Really enjoyed the entire Queen's Blade series and am planning to purchase the two prequels. The writing is very good and the story is fresh. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the "Master of the Dance" scenes and even the fights - which I would otherwise have only skimmed over. Ms. Southwell enabled me to see every most as it occurred. I must echo some other comments, though, and say I too wish that Blade didn't beat up so much! But, that's is such an integral part of the story line and a part of Blade's character. Excellent series and will definitely buy more of Ms. Southwell's works.
Really enjoyed this book. I don't usually go for contemporary romance but found that the author has a talent for fully developing her characters. I understood their actions in terms of motivation and as a result, this was an enjoyable read. Note that the editing could be a little tighter at the beginning, but by Chapter 3 things were going well and I no longer noticed. I would definitely buy another book by Amy O'Neill.