The only thing that turned out a bit below expectation was the male love interest, Aden. (SPOILER ALERT) Very promising at first, I was slightly put off when Sloane, ordered under his charge, had to live in Aden's apartment with him...and his mom. I understand that Sloane is only seventeen. However, with such a tall order of "adultness" in every other area of their lives, this was a very large step backward. The sweet interactions and situations will very much appeal to a wide range of readers. I just preferred Aden's manly qualities over his boyish charms. That's all. But it did not break the pace or ruin genuine moments in the storyline.
Overall, I loved 'The Scarlet Dagger' and plan to purchase the sequel. It is a great YA read.