This story was a direct continuation of the series, so if you haven't read the other books in the series, you really shouldn't read this one until you do so. The characterization is great and I was easily able to connect with Derek and Emelie. It recaps with each of the other couples and sets up for the last two couples of the series. It is quite action packed, but doesn't feel forced or fake. I can't wait for the next book in the series!