Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
- The relationship depicted in this series is more complex than those in most m/m novels. Both characters are far from perfect: they argue and hide things from each other and do things that seem calculated to cause real emotional pain. The upside is that when one of them does or says something sweet, it seems real, which makes it that much sweeter.
- Lygon is a good writer; he explores most major facets of the characters' personalities in detail. This book has a very good description of the journey a masochist goes through to reach the point at which pleasure has overtaken pain and a very good description of clinical depression. The author also has a way of including little, seemingly insignificant details and creating a realistic, well-rounded setting: there's a scene in a hip café full of famous people that felt spot on to me (granted, I've never been in a place like that).
- I like Hector more after reading this book than I did after reading Chaos Magic. He really does seem to be TRYING to handle his issues with jealousy and cruelty toward Sam. (see cons below)
- Parts of the exposition in these books (they're told in first person) are funny. Here's one of my favorite parts from early in the book: after describing how sexy he looks while bending over a car's engine, Sam says, "That might have seemed posed, but honestly, those things just sort of happened to me. It probably had something to do with being the God of Sex. It was my nature to look like porn."
- As much as my opinion of Hector improved while reading this story, I still don't love him. He has moments of horridness that made me cringe and think maybe Sam would be better off single. (Those moments don't last long, though.)
- While my opinion of Hector went up, my opinion of Sam went down. He has a selfish, spiteful, nasty streak in him that is far from endearing at times.
Overall comments: Another reader of this series told me a while back that by the end of the series, you get the sense that the characters "deserve each other," and I'm starting to see that. What I'm hoping will happen, though, is that rather than thinking they're equal because they're both jealous and selfish and sometimes a little rotten, I'd like to think they're equal because they're both great. I think if anyone can pull off that sort of character evolution in the final book, it's Lygon. Regardless, I'm anxious to read the third volume.