Fatal Love by Misty Evans

15826918_10211462501536738_7737541322673404276_nGirl or boy? Find out what Cal and Beatrice are having in this Shadow Force International Worlds novella! And meet Connor and Sabrina – two SFI members who must overcome their inner demons in order to find love in the middle of chaos.

Once upon a time, former Navy SEAL Callan Reese risked everything to protect his estranged wife from the enemies who wanted her dead. Now reunited and expecting their first child, Cal’s past makes Beatrice a target once again.

When Beatrice is kidnapped by a desperate woman bent on revenge, Cal must put everything on the line in the most dangerous mission of his life to keep her and their unborn child alive.

Things aren’t going well for Beatrice as a deranged woman breaks into her house while she is in the middle of labor.  Cal tries to keep the intruders at bay while his wife tries to deliver their baby safely.  But Beatrice being Beatrice, she tires her  damnedest to help even while in childbirth. She even starts shooting her gun when her attacker draws closer. How badass is that? Cal is the only one who can talk her down the ledge of putting herself, and the baby in more danger.

Help does come along with some new team members.  Connor, who suffers from PTSD and Sabrina, who also has her fair share of things to deal with.  As things come to a head can the intruders be dealt with before any harm can come to B and her baby?

It’s good to have more characters introduced to the series and that of course means more books!

I love how well written Misty’s characters are, as well as how much she researches her stories.  This is pretty intense for a novella and brings home her skills as a writer.  It’s fact paced, intense and a wild ride from start to finish!

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4/5 stars

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About the Author

Misty Evans PhotoUSA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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Excerpt from Fatal Love

