Romantic Subplot? You bet. I think this is my favorite love story ever.
Steam? Scalding. The sex scenes are part of the natural progression of the story, not gratuitous.
Plot: Armentrout definitely did not hit a second book slump with this book. I don’t want to say AKoFaF was better but rather built upon what she established in the first novel. She spoon feeds us the mystery of poppy’s heritage, what happened the night her mother was murdered, and the secret to Poppy’s powers. Meanwhile, Poppy finds herself deeper into the Atlantean world, enmeshed in political intrigues without even knowing it. Casteel opens up to her more and becomes more endearing as a character. His shifting alliances from all that he held dear to being Poppy’s number one fan clearer and her ability to cope with what he’d done in the first book. Then BAM! Armentrout slams a killer reveal at the end and leaving me starving to know what happens next.
Recommend? I haven’t been this in love with a series in years. I’m so glad I discovered it right before the third book came out so I didn’t have to wait a year or two to find out what happens next.