I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. The writing style was a bit formal. The author would switch back and forth when talking about Alexia. It was distracting and annoying. Pick one and stick with it! The following examples are just from pages 1 and 2:
"Miss Tarabotti was not..."
"For Miss Alexia had..."
"...he touched Miss Tarabotti..."
"Miss Tarabotti had never..."
"He reared away from Alexia..."
"So Alexia, who..."
"Miss Tarabotti was most..."
Now, in every romance/fantasy/mystery (etc) book, no matter the genre, the heroine does stick out in some way or ways. I get that. I didn't need to be constantly reminded of the heroine's uniqueness. Yes, I remember from the first time I read it that Alexia is part Italian, has olive skin, prominent nose, and nice sized breasts. I. Get. It. Promise!
I did, mostly, enjoy the story. I'm on the fence whether or not I will continue with book 2. All in all, not bad, but not awesome.