Now I love a tortured hero, but Phury is just tortured... or maybe I'm the one tortured. By his whining. Cormia is ok. She has lived a sequestered life and is just now learning to live in the outside world. She's not the best heroine, but she doesn't stink like Phury.
Let me tell you why the book IS worth reading, though. There's a great secondary story surrounding John Matthew and BDB: The Next Generation. We see his arch-enemy Lash transform into something worse than he already was. We getting the stunning revelation that opens to the door for a relationship between two beloved characters. And we watch JM's feeling intensify for his future HEA, Xhex. What's more, we have a great set-up for Rhev's story, which is next. And the return of TOHR!
The bottom line is that while it is the weakest book in the series, you shouldn't skip it. Those great secondary storylines usher in the future of the Brotherhood. Just hold your nose and suck it up through the parts where Phury is whining and before you know it, you'll be ready to read Lover Avenged.
3 1/2 stars.