Talent to Burn by Laura Welling
Summary : Distinctive. Stirring. Sexy.
Book one Hidden Talents series is a refreshing read with interesting twists and turns, most importantly it creates characters that feel real, most of the time. World building was relatively quick as was story progression throughout most of the novel, the plot faltered in the middle. Entertaining enough to finish in one sitting. Best of all the romance is provocative and incorporated in a way that does not drive the story.
Catrina Wilson is an untalented Talented on the run. Cat comes from a place and family where unnatural Talents are prevalent, but when she is unable to identify one as her own, she is placed in a precarious situation that leads her to flee and hide. As soon as she begins to drop her guard, she finds that her past has caught up with her. Now she is not only fearful for herself, but for her Talented brother, Eric, whom she learns is a murder suspect. Cat is thrust into the world she desperately tried to escape from as she searches for her brother and the truth. She quickly discovers that she is unable to proceed alone and must rely on the charming and sexy Finder, Jamie Murphy. While Cat wants nothing more than to find her brother and help him so she can go back into hiding, proximity and chemistry between her and Jamie may lead her to change her mind.
These characters are great. This heroine is different. She isn’t perfect, she is ballsy but not quite effective, she is caring but not great at showing it, she is a bit of a mess, she is genuine. It was nice to see her perceptiveness when she assessed her growing feelings for Jamie yet that same awareness declined in the midst of overpowering emotions where here brother was concerned. This made her human and very likable. Jamie is one hell of sexy bad boy. He is good and bad in all the right ways. The chemistry between these two is hot and sexy. Secondary characters were also note worthy and interesting on their own accord, but could have had more growth and development. Perhaps book two will fill in the gaps.
This world is new and exciting and definitely has an x-men feel to it. Welling succeeded in putting together a fun, sexy, and interesting read, though it may have been a little too fast paced to allow it to shine to its fullest.
** This book was received by the Author in exchange for an honest review.**