Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed

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o-infected-undertowInfected: Undertow by Andrea Speed
Series: Infected, Book Seven
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Pages: 350 • Format: eARC
Published By: DSP Publications
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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

Now Roan is locked in a coma as the struggle between his human and werecat sides reaches a new extreme. All Dylan can do is sit, wait, and think.

Meanwhile, Roan’s assistant, Holden, wants to shed his old street life and his relationship with Scott, but he can’t seem to do either. Holden doesn’t want a relationship with Scott but finds himself drawn to him all the same, even if he can never fully reveal his past.

With Roan out of commission, Holden looks into the murder of an old friend. At the same time, Fiona takes on a case about underground death matches between infecteds—one with connections to the Church of the Divine Transformation.

Finally Roan wakes only to discover that his shifts have new consequences. His lion’s strength is growing, and he can’t hide from it any longer….

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2013.

four-stars

This book put me through the emotional ringer for sure. After all of the emotional pain of book 6, I was expecting to feel melancholy. It’s not quite how I felt at the end. I think I felt resolve for myself mostly. I felt all of Roan’s pain, and it was several times while reading this that I had to stop because I was crying uncontrollably. I get it, and I feel so bad and super protective over Roan. The two mysteries were good for different reasons but my review is based on the characters that’s all at this point. Roan is tired. That’s basis of this story. I think he’s been tired for a while, maybe even before Paris. All the events and everything he had to do was the icing on the cake to me. I’m tired for Roan. I cannot imagine what he was going through, and in the book my heart went out for Dylan. I 100% believe if Dylan left Roan then Roan would commit suicide. No one can change my mind on that one. So I have book 8 left, and a few novellas but I’m not sure how I feel this close to the series ending.

I don’t know how I feel about Holden at this point. My thoughts are all over the place, because unlike many characters Holden likes being himself. I don’t know if it’s selfish or a sociopath. He has the tools to be someone better, but I don’t know if he thinks he’s worth it, and that’s what I’m getting from him. On the other hand maybe normalcy is starting out with a relationship. It seems to be the path that Scott and Holden are on. Either brings baggage to the table, and both of them seem so damn stubborn that it shouldn’t work. Maybe expectations are super low that they are willing to deal with whatever when it comes to being together.

Roan’s vigilantism seems to catch up with him. I feel like I like/dislike the justice that he doles out. He is the only of his kind that is able to help people, but in helping people Roan losing his self, not just the lion surfacing and taking over, but Roan moral compass seems to decline. I don’t necessary like who he becomes, but it’s so unfair that its an necessary evil. I honestly don’t know how much more Dylan can take. It’s a lot mentally & emotionally to be with Roan. I could never take Dylans’ love away from him, but I feel like Dylan should re-evaluate his life. Is this what he wanted? How many more hospital visits, comas, and tears can you take. How much more personal attacks, and brutalization is enough for his sanity to still be in check.

I’m going to wrap this up because this down feeling I get with writing this review further proves my point of me loving and rooting for fictional characters. I would love to see Roan walk about from MK Investigations with Dylan and move away to open space off the coast of the Pacific Ocean. I pray book 8 gives Roan his peace that he so deserves.

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Review: Freefall (Infected, Book 4) by Andrea Speed

Review:  Freefall (Infected, Book 4) by Andrea SpeedSeries: (Infected #4)
on November 25th, 2011
Pages: 343 pages
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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.

Conceived bearing the lion strain of the virus, Roan is the only fully functioning virus child in the country—maybe in the world. But that doesn’t mean he’s okay. He’s still struggling with the death of his husband and the guilt of finding new love; his old enemy, the Church of the Divine Transformation, is becoming increasingly hostile; and he’s taken on a tragic cold case involving a long-missing boy.

As Roan fights to control the lion inside him, his world explodes with all kinds of trouble. The leader of the church is ramping up the violence against him, calling Roan out as a traitor to his kind. There’s a loose Infected terrorizing the city. And Holden, male prostitute and Roan’s unofficial assistant, brings him a case involving the suspicious death of one of Holden’s clients, which puts Roan far too close to a murderer for his state of mind
four-stars

Roan is still recovering from the heartache, but he is settling into his new life with Dylan. He is back working, but he is hiding some physical changes as his virus is mutating somehow. The Church of the Divine Transformation is still targeting Roan and in this book, someone close to Roan is caught in the crossfire, making the Lion roar for real. I was concerned about Roan and Dylan’s relationship for a while as Dylan isn’t as clueless to Roan’s coping mechanisms as Roan thinks Dylan is. Dylan is also struggling with his own needs and desires to be loved fully versus the ghost of Paris.

