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Monday, October 26, 2009
Review - Circe's Recruits: Hale by Marie Harte
Title: Circe’s Recruits: Hale
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
In the three years since Project Dawn disbanded, Hale continues to fight the good fight. Now civilians, his squad--Circe's Recruits--work for a private organization bent on cleaning up the mess left in the wake of Project Dawn's rebirth. Pearson Labs continues to create Circs, people who have been genetically changed. When needed, these Circs take on an altered form--one neither man nor animal, but something in between. But unlike the squad, the Circs coming out of Pearson Labs aren't sane.
Hale's dreams are more than nightmares--the prophetic doom of a beautiful woman he doesn't know and a man he wishes he'd never met: two people meant for him that are too involved with his enemy for Hale's peace of mind. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and Hale's beast won't accept less than the woman and man destined to become his mates. Then word arrives that Pearson Labs is finally coming down, and Hale has to race to save his mates from the fallout. Can they survive or will their love crumble under the enemy's chaos and deception too close to home?
Not having read the previous Circe Recruits novels I was a little apprehensive about starting the third book without ever seeing the other two, but I needn’t have worried. To say I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not only following the story, but completely immersed in the plot and the characters from the first few paragraphs is not an exaggeration. Ms. Harte manages to provide a substantial amount of background information in the guise of her characters relating their history and experiences to each other all while managing to entertain her readers. In addition, as she is establishing her characters' connection to each other, we see that she solidifies those connections in very “tactile” ways. Circe Recruits are soldiers, they are most at home with some physical activity, be it fighting, rough-housing or making love.
Circe Recruits: Hale is without a doubt a flaming hot book: it is not for the unadventurous, timid reader. Somehow, Ms. Harte is equally detailed (graphic) and sensitive in her descriptions of both the love scenes and the battle scenes, and she is not shy as to the number of people involved in either. That is not to say that either “dance” is gratuitous or salacious; they are just fairly action-packed or adrenalin-filled depending upon the occasion. Essentially, this book is a lot of fun with a creative plot, interesting characters, steamy sex, sharp dialogue and the added benefit of a continuing storyline – what more could a reader desire?