Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chemical Reaction by Christina Thompson

Title:  Chemical Reaction
Series:  Chemical Attraction #2
Author:  Christina Thompson
Published:  October 7th 2013 by 48fourteen
Length:  372pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  Thriller with romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★


In Chemical Reaction, the sequel to Chemical Attraction, FBI Agent Joe Roberts and his fiancée, Dr. Madeline Pierce, must track down a rage-producing nano-drug before it devastates the nation.

Staying in Detroit with the FBI, Madeline works to develop an antidote from the confiscated journals. She clashes with the women from Joe’s past. In West Michigan, Joe hunts for the bio-weapon. With a history as a player, he’s worried his relationship with Madeline is at risk. Working apart, they attempt to focus on the threat.

Before Joe returns, agents are killed, Madeline is abducted, and the deadly nano-drug is put on the market. Without the journals, the mastermind needs Madeline to reproduce the drug.
While she plays a dangerous game of deceit, Joe struggles to put his fears of losing her aside to find the weapon first. Her life, their future, and the nation’s security are in jeopardy. Joe must now choose between his personal desire and his professional integrity. Can he live with the consequences?

My review:

Oh my god! PRICELESS! That is one word that definitely describes this book. Although wrapped up in a very suspenseful and captivating package, the relationship that Thompson develops is absolutely priceless. It’s the gift that we all look for. She also does so in an amazingly realistic manner. Thompson really develops the atmosphere of the story and the surroundings. She immerses you in the world rather than simply presenting it to you.

Although this story itself was brilliantly written, it is the characters that really make the story. They are all such real, focused individuals that you can’t help but admire them. Their emotions are infused into the story, sparking yours. I found myself on the edge of my seat, hoping for the best and then crying expecting the worst. Their interactions with each other also gave me a few good chuckles while reading this.

This novel was definitely much more intense and suspenseful than the first novel in the series. It was a brilliant follow-up that picked up right where the last left off and keeps picking up speed. I would definitely suggest the entire series to those who enjoy romantic suspense.

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And don't forget to check out Chemical Attraction, the 1st novel in the series!

Title:  Chemical Attraction
Series:  Chemical Attraction #1
Author:  Christina Thompson
Published:  August 28th 2012 by 48fourteen
Length:  314pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  thriller with romance
Shelf:  review 
Rating:  ★★★★★


FBI Agent Joe Roberts wants that instant chemistry with a woman like the ones his sisters have with their husbands. After years of searching, he finds it with Dr. Madeline Pierce. The problem—she’s his contact on a dangerous case.

When Madeline discovers an extensive operation of meth production and distribution within her medical research facility, Joe goes undercover as her boyfriend to determine the degree of company involvement. They determine the meth is financing a volatile nano-drug.

The small West Michigan farming town is in turmoil over horrific animal attacks. Someone is experimenting outside the laboratory. Are human test subjects next? With the help of Joe’s sister Eva, who works at the local clinic, and her law enforcement husband, Joe and Madeline hunt for this new bio-weapon. Will they give in to temptation? She thinks he’s playing her like the men from her past. He needs to convince her otherwise.

My review:

Thompson has a natural writing style that somehow adds to the intensity of the story. She doesn’t employ any gimmicks other than good, old-fashioned storytelling in a modern light. She lays out her scenes in a very vivid and visual manner, allowing her audience to immerse themselves in the beauty of the scenes while being caught up in the suspense of the story. Thompson masterfully keeps her audience on their toes, taking them on twists and turns that you’d never imagine while keeping them fully and completely engaged in her exquisite story. And at the same time, steamy romance melds its way into the mix.

Thompson’s characters are off the hook as well. Although they are caught up in off the charts events they are also human. Family and humanity reign in this novel, while each character still remains true to themselves. Somehow Thompson shows how her characters are able to go above and beyond without ever betraying what makes them intrinsically themselves. Now, that isn’t to say that all of her characters are stellar citizens. There is also a very strong representation of the darker side of life. These characters are developed in such a manner that they send chills down your spine. I’ll never be able to look at a man with a red tie the same way again.

Overall, this was a fast paced and suspenseful novel that kept me on my toes throughout. It was a brilliant introduction to Thompson’s writing that has definitely sparked me to read more of her work. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one to anyone.

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About the author:

Christina Thompson, a retired acupuncturist, enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions.

Her degree in biology from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo gave her a love of science and a background into the physical realm of the body. Her diploma in Traditional Chinese acupuncture from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways.

She teaches at the Reflexions Plus Holistic Center on many topics including massage therapy, acupuncture, Feng Shui as well as other modalities of Chinese medicine. She currently resides with her husband, Kraig, in West Michigan.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today. I'm happy to be here. :-)