Galena Margolis, a brilliant scientist with a tragic past, is determined to fulfill her destiny and develop the vaccine that could save millions. Yet when Galena’s test subjects meet with foul play, it’s clear that someone is still determined to stop her, and that Galena herself is a target. As the Ferry empire forges a plan to keep her safe, Declan Ferry, the politics-hating black sheep of the family, steps forward to protect her—but the emotional cost may be more than either of them is willing to pay.
As unknown enemies close in, it becomes terrifyingly clear that they threaten to destroy not only Galena’s lifesaving work but also the very fabric of fate. As Galena and Declan race to uncover the traitor, they also forge a special bond that could save both Galena and those she’s sworn to help. Torn apart by the past and hunted by those she trusted, can Galena find room amidst her fears for a passion that could make her stronger than ever? And even if she and Declan can find their way together, will it be enough to keep the future from coming apart at the seams?
Read on for my thoughts on Claimed. No true spoilers, promise.
This series had me hooked from the first novel, Marked. I loved the world created, the main characters Eli and Cacy, and their extended family, co-workers and the work they all do unknown to the rest of the world.
Galena is Eli’s sister, a scientist and a survivor. She was attacked and raped by a gang years ago back in Pittsburgh. In spite of the attack, Galena is a strong character, determined to continue her work on a vaccine that would wipe out the diseases plaguing this world. Yes, she is still fragile, at times, but she is also working on her own recovery from her past. Eli is an overprotective brother at times, but he has reason. While Galena is a genius in the scientific world, she is still learning to trust again in the confusing, sometimes frightening world of relationships.
Declan is Cacy’s brother and her “boss” at work. A member of the Ferry family, Declan knows what happens in the moments right before and after death. He is attracted to Galena but also sees her as a sweet, fragile lady to be protected at all costs. Their relationship moves slower and builds through friendship and trust. He is there beside Galena, protective and patient throughout this novel.
For those that deal in the profits of death, and the rogue that has it’s own agenda, Galena’s vaccine is unwanted and must be stopped at any cost. The easiest way to stop it is to kill the person creating it. Galena is targeted for assassination and Declan, her friends and their combined families step in with a plan to protect her.
I cannot say enough good things about this series. I’m always transported into another world filled with the familiar turned unknown. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone with a love of mystery, urban fantasy, paranormal or romance. I am eagerly awaiting the next novel in this series, Fated. Yes, pick this one up and fall into another world with characters you will root for from start to finish.
*I received an e-ARC of Claimed from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
Claimed will release on March 24, 2015.
This novel is available for the Kindle at Amazon