3.5 stars From one extreme (harsh abuse) in Hidden Boundaries the story goes into another (little paradise island in slave country). Still, if the next book in the series is published, I'll buy it for sure. I liked the broaden circle of characters and want to see them grow and find their own HEA. Also Cor's interest in politics and managing the estate looked promising.
The story is very short and light, more a comedy than a romance (HFN ending). OCD, uptight Stephen and congenial, philosophical Dave cut great figures, but the strength of the story lies in the dialogues - witty, sparkling and heavily peppered with English slang. I could easily imagine a stand-up comedy based on the text (and from the authors words one of such comedies was an inspiration for the story).
Easily 5+ stars and a material for rereading.