Better than book 2. I liked Zarek and "got" why he was like the way he was. It was a bit cliche- a certain person being a virgin. Yes, it was explained, but not buying. It annoys me when there is a character who happens to be immortal (or very long lived) have miniscule experience in the sex department. Then, getting it on while someone's hunting you down, smart! That aside, it was a sweet romance. I enjoyed the parts with Acheron and Simi more though.