First of all, it was an enjoyable story. There were a couple of things I found a little illogical, but on any given day, I’d call this a well written book, with a good story and interesting characters. It was worth the read. I knew it was just in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, but not really a BDB story, so I’ve got no complaints about that. However, that being said, if you’re expecting the edgy writing or the complicated plot lines you get in the BDB books, you won’t find that here. It’s a novella, so it’s short. The hero is a tortured soul, like most of Ward’s heroes, but unlike her other books (and I’ve read and reread them all many times), I sometimes found myself more annoyed with him, than empathetic. I felt that at least some of his suffering was self inflicted. Again, it was well written overall, but it did not read like her usual style. if I hadn’t known it was a J. R. Ward book, my only clue would have been the occasional reference to the BDB.