For this being a story about Dali and Jim, there wasn't much romance or build up involved. I've read the previous books in the series and there are only a couple of hints that there are any feelings between these two. One is a comment that Kate makes to Jim. And one is a thought that Curran has in one of his POV stories. If I had just started with this novella not knowing any of their history, I would be completely baffled as to how any feelings happen between them. They seems like co-workers only. Maybe undefined friends. I hope there's more to this in future books.