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Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2015
This book needs editing. It opens with a run-on sentence and throughout the story there are many other run-on sentences, punctuation errors, and wrong word choices: "soul passenger" instead of "sole passenger"; "riffled through the bag" instead of "rifled through the bag"; "holding her breathe" instead of "holding her breath". There are not so many errors that they detract from the story, but the writing could definitely be more polished.
I liked Cameron for the most part, except when she does a TSTL thing (too stupid to live) when she's at a suspect's place of work. As a police detective, she ought to know not to do that -- it's the most rudimentary precaution ever! Of course that gets her into trouble, which means she then needs Houston to rescue her! Hrrrmph.
I liked Houston, too, although seriously, the claiming and mating Cameron without her knowledge? So not cool. At least it bonded him to her but didn't bond her to him, so he didn't take away her right to choose. The one-sided bonding made him more vulnerable to her, but it was good he didn't regret it or spend time fighting it, instead seeming to slip naturally into the role of mate and protector.
As for the plot, I feel like sometimes the author tries to set things up but fails to follow through. For example, when Houston discovers Cameron is a detective, he doesn't seem to have a positive reaction to it. His heart is racing, "his stomach is in his throat", and he curses. But we're never told why he reacted that way. In the next scene he's acting possessive over her and the fact that she's a detective doesn't seem to matter to him one way or another. In another part of the story, Cameron is very hurt that Houston doesn't want her around him during a critical time. She feels rejected and leaves, but after they get together again they never talk about it and she seems to have forgotten that it ever happened. Another loose end which really bugged me is the secondary mystery with Cameron's housemate which was never cleared up. I've looked at the synopsis of the other books in the series and can't tell whether it's addressed in the later books. In any case, the lack of resolution made the story feel unfinished, even though the book had ended.
It was an okay story, entertaining enough but not gripping; it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat or make me feel like I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I'm undecided whether to read the rest of the books in the series.