I think one could pick up in this series at a number of random places. It's a bit like a longrunning comic book or a soap opera in structure; there are endings to each book, but there are also constant new plotlines and emotional/romantic relationships beginning, sometimes in very small ways, and then growing and intensifying across several books in a row. I'm not sure I would want to read a bunch of these all in a row, unless I wanted to lose a week to reading (not the worst fate!), but then that won't be an issue for me, as I've been reading the books as they come out, roughly.
The thing I most admired in this book is the structure, which is just exquisitely good. I loved the way she handled all those multiple plotlines and how she shifted from one to the other using carefully calculated degrees of resolution and cliffhanger. I had a fantasy of diagramming what she'd done but it would take at least a week or more and I don't think an outline would capture all the subtleties.
Sometimes I did drift out of the story a little because I was admiring the structure; and because, sometimes, her characters can be to good to be true in a way that would be difficult to escape, since we're meant to be rooting for them long-term. That said, her characters do awful, stupid things that make sense, so they're not perfect by any means; it's just that, for the most part, I think they're constrained somewhat by their (eventual) Happily Ever Afters. I am not sure if that's a feature or a bug. It depends on my mood at the time. Mostly, for me, it's a feature. I don't want a character I like to be killed off.
Anyway, I recommend this series. I've been following this author since she wrote category romances, and she just gets better and better.
I've written about Brockmann's books before: Into the Fire is a little earlier in this series.
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