For the most part, I enjoyed this more than book 1. Rurik was an intense character and knew from the first page that he was in love with Tasya. Tasya, scarred by a childhood tragedy, is focused on revenge and resists Rurik's attempts to extend their one night together into a deeper relationship. While it might have been nice to witness their early days or first night together, I didn't feel as if I was missing anything major by joining them mid-relationship. I did have a problem with some of the love scenes. At one point, I felt that Rurik forced the intimacy and it read more like rape than consensual sex.
I would have liked to seen more of Rurik's family and definitely more about Firebird. I'm definitely going to continue with the next book.