First impressions: LOVED the setting and the premise - the historical world-building was spot-on, with just enough detail and only a few minor anachronisms.I was really impressed with the presentation of Gisela as a strong, smart leader in a historically believable way. She was one of the best Harlequin heroines, and inspirational heroines, I've read so far.But the insta-love romance was blah - no emotional conflicts, just external political intrigues. Neither the hero nor the heroine had any flaws to overcome; they were both perfectly perfect from start to finish. It would have been MUCH more compelling to have them at odds in the beginning, then slowly learn to respect and trust each other. Scale back on the military maneuvers and focus on the relationship-building, and this would have been a five-star read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.