Way too long, could have easily shaved off a hundred pages and not harmed the plot. From the historical perspective I enjoyed it. I thought the author did a superb job of describing the English civil war, the politics and the religious upheaval of the time. But...it just wasn't my cup of tea. Not because its glbtq, but because it's one looong
drawn out romance. If I had to sum it up, I would say the first hundred pages and the last hundred pages were suspenseful and interesting, but the middle was tedious, with a lot of romantic wallowing that took forever to go anywhere. If historical erotica with rough sex is your thing you may like this.