I'm just going to be honest, I don't think this was quite up to par with Dare's "Spindle Cove" series. However, even when she's not at her best, Dare's writing is some of the best in the genre. There's lots of cute in here, but there's also some gut-wrenching intimacy that reminded why I enjoy this genre.
Some additional completion would have been appreciated, especially the ***SPOILER identity or explanation of the skeleton in the wall and the identity of the person(s) stealing Ransom's money ***ENDSPOILER but for now I guess I'm okay with leaving it as it is.
Also, you've probably already read about this but I'd be remiss in not mentioning that this book has genuinely funny scenes including LARPers, Star Wars references, and very tiny, ladylike sneezes.