This reminded me a bit of 'Lord & Spymaster" - liked it, but didn't live up to my mad love for its predecessor (Spymaster's Lady) or in this case, 'Forbidden Rose'. The writing is good as ever, the main characters just as likeable, but something was a bit off for me. The pacing, going back and forth in time so much? The lack of one clear and building focus of dramatic tension, such as was the case with Doyle's imminent appointment with the guillotine in FR? The too easy way Hawker accepted she shot him? The weirdness of them living together in the same city for such a long time without ever speaking? It was not a good sign when I realized that the scene with highest dramatic tension WASN"T between hero an heroine, but Hawker and Pax.
Whatever it was, I will still be waiting for whatever the next instalment may be. Severine, perhaps, or Pax, or possibly the intriguingly domestically rebellious Felicity?. The story of any or all of these will be much anticipated.