I hated the 1st book, so in my opinion Alyson did much much better with the second book. The plot was much more clearer, well thought out, and explained. Ever seemed a bit more mature, I could see her coming into her own a bit, so that was good. I'm guessing the third book will either allow her to move forward with her relationship with Damen or let it go. In either way people will be expecting her to consummate her relationship to Damen physically. Give them (Ever & Damen) their happy ending or just give Ever hers.