Critical Intelligence: 2016 Anniversary Edition by Mandy M. Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻♀🧔🏻👩🏻
The heroine: Melissa Carter (a.k.a. Missy) – Best friend of Peren (Lukian’s mate from the first book in the series. Missy is aware of the supernatural and knows that she is not a normal human though she can’t talk about it with her friends for some reason. She is a “Systems Analyst for the State Department”.
The Hero(es): Major Geoffroi Majors (a.k.a. Roi) – Brother to Lukian due to the fact that Lukian’s blood was used to create him. He is quite a player and sleeps with different women all the time. He is proud of his bachelor status.
The Story: From the time Roi met Missy, he couldn’t think of anything but her. Though Missy thinks Roi is a pig because he was such a player. However, when it comes out that Missy is on a target list, Roi is determined to protect her.
I don’t understand the Immortal Ops world and have a problem that it wasn’t explained that well in book one. It is obvious that all kinds of supernaturals exist, from shifters of all kinds to vampires, fae and even demons. However, in the first book it was said that geneticists worked with all kinds of DNA to create the members of the Immortal Ops.
I don’t understand why they had to create the members from the blood of Lukian (the king of the shifters in the Northern hemisphere) instead of just recruiting existing supernatural beings. It is never fully explained. It was said that prior to using Lukians blood, there were experiments that created supernaturals that were not quite right. I just wish the world building was a bit better so I understood it more.
Missy is a fierce heroine and I do like strong heroines. Though I am not sure I like it when the female in the story is even stronger than the male. Maybe it is because I have been a single mother for years and have always dreamed of having a man take care of me or at the very least take away some of the burdens at least in my dreams if not in real life.
I found the narration in this one to be better than in the first even though the narrator was the same man. My problem in the last book was that he didn’t seem to use different voices, inflections or accents for different individuals, but he did so in this book, so it was easier to tell which character was talking at any given time. Like book one, this was told mainly in the Hero’s POV and with only one (male) narrator.
This book was also quite a bit more funny than the last one. I was laughing out loud at some parts in this one. It was also scorchingly hot and the relationship between Roi and Missy was contentious and sensuous. All in all I am liking this series more and more.
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