Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed
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….
This is the seventh book in the “Infected” series. This series was actually started as a blog story and grew and grew. These aren’t really romances either. The series is focused on Roan McKichan and his life. Roan is a virus child, born with the Werecat virus. Most virus children do not survive and NONE as long as Roan. Roan is unique in the world, hated and feared by many. Roan has a rocky road in life that never sees Roan get much peace. Dylan is Roan’s husband and Roan’s happiness. The two are very different but somehow they need each other. But again this isn’t a romance, Roan and Dylan’s relationship aside.
Andrea Speed writes a story that is fascinating. The characters are so different and they suck you into the story. Roan’s troubles grip you and leave you wondering what kind of situation he will find himself in next. You root for him and mourn for him. In this book Roan is so troubled by how he is changing, he worries constantly if he can “control” his lion. Roan’s life is also going through some changes. Two of his hockey friends are leaving with his secretary and friend, Fiona, considering going with one of them. Holden/Fox is also changing and getting more involved in Roan’s business. Holden is also involved with Scott, another hockey player, but doesn’t want to be.
There is always a bit of mystery in the storyline. It isn’t always hard to figure it all out but it is interesting to follow what happens. Just like in the rest of the series there are lots of times Roan has to “lion out” to deal with runaway cats. Roan shows how tough his is not just physically but mentally in the book.
Overall I have always loved Roan in this series. Andrea Speed keeps bringing him to life in my mind as I read through this series. The books in the whole of the series are character driven. This particular book didn’t hold the power of some of the previous books in the series but it was a solid read. I feel like there is a lot still going on with Roan and that the series is going to be one that I will continue to enjoy. (5 roses for the series!)
Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013, in Book Review, Four Roses, Novel: 150 pages and above, Science Fiction, TJ and tagged Andrea Speed, Dreamspinner Press, Four Roses, M/M, Novel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.