Wednesday, August 5, 2015

#Review - The Society by Lilith Saintcrow (Paranormal Romance)

Series: Society # 1
Format: E-Galley, 232 pages
Release Date: July 31, 2015
Publisher: BelleBooks
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Will she be the Society’s salvation...or its downfall? 

The black-ops government agency called Sigma broke Justin Delgado, trained his psionic talent, and turned him into a killer. Then he escaped and joined the Society, an underground resistance movement of psions determined to use their talents to bring Sigma down. Competent, cold, and cruelly efficient, he’s the best operative the Society has, a legend among the psions who fight a shadow war against an enemy that owns the courts, the press, and the police. Feared even by his own teammates, hunted by the government, and too damaged to feel anything but clinical rage, he is utterly alone—until he meets Rowan. 

When Rowan Price stumbles across Delgado’s team in an abandoned house, he is assigned to make contact with her, bring her in, and keep her alive—because Rowan is one of the most powerful psychics the resistance has ever encountered. If the government gets its hands on her, she could very well mean the downfall of the resistance, because nobody, not even Rowan, is quite sure how far her talents extend. 

The Society will welcome Rowan, if she can stay alive long enough to join them. Unfortunately, there’s a traitor buried in the ranks. If the Society goes down, Rowan is at risk. God alone knows what Delgado will do to keep her safe, because Rowan is fast becoming the only thing in the world he cares about.

The Society is the first book in the Society series by author Lilith Saintcrow who also wrote the Dante Valentine and Jill Kismet series which I have read. This story features two entirely different characters who are brought together by a group known as The Society to fight back against a government black ops group known as Sigma. Unlike The Society, Sigma collects and brainwashes those who have psychic abilities. This series is apparently being re-released under a new publisher, BelleBooks.

Let's get the introductions out of the way: Justin Delgado managed to somehow break his addiction to a mind altering drug given to him by the black-ops government agency called Sigma and escaped. He is now second-in-command to Commander Daniel Henderson in an attempt to stay one step ahead of Sigma, while protecting psychics. Justin, as the lead male protagonist, literally gets a hard on for the female protagonist. So much so, that he doesn't think about the villainous black ops group that is tracking them down like Seal Team 6 and Bin Laden which leads to bad times. 

He huffs and puffs and blows nothing but hot air. We get some idea of what he was before he joined The Society, but not enough to know how he was able to leave in the first place. We get a glimpse into his capabilities as a powerful psychic, but not what he did for Sigma who has deep pockets and is protected at every level of government. Justin also ends up deep in Kimche which means that YES, there is a cliffhanger ending to this story. 

Female protagonist Rowan Price does an awful lot of whining over the course of this book. OK, so, there is a point where she was entitled to. There is a point where she's thinking about why me? instead of adjusting her expectations and fighting tooth and nail against those who disrupted her life. There is a point where she becomes so much more than a nurse who has the powers to settle people down, and relax them. I do hope the synopsis for book # 2 is correct, because a badass Rowan is a good idea. A heroine who runs away and hides from her abilities is definitely not someone I am eager to continue to read about 

Obviously there was a traitor in The Society. It was SOOOOOOO glaring that I said so about 60 percent in. You have to TRUST someone who says that a certain person makes her head ache, and stalks her. When you tell someone that person makes you feel agitated and they don't look into it, call 911 folks, because dead bodies stack up quickly otherwise. 

Very immature characters. Both protagonists are in their 30's but act like love struck teenagers who haven't seen the world. Would love to finish this series, I would. I think the secondary characters are interesting enough to continue. I think the villain is interesting enough to continue. Thanks to this being a re-release, the synopsis for book # 2, Hunter, Healer pretty much gave away what happens in this book. So, if you care to join me in reading this series, please do yourself a favor and remain ignorant that there is a book # 2.

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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