This book had a little slower pace than previous books. Ms. Briggs went into a lot of detail about Indian beliefs and customs, but she made it very interesting. Stephen was only in it very briefly, but I did think that for the amount that he was in it, there is a good set-up for the next book, with him as a major plot line. (Yea! I hope, I hope.) This book was almost 100% Adam and Mercy. For the most part, none of the other characters that I have come to know and love were in it. With so much Adam and Mercy I would have liked at least a little of a sex scene...they were on their honeymoon after all, but no sex. :( It was just left to the imagination. Adam is just so hot and yummy, I would have loved to have read some smokin' hot bedroom scenes, but I guess I'll just have to imagine how awesome he is in bed!