One word: swoon. There were WAY too many hot boys in this book that it practically gave me heart palpitations from page one. It was almost too distracting, but in a good way. The premise of the book was initally off-putting for that reason. It just seemed like a way for an author to put a bunch of crazy attractive boys in one room together and have them compete for Anna's love. Plus the setting seemed like some sort of fetish fantasy. How wrong I was.
Even though I liked Nick from the start (I'm so weird, I know), Sam was a great character. He was confused but driven, and still wanted to protect his pseudo-family, comprised of himself, Trev, Cas, Nick, and Anna, the protagonist. Anna constantly wants to prove herself to these boys, as a friend, as someone they could trust, as someone who could defend herself, and could defend them as well. She was willing to help them escape the laboratory in her father's basement and pursue the answers behind the boys' amnesia and their genetically altered abilities.
The mysteries behind Sam, Nick, Cas, and Trev's tattoos and other clues are what drives the story forwards. The suspense keeps building and building, and although I called a few aspects of the ending, I was pleasantly surprised where the story left off. There was enough intrigue that I was kept engaged while entertained by each of the characters' quirks and personalities. I particularly loved reading Cas' dialogue. He's smart-mouthed and quick to add a hilarious remark to lighten the tension. While Trev is caring and attentive, Sam serious and brooding, and Nick angry and tense, Cas is able to downplay these clashing personalities, even while he is pegged as the "annoying" one. Anna is also able to handle the boys, even as she learns of their backgrounds as memories and answers to their questions start to surface. One of my main faults was that these personalities were too cut and dry, or too stereotypical. I wished for a little more depth for some of the boys and for Anna, who's interest in Sam was too grade-school crushy for me.
While I don't think the story would have been as forceful without all these attractive men (who were too attractive, in my opinion), the ultimate unveiling at the end was well-worth the wait. I'm so excited to read the next books, and I highly recommend this one to anyone up for some hot guy action coupled with thrills and secrets.show more
by Janita Van Dyk