Author: Joely Skye
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Series: Book One in Minders Series
Rating: * * * * *
Romance Level: ♥♥
Description: True love…or a trap?
Josh Mackay has studied his quarry for two months, and now it’s time to earn his pay. Bringing in an escaped Minder—a psi who can bend anyone’s mind to his will—takes a specialist.
Luring the surprisingly naïve Kiran Brunner to a safe house is almost too easy. As the tranqs take hold, though, the beautiful monster’s last plea, don’t let them hurt me, tears at Josh’s conscience. To his horror, they do just that.
Kir let his loneliness and instant attraction to Josh lure him into a trap he should have sensed. Even as his consciousness fades, he sinks psychic hooks into Josh as a pure reflex, a survival instinct honed by years of abuse at the hands of the agency.
Even though Josh’s job is done, he finds he can’t simply walk away. Not only because of what Kir is, but why the agency wants the boy back. Trouble is, he doesn’t know if he’s doing the right thing…or if his will is being twisted by the mind of a murderer.
Review: When Josh Mackay first begins his hunt for a lost minder he never expects to fall in love. The lost, gulable, and beautiful Kiran Brunner is not anything like Josh had expected. Even though Kiran, Kir for short, is just the prey Josh finds himself instantly protective of the mind bending psi. The two find themselves running for lives and into a mess they may never untangle.
The story is told through the point of view of the two main love interests Josh and Kir. The fast pace is both logical and emotional, told in a dramatic and gripping tone, which left me unable to put it down until the last page. I was constantly trying to figure out if Josh really was in control of what he was doing or if it Kir controlling him. Joely Skye writes a dynamic love story between two people who live worlds apart. She is a talented author that takes us on an imaginative ride through a dark world of mind benders and their hunters.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a unique alternate world and the possibility of love in all the wrong places. The book ends with an unsettling feeling and an intense cliffhanger, so be warned there are also books two and three to follow the story. The author also recommends that the books are also read in order for maximum enjoyment.