Love the author, love the series, love the characters. This book was no exception - everything was just as awesome as always. I have to laugh (better than rage!) at one of the other comments here - funny how all of a sudden having a few gay characters with their own (very realistic!) struggles is "promoting a personal agenda". Do all the romance plots with straight characters promote hetero agendas?! I think the extra connections added a lot of depth to the book and absolutely didn't take anything away from the primary romance.