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In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.
Roan is working a frustrating stalker case, with no shortage of suspects and little solid evidence, when he comes across a startling eyewitness living in his car across the street from the scene. A tiger-strain infected, the only one Roan’s ever met, Paris Lehane is a former Canadian golden boy who suffered a breakdown after becoming infected in college.
While Roan’s ex, Diego “Dee” Cole, warns against falling for the infected Paris, a man doomed to die, Roan struggles with his attraction and the knowledge that no happily ever after is possible for them.
But is the knowledge enough to discourage him from following his heart? Roan helps Paris out of homelessness, and maybe a special hospital can help Paris with the infection, but Roan’s got his hands full with this case, and there’s no end in sight.
Infected: Paris is the prequel to the Infected series, and since I’ve had it (the series) on my radar for quite some time, I thought it would be the perfect place to jump in.
I’m a big-time fan of the growly, jaded, hot cop, and MC Roan didn’t disappoint in that regard. He’s trying to crack a particularly tough stalking case, and MC Paris, a reluctant witness, agrees to help Roan. Paris (sigh), the poor guy. My heart broke a little for him, as he’s infected with a virus that makes him periodically shift into a tiger, an animal strain in the Infected world that’s fatal in most cases.
I love a good mystery almost as much as I love angry cops and wounded heroes, and Roan’s case was an interesting one; it was nice background fodder in a story that I realize really was intended for the sole purpose of explaining this established couple’s first meeting.
I’ll admit I can be hot and cold with the fantasy/shifter/AU trope. If it’s too cheesy or in-your-face, I’m out. None of that here, though. I totally bought into the idea that humans are at risk for shifting into animals/creatures, and that it’s a deadly, dangerous and different world from the one in which we live. That aspect of the story was part of the big picture, but the characters definitely drove the narrative, and that was refreshing.
My one—and honestly only—complaint about Infected: Paris is the off-page sexy time. Pardon me for being greedy, but I like sexy time. I especially like it when an author does a fantastic job of building chemistry and tension between characters, as was the case here. So, yeah, it was a crying shame (boo hoo!) I didn’t get to read about Roan and Paris uh…coming…uh, to their, er, conclusion. ;-)
This is my first book by Andrea Speed, and I truly enjoyed her style. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series soon!