It was hard for me to rate this this story, because it is a bit like asking me to rate a picture gallery, where there different works of art present, ..Show More »some are amazing and some are odd, and feel discordant. Overall the story works, and it must have been a heck of a challenge to take on a romance involving royals in the UK, for a writer which is US based. There are only a few places, despite all the extensive research that must have go into this work where it becomes apparent that the writer is not native to the UK (e.g. pounds thrown on the bar). The novel wouldn't have worked without this, as the believably aspect would have been hard to pull off, but for me it worked. And I enjoyed the descriptions of oxford and the studies there, this painted a great picture.
The main issues, are around the start, are are editing problems, repeats, (examples inline) but also tendrils of story does no engage that well at the beginning. Once past this point it's palatable sentences work as fine tendrils. The basic problem I have is that it seems over engineered in places, while others seem to have not been given the same level of attention. This makes the work patchy. Some of the 'monologue' passages are overly lengthy and once I got the understood the tendrils of meaning, I didn't need the remaining words. I also felt there was not enough general interaction between the main characters in dialogue. Mainly for Kerry, who seems to spend a lot of her time just comforting and praising Sasha.
The narration from Victoria Aston is very good, and her accent lends authenticity to the story.
So basically I recommend the story (I rated this 4 in comparison with other f/f romances. where as a lot of my comments are aimed at wanting the author to do a lot more.) . And, I know I'm being verbose in this response, but mostly because this is a talented author, just a bit more on getting the balance 'write'.