An enjoyable read. I got a little bogged down in all the political machinations and a lot of talk about armies and such. I tended to skim those parts a little more than I should.
The book starts with a nice piece of action. . .and some rather devastating results to the hero. The rest of the book is -mostly- about him learning to cope, and pulling himself together again, while the countries prepare to go to war with each other.
I did find the ending a little. . .twisted. For a romance its. . .probably one of the odder ones I have ever read. Though I can see how it stretches back even to the first book, its definitely a little strange.
Still, an interesting read and I'm curious to see what happens.