Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Soren Summers
Series: Vortex #1
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 326 Pages
Publisher: Soren Summers
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Bloodied corridors. Mangled bodies. Deranged test subjects. Just another day at Vertex, a corporation devoted to perfecting humanity by any means necessary. It’s up to Jarod Samuels to keep the hallways pristine and safe, but scrubbing bloodstains and bagging bodies is losing its luster.
Then someone new joins his department, this man with a huge ego and an even huger mouth. Gabriel Anderson is infuriating but intriguing, as brash as he is beautiful, and almost enough to keep Jarod preoccupied. Almost.
But between workplace hazards, psychic sociopaths, and a mysterious formula that alters the human body, Jarod’s doubts are surging. Should he stay with the corporation, or run like hell? This is Vertex, after all, where the walls watch with glass eyes, the laboratories groan with secrets – and employee termination ends more than just careers.
Review: I am a bit flummoxed as to what to make of this story. I loved it and didn’t in almost equal parts. Such an odd place to be when trying to review a book with pure and honest intentions. On the one hand, I almost gave up in the beginning and called it a day because I was just not getting into it the way I wanted to. I went back and read all the great reviews and decided to keep trudging through waiting to get to the good parts. Therein lies my conundrum – I don’t want to trudge through to the good parts, I want to be captivated enough to keep reading. Did this book pick up and end on a positive note? Yes. So, there is my issue.
Jarod and Gabriel have really disgusting jobs. The whole human experiments and laboratory creepiness, the “garbage”men job descriptions, and the on-edge when the alarm sounds was enough to keep me on board. I liked that. Makes you wonder if stuff like that actually happens, and what really creeped me out the most was that it probably does. So, in the middle of all this grossness, is the early competition between Jarod and new hire, Gabriel. It doesn’t take long for a sweet romance to blossom between the two and that secondary romance is what kept some of the unsavory aspects of this story at bay.
So, I am back to trying to put my thoughts into one single category and I’ve realized that it is just not possible. The story is unique, creepy, gross, kind of funny in places, while also being sweet and romantic at the same time. I guess now that I really think about it and have put my thoughts down on paper, it really is a good story that just started out a little slow. My recommendation is to let it play out and see for yourself if the ending exceeds the beginning. My bet is that it will.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*