Monday, April 12, 2010

Somatesthesia


Title: Somatesthesia
Author: Ann Somerville
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-60504-986-1
Genre: {M/M}, Science Fiction, Futuristic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Due to be published April 20th, 2010

Needing a change from child exploitation crimes, Devlin has recently transferred to the Special Crimes Investigators Unit. His new unit pairs up altered and non-altered investigators. Trying hard to ignore the office gossip, Devlin is intrigued by his new partner.

Orphaned twice as a child, Connor was ‘cured’ of his blindness by his new father. As an adult, these alterations come in handy in his job as an investigator. Having already lost one partner, Connor is not looking forward to breaking in a new one.

Set in the distant future, Somatesthesia by Ann Somerville brings together two totally different men and shows them that the only way they can ever be complete is with each other. Throwing them into a kidnapping case shortly after meeting, the author gives these two no choice but to learn about each other on the run. Almost to the point of being a cyborg, Connor, who was raised by a father more interested in science than children, is socially inept. His behavior to the situations around him and his corresponding actions come across realistically. The author does such a wonderful job making this character believable that the reader will have no problem understanding why he behaves the way he does. With Devlin, the author has given the readers a character that, because of his childhood, is open about who he is and what he wants. While the reader may not agree with some of his actions, they will understand why he acts the way he does. Although not a page burner, the passion between these two is intense and does not come across as gratuitous. As this story draws to a close, make sure you keep some tissue handy as you will need it.

The crime story aspect of this story will hold the readers interest as there are many little twists and turns along the way, while Connor and Devlin search for the kidnapper. This book is definitely one I will be re-reading again.

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