Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Altered
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Heroes: Daniel & Jordan
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 75,690 words
Release Date: April 9, 2015
Available at: Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords
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Blurb: Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened–no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses–the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered.
Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable.
For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.
Decades ago a pathogen was released into UK’s water, infecting certain individual’s DNA and making them altereds, giving them abilities to shift either completely or certain parts of their body into wolves. Daniel was altered but instead of being able to shift, he’s a seer, about to look into any altered’s eyes and see their altered state. When he meets Jordan, an altered who can fully shift into a wolf, he feels an instant connection with him that scares and intrigues him. But seers are hunted by both humans and altereds because of how dangerous they can be and Jordan’s not sure if being around Daniel is smart… but he just can’t forget the man. But when danger strikes, will their connection be enough to get them out of trouble?
Oh, man! I absolutely ADORED this book! I’m such a sucker for stories that revolve around viruses that strike the world and affect a portion of the population so when I read the blurb for this one, I KNEW I had to get my hands on it. And can I just say that I’m so glad I did! It was interesting to see the different altereds and how Daniel could ‘see’ them. But the characters really made this story enjoyable. Daniel finds it hard to trust anyone except his roommates and just wants to be normal. Jordan doesn’t know what to think when he meets Daniel. He doesn’t trust him at first but he can’t avoid the draw he has to the man. I found them very hot together but I also loved that they had such great friends who were scared of what the two being together would mean.
My only issue was that there was a lot of foreshadowing. Normally I don’t have an issue with this if its in small doses but unfortunately it was used too excessively for my tastes.
In the end, I absolutely loved this book. It was right up my alley and fit my mood perfectly. I loved the whole ‘altered’ angle and that there were different types of altereds. I also loved the chemistry between Daniel and Jordan and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series…. at least I’m hoping there will be a second book!!!
Overall Impression: I loved it!!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*