There usually has to be some sort of romance involved for me to pick up a book. Anything with a strong emotional undercurrent is bound to get my attention. Contemporary, PNR, H/C & M/M are my favorites.
For a historical story, which I don't generally like, I enjoyed it. Didn't really care for the ending though, it seemed rather abrupt and I expected to have another chapter afterward. Not a cliffhanger really, it just seemed unfinished.