Carol Marinelli is becoming an autobuy author for me. Although, I've only read two books by her I really like her characters. Xavian was a bit arrogant in the beginning of the book and caused me to raise my eyebrows at one point when he was admiring himself in the mirror. Seemed a bit vain but anyway, just something small.
Both Xavian (Zafir) and Layla were strong characters, their love scenes were sweet, their fights were good but nothing cruel. Tough choices came into play in this one and were done well.
I liked this book and rank it up there with the last one in the Karedes series. I think I may like Zaqiri's book best but both were enjoyable reads and both by Carol Marinelli.