If you enjoy a strong heroine who can hold her own, Kelly Wachowski is that. The hero, Noah Kukailimoku, has his own set of strong attributes that make him just as likeable, but it was Kelly who kept me interested. Caitlyn O’Leary’s new series about a group of ‘Found’ starts off with an enjoyable story. The premise of these ‘Found’ starts with much intrigue – where are they from? What are they here for? That kind of thing and so far guys, it’s pretty interesting.
After reading the first 4 in O’Leary’s Fate Harbor, I knew I enjoyed her writing style because discounting the sex scenes, the other parts of the story stood up just fine. So it’s with that mind set that I started this series. I’m very glad I did. I got hooked into this story pretty quickly.
Kelly’s story starts out with a bang. She’s been kidnapped and is being held and tortured for information about her real identity and her purpose for being here. Her captors are relatively clueless and are armed only with the knowledge that she’s one of the ‘found’ children. The only thing is Kelly doesn’t remember anything before she was 5 and that’s the information that they’re wanting. The torture description is kinda sorta graphic so if that’s not your thing – just sayin’. Me, I liked the description just fine because it gave a fantastic insight on Kelly’s personality and what kind of pain this woman can stand up to. This is when I started liking her.
Her rescue team is led by none other than Samson Noah Kukailimoku another of the ‘found’ children. The different between he and Kelly is that Kelly’s life is public knowledge and has been chronicled since her adoption by a police officer and his wife, while Noah’s adoptive family has kept his identity a secret. Noah’s now a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and is the leader of team sent to extract Kelly from her kidnappers.
After her dramatic rescue and return home, Kelly’s mind starts playing tricks on her (or so she believes). She seeing things that she shouldn’t be seeing and feeling things that are definitely not okay. She’s so convinced of her psychosis she talks her dad and mom into allowing her to enter a mental institution. The story really takes off from here and I don’t want to spoil it but stuff starts happening and the action picks up considerably.
The connection between Kelly and Noah as part of the ‘found’ happened quickly but there’s a reason that satisfied my need for an explanation. The building of their romantic relationship actually didn’t happen overnight and I was so pleased that there wasn’t the immediate panty/pants dropping sex. Thanks! The only thing that I would have liked more about their dynamics was to know more about Noah.
The dialogue overall was one of the big plus for me. There’s a lot of talking and everyone has an opinion and isn’t afraid to share it. The scenes were described well without telling about every corner in the room, it was enough to get the feel of the moment. Sometimes I get worried with authors change publishers but the editing on this good.
The relationship between Kelly and her parents was good for me; they’re a loving family. Kelly still respects her father and mother and there’s not a lick of family drama. Noah’s teammates were great, they’re involved in a lot of this story because even though it’s a romance, there’s a nice blend of action, intrigue, suspense and violence. Their personalities were touched on just enough to get a feel on what they bring to the party – there’s even a woman in the group and she has no problems giving as much as she gets. Fun stuff so far. I’ll definitely read the next in the series – Seth’s story is up next.
Happy Reading folks!
*ARC provided by author for review
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Caitlyn O’Leary
Release Date: February 16, 2015