To start, I must warn you that, unless you have read the previous books in this series, you will be hopelessly lost trying to navigate through all of the relationships that the MC has. In addition, you would not understand the nuances in each of the relationships.
As a follow-up to the first 8 books, this one continues to follow Steve, the MC, and begins in the middle of his junior year of college. The series of books make for a very long bit of reading, and touch on some real life issues that existed at the time the story took place (late 70s to mid 80s so far), and some that continue to exist today.
Total score on this, by readers, averages about 8.5 to 9 for the entire series. The sex in the book is there, but often is made up of just a sentence or two rather than elaborate scenes every time. With a story encompassing so much time and detail, the plot is extremely well developed. Before anyone asks why I would not give it a 10, it is simply due to the fact that, although the series is an enjoyable read, I would probably not want to start reading it all over again.
Technical score is similar, as the story suffered from very few mistakes across the entire series. An 8, for its appeal to me, is simply indicative that the story is starting to drag out a bit. Believe me, if I had not enjoyed it so far, I would have never started reading Chapter 9. Before anyone complains about the appeal to me, remember that an 8, based on how I score, is still a story that is well above average, what in school would have received an A. 9 for story plot and technical score are A+.
Because of the length of each book (at a guess each one is close in length to a full novel), this is like reading all of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series or LE Modessit's Recluce books, but all written about one MC and encompassing a decade or so in the life of that MC. I will warn you right now, each book ends with a cliffhanger. It is part of what the author uses to get you to start reading the next book, which will lure you into reading just a bit more until, like me, you may find yourself having read much more than originally intended. Nine books later, here I am.