The second in this Teen/YA Sci-Fi Romance mash up series takes a turn to the more familiar tropes with a love triangle (of sorts), some increased danger for the characters and a further exploration of the motivations behind the mutations and their abilities.
Love, Lattes and Danger
The mutants in this series so far are all aquatic: from Piper’s dolphin-esque hybridization to her friend (and fellow mutant) Joel’s ability to taste an oil spill, the uniqueness of the talents is indisputable. But, with Piper dating a human, Tyler, and Joel’s discoveries about their handler’s bad acts, and the future plans for Joel’s sister Amy, the action is faster paced this time around, as are the revelations.
Underlying the discoveries and Joel’s quest to save both his sister and a lab-created child that was the result of an experiment using his and Piper’s DNA, you could easily pass on the love triangle, as Joel has unrequited feelings for Piper, and doesn’t understand her relationship with Tyler.
A bit of angsty drama around the relationship: perfectly appropriate for the teenagers they are, Joel’s point of view and emotions are clear and present: he’s a perfectly engaging character and you want to see him get his wish. Piper’s growth, however, isn’t as significant as I hoped for in this second book, although I do understand her feeling overwhelmed and conflicted.
Following nicely after Love, Lattes and Mutants, readers would be best served by reading these two books in order, as characters, setting and background does carry forward and expand in scope.
Title: Love, Lattes and Danger
Author: Sandra Cox
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Teen Reads
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 4 August, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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It’s a dirty job, but some mutant’s got to do it…
Joel Eisler is a mutant with special talents. He can detect an oil leak in the ocean simply by tasting the water. Because of this unique ability, he’s been purchased by a large oil company, along with his dolph sister, Amy. The upside of spending his days and nights in the ocean is that it gives him the opportunity to save the lives of his brother dolphins. The downsides are life as a closely monitored slave—and that he can’t be with Piper, the dolph-girl he loves…
To make matters worse, Joel discovers the lab he grew up in has extracted his sperm and Piper’s egg and created a baby, and his handler, Craven, is plotting to kidnap Amy for more experiments. Now Joel must rescue the infant, bring her to Piper, and find a way to save Amy. And if that’s not enough of a challenge, he needs to convince Piper she belongs with him instead of her all-too-human boyfriend—if Craven doesn’t get to them first…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.