Book Reviews

Infected: Paris (Infected 0.5) by Andrea Speed at DSP Publications

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 01-May-2016

Book Blurb

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. 

Roan is working a frustrating stalker case, with no shortage of suspects and little solid evidence, when he comes across a startling eyewitness living in his car across the street from the scene. A tiger-strain infected, the only one Roan’s ever met, Paris Lehane is a former Canadian golden boy who suffered a breakdown after becoming infected in college.  

While Roan's ex, Diego “Dee” Cole, warns against falling for the infected Paris, a man doomed to die, Roan struggles with his attraction and the knowledge that no happily ever after is possible for them.  

But is the knowledge enough to discourage him from following his heart? Roan helps Paris out of homelessness, and maybe a special hospital can help Paris with the infection, but Roan’s got his hands full with this case, and there’s no end in sight.

Book Review

I was shocked, but ecstatic, when I discovered that Andrea Speed had returned to her 'Infected' world and given me something I thought I'd never have - the story of Roan and Paris. If you've read the entire series, then you know Paris's story, but this is where they met, where they fell in love, and is the background I was always hungering for. I'll say it in advance, thank you, Andrea.

It was fabulous, and heartbreaking, to witness Roan and Paris's first meeting. Roan is a private investigator with a stalker case that has too many suspects, and not enough evidence. As he's trying to locate an eyewitness, he meets Paris who is homeless and living out of his car. Roan, being a virus child, can smell that Paris is infected, just not what strain. When Roan finds out Paris has the tiger strain he knows better than to get involved. Nobody lives long with that strain, it's too powerful for the body to handle. Roan has a bit of a hero complex, though, and he can't seem to stay away.

"Good Lord, there was something about him so magnetic Roan could feel the pull every time he smiled. It could be madness, mental illness, but there was so much intelligence in his eyes Roan wasn’t ready to buy it."

It was incredibly beautiful to see the spark that just exploded between these two men. I'm not talking sexually, either. No, the way their personalities just meshed, along with their senses of humor, and all the wonderful things that happen when you meet your soulmate. It was there, in every look, in every casual conversation, in the way they made each other feel. It made my heart ache, and my soul fly.

“I’ve wanted to die since I was infected. I finally feel like I wanna live again. Irony, huh?” His smile faltered a bit, went a little sour. “I probably have so little time left that buying a yogurt is a waste of time.”

Thank you, Andrea, so much for this gem! The world of 'Infected' has sucked me in from day one, and being able to spend more time here is a joy I treasure. It was so much fun watching Roan work his stalker case while dealing with finding Paris, getting him to the cat hospital for help, and handling Dee, Roan's ex-boyfriend EMT, who can see the disaster coming of Roan and Paris together from a long way off.






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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 120 pages/40942 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-February-2015
Price $4.99 ebook
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