I'm beginning to think that paranormal romance just isn't my thing. It always seems so ... emo to me. The characters are moody and their world always seems so dark, except for the love interest, which is always the bright spot of their entire existence. Don't get me wrong, as far as paranormal romance goes, this one is actually pretty good. The character development is done well, there's no instant-love or instant-forgiveness, which makes their interactions very real and raw. I've even met the author at a writer's meet up a while ago, and she's a very sweet gal. I just am tired of reading books that make everything seem so bleak. Granted, this one's about the underworld, so it has more cause to be bleak than many other paranormal romances out there. I can see this book appealing to a lot of people. If you like paranormal stories, then this one does the genre a great service and stands out from a lot of the cookie cutter plot lines. I might just need a break from the genre, though I probably will pick up the others in the series to see how everything is all wrapped up. I'll just give it some time.