Chance must have thought readers were bored with the Cassandra/Mircea match, because much of this book is spent with Cassie falling for Pritkin without really being aware that she’s getting into dangerous territory.
Palmer isn’t one of my favorite characters. She isn’t an ass-kicker, but she’s probably somewhat more realistic than most paranormal heroines for that fact. She’s coming into her own by standing up to Mircea more in this volume, but she does it in childish ways. I find her annoying partially because I’d hate to try protecting her from herself, much less anyone else.
I don’t honestly understand why Mircea and Pritkin are attracted to her, either, but part of the romance formula is the heroine has to be irresistible to at least one, preferably more than one man. I do find Mircea and Pritkin interesting (they just have bad taste in women), so they and the plots hold my interest.
To be fair, Cassie seems to be growing up a little bit. Not entirely, but she’s growing a little. She does vehemently claim to care about whether or not other people get hurt trying to protect her.
This book also serves as backstory time for Mircea and Pritkin, as we learn a lot more about their pasts. Things drag a bit while they relate their stories, and in fact there seems to be little point in what we hear from Mircea (readers of the series already know a lot about his family and history).
Altogether, I wouldn’t have read it if I weren’t already so far into the series. I do wish Chance would switch focus to another character. (I’m aware of the Dorina Basarab series set in the same universe, and consider them to be better books in general). I suppose that’s unlikely, seeing as it’s the Cassandra Palmer series.