I was fortunate enough that the second book was out so I was able to read them back to back. I originally had a really long review written but scrapped it. All I'll say is it's a must read story. Yes it is a hard story but it is so worth it. I found the story to be better than 50 Shades and I love 50 Shades. This story is more complex and more fucked up- yet you still want them to be together. Awesome, awesome story.