Yes, this is an old-fashioned, 80s arrogant boss/feisty secretary type of tale, and yes, it is dated, but it's LH at her oldest, very best. Her recent tales (last 5 yeas or so) have been utterly disappointing, and only the fact that they've been hardbacks has saved my hard-earned money - I refuse to pay silly money for them, and especially when it seems an author (like a certain JRW and LA) has sold out and allowed regular books to be solely issued as hardbacks, and just get them from the library.
This tale is the sequel to Sarah's Child, and whilst that one is a 5* keeper that will have you crying for both Sarah and Rome, more than once, it features Max in quite a different light, and might explain why he is like he is in this tale. It's decent in its own right, but admittedly, there are many that LH has done so much better. Still in comparison to the dire Burn (so bad I wished the leads had burned!) , Ice (totally wrong blurb on the back, which seems to have been pulled, and which I complained to the publishers about), Up Close And Dangerous (blurb mentions many killings, but there isn't even one in this tale), Veil Of Night and Prey (where we're privy to the thoughts of a bear in the wild, before he devours a human who featured in the tale for reasons known only to the author), this is a firm 4* read.