This isn't anywhere as bad as I thought it was going to be. In contrast to many books of its type that have similar themes, this is actually taking the time to give background details on the characters and establish their encounters and complications. I just wish that there were more to the genre than control freak heroes, though. I understand the need for control being a fatal flaw for a character, but it seems like the "control freak" is the only character type that many focus on in a hero or heroine, and it's oversaturating the genre in general. Some even choose to make those flaws desirable instead of what they truly are.
Such isn't a flaw with this book itself (because this is actually doing it in a responsible way), but rather me making a statement on the genre itself. There are far more character types and flaws out there for authors to explore, and I'd like to see more of that.