3.5 stars. Book 2 was an improvement over book 1. It was still a bit slow starting like the first one, but once the kids were back on the road, I blazed through the book. Something about this story just works better when they're only interacting with each other and trying to run from their enemies vs. when they're hanging out in confinement.Derek has been tugging at my heart strings since the first book. How can you not feel for this kid who has nothing or no one to turn to except for his foster brother? He tries so hard to overcome this puberty/wolf transformation stage that is making him break out and sweat, and forces him to shower constantly just to keep people from turning and running in horror. It's more than obvious that he's really into Chloe, and yet she doesn't see it, even though in her own narraration she comments on the sensitive moments that she glimpses when he's trying to protect her. I never fully understand in books when females are telling you in one moment just exactly how the guy has a soft spot for her, yet then she'll swear in the following moment that "there's no way he could be into her." Huh...really?Simon is cute and quirky too, and I like how he's always leaning in and whispering to Chloe, almost like it's kiddie foreplay or something. Every time he does it, I get a grin on my face because it's just so darn cute.