I read this book first. It didn't matter to me what order they were written in as the characters are woven into the series. A character might be a central thread in one book and a minor thread in another, but it all weaves together.
I read this one first and Torn second. I wouldn't have had it any other way. It worked for me to see the woman's point of view first. These books are some of the best that I have read and I've been on a reading tear.
This is a book that I couldn't get out of my head once I was done. It is an emotion grabber. I had a hard time getting started with it, though. I read a few pages and set it aside to read something else. Then read a few more pages and quit again. Once I got through the beginning and began to understand the "world" that the characters lived in I couldn't put it down. This is an amazing "world" that I got completely caught up in.
I was looking for a light romance novel but found myself wondering more about "The Troubles" aftermath. Ireland was changed. I'm glad that this was the backdrop for this romance novel. A little food for thought to go along with brain candy.