I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway from the author - thanks a lot :)
This was the first historical fiction book I ever read, and at first I wasn't sure if I could really get into the story and it honestly took me some time, but after the initial phase I rather enjoyed the storyline of intrigues, personal preferences and strategies to advance in high society at the at the court of King Charles II, and also the King of France.
The main character, Lord Philip Devalle, has quite a manifold personality to deal with, which at times is a bit exhausting, but on the other hand also amusing. He definitely knows how to work things to his advantage, but some plans also don't work out quite as well as he imagined. One example for this is the spectacular turn in the end, which leaves you really curious for the continuation of the story!