Meanwhile, the author introduces us to a new secondary character, Holden, who assists Roan in his investigation when Roan was recovering in the hospital. Holden and Dylan didn’t quite hit it off, but Holden is crazy like Roan so I like what he brings to this series.

This series does a fantastic job blending romance and mystery. Great writing, and I am curious to see what the heck is going on with Roan and his infection.

**Favorite Part: Dylan’s portrait

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Review: Life After Death (Infected, Book 3) by Andrea Speed

Review: Life After Death (Infected, Book 3) by Andrea SpeedSeries: Infected # 3
on May 16th, 2011
Pages: 350 pages
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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.

But when your heart is gone, it’s easy to fall into a black hole and never crawl out. Roan has been lost and alone for more than a year, and his best friends think a new case might be just the motivation he needs. Roan forces himself back into the game and discovers a dead man who might not be all that dead, a street hustler that wants to hustle him, and a dominatrix who is well prepared to take Roan’s orders. As Roan claws his way out of the darkness by diving back into his work, he finds himself in a race against time in the adrenaline-pumping realization that nothing helps a person want to live like helping someone else survive.

This one was an emotional journey as it has been a year [ since the loss. It was so sad to see Ro in such a funk. But it was so encouraging to see how Paris had taken so many steps to try to make sure Roan would be okay. He had notes, people etc to try to uplift Roan.
Work and a new friendship (the later also precipitated by Paris) finally started to help Roan take affirmative steps to living again. Dylan isn’t Paris, but he is good for Roan and I really like that.
I am kind of glad Matt wasn’t the choice as Matt doesn’t quite “know himself” and isn’t emotionally stable to deal with Roan and his issues.

The mystery (missing person & crimes) in this novel was a tad confusing, and I didn’t quite enjoy that merry go-round. But I found it refreshing that Roan was back to investigating and getting back into his professional life. Plus, he needs the money to pay bills. It also gave Roan an opportunity to deal with Matt in the workplace. That was was wake up call for all involved.

I am ready for book 4.

Ezi

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Bloodlines (Infected, Book 2) by Andrea Speed

Series: Infected #2
on December 17th, 2010
Pages: 222 pages
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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.

The newly married Roan is struggling to balance his work with his home life as he grows increasingly distracted by his husband Paris's declining health. One case with strong emotions attached takes up most of his time: finding the murderer of a missing little rich girl. It's a family with secrets so toxic they'd rather no one investigate, and there's no shortage of suspects. But despite the dangers and obstructions involved, Roan won't stop... until he loses something infinitely precious as well.
four-stars

Ezi’s Thoughts:
In this sequel, we find Rhoan and Paris newlywed, fresh from their trip to Canada where the visited Paris’ family. Paris’ virus was still wreaking havoc on his system. He had lost weight and Rhoan was getting really worried about his partner’s health. The Tiger strain that Paris was infected with, is one of the deadliest and all these seasons of forced change has finally broken Paris’ immune system down.
Ro gets a missing persons case, and it becomes clear that Paris will not be able to function as his assistant in the capacity that Ro is used to. Paris has low energy and is doing his best to hide how he is feeling so Ro won’t worry about him. So Ro sets out to find out what happened to the missing rich girl, both as a job and as a favor to their old friend. While the mystery was an interesting one, the personal life of Rhoan and Paris took front and center for me. I was so sad when Paris didn’t get into the clinical trial and I read the rest of the book with this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. But I held out hope as I am an optimist and I just kept the belief that love will find a way. Ro is so strong because it would be devastating to watch your loved one waste away right before your eyes.
But this story really gave us the bird’s eye view of “For Better or For Worse”.

Very torturous writing by Andrea Speed. I would like to say Bravo…but I would also like to say a big “F” you too. That’s how mixed up the story made me. It must have taken guts for the author to take this risk, but it was a good story. I will read book 3 soon because I want to know what happens next.

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!