Monday, January 12, 2015

INFECTED PREY by Andrea Speed

Book One in the Infected Series
Second Edition
Dreamspinner Press
October 14th, 2014
Paranormal M/M, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Author
4 Hearts

For ex-cop, now a private investigator, Roan McKichan, life h as never been normal. When a werecat virus swept through the world, it changed everything. Roan is one of the born infected’s and this time life is about o get complicated, even for Roan.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into the case even as secrets as well as potential bad guys emerge to cause nothing but trouble for Roan and his partner and lover, Paris. But it will take the combination of Roan and Paris to solve not just the murder of a cop but also find a boy missing who  may have become ‘cat obsessed’ and time is running out to find the answers they need. To survive in a society forever changed, Roan will need every ounce of his strength to find the answers, solve the case and stay alive. Just not in that order.

Andrea Speed is my favorite author and I love the books this author puts out. I had this series on my short list of wanting to read this year and I was thrilled to be able to finally get to it. A word of warning, INFECTED PREY is not one long novel; instead it is two novellas in one. If you are looking for an explicit story then this one isn’t it. There are some sexy bits but it isn’t in graphic detail.  The author introduces us to Roan McKichan and Paris Lehane and I got to admit, these two make me swoon something fierce. Roan is tough as nails, strong and battles his werecat daily where Paris is just flat out gorgeous and Roan marvels at how much Paris loves a guy like him. The author does a great job in creating two very different main characters and I loved how the author shows their vulnerabilities and more within the pages of the first book. The writing was tight, flowed smoothly and kept the reader entertained till the very end. The world building is amazing. You have a society totally changed, werecat infected people turning up and more all situated neatly within this amazing world Ms. Speed created. I am in awe at how fleshed out this world is and it totally pulls you into this world with barely a ripple to my imagination.

Meet Roan and Paris. These two are polar opposites but as they say opposites attract and boy do they. Roan is a born infected and finds he must battle for supremacy of his werecat inside him. Let’s just say this guy is ‘THE KING’ of the jungle in more ways than one. Paris is model gorgeous and was infected after the virus came about. We get bits and pieces of each characters pasts and it helps layer even more emotional aspects to the storyline that left me eager to know more. There is humor, sexy scenes that lead to things off-screen and mysteries that totally hooked me. There are a few scenes that hint at something coming, something that will rock Roan’s world but we don’t get the full story till later in the series. Overall the characters are well written, intriguing and definitely kept my attention to the very end. The wide cast of characters introduced in INFECTED PREY had me thinking Roan is going to have his hands full in coming books in the series if the hints in this first book are to be believed. What I really loved was not needing a scorecard to figure out who was what within the cast of characters. The author does an amazing job in keeping the cast just large enough to give the story depth and different point of views while maintaining that unique vibe I felt throughout the story.

INFECTED PREY is an introduction to a series that is fast becoming my ultimate favorite one from this author. If you like shifters, mystery, crime fiction then you might enjoy the Infected series from this author. Now all I can say is onto book two because I just can’t wait to see what happens next for Roane and Paris.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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