This is not the kind of book i usually read, but i am reading my way through the series. it sounded a little too dark to me because i avoid books that deal with violence against women. i thought i would just skim through it so i would know what happened. that plan fell apart pretty quickly. sebastian had me completely sucked in by the end of the first chapter, but i still didn't like isabel. i felt sorry for her, but i didn't like her. when the book moved to la, i tried to put it down for a bit, but i couldn't stop thinking about it. i tried skimming again, but i found myself engrossed once again. i realized two things in the middle of the book: i liked isabel, and this is ms. turner's best writing. the relationship between sebastian and isabel is utterly compelling and fascinating. i have never read anything quite like that, and that is saying something. i was relieved to find that we did not have to witness the violence firsthand. we only read the characters' descriptions of the incident. that may seem like a small thing, but it is very important to me and perhaps to others, too.