The Science of Pleasure by Jacquelyn Frank
Published by Zebra on June 26, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction
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In the Name of Science
Dr. Jenesis DeBruehl once hoped that her scientific research would have positive ramifications for humanity, only to have her work twisted by the evil Dr. Eric Paulson and used to torture innocents.
Seven years later she finally has her own lab again, despite her checkered past. Kincaid “Kin” Gregory is a Morphate, one of the people mutated by Paulson. Now running the lab that Jenesis is joining, Kin is surprised by the lust he feels for the human woman. While Jenesis struggles with her guilt over the role she played in Kincaid’s mutation, he encourages her to use him as her personal test subject. No limitations. With Kin’s body all hers, Jenesis is about to make a whole new kind of discovery . . .
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Can you say lost? I didn’t realize when I requested The Science of Pleasure that it was part of a series and unfortunately for me, this doesn’t work well as a standalone. I pieced most things together, but it was obvious I was missing huge chunks of backstory. With a Sci-Fi series, this can be and in this case was a big deal.
Kin was an alpha morphate, a person who became immortal because of a sick doctor looking for a cure for old age. With immortality came an inner beast that was violent, hard to control and destructive. A former cop, there wasn’t much left of the upstanding, moral man he used to be and he was a bit lost. As ruler over a “dark city” (whatever the eff that is) he had the fate of all the morphates under him in his hands. Unfortunately, he had no one he could trust to help ease his burdens.
Jena was a scientist who had lost her reputation years before during the mad scientist fallout. Like Kin, she was a bit of a mess herself because of her feelings of guilt for being, albeit unwittingly, part of the whole morphate disaster. My first impression of her was that she was super naive and kind of slow on the uptake and this never really improved.
One thing The Science of Pleasure did have was a combustible connection between Kin and Jena. But, when they finally gave in to their chemistry, it ended up feeling more violent than sexy. Seriously, all I could think was “Ouch!”.
I spent so much time in my futile attempt to piece the backstory together so I could make sense of things that I never succeeded in settling in and just enjoying it. The ending also felt extremely rushed leaving me with a vague unfinished business feeling. I do think if I’d had read the preceding books in the series I would have had a more enjoyable experience.
Rating: 3 Lost Stars
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