Stronger Than Sin
Dr. Liliana Carrera's research focuses on repair of genetic manipulation and mutation. She was kidnapped and nearly lost her life while helping to save her sister-in-law. Dr. Wardlaw had injected the woman with non-human DNA to change her abilities. Liliana has found a drug that will inhibit the genetic growth, but not cure it. When she is approached by the FBI to help another of Dr. Wardlaw's escaped victims, she agrees to help for the man's sake.
Jesse Bradford, Liliana's new patient, had been a pro football player when his bones started getting weak. He had hoped gene therapy would repair his bone condition. Dr. Wardlaw's group took the treatment further. Now his skin is starting to turn into bone. When he is repeatedly attacked, the skin of the area affected slowly is shifting from skin to bone, building an outer exoskeleton. Liliana needs to find a way to keep all of him from turning into bone.
Always strong, Jesse now is stronger and gets violent easier than he had in the past. When he became a pro football player, his lifestyle became wild and he broke with his family. Now his sister is threatened by the same bone disease he has, so he agrees to the treatment for her sake. Although he's not allowed to see his family, he's not going to let them down again.
Liliana's ex-fiancee abused her. She became strong enough to break off the engagement, but is wary of strong men with violent tendencies. Jesse is everything she wants to avoid in a man. Even so, she is attracted to him and wants to help him. Jesse is hiding a huge secret from Liliana. As they grow closer, he starts feeling guilty because she doesn't know the whole truth. When she learns the real reason behind her participation in his cure, she could turn away from him. But if he tells her, his sister could die.
Caridad Pineiro's Stronger Than Sin is a sequel to Sins of the Flesh. But the first book is not needed to read the second book. Pineiro builds in the necessary history needed to support this paranormal suspense romance and its buildup.
Pineiro's genetic mutations are wondrous and unbelievable. Yet she makes them feel possible with the right (twisted) research and experimentation. Her characters are believable from their reaction to each other to their sense of family to their medical situation. The ending is fantastic (as in fantasy like, superb) yet works. A couple twists at the end set up more books for the series or it could stop here. The sex scenes are hot, the romance quick. The reader gets pulled in and wants to know what happens next. The book can be put down, for not for long lengths of time. Be prepared to enter Pineiro's world and enjoy yourself.
Notice: Explicit sexual content, Graphic violence, Strong indecent language
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