Pure soap opera... And I don't like that much drama.
This was a one-off for me, as I have read (and typically enjoy reading) works from this author.
About a third of the way through, unrealistic or awkward dialogue pulled me out of my reading daze. Once I was no longer drinking the kool-aid, this story got a little too cheesy for me. The situations and interplay between the characters just seemed off. This may be because I pictured Lex one way in my head and then the story would contradict that, but I just got lost along the way.
Then I got to 90%, and it just got too melodramatic for me. I finished it, but just barely.