I did not read the first book and did not feel as if I missed anything.I enjoyed the novel. Again, this is a BDSM book that seems based on mutual needs and less of a "they instantly fall in love". In my mind it seems to be more realistic, as the relationship evolves into love. I also enjoyed the healing aspect of the D/s relationship. What was even better is that all of Andy's mental problems were not solved in one session.Overall, a good book. I will look up other books by this author.