I did find it interesting, though, certainly in the second story that he still managed to weave the presence of the supernatural into the story, his true genre.
Both stories were very interesting concepts and I enjoyed them equally. In the first story we are faced with a girl, who for whatever reasons has sought her love and acceptance in all the wrong places. Now wanted, by numerous bad people, as a pawn in their schemes, to use as blackmail or bait, she finds herself being protected by some nameless Government organization. I don't want to give the plot away, but some of the best interaction occurs between her and one of the agents whose job it is to protect her.
The second story concerns a simple policeman who falls in love with a young girl and then has to try and unravel and assist her to escape from the troubles of her past.
I would not try to pick my favorite from the two tales. Both were interesting and captivating in their own right. A good effort for Hodden, in a genre he says he is not familiar with. Four stars!
You can check out all of Hodden's work here: http://amzn.to/20OGpRT