Definitely not as psychopathic as the first book. This is more of a separate journey of growth both MCs went through and then came out on the other side feeling more confident about what they need in life. Now that doesn't mean everything's settled. But they are on the right track. I love Valentine! I refuse to call him Pip. I almost miss the hissy deranged fits he used to throw. I am sure he's not cured, lol, but getting to a more emotionally mature place.