FATAL LOVE, A Shadow Force International Worlds Novella
By Misty Evans

EXCERPT

Connor McKenzie woke to the phone blaring in his ear.
Probably because he was sleeping on top of it.
Drooling on it as well, because when he jerked back, his instincts automatically directed his hand to the handset, and he found slime all over the black SFI office phone.
Gross.
Of course, since he’d been working 24/7 with no time off, he hadn’t seen his bed since zero dark thirty-seven…no, make that eight, since the clock on the phone’s readout said it was after midnight.
Rubbing his eyes as the phone blared again, he pushed up off of his desk and cleared his throat. Near the desk, Maggie raised her big, black head and looked at him with her perpetually sad Labrador eyes.
Being the office manager for Rock Star Security came with a lot of perks. RSS was the front for Shadow Force International, where former SEALs roamed the hallways, covertly saving the free world on a daily basis. Connor was constantly surrounded by men he respected and who respected him. They understood each other; understood what each other had been through. Add to that the fact Beatrice let him bunk two floors up in an office he’d converted to a bedroom, and it was the best home he’d ever had. The bedroom wasn’t much, but it beat living out of his car.
Maggie was another perk. He loved that dog. Meeting his eyes, she wagged her tail with a solid thump-thump-thump against the floor.
She was always up for an adventure, and good to have around because of his PTSD. She didn’t have any training, but Cal had told Connor she’d saved his mental health many times. The dog had kept Connor from sinking into a dark hole on more than one occasion as well.
Technically since he lived upstairs, Connor could go home anytime he wanted, even though no one was in the office to man the phones but him. He and Rory had set up a system that transferred all calls to Connor’s phone in his bedroom when he quit for the day or needed down time. Beatrice didn’t trust an answering service with the particular calls that might come in from Rock Stars or SFI operatives.
Connor opened his tired eyes and caught sight of the blinking button on the phone as the damn thing continued to ring insistently. Red, not orange. The private line Emit had for the managers to use when they needed immediate assistance.
Shit. Grabbing one of the napkins from the pizza he’d half eaten earlier, he wiped off the drool from the handset and punched the button under the red, blinking light. “This is Slash. How may I direct your call?”
SFI rules were that they never identified the business when answering on the off chance it was a wrong number or one of them had been compromised. Beatrice was strict about that. While the cell phones every employee used were secure, breaches could happen. All personnel used code names and had to answer a security question before discussing any Rock Star or SFI business.
Just in case, Beatrice always said.
Connor had the feeling he didn’t want to know what just in case meant. He also didn’t want to know what might happen if he failed her.
“Con, we’re in trouble.”
Connor sat straight up, nearly knocking over his Coke. The voice on the other end was low and guarded, and the person had already broken protocol.
But it was a voice he knew well, and a person he definitely didn’t want to fail to help. If anything, he hoped to get on the guy’s SFI squad one of these days. “Sir? Please state your security clearance code.”
“Fuckin’ A, that’s my security code,” Cal Reese quipped. “We need help. We need reinforcements.”
“Are you in imminent danger?”
“Yes. The queen bee is in the hive and she is in imminent danger.”
“But sir, there are no…”
The line when dead.
“…reinforcements,” Connor finished.
He stared at the handset. The queen bee was Beatrice. The hive was her and Cal’s home.
Beatrice was in imminent danger.
At home.
From whom? From what?
Fuck on a stick. Connor dropped the handset into its cradle, his guts turning over on themselves.
Emit, Rory, Jax, and Colton were all still in Chicago, opening the new Central Division Rock Star headquarters. Obviously, Cal, Beatrice, and Trace Hunter were back, but the rest of the Rock Stars and SFI operatives were working, many of them out of the country.
RS bodyguards couldn’t simply leave their clients. Ditto for the SFI operatives who were undercover on assignments at all four corners of the earth.
Connor started to lift the handset again and call Miles, but no, Miles was in San Diego, once more running the West Coast SFI office.
Which meant he was out of options.
Zeb. Yeah, he’d call the old spymaster…
His out-of-options list grew. Zeb had gone to Chicago with Beatrice. Connor hadn’t heard from him. Had he come back with Cal and the others or stayed in Chicago?
A burning sensation started in his gut while icy pinpricks attacked the base of his spine. Both spread like blood from a gunshot wound, making his body tremble and his breathing come in short, barely-there intakes.
Beatrice was in danger. Real danger if Cal was ignoring protocol and calling him for backup. Callan Reese was a former SEAL who’d saved the president in front of the entire world.
Beatrice’s personal bodyguard was Trace Hunter. Another former SEAL with superhuman powers. The guy belonged in a Marvel comic book for realz.
If both of them couldn’t handle whatever trouble Beatrice was in, well, then… How the hell was he supposed to?
His hand shook as he jammed his fingers through his hair. Get up, he told himself, but he couldn’t make his legs move. They were frozen stiff.
Not now! He couldn’t let his PTSD handcuff him.
Breathe. Beatrice was always telling him to take a deep breath and focus on one thing. A trick she’d learned from Hunter.
Grabbing the handset, he dialed Zeb, hoping against hope the old man was back in DC. Bracing the handset between his ear and shoulder, he woke up the computer and started shutdown procedures. He’d never had to do it before and another moment of indecision and self-doubt caught him with his fingers hovering over the keyboard.
He never left the office unless his backup, usually Rory or the new lab tech, Sabrina, was available to answer phones and handle emergencies.
