An excellent m/m historical romance. I loved the opening scene where the two characters met on the battlefield. Karl and Jonathan were both very appealing and avoided cliche. I appreciated that they were both BAMF in their own way and neither was feminine or weak. The romance had its bumps in the road, but it never felt like the angst was deliberately manufactured to make a story. There was a mystery/conspiracy plotline that was quite good and had a surprise villain at the end. The sex was explicit and hot but always supported the narrative. The writing was as good or better than that in any mainstream historical romance. 5 stars from me!