Thursday, July 9, 2009

Romance Book Review: Circe’s Recruits: Hale

Author: Marie Harte
Series: Circe’s Recruits
ISBN: 978-1-59632-939-3
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Shape-shifter/Paranormal Menage


First let me say I really like reading series like this one, one right after the other. When you read as much as I do it is sometimes hard to remember all the players a month or six after you've read the first book of the series. So while Marie Harte's Circe's Recruits first came out several months ago this book about Hale has only been out a short time. With the magic of the Internet all of these books can be found on the Loose-Id website to be read one right after another like I did.

As a wrap up to this part of the Circ series I liked Hale's story. While I loved Hale and his playboy, nice guy image, the star of the book for me was the former bodyguard of Elliot Pearl, McKinley or Robbie as he becomes known. He was always the wild card in the last two books and developing his character to match with Hale worked out really well because he seemed to the be the most easy going of the whole bunch. McKinley's tie in with the remainder of the intrigue of the story worked itself out kind of nicely as well.

All and all the Circe's Recruits series wasn't a bad read. There was a lot of action packed, bloody scenes, lots and lots of great sex scenes, strong female leads and while all the guys in the story were sexy men that turned into sexy beasts they still had their sensitive moments.

According to Marie's website it looks as though she's planning to continue with the Circ theme in the future as she has a new book on the horizon called Dawn's Endeavor. There is no exact date for the story's release, so Circ fans might want to keep their eyes open for future reports.

In the three years since Project Dawn disbanded, Hale continues to fight the good fight. Now civilians, his squad--Circe's Recruits--work for a private organization bent on cleaning up the mess left in the wake of Project Dawn's rebirth. Pearson Labs continues to create Circs, people who have been genetically changed. When needed, these Circs take on an altered form--one neither man nor animal, but something in between. But unlike the squad, the Circs coming out of Pearson Labs aren't sane.

Hale's dreams are more than nightmares--the prophetic doom of a beautiful woman he doesn't know and a man he wishes he'd never met: two people meant for him that are too involved with his enemy for Hale's peace of mind. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and Hale's beast won't accept less than the woman and man destined to become his mates. Then word arrives that Pearson Labs is finally coming down, and Hale has to race to save his mates from the fallout. Can they survive or will their love crumble under the enemy's chaos and deception too close to home?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, ménage (m/f/m with m/m sexual interaction), sex in shifted form, violence.

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