Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review: Mind-Blown by Michele Hart

Mind-Blown by Michele Hart

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Jon Paige discovers his employer is developing mind-control techniques. He quickly learns how to hijack the system and breaks down his beautiful assistant's persistent walls. Will Holly forgive him, if she ever learns of it?

Holly Maddox is determined not to dip her pen in the company ink, a policy that's served her well…until Jon comes along. He steals her mind when he's in the room, weakens her fortitude with every flash of his flirty eyes and secretive smile. How will she keep herself from falling in love with her boss when he melts her impulse control?

When Jon and Holly decide to sabotage the mind-control experiments, they learn they're up against a far greater power than they'd bargained for. Doing the right thing risks lives. Will the truth of their beginnings wreck their sizzling affair?

Kylie’s Review

Holly is a single mother looking for a job in a down economy. Jon is working freelance for the Demarco group, hiring medical billers. Although Holly is over qualified for the job, Jon hires her anyway, as a favor to an old friend. And despite his initial misgivings accepts a job as head of Human Recourses, in an attempt to stay near Holly. From the initial hirings, to the training of the new employees, to the start of daily business, something has been off at the Demarco group. While investigating the reasons for a mass firing almost immediately after a mass hiring, Jon and Holly uncover a plot that uses Demarco employees as lab rats in an attempt to develop mind control. What ensues will leave them wondering if the Demarco Group is a health care conglomerate, or a front for the CIA.

Michele Hart's characters are well written, completely believable, and relatable. Dr. Josephina Demarco Ramirez is in charge of sleep studies, and is using them to continue her grandfather’s work, developing a mind control method for the CIA. The paranoia and possible insanity of Dr. Ramirez, make this scenario all too possible. She has effectively cut herself off from the outside world and completely immersed herself in her work. Her delusions and total disregard for human life make her a truly frightening villain, but also give glimpses into what her life could have been if she hadn't been corrupted by power and hatred. As it is a once promising doctor now holds no regard for human life, "Life comes and goes in too great a volume to be considered rare."

The chemistry between Jon and Holly is apparent from the beginning, their witty banter and shared tragic history connects them in a way that purely physical attraction would never do. So amongst all the breaking and entering, and disguises, the two of them venture into a relationship that could be as dangerous as the people they are up against. Jon and Holly are simply two good people who have stumbled upon a grave injustice and are doing their best to fix it. Each of them struggles with their own personal demons and fears, like the rest of the world trying to do the right thing and occasionally messing up along the way. The deeper they go to find the truth, the more they risk.

The snappy dialogue and intense situations pulls you in and completely blow your mind. Michele Hart's Mind-Blown is a spine tingling thriller, complete with armature sleuthing, mind control, shadowy government agencies, and unethical doctors. A veritable rollercoaster of conspiracy, paranoia, and just a touch of romance.

4 1/2 Tea Cups!

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1 comment:

Michele Hart said...

Thank you, Kylie and HEA, for such a generous review.

"Life comes and goes in too great a volume to be considered rare."

How ominous that this line had struck you so powerfully. It is a direct quote from Dr. Jose Delgado, the head of the CIA mind-control experiments, in his closed briefing of Congress in the seventies.

Very scary to learn someone is such a position to influence our government would have such a dangerous philosophy.

Stay informed, readers.

Michele Hart


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