"I'm a survivor" should be Julija's theme song. When it comes to being treated like the red-headed stepchild, Julija is the text book case. The way she has been debased, humiliated, and abused by her father and brothers is disgusting and disappointing. It is not unexpected as these males are all misogynistic pissants who love power. And when it comes to power, they cannot stand that a mere female would contain quite so much of it.
Through this story, Julija goes through a painful self-actualization journey as she finally sees her true value and skills. With the years of incessant nonstop dress downs, it is amazing that Julija can function. That she knows the difference between right and wrong is a case for nature versus nurture. Julija definitely leans on the nature side.
The common element amongst this long running series is the fated soul mate. The one that can save a Carpathian from turning. Isai Florea is one of the lethal "monks" who is ancient and now needs to adjust to a "modern" day woman. Their mating dance is more of a hunt the prey chase with Julija popping up her head once in a while to see if Isai is near her. It's a bit amusing from the sidelines. The romance of this is predictable as well as the ending. This story does set up for the next book in the series. Recommended to paranormal romance readers who like feisty females and their bemused male mates.