I am not sure if the romance blooms slowly, to me the story had a certain flow and then at some point it made a very sharp turn which I totally didn't see coming...
My opinion about Jonah changed dramatically and I think I began understanding his reasons.
I liked Reid / of course/ as well as the side- characters. Tamara Allen is great at creating strong and likable side characters.
Beautifully described historical setting as usually for this author and I am always in love with everything she writes.