Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Experimenting with Ed

Title: Experimenting with Ed
Author: Katie Allen
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419928796
Genre: {M/F} Suspense, light BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Not satisfied with her job, Claire knows that her boss is not being honest about her research results and she is not about to stand by, watching him take the credit. She is not good with human interaction and when she is persuaded to go out with her co-workers to celebrate at a night club, panic starts to set in. Her boss, Gordon, comes on too strong to her and Ed, the handsome bouncer, comes to the rescue.

Now that Ed has made himself her protector, Claire accepts his offer and they slowly start a relationship because he doesn’t want her to be repulsed by his need to protect her. They find themselves on the run; she is faced with the reality of being without a job and needing Ed to give her the right answers for their future. After he rescues her from her apartment building fire, and numerous murder attempts, they are forced to find refuge with another of Ed’s friends, who holds the same secrets as he does.

Experimenting with Ed is a short story of a lab geek and a genetically altered man, who find love while on the run to survive the danger following them. This is the first book in the Human Design series and I am waiting to get more insight from the next story on why or how Ed was genetically changed. This story is not so forthcoming with much history on either of the characters and I felt they came together by chance because of Claire’s non-existent social life.

Claire’s shyness towards people wasn’t unique for a lab geek, but she made an effort to overcome it. Her honesty, and trust is a plus too, had me liking her even more. She had her moments when she forgot to be shy and she became hell on wheels.

Ed is a reserved person, hiding from authorities who want to use him for their own reasons, and his protectiveness of Claire earned him big points from me. It made sense to me why he tried to be nondescript when he was around others, so as not to draw unwanted attention and he has a humorous side.

This is a nice story by Ms. Allen and she does a great job of storytelling. Her plot is well thought out and making it more believable for me. The romance between Ed and Claire is steaming hot with a little BSDM thrown in and left me needing a fan and cool drink afterwards. Ed introduced one of the five men that are with him, Darwin is his name, and I think his story will be a good one too.

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