Saturday, August 24, 2013

Darwin's Natural Selection by Katie Allen

Title:  Darwin's Natural Selection 
Author: Katie Allen
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Human Design #2
Release Date: October 2012
Main Characters: Tom and Darwin
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Tom Cooper’s life was changed with one swift act of brutality. It’s been months and he still can’t forget that night, still lives in fear…especially fear of intimacy. So when a big, beautiful construction worker expresses interest, Tom freezes with every touch. How can the same man inspire both lust and terror? His hungry looks seem both dangerous and delicious? 

Darwin Bloom is a man without a life, an identity, even a real name. But he might have found a home in Tom. Living on the lam isn’t exactly conducive to relationships, but Darwin wants Tom too much to stay away. He’ll soothe his damaged lover with soft caresses, with patience, with his hard body—until the best sex of their lives in interrupted by agents from Darwin’s mysterious past. 

But that’s okay. There’s something wickedly naughty about love on the run.

My Review:
This is book #2 in this series and I have not read the first book. There were a few vague references to it, but this story overall wasn't affected by that missing book in my reading repertoire. If anything, what's missing in this story is just the simple details of what exactly was done to Darwin while he was in that treatment facility and how they escaped. There are five people who are on the run from the facility and it sounds like they will probably all get a story. They were medically enhanced in some way. 

Darwin has no idea who he really is and has no memory past nineteen months ago. The premise is really interesting and I really should go back and read book #1 (it's an m/f book). As a person now, he is witty and funny. He has the patience of a saint. He likes Tom so much and is so drawn to him that he really puts up with a lot of stress (both sexually and mentally) to be able to date Tom. I loved how devoted he was to the idea of making Tom comfortable, no matter what he had to do. He's a guy who naturally takes the reins and likes things pretty rough, but he stomps all that down so not to scare Tom. Above all else, he wants a relationship with Tom and will do whatever he has to do to get that...it made him a great character that I fell in love with. Between that and the way he used his sense of humor to make Tom relax...loved that.

Tom...poor Tom. My heart ached for him. He was brutally attacked six months ago and is having a really tough time letting go of that fear. To add problems, Darwin physically resembles the guy who attacked him which just ratchets his fear up higher. He knows his fears are unfounded and is as frustrated with himself as anyone. I loved the late-night phone calls between the two after their dates went wrong between the two. Their chemistry was allowed to develop without the physical threat which was perfect for Tom's mental place.

This book was a little bit of sci fi, a little bit of romantic suspense, a little bit of erotic romance, and a whole lot of beautiful contemporary romance. I enjoyed it. There is an overriding story of the five people who escaped which looks like it will flow over the course of the five books. I will probably check them all out as they release because I want to know how things end up for Tom and Darwin.

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