This was a tightly-written & smoothly-paced Phillips' book. Books featuring lots of characters from the author's previous books either bore me or confuse me b/c the author assumes I remember who these characters were. But Phillips made these characters still very interesting & independent of my previous knowledge of them. The romance was good & not predictable. I like the progression of the main characters' r/s & the challenges they faced. Sexual chemistry was good. I can only describe the sex scenes as interesting. It was passionate b/c Hero & heroine were very attracted to each other. Yet it was also mechanical, showing that Hero's perfection issues extend to the bedroom. After the 1st sex scene, subsequent sex scenes became a measure of Hero's emotional vulnerability. Like I said, the sex scenes were interesting.
I really liked the heroine in this book. She knew, accepted, & worked on her weaknesses. She was strong, practical, & no-nonsense. I didn't like Hero that much. His perfection & people-pleasing made me suspicious of him. I do believe he fell in love with heroine but I think he has a longer way to go in terms of emotional health compared to heroine. I didn't like that Hero continued to act like an ultra-controlled, approval-seeking, & clueless guy with heroine until the end. More time/pages or groveling from Hero should've occurred to make his redemption better.