Friday, June 16, 2017

Ann Somerville - Somatesthesia

Devlin Grace’s experience with child exploitation cases lands him a new assignment with the Special Crimes Investigators unit of the Federal Justice Agency, plus a new partner who could make the job tougher than expected. Connor Hutchens possesses incredible, scientifically enhanced senses…and zero social skills. Word on the street is that his last partner left under a cloud—and it was Connor’s fault.
Connor blames himself for losing his previous partner, and wants to do right by his new one. But Devlin confuses and frustrates him, and he struggles to cope with Devlin’s swift intelligence, quirky humor and teasing sexuality.
With the dangerous, perplexing case facing them, there’s no one Devlin would rather have at his back than Connor. But the longer they work together, the higher the sexual tension rises—until attraction boils over and puts everything at risk. Their careers, the children they’re trying to save—and any chance of lasting love.

Comment: I've had this book in the pile for a long time before I decided to start it. Story of TBR's life...however, the opinion of some people I know made me eager enough to try it now.

This is a story set up in the future where we gradually realize several things are different from the contemporary world, being the most obvious one how some people can enhance themselves with technology. Connor Hutchens is one such man, he is a detective and was adopted by a scientist when he became an orphan and he and his brothers by adoption were experimented on but at the same time cared for by their father.
Devlin Grace is also a detective who is partnered with Connor, someone everyone respects but sort of fears. The two detective start working on a case and when things seemed to be going on well, the killer they are searching for focuses on them and Connor is put in danger. What comes from that can mean salvation or death for them...

This story started pretty well for me. I liked the starting notes on the world development, I liked the details about the positive changes the world had lived through (namely how people could simply say they were married with same sex spouses and that was no big deal) and how the task forces were now organized, something we learn by seeing Devlin go through his first day as a partnered detective in the new department.
The story promised a lot and while the mystery wasn't as interesting to me, it allowed the characters to move along and that was  also quite fascinating.

I could say up to half the book I was really engaged and the sexual tension was well done, the relationship - which obviously started as simply professional, then evolved to caring about that person as a human being, then as a partner and even ahead as a romantic interest - always vital and vibrant and the scenes between the two guys riveting.

Then something happens and Connor needs Devlin's emotional help (as opposed to only personal/professional) and it's assumed they are now together. From this point on, I just don't think the story lived up to its potential because feelings got too mushy and unlikely for the amount of time they knew each other and the plot and secondary situations around it started to mix up and feel weirdly staged. My opinion.
So, I was starting to loose interest, the romantic relationship didn't feel special anymore for me... finishing the book was a duty more than a pleasure so that's why my opinion is average but on the more negative margin.

I can't explain very well why the story evolved negatively for me apart from what I just said but as a whole, things were no longer as interesting and details started to lack importance.
Catching the killer wasn't what I imagined and what came after only prolonged a story that was no longer full of life.
Devlin and Connor, whose personalities seemed to be quite easy to spot and their reactions expected, just turned into cheesy silly adults pretending they were deeply in love - in my opinion. Then secondary characters got in the way...I just think it no longer was the same as in the beginning.
All in all, stared so well butt he balloon lost air as it approached its end...
Grade: 5/10

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