I enjoyed Gressley's short story in Now & Forever, so I was curiousto see how she expanded upon it. Rather than maintaining the plot'sfocus on Maddy or Jason, Gressley developed Derek's character. Thisgives readers a different perspective on her previous story and readersmay find themselves empathizing with Derek's outlook on love.
Ithought that the dialogue was convincing and the premise wasinteresting. I personally tend to gravitate towards plots with femaleprotagonists who are overcoming obstacles to rise up in male-dominatedenvironments. I also appreciated the mental asides that Gressleyinserted when a male character was acting overbearing towards Maddy, itadded some authenticity to Maddy as a character and the plot.
The Royals of Monterra: A Design for Love is a wonderfully light, short,and romantic read with decently developed characters that are easy torelate to. You do not need to read Gressley's short story in Now &Forever to understand what is going on in the plot, but doing so willhelp to round out your experience.