A Mere Formality - Ilona Andrews The story was confusing at first with three alien powers and many characters but you quickly understand who is who and what is going on. There isn't much action since basically it's an inter-galactic negotiation. It's surprising when the smut starts and a little disappointing that it's all talk. In only 26 pages, there isn't enough time to devote to details but the relationship (or lack thereof) between Lord Nagrad and Diedre didn't have any basis for the ending. I think this definitely needed a little more backstory as well as an actual romance.