2.5 stars. I wanted to like it, but I was bored with the entire storyline. The romance was tepid, the storyline boring, the 'bad guy' lackluster, and the ending a bit frustrating. I almost DNF'd it but kept reading on as I planned to read more in this series and didn't want to be lost later on. But when I finally finished this, I was not sure if I will stick with this series or not. Will need to think on it.