Sloan is a woman who understands the sheer hell that Xan has been through and I really enjoyed their interactions and the way they grew to trust each other. Xan is perhaps a little too naive at times. Frankly I thought he should have taken off his rose coloured spectacles because something was very obvious which meant the big reveal at the end felt tired and superfluous. Yes, he's been abused and beaten down, but honestly I just wanted him to be, well frankly, just more!
I'm glad I voted for this book as it's well written but unfortunately the villain of the piece was just too predictable which was somewhat disappointing. I did, however, enjoy the first half and thought Sloan and her back story (which was the highlight of the book for me), really felt unusual and fresh. I will keep an eye out for other books by Ms Hughes in the hope that next time there will be more suspense.