Series: New Species, #1
Published by Ellora's Cave Publishing on July 27th 2011
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Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments. Company scientists have spliced human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such “experiment” captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him—even if he hates her for it.
Fury has never known compassion or love. He’s spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. Now he’s free and set on vengeance. He vows to end her life but when she’s finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.
Fury can’t resist Ellie—the touch of her hands, her mouth on his skin, her body wrapped around his. He’s obsessed with the scent of his woman. And Ellie wants Fury—always has. She craves his big, powerful body and wants to heal his desolate heart.
But loving Fury is one thing…taming him is another.
It was only after going through several incarnations of post-apocalyptic and paranormal novels – throw in some Shapeshifters in there for the fun of it – that I felt brave enough to attempt this book. Helped by the blurb, I was curious to read about the more extreme emotions and actions (that seem to be given the right to be expressed in cross-bred-human species) of a not-quite human pairing.
What I liked was the very enticing setup of a world just about to tip into chaos because of differing bloodlines ironically born out of callous human experimentation, with several twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. And that was hugely enjoyable.
But Laurann Dohner merely offers us a glimpse of a scenario that could be more chilling and claustrophobic – and consequently, more terrifying – which I thought the story exchanged for extra erotica scenes and posturing alpha behaviour.
The writing and characterisation felt very uneven, making the story an unpolished diamond that has the potential to be a brilliant gem after careful editing and cutting. Otherwise, ‘Fury’ veered closely at times to becoming a cheesy B-grade horror movie with moments of tenderness between its star couple. Ellie flipped between helpless victim and gung-ho woman, naive in thinking her initial deception wouldn’t have consequences. Repetitive (and tiresome) behavioural traits and rather out-of-character/species phrases like ‘You’re breaking my heart’ made any suspension of disbelief harder than it needed to be and I felt that Ellie’s and Fury’s sudden transformation from hostile to happy loving couple lacked some layered depth. I wanted to see the New Species more lethal – or even hunt – , but we simply got hints of them needing to keep their aggression under control.
Whether I’ll continue the series is till up for debate, but I’m still glad I tried this.