I didn't enjoy this Gerard book compared to the next 2 in this series. My main beef is that heroine was clearly more in love with Hero. Hero was still suffering from trauma & loss of his tortured & murdered girlfriend. Heroine had this "I'll take whatever crumb he'll give me" approach that was really hiding her desperate need to be loved by him like the way he loved his deceased girlfriend. Although she was strong in many ways, she appeared a bit pathetic to me in the love department. I liked the action-suspense part. Love scenes were ok too.