I have only read the second book from the series before and loved it. This book is the first one in the series. I liked the first half well enough and couldn't put it down. This all but changed in the second half.
Lion the hero is painted a possessive man with "strong appetite". That's fine. Sanchia the heroine, is portrayed as someone "unique" for her station in life, being born into servitude. Strangely when Lion was "just obsessed", I thought the book was better. After Lion started going on and on about he could not live without Sanchia, my irritation rose quickly. Sanchia, being 16 years old, demonstrated strength that is well beyond her years. I usually admire such traits but in Sanchia it seemed fake.
This book is not a historical romance I think. It's a historical fiction with limited sensual details. Obsession equals love. I am just not convinced why Lion is obsessed with Sanchia.
But the book is written well. The story is complex and intriguing. I think it outshines a lot of romance novels out there but in terms of fluffy romance this book is sorely lacking. It's a preference thing I guess.