(Fighting Destiny #1)
by Suzanne Brockmann
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published February 21st 2012)
ISBN 0345521277 (
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Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists—including women half his size—can kick his highly skilled ass.GoodReads
Shane soon discovers that there are certain individuals who possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results—including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. Known as “Greater-Thans,” this rare breed is recruited by OI, where they are rigorously trained using ancient techniques to cultivate their powers and wield them responsibly.
But in the depths of America’s second Great Depression, where the divide between the haves and the have-nots has grown even wider, those who are rich—and reckless—enough have a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that can make anyone a Greater-Than, with the power of eternal youth. The sinister cartel known as The Organization has begun mass-producing Destiny, and the demand is epidemic. But few realize the drug’s true danger, and fewer still know the dirty secret of Destiny’s crucial ingredient.
Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie knows the ugly truth. And as one of the Obermeyer Institute’s crack team of operatives, she’s determined to end the scourge of Destiny. But her kick-ass attitude gets knocked for a loop when she finds that one of the new test subjects is none other than Shane, the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. Although Shane isn’t a Greater-Than like Mac, as an ex-SEAL, he’s got talents of his own. But Mac’s got powerful reasons to keep her distance from him—and reasons that are just as strong to want him close. She’s used to risking her life, but now, in the midst of the ultimate war on drugs, she must face sacrificing her heart.
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Born in Darkness is Suzanne Brockmann’s newest release. There are many voice in this book from Shane Laughlin the former Navy Seal, Michelle "Mac" Mackenzie the girl with charm enough to get any guy, Dr. Joseph Bach who has a powerful talent, Dr. Elliot Zerkowski who is more than a doctor, and Stephen Diaz who has a huge secret.
The story starts with Mac and the team trying to capture a joker who is trying to kill his family but Mac gets hurt bringing the joker in. She needs to heal and the best way to do that is with sex. She heads to a bar and that is when she meets Shane. Cranking up her mojo she quickly pulls him in but when they touch Mac feels more power than she ever has had while Shane has never felt this way before. When he sees Mac again he is surprised, then she tells him about her special gift and explain that it is the reason why he wants to be with her. Shane doesn't believe her though, he knows what he feels is real and not her charm. When the team is trying to help Anne they discover that when they are turned on their powers are higher. Will it be enough to save everyone? Will Mac ever come to trust Shane’s feels for her?
I Love Suzanne Brockmann’s books and this one left me breathless. This book brings you into a new world where people have powers to do the impossible. I was really happy to see a guy/guy relationship, and it was beautiful. The love between them is heart-melting. I also love how there are many sides to this story; the only thing is I didn't want it to end! Since this is going to be part of a series it leaves you with some questions but Born to Darkness was amazing!
Rating: 5 Wine Glasses