Series: Offspring #1
Published by Avon
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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They live ordinary lives, but they are extraordinary. They are the Offspring, children of a mysterious experiment gone awry--and they are in terrible danger.
A sexy stranger awakens Amy Shane in the dead of night. Lucas Vanderwyck barely has time to whisper a few words before three men burst into her bedroom and drag him away. But what Lucas reveals shatters Amy's safe little world forever.
Lucas and Amy share a psychic gift--a gift that could put them in mortal danger. And as they share night after night of savage passion, as a shadowy government conspiracy tracks their every move, they will fight to save each other. But only with their powers of second sight can they escape the terror of a perfect darkness. - via GoodReads
Recluse Amy Shane was sleeping peacefully in her bedroom when a stranger suddenly awakens her. His name is Lucas Vanderwyck and he’s there to let Amy know she’s not safe. She is an Offspring, a small group of individuals with psychic abilities, created by the government and dangerous to the world. Lucas warns her that the Government is after her, watching her every move, and she needs to be careful. Most importantly, he doesn’t believe her father committed suicide, like she was led to believe. Before he can reveal any more information, a team of government agents swarm in to drug and kidnaps Lucas.
Amy in her stunned condition feels like she has met Lucas before. Even more shocking is his admission that her father did not commit suicide. Was he murdered? By whom? Determined and curious to find out what really happened, Amy seeks out Lucas’ other Offspring friends Eric and Petra. Along the way, she finds out that Lucas is the mystery man who has been invading her dreams for months. She thought her mind was working overtime creating hot, sensual dreams, but really it was Lucas, who has the ability to communicate and interact with others through their dreams. He has known Amy was quiet a while now, but always kept his identity hidden from Amy, determined to keep her safe from him but unable to stay away.
Now that she knows who Lucas really is, she’s determine to save him from the government facility that is holding him hostage and torturing him. On her mission, with the help of Eric and Petra, she learns more about her abilities and others out there like her. She also learns more about her father’s involvement and the truth behind her father’s death. Finally finding Lucas has changed her life drastically, but can she save him in time or will she lose him forever?
Rush can write an amazing tale of suspense. I kept turning page after page desperate to know what was going to happen next. Amy is basically a woman on the run and the action has hardly any lulls. You make the discoveries with her. This is her tale and you are along for the ride. She has close calls, she gets into dangerous situations, and she meets some interesting people along the way. On the other hand, Lucas is being held captive and his storyline takes place in mostly the same location, but he still has an interesting story to tell. Rush knows how to keep the readers going from one page to the next, never knowing what is coming next.
The problems? Well, the big one for me was the romance. I started this book with the impression that it was a paranormal romance. While I feel it attempts to achieve that, it didn’t hit the mark for me. I could not believe the ultimate connection between these two people. They meet for five minutes in the beginning and Lucas has been meeting Amy in her dreams, but he didn’t reveal his identity. They attempted to meet in dreams while he was being held captive, but he was drugged and the connection wasn’t strong. Before Amy even attempts to rescue him, she knows she loves him. Already? Really? The romance just wasn’t tangible for me. I guess if you invest a little more faith into their relationship as the reader, it might be believable, but for me, it wasn’t.
In some aspects, the book was amazing. In other aspects, the book left me frustrated. I certainly do not regret reading it, but I didn’t find myself excited to pick up the next book in the series. I probably will continue reading the series somewhere down the road just to see what happens to the wonderful supporting characters. Hopefully the romantic storyline between those characters will be developed a little more.