Historical fiction with a large helping of romance, a dash of royalty, a pinch of couture, AND food? What more could a girl ask for? I've always been interested in stories featuring romance across different social statuses. It's given me a Romeo-and-Juliet vibe that I love. This book had all of that and more.
I loved the fact that it was the man who had a traditional attitude. Since it featured an independent and self-confident woman, it gave me more of a bad girl kinda vibe. Since the traditional trope (or one that I've seen very often) is bad guy gets good girl, it was nice to put the cliché on its head. Both of the characters were well written and I would love to see more of their adventures.
I echo the sentiment that this book could be finished as is (as a standalone) or be transformed into a series.