Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
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.
The newly married Roan is struggling to balance his work with his home life as he grows increasingly distracted by his husband Paris’s declining health. One case with strong emotions attached takes up most of his time: finding the murderer of a missing little rich girl. It’s a family with secrets so toxic they’d rather no one investigate, and there’s no shortage of suspects. But despite the dangers and obstructions involved, Roan won’t stop… until he loses something infinitely precious as well.
Note: This book remains one of my favorites of the series and is still the most heartbreaking. Even mentions of Paris in subsequent stories will bring memories of this book flooding back as well as the tears it engendered. I had no idea that instead of fading away, the idea of Roan and Paris actually got stronger for me in the series. Did the author have any idea this would happen? I think not. But Paris will forever eclipse Dylan as Roan’s mate in my eyes and the Holiday stories just cemented that. But this book, oh this book, dug them so deep into my heart nothing could ever pull them out. Here is that old review.
I knew this book would be heartbreaking from the very beginning. After falling in love with Roan and Paris in the first Infected book, I had been debating how quickly I wanted to delve into this one. I decided on the cowardly choice and read a much lighter book instead. But the characters kept calling me and truthfully, I just had to know what happened next.
As expected, the sniffles started from the very first page. Andrea Speed has created such a mesmerizing universe here populated with beings both memorable and haunting. Roan McKitchen is hired to find a missing girl, a case that turns into a murder with a suspect at each new development. Paris Lehane (Roan’s partner/husband) is involved in a fight of his own as the infection and the Tiger virus take its toll. The warm and loving relationship of these two men (built in this and the first book) is countered by the realities of Paris’ condition and Roan’s attempts to deal with it. Paris and Roan aren’t perfect, and their relationship has taken work. But the pain coming off both men is genuine as are the motions they go through. Denial, anger, depression and bargaining, Roan is dealing with them all as the case of the murdered girl gets murkier. All the people around Roan and Paris are beautifully fleshed out characters, remarkable in the impressions they leave you with.
By the time I finished the book, my box of tissues was as empty as I felt. So, can you love a book when you hate whats coming? In my case, yes. Andrea Speed made me care so much about these people that I was drained at the end but would not have missed the journey. With 2 more published books to this series yet.
So I think I will go read something frivolous or one of my comfort reads before I head into the 3rd book. But the pain and heartache of this story is worth it. And it will stay with me for some time to come.
Cover art is more to my liking as I like to think its Roan trying to run away from what he knows is coming. Powerful.
ebook, 2nd Edition, 224 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by DSP Publications (first published December 16th 2010)
Original TitleInfected: Bloodlines
ISBN 1632163284 (ISBN13: 9781632163288)
- Infected: Prey (Infected, #1)
- Infected: Bloodlines (Infected, #2)
- Infected: Life After Death (Infected, #3)
- Infected: Freefall (Infected, #4)
- Infected: Shift (Infected, #5)
- Infected: Lesser Evils (Infected, #6)
- Infected: Undertow (Infected, #7)
- Infected: The Lost Weekend (Infected, #7.5)
- Infected: Epitaph (Infected, #8)
- Trick or Treat: An Infected Story (included in the Holiday Special)
- Infected Holiday Special: Short Stories
- Infected, Special Edition (Books 1-4)