It was definitely a bad idea leaving so long between book 1 and 2 of this series as I couldn't remember much of what happened. I must have enjoyed the first though or I wouldn't have had this on my Amazon wish-list.
As mentioned above, I couldn't remember much other than the final showdown with Raoul so Shaz and Arys were almost new to me in this. I still managed to enjoy it, despite not remembering how or why she got bonded to Arys, though Shaz was rather self explanatory with his being Alexa's mate.
I don't think I'll be reading anymore of the series.