Cramming in enough for a year's soap opera over a hundred or so pages isn't needed and only makes the story unbelievable. *Spoiler* I only read up to just after the big wave that knocked her off the boat then skimmed read past the one-night stand without protection and onto the pregnancy. All this by page 42 mind you.
Another reviewer says the book also contains a woman getting run over, a miscarriage, a kidnapping of a woman to sell into sex slavery, another overboard swim, a breakup, a get back together, a mother falling in love with some Swiss guy and twins. Phew! I can't be bothered to read but I can believe it.
I guess a young adult might like this pace but I prefer characters with some depth and a more mature pace.
Although this is a continuing story of the house of Morgan I think it could be read on its own. However, I think you would get more out of it to read as a series. Every one of those books is so good. Every time the author writes a new one, I cannot wait to read it. Great story and great series.