This was an enjoyable read about the working class Hugo Marshall and Serena Barton. Since it was a novella, the courtship was short (about a week between meeting and marrying), and at times I didn't buy into the love aspect so much as that I thought if was more lust and friendship. However, there was one conversation that I felt was trying too hard to be fast paced witty that ended up sounding really uneven and a bit all over on the emotional front. I did buy into the romance at the end, so it was a success. I felt the villain was a little more than cardboard, but as he is served a healthy dose of justice in the end, I am happy with the villain's unhappiness.
The best part of the story was the last section, titled Aftermaths & Beginnings, that really carried the storylines into the next book but also tied up loose ends from this story. I think this chapter worked better at the end of this book rather than a prologue for the next book. I can't wait to dive into book 1 now. 4 stars.