This book is a work of fiction — creative license has been taken. This book is not suitable for sensitive readers. Please do not buy this book if you have triggers to sensitive situations.
Valor survived betrayal, captivity, torture, and DNA manipulation along with his special ops team. Most of the males who survived this testing and restructuring have no memory of who they were beforehand. Valor, however, has repetitive nightmares that are always the same. A female running after him, calling out for him — only she’s calling him another male’s name. She’s desperate, begging for him to wait for her, come back for her, but he doesn’t know her and other than in his dreams has never even seen her. He can’t sleep, he can barely function, and he’s becoming a danger to all who depended on him. Then on the way home from a meeting with military brass, he sees her from the window of the vehicle they are traveling in. He jumps from the vehicle and pursues her, snatching both her and her daughter from a very public grocery store parking lot, and takes them back to Alliance with him.
Becky has struggled for five years to scrape out a life for herself and her daughter. She lost her husband — a special forces soldier — before she ever gave birth to her baby. The military refuses to give her any information at all about the incident that took his life, stating only that he was at first missing in action, then confirmed dead while carrying out a critical mission. Angry and resentful, blaming the military for the death of her beloved husband, she refuses any benefits that she may be entitled to and moves across the country to Texas in an effort to start fresh. It’s hard most days, but she’s managed. Until the day she’s kidnapped from the parking lot of her local grocery store by a man who places a hood over her head and angrily growls commands at her as he shoves not only her, but her four-year-old daughter, repeatedly to the floorboard of the car.
Becky and Valor forged a connection years ago that even memory loss, and DNA manipulation cannot sever. Valor refuses to allow her to leave his side. He doesn’t know who she is, but he does know it is his responsibility to protect her. While at first terrified, Becky becomes furious when she realizes the lunatic who’s kidnapped her isn’t even supported by those associated with him, as they plead for her patience and offer apologies while promising to get her and her daughter home safely. But then she gets a look at him, and both their worlds come to a crashing halt. She knows this man. Her long-dead husband is the lunatic.
Warning: This book is intended for mature audiences. This book contains violence and abuse both real and implied, and sexual situations that may be disturbing for some readers. If you are offended by these subjects, please do not buy this book. While some aspects of this series and the beginnings of the world it is set in are dark, this series is ultimately a tale of survival, revenge, healing, and love.
Review by Nancy
First, a note, if you like the New Species series by Laurann Dohner, then you will love the Variant series by Sandra Neeley. I beta read for Sandra and I didn’t take as many notes on this story because I was so absorbed in reading it! We get a few new characters added this time. Of note is Sin. I think we’ll be seeing him again in the future.
This story is about Becky and Valor. Valor is a tortured soul and he’s struggling with dreams that seem real. Becky is having dreams, too, of her husband. She believes he is dead. Imagine her surprise when she’s kidnapped from a parking lot by the very man she thought was gone! Her daughter, Skylar, is with her and she brings a very sweet element to this story. I love how Valor is with his little girl. This book really has some fun bantar between the guys. Neeley always shines in the details. All of the personal connections between the characters and the general feel of a family atmosphere really light up this book. Valor has great action scenes and steamy ones, too! I’m hoping for Two’s story next. I really fell more in love with that guy. Fantastic book! 4.5 stars
About Sandra R Neeley
My name is Sandra R Neeley. I write Paranormal, Fantasy and SciFi Romances. Why? Because normal is highly overrated. I’m 56, I have two kids, one 34 and one 14, one grandchild, one husband, and a menagerie of animals. I am a homebody and prefer my writing /reading time to a crowd. I’ve had stories and fictional characters wandering around in my head for as long as I can remember. I started letting them out into the real world and surprisingly, people have loved them. I am a Self-Published Author, and I like it that way because I can decide what and when to write. I am by no means a formal, polished, properly structured individual and neither are my stories, but people seem to love the easy emotion and passion that naturally flow from them. A bit of a warning though, there are some “triggers” in them that certain people should avoid, so please read the synopsis supplied with each book before buying.
Find Sandra Neeley at https://www.sneeleywrites.com/