting. The font sizes changed from paragraph to paragraph and scene breaks were missing, making the head-hopping hard to follow. It’s hard to enjoy a book that’s frustrating to read.
But more than that, the storyline was shallow. While it was set up for excellent tension with the wicked stepmother ordering Sophie’s death and sending troops to ferret her out, it wallowed in a pit of sexual tension mixed with a lack of self-confidence with both the hero and the heroine for far too long. It needed more/better editing, in my opinion.
Not a bad book, but I would definitely recommend the print version for this one. Pretty sure I would have enjoyed it more that way.