Zeb’s phone rang three times. Voicemail answered. Connor left a quick SOS and asked Zeb to call him back.
What now? Should he gear up and head to Cal and Beatrice’s?
What about the baby?
If anything happened to any one of them…
Breathe…
Maggie whimpered, drawing his gaze. She sat beside the desk, tail rapping the floor and stuck her head in his lap.
There was no time to pet the dog, but his hand had a mind of its own, naturally going to Maggie’s head and rubbing her sleek, soft fur. His breathing resumed a semi-normal in-out rhythm after a moment and his mind re-engaged.
Grasping at straws, he dialed the lab extension, hoping against hope that Sabrina might somehow still be in the building. He’d never seen her leave—one of the reasons he routinely stayed at the desk so late every night was for that very reason. He enjoyed watching her sexy legs in those righteous high-heeled boots walk past his desk every evening. He loved her red hair and the way she teased him about being a camo-wearing receptionist, even though the term ‘receptionist’ made his ego smart.
From big, tough, badass SEAL to a useless receptionist. His life had gone to hell, thanks to 12 September.
Bastards.
Still petting Maggie with one hand, he closed off the black hole that sucked at him every time he thought of the terrorist group.
Bzzz-bzzz. The phone on Sabrina’s end rang again. It was Saturday night. A beautiful, smart, hip gal like her couldn’t possibly still be working this late on a Saturday night, could she?
“Conmeister?” Her voice was rough and sexy, like he’d woken her from a nap. He heard her yawn. “It’s nearly two a.m. What are you still doing at the main desk?”
God Almighty, he hated it when people called him nicknames, but hearing any version of his name coming from Sabrina’s luscious mouth was heaven. She got a free pass, regardless of what she wanted to call him.
“What are you still doing in the lab?”
She chuckled. “Touché. What’s up?”
“SOS from Cal. He and B got home from Chicago but something’s wrong. I don’t know what. He must have thought his cell was compromised because he was speaking in code, but he used my name, which is like, I don’t know what. I think he was definitely shook up.”
She was fully awake now. “Oh, shit. What can I do?”
“Man the phones and watch Maggie for me. I’m gearing up and heading their way.”
Her voice was full of indignation. “No way! Not without me. Who did you call for backup?”
“There is no one. Everyone is working or out of town.”
“You’re kidding, right?”
Connor opened his bottom drawer and pulled out his Beretta PX4 Storm and checked the clip. Full. “With the addition of the San Diego and Chicago satellites, we’re short on staff. Literally, there’s just you and me in DC at this moment. We can’t leave the phones unmanned, so tag, you’re it.”
“Why don’t you call the cops?”
If Cal had thought the police could handle it, he would have dialed 911 himself. Whatever this was, he didn’t want them involved. “I’ve got to go.”
He hung up on her protest, punched the button to transfer incoming calls to the lab phone, told Maggie to stay, and headed for the weapons room.
Preparing for the enemy was challenging when you had no clue who the enemy was.
Pretend it’s a sleeper cell of 12 September. If you were taking them on, what would you bring?
A rocket launcher.
The biggest one he could carry, in fact.
SFI’s weapons room had plenty of firepower, but they did not, in fact, have any rocket launchers.
A shame, that. He mentally added it to his inventory list for next month.
Connor snatched a black duffel from a shelf and started throwing in grenades, a couple of H&K submachine guns, ammo, and a sweet sniper rifle he’d been dying to use.
He was strapping on a vest when Sabrina came skidding into the room in her socks. Her boots were in-hand, her hair flat on one side, totally sexy and tousled on the opposite.
Probably what she looked like when she first got up in the morning.
And damn, if her big brown eyes and that crazy hair didn’t make him hard.
“You’re not leaving without me, Conmeister.” She slipped on one boot—with a 3-inch black heel—jumping and hobbling on her other foot, and breathing heavy from her run to catch him. She was dressed from head to toe in red like always.
A deep burgundy red that totally clashed with her copper colored hair.
Connor tore his gaze away from her full lips and even fuller cleavage on display from the deep V of her silky shirt. She continued hopping on her foot as she pulled on the second high heel, the action jiggling her double-Ds and making his hard-on downright painful. “I’m totally leaving without you, Red.”
“Bullshit!” She snatched a bulletproof vest from the wall and shoved her arms through the holes. “You have no idea what you’re walking into. This is Beatrice we’re talking about!”
He slammed the cage shut on the submachine gun selection and locked it. “I’ll handle it, whatever it is.”
“Look,” she said, grabbing his arm. “I know I was just a chopper pilot and I never saw action like you did when I was in the Navy, but I know how to handle a gun. At least let me fly you to their house and set up a stakeout. I can have you there in fifteen. It will take you at least thirty by car.”
Fly? “Unless you have a magic carpet hiding under your lab coat, how are you going to fly me anywhere?”
Sabrina grinned, shrugging out of the lab coat and putting on the vest. “You know the helo pad on the U-Comm building at the end of the block? There’s an EC 145 that can cruise at 150 miles per hour easy. I happen to know the owner and we can use it, no questions asked.”
This woman in red was a mystery, but then, so were many of the people that worked for SFI. “You’re friends with the owner of one of the most expensive luxury helicopters available in the marketplace today?”
She grinned again. “More than friends, actually.”
Connor’s hard-on softened. “I don’t think your boyfriend will appreciate you taking his helo on a rescue mission.”
And if your boyfriend is a millionaire, why are you here working tonight?
“He’s not my boyfriend,” Sabrina said, grabbing a .38 mil from the handguns. “He’s my dad.”
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All Our Wrong Today’s by Elan Mastai

