I enjoyed this one ever more than the first. I do think the pacing in the first book was a little more comfortable for me though. This one was a little more hectic/intense. But in a good way.
We get to learn a lot about Ren's history, mostly because SHE is learning a lot about her history. We also get some more heat and bonding. Not to mention a lot more insight into who the guys are. We lose out on the her best friend though. It works for the story, I'm just bummed cause I really like her character and I don't tend to like RH stories where the MC and her harem insulate themselves from outside platonic relationships. So I'll have to see how things move on that front in the next one.
Serenity is also growing into her "regal" self. It's fun reading about how she fluctuates back and forth from wanting to put on a good face and caring and trying to make everyone happy to being emotionally exhausted and pulled to her four guys and being frustrated with her own ignorance of this world and culture and being frustrated with people for holding that ignorance against her even though it's her mother's doing. It works and feels real/natural.
There's some increased tension between the guys and Ren and her guys and I really like that it's not just smooth sailing, everyone loves everyone, the mate bond makes everything perfect. It's a relationship and they're working on it and getting to know each other, while Ren gets to know who she is with this knew ability/knowledge/title.
We also get to learn much more about the "ultimate" problem plaguing the community. There's a good bit of conflict introduced in this installment. It works really well.