Maybe a 2.5? Aww man. Am I breaking up with this series? The last few books I have just been frustrated and bored. There was so much potential here and instead of anything new and crazy it seemed more of an unfocused retread. Especially ESPECIALLY Ethan! He came back and did the same ol' shit? I was hoping for there to be something dangerously unknown about the new Ethan but he's back to doing the I'M AFRAID TO LOVE YOU crap. Zzzzz. SO many other ways to make relationship drama and a few really fun freaky ways I can think of with this plot but NOPE. It's the same Ethan/Merit dilemma he already resolved before he went away. Unfortunately, I've lost that loving feeling and won't be hurrying back for future installments.