Sunday, May 9, 2010

Hayashi's Hero

Title: Hayashi's Hero
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-580-7
Genre: [M/M] Paranormal Shapeshifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

The Circes of Dawn Endeavor are the second generation of genetically engineered super soldiers and they are far more dangerous than the first. This four man group is composed of ex- navy men and each are psychically gifted, in some manner. They served together before leaving the Navy and now they answer to the mysterious and powerful Mrs. Sharp. Like the first group of Circes, the members of Dawn Endeavor work on the behalf of the United States government, and it’s too bad they don’t completely trust their new boss.

Kisho Hayashi is a Circe, and his psychic gift is seeing visions, dreams and the potential pathways of tomorrow. Usually Kisho sees bits of pieces of information that don’t personally involve him, but that changes when he begins seeing the handsome face of a green eyed man...Morgan. A green eyed man that’s important to him and his future. But as a trained killer he’s afraid this new man—the man he wants, will cause death and destruction to his friends. Can Kisho find a future with the man who is his destiny or will that same fate take away everything he holds dear?

Hayashi’s Hero is the second release in Marie Harte’s new series, Dawn Endeavor, and takes up shortly after the previous book left off. It’s a fast paced story from the first page to the last and guaranteed to keep your attention. There’s action, betrayal, good character interaction, a few mysteries yet to be revealed and an intense attraction and blistering hot sex between Kisho and Morgan. While each story is independent of the others, there’s still an ongoing plotline that progresses with each book. That being the case, I heartily recommend they be read in order.

I like the whole mad government plot to genetically manufacture super-soldiers and Ms. Harte has taken the concept, turned it on its ear and given us a group of men changed, but still determined to battle for what they know is right. Adding Morgan to the mix as Kisho’s love interest was a nice twist, especially after his psychic gift and past association with Mrs. Sharp is revealed.

Put all these parts together with a couple of dastardly villains, and you have pretty much everything needed for an entertaining shape-shifter story. The only thing I regret is Kisho’s initial reluctance to tell his friends the truth regarding his sexual orientation, out of fear of rejection. I look forward to the next chapter in the lives of these men with the next release, Julian’s Jeopardy.

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