I have read books out of order before and not had the problems I had with this one. I made the mistake of reading this book two without reading the first in the series. Big mistake. I had no idea who the multitude of other characters were and I was lost a lot of the time. I'm thinking that with that many characters (and there were a lot), this may be a second series as well. I didn't like the book enough to find out. There were some tension and/or angst moments that were immediately resolved. I guess that was so the author could throw in another sex scene. Could have been so much better.