imageYou know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

Imagine Dark Matter on steroids, throw in a helping of 11/22/63 and sprinkle on  a bit of Back to the Future and you have All Our Wrong Today’s.

Tom is a bit of a screw up in the sense that his father is a genius and he isn’t.  He’s the kind of guy who girls just can’t get into and he gets jobs on the basis that because his father is a genius, then he must have some brains, but eventually his employers find out that he is a screw up and let him go.  Victor Barren is working on time travel and when he finally gets it up and running he puts Tom on a back up team for the trial run.  When a tragedy strikes and Tom ends up back in 1965 he changes life, not only as he knows it, but for everyone.  It all goes to hell from there.

Tom, Tom/John and others who make an appearance in Tom’s personality is fascinating to read.  How he longs for what he lost only to find that what he has just might be better than the failure of a life he left behind in the other 2016 timeline.  In our 2016 he is relatively famous, rich but also a bit of a dick. When he tries to prove to his current family that he isn’t nuts and that he has traveled through time from another time line, that opens up another can of worms for him.  Can he make things right or will it all go tits up and make things worse?

This is one hell of a mind twisting story that leaves your brain scrambled at the end trying to figure out just what is going on for a brief time.  There is a lot of scientific and technical talk but it is intrinsic to the story and while it seems all bit strange it really adds to the storyline.  There is a lot of internal monologue that floats in and out of normal speech with others, but there is a lot of rambling in Tom’s head. The internal battle to fight the other current reality personality in his head is also akin to him fighting the demons of his past as well as his present. He fights against the fact that his fathering the other timeline barely acknowledge his existence and he struggles with the family he has in the current time line. When he finds the proof he needs for them believe him it doesn’t go the way he expects.  He seems to always be at the receiving end of things he can’t control.  He wanted to prove his past father proud but instead he screws things up badly.  This is a story of a guy who in trying to do right just made it worse.

I know that this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but it was a brilliant and amazing book!  One that dragged me in, I savoured and devoured it in equal measure.  The sheer brilliance in the way its written shines, well for me anyway, throughout the book.  It’s the detail in all the scientific  bits that you know aren’t real but written in such a way that is seems oh so real at the same time.I have to admit that I am struggling to find the words to do justice to this book but there is so much to take in and digest that I feel I am not doing it properly. It’s an audacious first novel,the attention to detail, the time taken to make it perfect shows…… oh and it took him 15 years to write!

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5 stars

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Saved by Darkness by Katie Reus

imageHalf-demon, half-dragon shifter Ian McCabe is hellbent on getting back the only woman he’s ever loved. When Fiona O’Riley kicked him out of her life decades ago, he thought she was gone for good. Now that she’s back, nothing will stop him from claiming her. But she wants nothing to do with him—or his family.

She’ll do anything to save him.

Fiona knows that Ian is the only male for her. The only way to keep him alive is to stay away from him. But when tragedy strikes and they discover a wicked agenda for the mass murder of humans, they must work together to take down the enemies that threaten everyone. But there’s so much more on the line. As their undeniable desire intensifies, they’re faced with an unbearable choice. If Fiona and Ian succumb to their temptation, mating could be the last thing they ever do.

 

Ian is half demon and half dragon.  Fiona is a dragon shifter from a very powerful family where they treat women like objets. Ian met Fiona 50 years ago at a party.  While she was with her brother, he made it clear that Ian wasn’t worth of her and that if he even went near her Fiona’s brother would kill him.  They did briefly hook up until she told Ian she didn’t love him and he  was told she had been mated with another.

Fast forward 50 years and they meet again.  Ian is surprised to find that she hadn’t mated but she  was still afraid of what her brothers would do to Ian if they became a couple.  Fiona runs an organisation that helps other paranormal  beings escape from abusive relationships.  When Fiona meets with an old friend who has news of a half demon takeover of the human world she is put in danger and another of  her friends  is taken to a Hell realm.  Herself and Ian, along with help from Finn’s wolf clan, must go into the Hell realm to rescue her friend and to put an end to a plot to kill humans and stop the half demon take over of earth.

