Abby Blake
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
March 2011
Book 2 of Altered Destinies
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Dana Michaels knew from a very early age that something about her was different. After an abduction attempt a few years ago, she understands just how different she really is. Now she lives her life on the run, ready to up and leave at a moment's notice.

Peter Nash is just trying to do his job, but when he meets the person he is assigned to protect he discovers Dana is the woman he and his brother, John, have been waiting for. Dinner leads to an undeniable attraction, an attraction that becomes overwhelming when Dana discovers that empaths can also have a link to each other's sexual desire.

Terrified by the instant emotional connection, Dana wants to run, but when Peter and John's sister is mistaken for Dana and abducted, Dana must choose between the life she's always lived or the future she never expected.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jun 08, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
176 people found the following review helpful
Action, suspense, lust, love, and family...and that's just in the first chapter. RUNNER by Abby Blake has got everything an erotic romance lover could want. Great plot along with smokin' hot sex make RUNNER just about perfect.

Dana has been on the run her whole life, so it's no wonder when some woman comes into her work saying that she's her long lost sister, she doesn't believe her. Whether she believes her or not, her so-called sister is set out to protect her from people who are wanting to capture her for their sick experiments in the name of creating a super-human race. What she doesn't expect is Peter, the agent who's been charged with protecting her. Their attraction is instant, and when she meets his younger brother as well, she's amazed that she has the same immediate and intense set of feelings for him as well.

Peter and John know that Dana is their mate from the moment they meet her. Dana doesn't know what to do with all of these feelings and she's itching to do what she always However, when Peter and John's sister, Sandra, is abducted, she realizes that she has to stay and fight for the family that she never knew she wanted.

This book takes place shortly after the first book in the series, Lost. It can be read as a standalone, but I think reading the first book helps give a better background to what's going on with the plot. The plot is probably the best thing about the book. The story is based upon a developing storyline about a group of people with special powers who were bred in a lab by an evil scientist in order to make super-humans with extraordinary mental powers like telepathy, telekinesis, and empathy. These children were given to infertile couples and then abducted some time later, so they've all been lost.

Now this evil person is trying to find them all again to breed them, just like their biological mother was bred. But there are also federal agents who are trying to find them, to help protect them as well as to find the man behind all of the chaos. It's such an intense story that I literally fly through the books taking in what's going to happen next.

Dana is quite the character. She's been alone and running so long, she doesn't know how to react to people actually caring about her. It's lovely to see her flourish though under the care of Peter and John as well as Sandra, their sister. Dana and Theresa (from the first book, LOST) are sisters and I love how different their personalities are as well as the different paths they decided to take after finding their true loves.

Peter, John, and Sandra are siblings, and they all have telepathic powers. Sandra and Peter work for the Agency though, but they are all very close. It's quite interesting watching the relationship develop between Dana and the men because Sandra knows exactly what's going since they are all linked.

In essence, RUNNER was fantastic. With wonderful and diverse characters, intense sensuality, and an amazing plot that just keeps getting thicker, it will appeal to romance lovers across the genres while titillating those of us who enjoy romance's more erotic side.
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