I love this series and when I realized I had skipped this book, I had to go back and read it.
Now, while I love Stormy Glenn, most of her books are serials (which I love) but aren't really meant to be heartrending, overly moving. They're kind of like sweet fluff that you like reading but doesn't always make a huge impression on you. This is the exception. This is (arguably) her best book in this series. What happens when you hurt the person you're supposed to love and protect above all others? Is there a point where forgiveness isn't possible?
I loved Ethan. He has such a wonderful spirit, to keep searching for his mate and to be able to forgive him. At times, he did come off as being too forgiving, but then you'd see him stand up for himself and I'd fall in love with him all over again. As for JD, I wasn't such a fan, though he did redeem himself for me near the end. He made a big deal of the alpha vs. mate debate and then easily resolved it, which was a let down. Other than that, I liked JD and while he's not my favorite character, he was so good with Ethan that he melted my heart a bit.
The story line was well done as well. It's not often you deal with badly injured werewolves (the whole heals quickly thing) so to see a case where shifting didn't solve everything was awesome. How does a strong shifter deal with being rejected, being unable to shift possibly for life, and being badly injured? It was interesting and well done and I kept reading to see what would happen next and to see the resolution, which I enjoyed. Usually everything gets fixed perfectly at the end which I'm not such a fan of, but that doesn't happen here, which I loved. The ending was perfect to me, and I wouldn't change it.
All in all, this is definitely the best book in the series, and i would highly recommend it.