I just finished reading Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it through this book - the writing is pretty patchy, and the plot leaves something to be desired as wel.
I did like the main character, when she wasn't being as they say "TSTL" which means Too stupid to live in Romance fan speak. She does some pretty lamebrained things. The part that really bugged me is that the writer seemed to be trying to make you understand how eriudite and sophisticated she was. That's something better done in small doses and with a light touch.
The whole "small Eastern European country no one has heard of" plot was sort of a cross between The Mouse that Roared, and Brigadoon. Full of bob revolution, Princesses, and swashbucking-esque action.
The sequel is almost 12 bucks so I think I am going to pass. The first book ended with a cliff hanger but I am just going to use my imagination to fill in the ending and I will live happily ever after with an extra 12 bucks in my pocket.