I really enjoyed Rai's "Hate To Want You", the previous story in the sequence, for the excellent depiction of mental health issues, family dysfunction, and complicated emotional situations, as well as the thwarted longings of the couple. This story features two of the side characters in that novel, and is beautifully written, with sweet and sexy moments, as well as excellent characterisation and complex issues that both are and aren't resolved, much in the way of reality. Sadia's situation - on the verge of economic exhaustion - coupled with her pride made for a gutsy and realistic read, and Jackson's struggle regarding the love he's always held for his sister-in-law and his family situation show how complicated relationships - family and romantic both - can be.
I loved this book. I worried I wouldn’t like it as much as the first but it is so good. So many things just casually slipped in there like it’s no big deal, like Sadia being bi. Often these topics can be clunky and out of place but Rai does a great job at weaving them in.