Even better than the first. This time around, both main characters worked on their issues to a fair and respectable degree, which was nice to see. This installment didn't have as many cheesy/sappy parts as the first, which is saying a lot because the first didn't have a lot. The author seems to have a knack for writing real characters with real problems and lets them work them out like real people. I find it to be refreshing. Yes, the male lead is dominate, but he isn't overbearing and the female lead is equally as strong. I wasn't left wondering what Gabe and Maddy see in each other or wondering what they actually have in common besides raging hormones. The characters and relationships are believable, which seems to be a rarity these days. Courtney Cole isn't afraid to put her characters through the wringer and to show what they are made of when it counts.