I would have benefited greatly from reading the previous books in this series, although it stands well enough on its own I lost a lot of the setting and the background information, for example, I know that the Order's greatest enemy is the Prometheans, but I had no idea why or who exactly the Prometheans are or what their purpose was. A lot of previous events seem to have their finishing points here as well, so for some of this book I was scrambling around trying to make sense of what was happening. However, if you have read the previous books this wouldn't be issue and seeing the heroes and heroines from the other books would be a boon.
However, it was nice to see a couple fall together so easily without too many silly misunderstandings breaking them apart. But I assume that Carissa and Beau had met before in the other books, so I felt like I had lost the beginning of their relationship. They semmed to fall in love so quickly I can't help but think I was missing something; they hadn't been together or done much before they were head over heels. I did really like Carissa though, her helplessly curious nature was charming and I liked that they made the heroine a gossip, in comparison Beau was a little flat.
I did enjoy this book the romance was sweet and the story intriguing, if only I had read the other four books first! I will definitely have to go back and read the others then address this book again.
*ARC provided by publisher