Monday, December 11, 2017

Absolved by Marnee Blake

Title: Absolved
Author: Marnee Blake
My Rating: B

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Altered #3
Main Characters: Luke and Beth
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Entangled
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Sexual Intensity: spicy


Story Overview:
Since a brain-altering drug killed most of Luke Kincaid’s town—including his father—and left him telekinetic, he’s determined to stop the fanatic who stole the drug to create his own super-powered army. That means working with scientist Dr. Beth Jenkins, whose graphic tees and beautiful smile are some of Luke’s biggest distractions.

A science prodigy, Beth works with the FBI and solves the toughest crimes, but she can’t figure out what caused her mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The drug that ravaged Luke’s town is volatile, and the mortality rate is still high, yet Beth is convinced it holds the key to saving her mother, even if sexy and tortured Luke doesn’t believe it should be adapted for commercial use. 

When bodies start to pile up, though, the two loners must decide if the goals that tie them together are greater the fears that would tear them apart.

My Review:
This is a series I've followed ever since it came out. It's a cross between a dystopian story (which is what the first book felt like) and paranormal/superhero story (which is how this book felt as the world and these characters have evolved).

The town of Glory was the scene of an experiment gone wrong. The entire town was affected by Solvomine...a drug that killed most, but those that didn't die developed various super-powers. The series has been about how those few people who lived have gone on with this new reality. 

That would be enough for everyone to deal with, but the evil that is the root of this drug is still out there. There are people who want the drug for their own (usually evil) purposes. Luke is one of the soldiers trying desperately to prevent that from happening...oh, and he also was part of that original Glory group. 

Beth is a brilliant scientist. She's in the midst of trying to track Solvomine for the government, but she also thinks that there are important medical discoveries to be made through the drug. On the surface Luke and Beth are on the same side. They work for the same team and in conjunction with one another, but Luke thinks all of the drug should be destroyed, something Beth would never agree to. Oh, and yeah...they're also both really attracted to the other.

When Luke underwent this change, his reality changed in a drastic, traumatic way. He hasn't yet adjusted his mentality to accept all those changes. As a result, he works really hard to shut himself off emotionally. I liked how the story developed because of where it took Beth so she could see what was really going on with Luke. I loved that and the honesty that developed between the two of them even when it was really difficult...something that I don't think would have ever happened otherwise. 

I'm not sure, but I think this may be the last book in the series. Like I said, I've thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been very different from pretty much everything out there. Each book features a different couple from the original Glory survivors, so they all work as stand-alones, but to get the full effect and enjoyment from the series, I recommend reading all three books. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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