I'm starting a new list of the top-ten most disconcertingly unrealistic and implausibly ridiculously plot bases in Neels-land. This one is on the list, along with The Little Dragon and Heaven Around the Corner.
I was so excited to hunt this down and read it, and was also disappointed, I did like some of Loveday's reactions and emotions, but found it overall lacking. Rimada is selfish and shallow, and Adam's motives, while familial, are inexcusably hurtful to someone he claims to love. If I were clever, I would work elements of this into a lovely story.