This didn't work for me. I felt there was a definite imbalance between the amount of inner monologues & description versus dialogue & action. The relationship between the two main characters never felt loving or romantic either. It all felt very clinical and unromantic. The drama level in this also teetered on the ridiculous. I didn't like a single female character and found many of the characters actions gross. Just not for me, and I've liked some of this author's other works in the past.I did like the little brother though.