A huge improvement on the first novella of the series. Claire is much more damage female lead but she is interesting to read all the same. While the romance does sound cliché I and happy to report that Ilona and Gordon breathe new life into old conventions.
I feel like I need to shout it out from the rooftops. Ilona and Gordon write the best romantic sci-fi out there. Impossibly amazing and inventive and taking old clichés and making them new again. Truly, this is the hallmark of a good author.