Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: Human Blend by Lori Pescatore

Human BlendTitle: Human Blend
Format: Paperback
Pages: 234 pages

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

"Marion, Virginia seemed like a nice place to live a normal life, but she is not a normal girl. Laney has special abilities that keep her looking over her shoulder as she makes her escape from the men who had kidnapped her. A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own. Laney's budding relationship with a local boy puts both of them in danger when the men she was hiding from find her. All of their lives will change forever as ancient secrets become unearthed. "

My Review:

Julie Miller’s got a secret and she’s on the run. After years spent being held captive and exploited by a bunch of bad guys, she has escaped and changed her name from Laney to Julie in order to avoid detection in any of the towns she passes through while on the run. She eventually ends up in the little town of Marion, the home of Mountain Dew. As soon as she enters town, she visits a market place to have lunch and is approached by a handsome teenager named Austin.

Although she does not want to involve anyone else in her problems by getting into a relationship, she can’t deny the attraction she feels for Austin. She soon finds herself spending more and more time with him and they fall in love. In the meantime, Julie’s checked out the local hospital to sign on as a volunteer. If she’s happy with the hospital, she just might stay. It turns out the hospital is as great as she’d hoped and so she goes looking for a place to stay. Enter Dr. Elsworth- aka Eli- the hunky doctor with a secret of his own.

Eli and Julie have an almost magnetic attraction and he feels strangely protective over her. When he witnesses her cure a little boy with her touch, he is fascinated and curious about her gift. Julie finds that he is too persistent in his inquiries and soon has to confide in him. Wanting to keep her close, Eli sets her up to view an apartment in a building he happens to own and they both become neighbours. Even though he’s aware that she’s in a relationship with Austin, he can’t help but resent their intimacy. Nevertheless, he has his precious hours working side by side with Julie at the hospital each day and gains satisfaction in their short time spent together.

Soon, another doctor joins the staff- he also has a secret. Dr. Marcus Samson is a devilishly handsome, incorrigible flirt who tries to get into Julie’s panties the first day at work. That’s before he finds out whose girlfriend she is and exactly what she is. That doesn’t stop him, though, and all this Greys-Anatomy-like drama makes for some interesting entertainment on the side. When all seems to be going well for them and Julie is almost assured of having finally evaded her pursuers and actually having a chance at a normal life, her past finally catches up with her and her one chance at happiness is threatened, along with the lives of those she cares about. What follows, is an action-packed series of events with some very interesting new characters introduced and a lot more background filled in for the reader to enjoy and, ultimately, anticipate the next book in the series- Earth Blend. Bring it on!

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