**spoiler alert** I'll be frank - I disliked Carter for the majority of this book. I liked him in the beginning, before the whole fake marriage thing...more**spoiler alert** I'll be frank - I disliked Carter for the majority of this book. I liked him in the beginning, before the whole fake marriage thing took hold of the plot and he became the biggest angst-puppy this side of Jacob. Soon as he realized how attracted he was to Faith I developed a strange case of insta-hate just add idiot werewolf. It didn't help that Miller is somewhat inconsistent with his "tone" when its his third person view either.
Faith is pretty consistent--her insecurities are front and center from the very beginning and they don't really change. Carter though spends so much time lying to himself about what he wants from his fake marriage to Faith that his true feelings never come off as genuine. He goes from flirty best friend to hot and heavy wannabe lover with baggage the size of Texas in under a minute.
I also felt as if Miller was really confusing with her terminology. For instance the whole "luminary"/"mate" thing. Those who read paranormal romance know that "mate" pretty much means "the one you're destined for and is absolutely perfect for you forever after". Especially in most shifter/werewolf romances. I think in this world, which I didn't get this vibe from the first two books, "mate" is akin to basically "spouse" and doesn't hold the forever after connotations. Mate and Luminary are used pretty interchangeably throughout the books though so I got a little confused. Nate (Carter's rival for the detective spot) says he found his mate. Carter claims that his first (cheating, shrew of a deceased) wife was his Luminary.
And apparently despite the fact that finding your Luminary means you get a longer lifespan (it goes from hundreds of years to a thousand or something like this, so hey Methuselah!) it doesn't stop you from contracting werewolf only blood born diseases that can kill you. Which seems kind of jacked up honestly. "Here's your fated mate! Oh but too bad she's gonna die a couple decades INTO your bond" Way to be a dick Fate.
Nate bothered me as well - why in the name of my books would the Bureau want a tattle tale to be their Detective? Seriously. This guy was literally going to run to his and Carter's superiors to tattle on him about breaking the rules THEN when Carter halted that train he instead decided to just besmirch his name. Really? This is the kind of guy you want investigating sensitive cases? Yeah you're going for the same job, but wouldn't it benefit your case MORE if you weren't seen as going behind your comrade's back?
I liked Faith, thought she was a spitfire and feisty and certainly emphasized with her, but Carter kind of ruined their romance for me. Especially near the end when he goes beserker upset at her over a stupid little thing. Like I was worried he was going to hit her even though I knew him to be the romantic lead beserker upset. Okay so really this book didn't do much for me. (less)