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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Circe’s Recruits: Derrick by Marie Harte

Circe’s Recruits: Derrick by Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (124 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

In the three years since Project Dawn disbanded, Derrick continues to fight the good fight. Now civilians, his squad--Circe's Recruits--works for a private organization bent on cleaning up the mess left in the wake of Project Dawn's rebirth. Pearson Labs continues to create Circs, people who have been genetically changed. When needed, these Circs take on an altered form, one neither man nor animal, but something in between. But unlike the squad, the Circs coming out of Pearson Labs aren't sane.

Derrick doesn't trust Sabrina Torrence. She's an agent for the Project Protection Agency. Their mission in life is to kill and enslave Circs for Pearson Labs. No matter that she helped one of their own escape from the labs, or that she's given them vital information they'll need if they want to take down Elliot Pearl, the labs' founder. Derrick knows she's got her own agenda. If only she wasn't so damned attractive, then he might be able to keep his hands off her and his mind on the job. Then a stunning circumstance forces him to reevaluate all he once thought. But will this new insight be too late to save their growing love?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, bondage/restraint, domination, male/male sexual practices, moresome (m/f/m/m), violence.

If the idea of genetically enhanced humans and oodles of steamy sex appeal to you, then you’ll love the third installment of Marie Harte’s Circe’s Recruits series, Derrick.

Although this is the first in the series I have read, I didn’t have any problems getting acquainted with the characters or absorbing their history. Marie Harte has done an excellent job filling in any potential blanks without padding the story. So if you dive in like I did – in the middle – don’t worry. A previous understanding or back history isn’t absolutely necessary. Just be prepared. If you like Derrick as much as I did, you’re likely to buy the first two anyway, and might as well enjoy the set from start to finish.

All of the characters are wonderfully presented, but the focus remains centered on the main protagonists: the powerful and intimidating Circ, Derrick Packard, and the woman that may not be wholly human, Sabrina Torrence. The interactions between them are combustive and scorching, creating some of the most sizzling pages you’re likely to read. They are both incredibly memorable, and will remain on the brain long after you’ve finished reading.

Another aspect of this series I admired was Marie’s ability to bring additional sexual partners into pivotal scenes without making it feel forced or awkward. I’ve read material in the past in which similar circumstances tear the newly formed foundation of the protagonists apart. In this, it brings them closer together. You get the whole Alpha male, Alpha female scenario here, but you also get a bigger vision of the unit they create as a whole.

A thoroughly enjoyable read, Circe’s Recruits: Derrick is something I’d recommend to those that like a slathering of sci-fi combined with intrigue and suspense, intense and memorable men, feisty and kick-ass women, and tons of heat!

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