Title: The Lost: Sin Hunters, book 1
Author: Caridad Pineiro
Publisher: Hatchette Book Group
Buy link: Buy The Lost Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . .
Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.
The only memories Adam Bruno retained of his childhood are traumatic and horrifying, vague memories of screaming, fear, and being pulled out of his hiding place by CIA agent and now adoptive father, Salvatore Bruno. Now as a nearly 30 year old successful business owner, Adam is feeling restless. He is used to the isolation and learned early on to make sure that no one but Salvatore knew of his “special” abilities. He can pull the life force energy from other living things and assume their form, but he is losing control of his powers and that puts him and Salvatore in danger. When an attempting kidnapping brings Adam into contact with beautiful ex-Marine Bobbie Carrera, Adam is both attracted and wary. Her energy is unlike any he’s ever seen or felt, and yet very familiar. Bobbie is trying to rebuild her life, after a bombing in Iraq caused massive injuries to her and nearly wiped out the rest of her Marine unit. She is inexplicably drawn to Adam and wants to draw him out of his solitary life, but there are several factions working behind the scenes to keep Adam and Bobbie apart. It soon becomes apparent that nobody is who they seem.
The Lost is different from any paranormal romance I’ve read to date, and I’ve pretty much run the gamut. This is a new breed of being, steeped in Aztec lore and complex science. As the flagship book for a new series, The Lost has a large amount of information and back story to put forth, and I don’t think any other author could have made it such a smooth journey. Ms. Pineiro takes the reader on a historic ride through ancient civilizations into the modern world with an emphasis on physical science that could have been dry and boring but was instead interesting and compelling. Adam was good hero material, but it was the characters surrounding him that made the story so gripping. There is not just one villain in the story, and there are degrees of darkness to each group. Some are really evil and dastardly, and some have decent intentions and just become lost in the deceit.
Bobbie was a great character. A soldier and caretaker at heart, she doesn’t hesitate to come to Adam’s defense, even when he has a typical boneheaded guy moment near the end of the book. Reading about Bobbie and Adam’s struggle to find each other and themselves was a truly moving experience. If you love series like I do, then grab on to this book with undue haste. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next one.