first off, if somehow Lisa Kleypas could've rearranged the storylines, the first would've worked better for me. This was so much richer and better in the family aspect. I have to admit, the family is the reason I'm liking the series so much better than the individual installments.
This was undoubtedly sweet, and I thought the beginning was going to make this add up to a standout of hers for me. It was still really, really good, and I really liked Win, but the secondary characters stole the show for me--particularly Cam and Leo. What a bummer. I love the carrying-a-flame / unrequited (or assumed unrequited) trope, but I tired quickly of the back and forth. And here's what kind of fell apart for me....
If Kev was so concerned for Win's safety and what was best for her, yet controlling, how could he ever trust another man to that? In the middle with all the Julian stuff, I really felt like his character felt too inconsistent and reluctant. He would absolutely never leave her to this. I also have trouble with the self-sacrificing, know-what's-best hero being ever so reluctant. I did love how Win broke through to Kev and was the only one who could do it-this is the case with many of my favorite romances, I just didn't buy the middle part.
Luckily, it smoothed out for me at the end. The scenes with Cam in the field were vivid and really well done IMO. Oh, but one minor annoyance --
Does he have to be an heir. My goodness.