It fell short for me a couple of times. It felt like it was dragging me somewhere but not convincing me this is the right way. I don't know, maybe I should reread the second half for better judgement, but for me it was not convincing or believable. Both the plot and the love story - which, of course, were intertwined. Credit where credit's due - it was crazy hot, and if there are scenes I'll be rereading, these will be the ones.