I read this partly because it was free (and the reviews seemed pretty good), and partly because my daughter just got a kindle for Christmas and I want to load it up with a bunch of books - I wanted to preread this one because of the romance aspect. I'm glad I did. I'm so sick of the "OMG you are my soulmate I can't bear to be away from you it hurts and I really want to have sex with you but we can't because you insist on protecting me by watching me when I sleep" Blech.
There was so much potential for Portia to be a strong teen female character as she discovers her magical powers. And the whole magical connection with Vance did not have to play out like the codependent mess it was.