Review: I picked up the second in the series at a thrift store, and purchased this one because I like to read series in order. The premise seemed interesting - GEP are specially ordered humans. Meaning if you have a company or foundation that needs a particular type of person for a job, you can "special order" one. They are genetically engineered to perfect suit your requests.
But Kiera is even more special – because her maker messed with her DNA, making her far more than her owners ordered.
And that comes in handy when her employers send her on a mission to save a dying people on a world set to be plundered by a ruthless corporation.
This is where Allred’s story gets a little – cheesy. The people on planet are pre-technology, stone-age sort of society. With stronger than normal, unusually handsome and ….insert all the clichéd romance book descriptions. It like she tried to please both the neanderthal fetish and the sci-fi / fantasy fetish. It's too much and makes the story crowded.
The hero and heroine fall in love so damn quick – it’s stupid. I get they have mind-melding or whatever, and they are magically destined to be together, but still. It detracted from the over-all story. Which is sad, because the plot was interested, the world-building intriguing, and the secondary characters, while a bit flat, had purpose.
To conclude, this book isn’t going to win any awards, but overall, it was a great “beach” read: entertaining, mindless, and fun. Fine summer reading.
Prude Note: A few kisses, and one graphic sex scene, which can be skipped (I did) and you won't even miss it from the story.
Awards: 2010 Prism Awards from the Fantasy,Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America Chapter (Best Futuristic Romance, Best of the Best)
Year Published: 2009
Date Finished: 6-10-2016