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Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened–no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses–the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered.
Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable.
For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.
This is my second shifter book by Jacobs and I am pleased to say, I clearly see the growth and depth between the two books. The first book, The Choosing, I read a few years ago left me disappointed with the superficial shifting. I have read an assortment of shifter books over the years and I prefer those with a strong link into what/why/how they shift. While I can appreciate the ease of ‘*blink* human to animal *blink*’ I crave the actual shift. I want to know how the shift affects them. I want to experience the change along with them. I wanna feel it. Combined with the alpha (MINE) men, this is why I read PNR. This time? I got it!
The story-line was distinctive, attentive and fresh. After their water was polluted with a foreign pathogen, adolescents either experienced ‘the change’ around puberty or they didn’t. Initially it wasn’t anything to be feared, until ‘altered’ children began to disappear for experimentation for a secret operation to create the perfect solider. Whoa, that’s scary.
Time moves a decade after the infection occurred and the shifters are living in hiding and most of them are in their mid-twenties. In addition to those altered (allowing them the ability to shift into a wolf), seers were also produced. A seer simply has the vision to detect altereds and determine the extent of their shifiting abilities. Most shifters only possess part of the enhancements but few were gifted (or cursed) with full shifiting capabilities.
Jordan and Daniel have an instant connection. Lightning bolts arc from across the room. BOOM. I love knock-you-off-your-ass greetings. Of course neither of them believe in mates and attempt to fight their magnetism from the get go. Stubborn silly boys! Not only are Jordan and Daniel easy to love, but the rest of their chosen families are playful and intriguing. I’m especially curious about Jordan’s second’s twin brother Sam. Sam has been favoring his canine side for the past eight years and refuses to shift back to human. Until he meets Ash and he may have found a reason to return to his two-legged form.
Action packed, highly strung sexual tension, and fierce pack loyalties- it’s got it all.
Occasionally it was rather tell-y, but it wasn’t distracting enough to bother me. I am rather discouraged when we are told something is going to happen….then it happens, but again this was sporadic enough to dismiss. And some of the dialogue was a touch immature for the boy’s age. However, when it came down to it- none of this held much water because I couldn’t put it down.
With this bright idea, vivid shifting, and fun-loving characters I can confidently say I will be back for the upcoming sequel.