I love this author’s books and have been distracted and unable to try this creative series until now. This prequel novella seemed a good place to start for an introduction to the Sentinel world and characters.
I have a suspicion that I should have started with book one regardless of the fact that this is a prequel because there was a sense that I was only getting a quick crash course into the worldbuilding and book one would have a deeper explanation- or not, I don’t know. I’m just guessing. Anyhoo! It was still good stuff and I definitely want to continue on with the full-length books in the series. The prequel did its job and whetted my appetite to get more even if there were aspects that left me wanting more.
The story opens with Ph.D student and brilliant scientist, Angela Locke, letting her friend talk her into a night out to kick start her nearly non-existent social life. Angela has never fit in, not even with her partying alcoholic mother, and is pretty awkward around other people, but within the confines of her lab and studying genetics she feels right at home. Although, there is one thing her mind drifts too when not staring at Petri dishes and microscopes- make that one man. She crushes on the visiting professor at her school, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. He comes to her lab every day to check on her work and exchange a few words. It’s never more than that, but she dreams of more.
If only the gifted and beautiful woman knew, Niko thought. Angela had no idea who and what she really was, but beyond her gifts and appearance, she was also part of his mission and he couldn’t let himself get distracted even for the woman who temps him for the first time in his life. Niko knows that a rogue, psychotic Sentinel- or freak as the norms call them- had plans for Angela. The Sentinel had eluded everyone else and killed some of his closest friends, but Niko was a good, patient hunter. He knew Angela was the key to draw her out and his job as a hunter was the most important thing so why did he feel guilt at using Angela as bait and worried that she never find out that fact? But then things happen fast and are out of his control. He is forced to face a choice between duty, revenge, and love.
This one was one of those that had a big job to do to tell a story, introduce characters and their world and lead into a series. It was a lot to bite off for a novella-length piece. I think it mostly succeeded though certain aspects did feel like they needed more time developing. I felt that the relationship needed more time even though I had no trouble believing in it or the characters being together. Angela had a lot to process and I guess that is why I felt the romance got rushed through to give the book a sense of completeness. It wasn’t bad, but it definitely was good enough to deserve more page time. I was left with several questions in the end. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt that many of my questions get answered further in the series.
As to the strengths, I liked the characters and their passion, the action sequences and I liked the camaraderie between the guys. I was intrigued by the creative Sentinel world. I definitely want more and plan to continue on with the series.
So, if you’re like me and into creative worldbuilding involving a unique paranormal people, exciting and dangerous scenes and passionate developed characters in your Paranormal Romance then you might want to pick up this series and give it a try.
My thanks to Kensington and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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