This was a very gritty story. There were elements of abuse and may bother some people. I did not read the first book and found that the author put in enough to understand what was going on. The steam between Seb and Bella was definitely hot. Watching Bella overcome her past and present made this an emotional roller coaster for me. Seb was a bit selfish to start, and his jealousy was almost too much. He grew on me, and I was glad he stuck to his principles to the end.
I received a copy of this story through AxP Elite Readers, and this is my unsolicited review.