Brockway writes well, her words, phrases and dialog capturing the time period. She has wonderful analogies and lines that put you in the moment ("It had been waiting for her return for a decade, like a witch's unwanted familiar."). Her language is wonderfully descriptive so that you see each shadow cast by the moonlight and hear each cricket ("The winnowing wind whispered a spurious greeting and the chill mist stretched milky fingers up to brush her legs in mock obeisance.").
It is a well-woven plot, the story is believable and the passion and conflict between the hero and heroine convincing. The hero is one of those darkly handsome men, noble in heart, who has become jaded by life's experiences ("...his eyes were dark, his wrists scarred, and his soul as tattered and patched as a gypsy's cape..."). Ash never looked for nor expected to find love. Rhiannon is hiding from a past that frightens her, nightmares of being chased by Lord Cumberland's dragoons. She wants only peace--like an opiate. But Ash does not bring peace; instead, he brings a passion neither wants to acknowledge.
I just loved this book and didn't want to put it down. I highly recommended it and the rest in the trilogy!