You don't have to read this story to understand what's going on in the Cut & Run series. There's no really important information shed pertaining to the series really and it can probably loosely be read as a stand alone although I would suggest you read the Cut & Run series for better flow and just to get to know all the characters.
It's purely a character driven story and not a plot driven story. I've been looking forward to seeing Nick find someone of his own so I was ecstatic to pick this up and read it. Boy was it a read...the chemistry between Nick and Kelly could set the sheets on fire. I liked seeing the camaraderie between the two and the dialogue exchanged between the two amused me and made me laugh at times.