I didn't know what to expect of this story. I saw lots of good reviews and I've heard the author recommended many times. I read "The Hooker and the Hermit" which she co-authored with Penny Reid, but that's all that I've ever read of this author. I also picked up "Painted Faces" because it was raved about, but I haven't read it yet. Anyway, I didn't know what to expect. The description made it seem kind of dark. I was pleasantly surprised, though. I enjoyed this quite a lot.
Matilda is the heroine and she's kind of innocent. Sheltered, maybe. Although, she lived through a horrible experience when she was a child and saw her mother killed. So, not that sheltered or innocent. Jay (Jason) is the hero. He's an illusionist. He seems worldly and experienced and he is tenacious. He's also very mysterious, but Matilda has a gut feeling that he's trustworthy. He's super sweet to her and I enjoyed their story.