This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Amanda Uhl, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Mind Waves by Amanda Uhl
Series: Mind Hackers #1
Also by this author: Charmed By Charlie
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Amanda Uhl, Author
Purchase at: Amazon
If he can control her mind…
Government operative David Jenkins is skilled at controlling his emotions. Feelings are lethal when your job is to infiltrate minds, erase and implant thoughts, and guard the nation’s intellectual capital. But even he can’t fight his strange attraction to Grace Woznisky. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from a madman intent on possessing both their minds. Neither suspect their dangerous enemy has a larger motive, and David may be Grace’s only chance for survival.
Can he control her heart?
All freelance artist Grace wants is steady-paying work and to see her flighty sister to the altar. But after David offers her a job, she finds herself in the middle of a mental tug of war—one that has her reeling from nightmares and fighting for her life. She must decide: Are her growing feelings for her new boss authentic, or is she a victim of his mind-altering abilities?
“They walked in formation, each of the three men taking an outside stance with David on the inside. Guarding him was critical, so he could track the information they were after, while concealing their presence. Their job was to help him navigate the energy fields and fight off the mind’s natural defensive system, which operated similar to white blood cells attacking invading bacteria.”
A team of mind hackers working together as a Mind Control Unit for the good of our country, I only wish this was a reality. Could you imagine how many lives could be saved if this was a real ability? Very cool premise. I really enjoy reading sci-fi inspired books and bonus there is a romance angle, enjoyed it immensely!
I liked David as a character. He was controlled and focused which goes along well with the career has was born into. Although I was expecting him to be a bit like Spock and wanting to do mind-melding with Grace, lol, but that was before I started reading the book. I think his mind hacking is explained in a believable way. I think the affection and desire to know Grace is very romantic and I love that for him it was not an insta-love-mance. That would have gone against how his character was written. If you read the book that will make more sense to you but in an effort not to be a spoiler that is what I have for you. 😉
Grace is more than she seems. I liked her character from the beginning and as the story went on she became even more interesting and I loved that the other characters knew why she was special before she even understood. Her poor character really takes a beating in this story but it also shows that she is not some weakling to be toyed with. Her relationships with her family really add to this story and definitely made me laugh. Oh yeah and she has a talking parrot as a pet, ha ha, that is not a literary pet choice you see too often. It just adds to the story.
Ooooohhh the villain is truly a villain and I love it. He is so slimy and rotten that I love to hate him. He is truly sinister and the focus he has on Grace and what he desires her role to be in his world is just creepy. His over confidence in regards to Grace is also his undoing. Oh yeah and his underestimation of David’s feelings for her and his commitment to keeping her safe. There is a little bit of a love triangle but it only showcases David’s humorous side 🙂.
What I loved the most about this book is that it was a mixture of genres and it was woven together in such a way that you did not see the distinction between genres. It just works! There is a ton of action throughout this book and the fight scenes between the two mind hackers is just amazing! The story has a bit of everything, the writing is spot on and the ending is very satisfying. I am looking forward to seeing what more we can expect from Amanda Uhl!
*Thank you to Author Amanda Uhl for this eARC of Mind Waves*