BRAIN by @CandaceBlevins #giveaway #review
Someone has hacked past Brain’s firewalls and sold the MC’s information. Brain and Bash are on a mission to catch the hacker, find out who hired him, and then make him pay.
Until Brain discovers the hacker is a woman, and just as smart as him. She’s so clever, he chases her a full week before he finally catches her.
She’s the enemy, and yet his wolf wants to protect her from Bash. Worse, his wolf is beginning to decide he wants to claim her.
This isn’t going to be pretty.
Warning: Fights with full-on violence and lots of blood, as well as descriptions of horrendous tortures to a captured female.
Okay, I’ll start nice, too. LOVE Candace Blevins, and since I’d already read & liked DUKE (1st in the series) I really wanted to read Brain’s story. If you haven’t figured it out, the RTMC are an MC of werewolves. I will say that you can easily read BRAIN without having read DUKE… just as you can read DUKE without having read any of the other “Kirsten O’Shea Universe” series that have character crossovers. Per Candace’s website, here is the reading order for it to all tie together:
For those reading all three series, the reading order is:
- Only Human
- The Dragon King
- Riding the Storm
- Acceptable Risk (in the Every Which Way anthology)
Here’s the order for the individual series:
Only Human series (Urban Fantasy)
- Only Human
- Book two – title unknown (late 2015)
Chattanooga Supernaturals (Paranormal Romance)
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club
Like I said. I’ve just read DUKE and BRAIN and had no problems, but I’m sure the experience would have been enhanced had I the backstories in my wheelhouse. What I don’t know hasn’t hurt me. [shrugs]
So here’s the set up. Brain is called Brain for a reason. Mega smart; club techie guy & hacker; VP. However, his firewall was hacked, information was sold to a gang and many of the RTMC were hurt because they were caught unawares. That means that Brain is determined to find the hacker, and when he does, it is Ice. Unfortunately they can’t interrogate Ice in their normal manner, because Ice… is female. What they don’t know is that Ice had been captured and tortured by the Russians and it has left her with a form of PTSD and a strong desire to escape, even if she does feel guilty about harm having come to some of the RTMC members.
It’s hard to write this review without posting too many spoilers, but suffice it to say that this is one emotional roller coaster of a book. This is where I’d head into Plan B, or as Brain would say, the “Not Nice” segment. When Candace Blevins says that there are “descriptions of horrendous tortures to a captured female” she does not say so lightly. If physical torture (especially of a female), genital mutilation, rape / forcible gang bangs, and/or humiliation are a trigger point for you, I’m gently suggesting you might not be comfortable reading BRAIN. I do commend Candace Blevins for realistically portraying that PTSD from rape/torture does NOT magically go away once you hook up with your soul mate, and that there is no quick & easy cure.
While there is some action at the clubhouse, expect this to be heavier on the romantic suspense than on the MC or paranormal side, and just remember – hold on tight and lean into the curves!
Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world. She lives with her husband of 17 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place, she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes BDSM Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and a smoking hot Motorcycle Club series.
Her Safeword series gives us characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work. Each book in the Safeword series highlights a couple with a different BDSM issue to resolve. Books are standalone and can be read in any order, with the exception of the two Davenport books, and the four Matte books.
Her urban fantasy series, Only Human, gives us a world were weredragons, werewolves, werelions, three different species of vampires exist, as well as a variety of other mythological beings.
Candace’s two paranormal romance series, The Chattanooga Supernaturals and The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, are both sister series to the Only Human series, and gives some secondary characters their happily ever after. Her three paranormal series are written so you can read one series, or all three, should you prefer only a particular genre.
You can visit Candace on the web at candaceblevins.com and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins and Goodreads at goodreads.com/CandaceBlevins. You can also join facebook.com/groups/CandacesKinksters to get sneak peeks into what she’s writing now, images that inspire her, and the occasional juicy blurb. You can visit Candace on the web and sign up for her newsletter at candaceblevins.com.
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