Spooky! Infected Books 1 and 2 by Andrea Speed

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Blurbs

Book 1

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 murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them. 

Book 2

Sequel to Infected: Prey
Infected: Book Two

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.

Reviews

Book 1

While this review is only for the first book, the first six books are
available at a bargain priced set that I thought was worth mentioning.

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This is one of my favorite series. There’s great world building that feels
similar to True Blood or Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, werecats live openly
in society, the ability spread by a disease, with a complicated and
interesting world building on how society reacts to them. They are envied,
feared, even worshiped by some.

Our hero Roan is a likable intriguing character. He’s a rare werelion,
even more rare that he was born with the virus and thus has greater
control and power than most shifters. The realities of the fantastic
situation play out in interesting ways, with the strain of shifting taking
the toll on the health of most shifters causing them to die young.

Roan is a private detective and former cop, putting him in an uneasy
position with local police in his investigations into the disappearance of
a teenage boy who had a fascination with werecats and a series of murdered
werecats.

A great element of the novel was Roan’s relationship with his boyfriend
Paris. They’re an established couple at the beginning although I believe a
novella released later tells how they met. Paris is infected with a rare
werecat strain that is more taxing than most other strains and thus his
health and very life are in a precarious state. This felt very much like a
metaphor for any normal terminal illness, although joined with the men
being gay/bi (specifically Roan is gay and Paris is bi) and the stigma of
them being werecats definitely brought to mind HIV, and the way they get
on with living their lives with this hanging over their heads was touching
and thought provoking. Despite their problems of illness and prejudice
they have a real passion for life and love for each other.

Paris is a great love interest. He’s very very attractive, something he
uses to his advantage with a self aware sense of humor. Roan has very
human pangs of jealousy but it’s not really a problem for them either.
Their relationship is mature and there’s an element of friendship to it
beyond sex and romance that I found refreshing. They’re still very hot for
each other but that doesn’t get in the way of the plot or their
investigations.

The book has a strong ending, but not necessarily a happy one. I do think
it works well as a stand alone although I could see where the ending could
be interpreted as a cliffhanger. It’s a series, and the lives of Roan and
Paris continue into the next book.

5 of 5 stars

Book 2

Bloodlines picks up a bit after the first book, with Roan and Paris having
married in Canada between books (at a time when same sex marriage is still
illegal in the USA where they live). Paris’s health continues to decline
and the two men are coming to terms with the reality that he’s not likely
to live much longer. It does bring a darker tone to the book, but it’s not
overwhelmingly oppressive. The two men are both emotionally strong and
still living life to the fullest. The parallels of the werecat virus and
HIV continues and brings a deeper tone to the story.

In the middle of this very personal crisis Roan is persuaded to take on
the case of a missing woman from a wealthy and powerful family who are
strangely opposed to the investigation.

There’s no happy ending to be found here, and it’s a stronger story for
it. It’s still the ending the story demanded and leaves me anxious to get
to the next book.

5 of 5 stars

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Copies Purchased for Review

(Don’t forget – commenters on this month’s “spooky reviews” will be entered to win some Jordan L Hawk swag or $15 from Dreamspinner!)

 

   

 

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5 Responses to Spooky! Infected Books 1 and 2 by Andrea Speed

  1. Purple Reader says:

    Thanks for the good review. I liked True Blood, and I’ve heard good things about this one, so it’s one to check out.

  2. Jen F says:

    Thanks for the reviews! I have these books but have not started reading them yet. Sounds like I should plan to have the entire series before starting.

  3. Jen F says:

    Thanks for the reviews! I have these books but have not started reading them yet. Sounds like I should plan to have the entire series before starting.

  4. Paul Wilgus says:

    Thanks for the review. I haven’t yet read these but they do sound great.

  5. H.B. says:

    Thank you for the reviews! I’ve read both; book 2 had me in tears so I’ve not made my way pass that in the series.

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