Be forewarned that this is the 3rd installment of the spinoff series from the Assassin/Shifters world that is 24 books long and counting. Would reading the original series help? Probably - but the cast of characters is huge regardless. Did this affect my reading pleasure since I have not done so either? Maybe a bit. However these are still quite enjoyable and how can you not be intrigued with a cover like that? Killian was a very sympathetic character having spent the majority of his life tortured in a lab. His cluelessness in all things such as pop culture, slang, food, and ultimately love and sex made him especially endearing. There's an overall story arc going on here and the friendships and camaraderie are always nice to witness.