Title: Infected: Prey, (2nd Edition)
Series: Infected 01
Author: Andrea Speed
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: Novel (384 Pages)
Publisher: DSP Publications (October 14, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5Hearts
Blurb: 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.
The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.
Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.
Review: I never thought that I would be a fan of this type of book but then again in this story they really are not what one would expected. They are infected and changed, even those who are born infected such as our sexy private detective. He is different from all the others.
I was impressed with the fact that it was one of those stories that you just couldn’t put down till you finished the story. Although I have to say that the first part dragged on for way to long. I think if it didn’t have all the added stuff to it; it would have gone way above what it ended up being for me.
I love the fact that it doesn’t follow the normal stereotype of paranormal. In this story it means that a shifter can turn into their big cat just like a werewolf does, during the cycle of the moon. It can be spread just like sexual diseases, through blood and semen so it is easy to become infected. Just like many infections you could change or you could die. It really just depends on how strong you are, and if you are younger then you have more of a chance to survive. I love the world this author created for her readers and damn the guys are hot.
Roan is an ex-cop now private detective who tries to solve the crimes involving other infected. He was born an infected and changed into a big ass lion. Roan is so different from the others; in the fact that he is not ill nor is he disfigured like so many others. He is a bit snarky and can be a pain in the ass, where as the man he has fallen in love with is the opposite of him.
Paris is a tiger shifter and he is a people person. It is what got him infected in the first place. He is gorgeous and a bit stuck into himself or should I say vain. Now while we have the two love birds, we also get several different mysteries going on. From missing people to find to a very crazy group of religious nuts jobs, a cat that is on the loose and needs to be put down in my mind, to a group that hates those infected and lots of trouble in between.
Now like I said this story starts off very slow and almost cause me to put the book down with disinterest, it slowly built into a pretty awesome story. I wasn’t too sure about the fact that the author put so much into this story but it turned out that it worked. The complexity of the characters and what was going on kept my attention longer than I thought it would. I loved the little twists that I found in it also.
I loved the romance our two sexy guys have going on and can’t wait to hear more about them in the future. I didn’t much care for the clichés that were in this story, nor the gay remarks that were throughout it but what can I say there is always something that you will find in all stories that you won’t much like. It doesn’t take away from the book at all though, so it was all good. I enjoyed reading it, but can admit that it won’t be one of those series that I read back to back. I also can’t see myself reading it more than once, but it is very interesting. It is just way too long for me to want to even read it twice, once is good enough for me.
Other than my little issues, this is one story that I would definitely recommend.