Sophie or now know as Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia isn’t having what is considered the best time in court. Married to Grand Duke Peter and far away from the Empress, Sophie is getting slightly use to things.
But with Sophie not producing a heir, Empress is keened to putting another prince on her throne, leaving her caught in the middle of a political battle that not only questions her innocence but also her life.
Running out of options, Sophie does the unthinkable to save her home and new empire.
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Ficklin has a way of keeping a story that you feel doesn’t have much to tell interesting. This being the second book, I still has issues with Sophie and her views of love/romance. She doesn’t do as much back and forth as she did in the first book, however, I still don’t think she truly know what love is. One moment she wants love and affections from her husband, the next moment she wants it from her lover. It was annoying if not confusing.
What I did love about this book was Sophie’s character development; she still has her heart but she is playing the game very well. I also enjoyed the pace of the novel and the element of unpredictability. There was a lot going on and the author was able to transition extremely smoothly.
Although there was a lot of good in this novel, it wasn’t as great as the first one. There was a heightened excitement in the first one that wasn’t there in this one. This book stalled, not as if the author was reaching to make it exciting, but because this book involved more of Sophie being strategic in regards to her allies and her husband.
Overall, I wished for more excitement and a more emotionally stable Sophie (in regards to her heart). Oh yeah, Peter is a brat -_- would love to see him grow up slightly and forgive Sophie. Oh and one more thing. . . cannot stand how the book ended . . . again.