I'm just gonna go for it and give it 5 stars. I liked all the characters. The baddies are the best kind of baddies and the good guys are my favorite kind of good guys.I loved both of the heroes and I liked the way the author brought them together and made them fall in love.Like a soap opera, as many others have mention, there were a lot of side plots and the action did slip over into other POVs but it happened often enough that it wasn't off putting and the writing was good enough that you never minded.I loved all the other characters and cared about them enough that I wanted to know what was going on with all of them. This is exactly the kind of thing that I would want out of a soap opera and out of this kind of book.This is a long book, but it wasn't TOO long- it was meaty enough to carry the kind of storytelling the author wanted to use but not so long that she had to get too carried away with the craziness of the plot.I was glad to find out that this is the first of a series, because I want more! Excellent series, one that I would recommend to anyone that is interested in reading in the m/m genre but doesn't know where to start.