Slade by Laurann Dohner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genetically altered humans!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🙃☺️🤭🥵
The heroine: Trisha – A child prodigy who graduated high school, college and medical school at a young age, she was working at a hospital when the nationwide news about the existence of the New Species came out. She was working the ER when 215 was brought in with a gunshot wound after the lab he was held at was breached by the law and the human/animal experiments were liberated.
The Hero(es): Slade (a.k.a. 215) – After surgery for a gunshot wound, he comes to in a hospital with a beautiful redhead bending over him. He immediately turns the tables and loves the way she feels underneath him. She is in his dreams after that encounter.
The Story: After their initial meeting, Trisha and Slade don’t see each other for many months until she gets a job working for the New Species at homeland, the compound that was originally built for the military but is now the home of the New Species. Trisha knows Slade, who is now working for the NSO as an enforcer, is the same man she can’t stop thinking about, but she is disappointed that he doesn’t seem to remember her even though she has since gone back to her natural honey colored hair.
Slade is now a huge flirt who often makes racy comments to Trisha and hits on her often. She is disconcerted by the fact that he not only doesn’t recognize her, but only seems to want a quick fling with her and is not seeing the connection they had at their initial meeting when he looked into her eyes and called her beautiful.
After it all comes out that she had met him before, Slade now knows that Trisha is the woman he can’t seem to forget but thinks he blew his chances with her since she now seems to hate him. Though as the enforcer assigned guard to the ‘human’ part of the compound, they are thrown together daily.
Like with the first book, Fury, this one is narrated by Vanessa Chambers, who does a great job. I like the fact that she does so many different voices for the different characters. The book is told in dual POV, though mostly in Trisha’s, and I wish it was dual narration.
I liked the fact that this took place before, during and after the events in Fury and I really liked the characters. Slade is arrogant, cocky and a smart aleck, but he is also always in a great mood and is a tall dominant male with good looks to go with his attitude. Trisha is intelligent and a bit of a social misfit since she was a child prodigy focused on her studies and never had any real friends.
The main plot that ran from Fury into this book has to deal with the many bigots that feel all the New Species should be put to death because they threaten the fabric of America, or what they think America should be. So there was some social commentary on ignorance and prejudice against groups of people. There was also a lot of action in this book which I really liked.
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