An intriguing plot that plodded along for too long. I was two-thirds into the book before I became engaged. I didn't ever care enough about Lexi, the heroine of the story. I was tied to Cole, a stranger whose presence in Near has rankled the locals, from the point of his introduction. There were several pretty passages. The author can string words together well. Overall, though, this book just wasn't what I'd hoped it would be. And what the heck was Cole's real name?!