There is tons of action and steamy romance! I hasn’t read many shifter books, especially one with dragons and found that I really enjoyed this one, so much that I stay up till silly 0’clock to finish it!  Fiona and Ian had plenty of heartbreak throughout the years and then end of the book pulled at the heartstrings wondering just what their fate would be. This is the first book in this series I have read, not knowing it was book 6.  I enjoyed it so much that I will go back and read the others in the series.  In saying that it can be read as a stand alone and it won’t confused you not knowing the background of the other characters as they are mostly explained.

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4 stars

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane By Lisa See

imageLi-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

 

The sometimes brutal customs of the Akha people are hard to read.  Li-yan was willful in her youth and believes that she had brought shame on herself and her family by going against them and in doing, breaking the customs of her people.  When she has gone on to further educate herself and eventually finds love she eventually learns to forgive herself but has never forgotten the daughter she had to give up.

Haley has always felt the shadow of her birth mother hover over her.  She believes that the sorrow she has carried around is the loss of her mother.  Haley also grows up with a love and intimate knowledge about tea.  The tea cake she was left with has always fascinated her and thinks it is a ‘map’ of sorts to finding out where she comes from. She ends up going to university and makes the study of the health benefits of tea one of her majors taking her deeper into the world of tea.

The depth knowledge of how tea is grown, aged and sold is fascinating and I don’t even like tea. I can’t even begin to imagine just how much time and research went into the writing of this book. Lisa writes about a deep sorrow and as well as a deep yearning to find the truth.  I loved how Haley shows up in later chapters, how her character feels so alone at times and yearns to find out not only who she is but where she comes from. The winding the two stories together is wonderful.  The descriptiveness of the village  is just so that you can visualise it.  The way she writes and how she weaves the stories of the characters that bind them all together is truly wonderful.

Lisa See knows how to weave a story into a beautiful and intricate tapestry and this book is no exception! It’s an amazing book and one I highly recommend!

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5 stars

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Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

imageFor five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as ‘Six Four’. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.

For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he’d known what he would find.

I have to admit I love Japanese thrillers but sadly this one didn’t cut it for me.  I gave up at about 18%. It’s a book that you really have to pay attention to.  I tried skimming over the less interesting parts but soon realised that you can’t really do that with this particular story.  The writer knows the workings of police procedures in Japan and goes into a lot of detail.  For me that is the problem, there is just too much detail.  It’s not the kind of detail that keeps you interested but more of the kind that bogs you down.  It makes for very slow, dull  reading.  I know that there is a story in there somewhere it’s just having the patience to get to it.  What I did read gave you crumbs when you wanted a bite.  It didn’t give me enough to get into the story or to get hooked on the characters.

I don’t mind a slow book, one that demands time and attention, but in saying that I do want a plot that gives you something to dive into and get lost in.  Six Four didn’t do that for me.  Too much detail and not enough story line strong enough to hold me was the downfall for me.  Maybe if I read this a few years ago when I had the patience to wade through this kind of book I would have managed to finish it, but time has taught me to not be afraid to put aside books that just don’t do it for me.

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Did Not Finish

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The Turn by Kim Harrison

imageCan science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found. 

 

I have read a few of the Hollow books ages ago and thought that this would be a base to start with reading the series at the beginning .  Not knowing what to expect going in was a bit daunting.  I was lost at the start of the book with the contracts and so on but it picked up and got going with Kal hell bent on destroying Trisk after she cost him his dream job.

Trick worked with a human genetics lab to keep an eye on developments on human genetic advances and tweet them to suit other Interlanders (were’s, vampires, elves and pixies) or just to stop the new genetic material from hurting or killing them. When Trisk develops a new tomato crop that will help end hunger Kal is sent in to confirm her work. Still angry from what  she did to him, Kal decided to change the gene sequence enough to cause illness and to discredit her work, but what he unleashes spells death for millions.

While I found the story interesting and well thought out it did drag out way too long at 450 pages.  Most of the time Trisk, Daniel and Orchid were on the run, endlessly running and running and running.  It was way to drawn out and it took me ages to slog through the middle half of the story.  I skimmed trying to get to the more interesting bits.  I hated Kal, I really did.  He was vile, vain and pure worm like when it came to trying to save his own ass.  Trisk was selfless in her efforts to not only save herself and her research but also to keep Daniel alive and blameless no matter the cost.

A good and well written story but brought down by unnecessary excess plot line of their escape and evading Kal is what brought this book down from a 4 to a 3 star.

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3/5 stars

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