I had trouble getting into the first half, but stuck with it and loved the second half almost as much as the first book.Besides Grif's sulking and self-pity, part of what made the beginning so difficult for me was that I’d just re-read An Uncommon Whore, so it was glaringly obvious to me that Maia and Lauren had swapped characters. In the first book, Maia is blonde while Lauren is the image of Grif and also scarred. In the second, suddenly Lauren is the scar-free blonde and Maia is the mini-Grif. I had to go back and find the description in the first book to be sure, because that seemed too bizarre to have not been caught in edits. So I think my reading was more cautious for a while after that, leery of what else might trip me up. But it won me over by the end, and now I’m looking forward to reading more about Markus and Caius.