I was a little unsure of this book at first, since Reynaud has spent the last seven years in America with Native Americans who had been enemies. Everyone thinking he was dead was also a little worrying. Beatrice being his cousin also worried me some, but they aren't blood cousins so that wasn't an issue.
Reynaud is a tortured hero, but he isn't broken which is what I was really worried about. He does have problems, which makes this book very realistic (I can't see anyone living for seven years with an enemy without having at least a few issues and that's not even including the war he fought before those years). I was worried that he was going to be a complete ass who used the whole tortured hero thing to his advantage (like an excuse to be a complete ass to everyone). Either that or completely mad. He did have his 'mad' moments: having a flashback to the war while in London and thinking the footmen are his soldiers wasn't a normal reaction, but they had just been shot at, so his confusion was understandable.