This book could not come quickly enough. I had to know what happened with Kitty, Nick, and the rest of the gang of Altereds. The story jumped right in where the other left off switching to Kitty as the heroine and Nick the hero during a daring operation to rescue Kitty and stop an evil scientist. Action, romance, intrigue, and a bunch of people altered to have powerful gifts. Just the thing!
This is the sequel to Altered and carries on the story though the lead characters change. Not good Standalone or out of order.
In the first book, Kitty was a gentle, thoughtful girl who lived a very sheltered and restricted life away from others due to her parents’ odd religious views and fears. The change in her that now allowed her to read minds nearly drove her crazy and then to be captured by the scientist responsible and ‘tested’ for three months in his lab has nearly broken her. She has learned to block the thoughts of others out of self-preservation, but then she discovers an emerging element of her gift- she can send thoughts as well as receive them making her more dangerous and interesting. It has been three months and she has given up all hope of rescue from her friends until Nick, Seth’s army pal is suddenly there.
Nick feels such guilt for all that happened to Seth and his fellow Altereds when the traitor who was Nick’s roommate sold them out. He is especially remorseful about Kitty. She was taken and has probably suffered a great deal under Field’s mad attempts to tweak his drug and experiment on more people. Luke and the Jack booked it for Mexico and Seth and Blue were forced into hiding after their encounter at the Army base so that leaves Nick to find and rescue Kitty. He has to go back and work with the military to do it.
Finding her was the easy part because Fields has not been idle while Nick and the intelligence guys worked. He’s up against a new group of altereds and time is running out as Fields seeks to sell his work to the highest bidder. And during this time, he and Kitty grow close and now he is afraid to lose her for an entirely different reason.
This one was as strong and exciting as the last book. The situation remained taunt with danger for most of the book, but there was time for the characters to grow and start a relationship. Kitty is a different sort of heroine in that her self-worth is incredibly low. She is snarly and antagonistic at first because she sees herself wrongly and definitely gets Nick wrong as a result. He sees a strong, quietly courageous girl that he wishes he could protect from all the bad that has happened to her even while his need to protect leaves him feeling guilty and helpless. She thinks he pities her and sees her as a liability because her gift is not strength, speed or tactics. There issues provide the internal conflict and is what makes their relationship build cautiously.
Kitty was not a heroine I couldn’t connect with completely. She has her good moments like at the beginning when she is toughing it out just to stay alive and then that time in the middle when she was connecting with Nick. However, early encounters with Nick and then late in the story, we had a disconnect. I got that she had issues because of her past, but she comes across as first petulant and whiny and then later she did such a one eighty that it left me with whiplash- she totally turned into the person she accused Nick of being. I don’t mind characters growing, but it was a huge leap from her mousy whiny ‘woe is me because I can’t see how powerful I really am’ to ‘I am an Amazon warrior woman hear me roar’ flip. Now, I didn’t hate her, but I couldn’t connect with either extreme of her.
Nick was a fantastic hero. He had a need to protect and nurture so that he took the blame for anything going wrong, but in general, he was a stalwart, upstanding guy who did the right thing. He had a lot of patience with Kitty and worked hard to convince her that she was special and wonderful to him. He respected her and treasured her even though he thought she didn’t like him.
Alongside the love story is the ongoing excitement of bringing down Fields and others who would exploit the formula that altered people to give them the enhanced gifts. The fight and fleeing scenes were intense especially now that there were other altereds working for Fields. There was a secondary plot building in the background that will carry the series forward though I liked where the end of this book left things after that huge battle scene involving all the altered.
In summary, this was a strong, engaging sequel. Those who like the superhero or super human type stories will definitely want to give this slightly spicy NA Sci-Fi Romance a try.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #220 NA
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