A Chance Encounter is the first book I have read by Gale Stanley and the first in the new series from her, Hybrids #1. I have mixed feelings about this book so I give it a 3.25 rating.
This is Gale Stanley’s take on the Secret Government Project/Evil Scientist story and she does a nice job with it. Adam’s DNA was manipulated at birth in a project aimed at producing the perfect soldier. The scientist in charge of the project? None other than Adam’s father. During an explosion at the military lab that housed the experimental subjects, Adam escapes and ends up on the run. After a time, he ends up in Philadelphia where he meets a man called Chance Hollis, son of a local business tycoon.
And this is where the story derailed for me. The author’s descriptions of Adam’s life and containment within the lab was visual and real. I felt for Adam and the other young men that had been turned into creatures upon military order and hated how they were treated. Even the lust at first sight was believable and believably written for both men.
One of the things that kept me from giving this a higher rating is the “love at first sight” relationship that Adam and Chance jump into, both declaring their love for each other almost immediately. In some shifter novels where this happens, it is explained by the presence of pheromones or the mate drive or some other “deus ex machina” brought about by the author. Here there is no such explanation as Adam is essentially a lab experiment. Here they just “looove” one another. This is also not believable as Adam has spent almost his entire life as a lab rat, so he has no interpersonal skills and zero trust in people for obvious reasons. I also didn’t care very much for Chance who has his own father issues. He just seemed a little whiney to me. He wants to write, his father wants him to learn his business from the ground up. What a villain! Chance compares his office cubicle to a prison which is laughable after the great job Gale Stanley does in describing the horrors of the prison that Adam lived in. Chance did not seem very credible to me.
This is a short book, only 8 chapters. I think it would have been a far better book if the relationship of the characters had been given a chance to develop naturally through at least Book 2, from lust to like to love. As it is, the book ends abruptly as the characters jet off into the sequel and presumably the sunset.
I will get the sequel to this when it comes out to see if the characters improve as well as to see what happens next.
Adam is a wolf hybrid, the result of a military research project, splicing animal DNA with human DNA to create the perfect soldier. But the genetic manipulation went too far, and Adam can’t control his beast. Slated for termination, a freak gas explosion provides the opportunity for his escape from the medical facility he calls home. A hunted man, he expects to spend the rest of his life alone, but a Chance encounter brings him hope for a future.
Chance is unlucky in love and stuck in a job he hates. Then he meets Adam, his perfect man. But Adam is more than a man, and involving Chance in his life could get them both killed