This certainly isn't a book about a sweet romance – it's a book about war, trust, duty, honor and also love. The beginning is a bit slow, but after that I could barely put this book down. Mike and Sergei's story is dark, violent and at times heartbreaking. And boy, am I glad it all ended well! I nearly cried as Sergei struggled against death and was about to lose the first man he really loved. I felt so sorry for both of our heroes.