If the first book leaned a bit toward YA, this was more contemporary romance. Some of the intimate scenes faded to black which was a bit surprising since the first one wasn't like that at all. I guess what really stands out for me is the pervasive theme of regret and guilt - and there was a lot in this book. The progression of the relationship was surprisingly prolonged but I suppose quite realistic with plenty of struggles and emotions due to the above mentioned theme. Overall a solid read.