I give this book 3.5 stars. I really liked Jake a lot more than Merilee. He's sort of a tortured soul. Merilee's the normal sassy gal that you find in most stories so nothing really new or special. This is the first book I've read in the series. Like usual, I bought a huge lot of books and this was in there. From reading about the other women in this triad, I'm not sure I would like the other books, but who know.