The characters had more depth this time around, and a little more peek into the Audra-Vane relationship had me more or less convinced. I won’t be going around declaring them my OTP, but I have come to empathize with Audra and sigh at Vane’s adorableness (he is still hormone-driven). There are a lot more characters having little more roles, like Solana and Gus. I didn’t like how Solana was being treated like a trophy and basically lives on the hope that Vane would choose her (seriously girl, why?), but when she stood up against breaking the bond, I gave her a high five in my mind. Gus was the adorable sidekick to Vane and I loved their friendship so much – Gus also had a bigger role to play than Isaac who was just a one-scene wonder in the previous book. There are some antagonist as well who are quite interesting, but Anton stood out most. His character was so complex – a victim who learned to be an oppressor, but ultimately doesn’t want to cause harm. So, basically I was very happy with the diversity in characters and their portrayal into the plot.
The ending was building up to disaster – it is not exactly a cliffhanger, but it hurts quite a lot. It was pretty much foreshadowed throughout the book, so I can’t exactly say it came out of nowhere, but damn, that was painful. It just goes to show how much emotionally invested I got in this book, as compared to the earlier one where I was just meh. It was a great read and I am glad I continued with the series.