- Crimson Romance
- Release Date
- November 2012
- Book 2 of Operation: Middle of the Garden
Operation: Middle of the Garden is a top-secret government and military operation running under the nose of the American public in Washington, D. C. Eight years ago, troops in Afghanistan stumbled upon the remains of what looked to be the Garden of Eden. The skeletal remains of two trees peeked through centuries-worth of sand and debris. The soldiers who discovered the trees were coerced into being test subjects for the trees' fruit. The fruit from the supposed Tree of Eternal Life turned the men immortal. Now, the Operation seeks to test the fruit from the second tree: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Jericho Edwards was the first test subject at the inception of Operation: Middle of the Garden. When he viewed his nurse Emily Kent for the first time, a mysterious Voice whispered, "The One," to him. Jericho and Emily immediately became soul mates, a phenomenon caused by the fruit that became known as Impulse pairing, but Emily died a short while later due to a complicated pregnancy. Jericho has never been the same. He remains in the compound of the Operation because he has no desire to live, yet no other option but to live. He agrees to test the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil so he is of some use to the compound.
Dahlia Gutierrez is a convicted criminal. When faced with prison or joining Operation: Middle of the Garden, Dahlia immediately chooses to become a test subject for both trees. She has a secret, and she needs the kind of potential freedom to flee at the drop of a hat that prison would impede. One thing's for sure: she's learned a lot from her past, and she's going to do whatever it takes to make sure she never makes those mistakes again. The biggest lesson she's learned? That she can only depend on herself.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Aug 02, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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What appears to be the Garden of Eden is discovered and within it are the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The soldiers who discovered it are coerced into being test subjects for the fruits of the trees.
Jericho is an immortal because he ate of the fruit of both trees. He can tell by touch if someone is good or evil and he can't be killed. He lives with the others like himself in a lab where he is experimented on. His friend and boss sends Jericho after a killer.
Dahlia is the killer and an immortal, too. She escapes and wrecks everything to get out. Jericho follows to bring her back but in the process he is told by an anonymous voice that "she is the one." His other mate died years ago and he thought he would be alone forever since he couldn't die.
Now his life has new meaning but when he touches Dahlia, he is told she is evil. He is devastated but continues on his mission to bring his new mate back to the compound and her jail.
She outmaneuvers him at every turn and the pain of not acknowledging their attraction weighs heavy on both of them. He is about to go crazy with wanting her when he discovers her secret. I will not tell you what it is, but I can say that Dahlia has a good reason for running.
I give this action-packed, sexually-charged story a definite thumbs up and rate it with four stars. I would have given it five, but it just ended too abruptly. I wanted more and I believe there is more. The author has a good series going, and I was left gasping for breath and searching for more pages.
It's a great story though, and I'm glad I took the read. I can't wait to hear more.
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