The Struggle - L.J. Smith I continued the series because a friend convinced me to give it a chance. lol. The second part of the series certainly picks up and is more interesting than the first. I felt that although there was little character development the story between Damon and Stefan was interesting enough for me to continue on. Damon certainly was a breath of fresh air to the story. He provided a creepy and mysterious story line that made me want to keep reading. Unfortunately, I still don’t like Elena and Damon.