Logan Stark is a ruthless, emotionless, self serving, shallow, borderline sociopath in need of extensive character development. This man is not the thinking woman's idea of hero material, he is an anti hero. The only two things he has to recommend him are his money and that apparently he knows how to operate between the sheets. He does nothing without expecting a return on his investment (that's how rich people get rich after all). I don't like this man and would actively cross the street to avoid him. I really struggled with this book and three quarters of this book left me with a real feeling of distaste in my mouth (which is an unusual reaction to a romance novel). I thought the character Tal was actually acting more like a hero than Stark managed to do in the 316 pages of this novel. I felt there was a lack of emotional connection between the H and h and that the sex scenes suffered as a result, becoming cheap and throw away like tissue (nothing to recommend them). The book was about Stark using Kiri as a mistress (nothing pretty in this Stark reality) and not valuing her as a person. Ok she was also using him, but at least her character had some depth and by the end of the book she was capable of standing on her own feet because of her experiences, she'd developed. Really thought it was summed up by Stark's reaction to her apparent defection when he just moves on to the next woman with barely a moment to blow his nose. Women are interchangeable in his world and have little value beyond sex. And that Kiri apparently forgives him 5 minutes later after hearing the sob story of his childhood is unreal. Stark has a lot of character development to achieve before he would be any woman's idea of hero material. He needs to learn to put someone else's needs before his own. Money and sex are not enough to achieve happy for awhile let alone for the long haul. At this point I can't recommend this story, maybe he will grow over the next three books, only the author knows. I will say that the book is technically flawless. Although i feel it lacks depth, heart and soul. For better and more satisfying examples of Cathryn's writing the whole of the Orion series (including her two shorts) far outshines this book and your idea of what Stark could be as received from these novels will be a happier fantasy than the Stark reality presented here.