C. Alexander London did a good job of giving Ian and Cara development outside of each other – Cara with her technical know-how and Ian with his wavering faith in himself. However, he did still fall into the pitfall of making them too interested in each other, temporarily delving in OOC territory – Ian stuttering when asking Cara if she wanted to share a car, for instance. I think there is good potential for Cara and Ian, much more than there is currently for Iamy, but I don’t really ship either of them.
The problem with Carian is the authors are still focusing on how similar the two of them are – trying to get away from their parents, abusive pasts, etc – instead of how different they are. It’s their differences within that similar past that make them compatible, they aren’t the same person after all. However, it seems like, at point, the authors want Cara to be a carbon copy of Ian, as if that’s his best match. Cara understands Ian to an extent, but she can never understand him completely, and vise versa. Cara’s interest in Ian despite his flaws is beginning to be shown, which is good!
However, Ian is still too wrapped up in himself. And that’s alright! He needs to be. He has a lot of doubts about himself right now. And honestly, what he needs right now isn’t a girlfriend, it’s just someone who will hold him and tell him it’s okay. And that’s not Amy, because Amy doesn’t believe in Ian right now. She wants to, but she can’t bring herself to. Cara believes in him, though. She’s been with him almost constantly since the beginning of this series, and she’s seen his failures and his anxieties from the start.