I'm all about novellas lately! I really liked this one. Though Javier and Laura get right to the sexy times, there it doesn't feel like insta-love or even a plotless excuse for some sex. It's very well done. I think it comes down to the fact that the author originally wrote this as a prologue for the main novel: Striking Distance. I hadn't read any of the other books in this series and it didn't matter. You should DEFINITELY read this before reading Striking Distance. The back story between Laura and Javier is super important for setting up the next story and I wouldn't have connected as well with the characters if I hadn't read this first.