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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 ...
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, Matt, Joe and Madeline hunt for this new bio-weapon. Will Joe and Madeline give in to temptation? She thinks he's playing her like the men from her past. He needs to convince her otherwise.
Posted April 1, 2015
Chemical Attraction’s genre is something I don’t get to read very often – or not at all. But I am very glad I did.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I agreed to do a review of this book, because I have yet to set a “standard” for this genre. Let’s just say that I found my “reading journey” of this book…very interesting.
Note: If you get squeamish when reading graphic deaths, or against animal cruelty and death, then this book may not be for you. (Or you can just skip those parts so you can still read it.)
FBI Agent Joe Roberts wants that instant chemistry like his sisters, Eva and Taylor, have with their husbands. After years of searching, he’s ready to give up on that romantic notion. Then, he meets Madeline. The problem is she’s his contact on this dangerous case.
Dr. Madeline Pierce works in nanotechnology research. When she discovers a criminal network within her medical facility, she’s partnered with Joe. Throughout the investigation into the production and distribution of illegal drugs, Joe and Madeline struggle to stay professional despite their intense attraction to each other. She wants to trust his sweet words but wonders if she’s just a fling.
Police Chief Matt Connor adores his wife, Eva, and works hard to keep his family and rural town safe. When farm animals become violent and meth labs become abundant, his calm demeanor is tested. Eva Connor, a petite spitfire, has an opinion on everything and you know it whether you want to or not. However, her confidence is shaken when she’s used as leverage against Matt’s inquiries. With this case now personal for Matt and Joe, they will do whatever’s necessary to protect the women they love. As the ensemble hunts for this new bio-weapon, the dangers intensify putting their lives at greater risk.
These intertwining relationships must transform into stronger bonds if they want to win against this horrific threat. Love should trump evil, but will their love for each other survive these tests without severe repercussions?
“Depending on how long this has been going on, we’re talking about millions if not billions of dollars.” Joe stood and paced at the foot of his bed in the Blue Room at the B & B. “Well, the proof would be with materials management, right?”
Leaning against his headboard, Madeline nodded. “They would have the master supply list and shipping manifests. Getting those would be a start. The supply list would show the bulk chemicals ordered and the manifest would show the delivery of those actual items.”
“What’s their security like?” he asked, impressed by her knowledge and instincts.
She reached for her iced tea with her left hand and used her right to wipe the condensed wetness off the tabletop. She took a mouthful, swallowed, and sighed. “They have cameras all over the place. The front desk has four screens that they flip through to any area, but security has a room with monitors for every camera.”
He continued to walk the six steps from one side of the room to the other. “They have cameras in materials management?”
“That department has three. If it weren’t for the cameras, I’d walk down there and make copies of the lists. They hang on a clipboard out in the open. There’s even a copier in an alcove next to it,” she said, crunching her ice.
“Where are the cameras placed?” he asked, clenching his jaw at her distractions.
She grinned. “One picks up the clipboard and the hallway. There’s one at the gated door, overlooking the supply room, and the other is directly across from the copier. I have no idea how to get to it by myself.”
He looked at everything in the room, but Madeline stretched out on his bed. He struggled against temptation. “A lot of people work in that area?”
“Four guys are in and out of the department throughout the day except for lunch. Between noon and one, they eat in the cafeteria and leer at women.”
He moved the blue lace curtain to the side and looked at the empty street. In the window’s reflection, he watched Madeline position herself across the bed onto her abdomen. She bent her knees, putting her feet in the air. He turned back around as she propped her head on her hands. He kicked his shoe across the room and watched it thump into the door. Frustrated, he plopped into the chair, folded his arms, and stared at her.
“Why are you doing that?” he finally asked.
She smiled. “Are you mad at me? Your body language says you are.”
“You want fun, huh?” She squealed as he leapt across the bed toward her. When she tried to roll away, he pinned her beneath him. As he hovered over her, he gently moved a strand of her hair away from her face. “I told you. You are too damn tempting.”
Lowering his head, he kissed her. The bolt of lightning shot through him again and, God, he liked it. She squeezed his biceps, making him instantly hard. Her kisses seared his lips. He was definitely playing with fire. As he slowly lowered his body, they heard pounding on the ceiling.
“I better go,” Madeline whispered as she tried to catch her breath.
Suddenly aware of his position, he scrambled to get up. “God, I’m sorry. I’ll walk you home.”
Damn, how could he be so irresponsible? He had worked with many women over the years and had always kept it strictly professional. Now, he was compromising not only his mission and career but her life as well.
Joe Roberts is a laid-back kind of guy. He’s the cool uncle, and the charming boy-next-door. But he’s also a wonderful FBI field agent. He’s not afraid of commitments and relationships…he just wished he didn’t have to find the woman for him during the most dangerous mission of his life.
Madeline Pierce is a strong, smart, and independent woman who works for (although she denies it) a government agency. She was in an abusive relationship, but she survived with the help of said organization. However, her fears are stopping her from giving her heart to the only man who would take care of it.
Matt Connor is a spectacular cop and an even greater father. He came to be one at a very young age, but he never regretted. Not once. His family is always his first priority and his people second.
Eva Connor is the epitome of small but terrible. She’s petite but she can intimidate people like nobody’s business. She’s compassionate and caring, which causes people to like her instantly…with a few exceptions.
A few chapters in the book, I knew that the author had some sort of background with Science (I haven’t read her bio yet during this time). Her very detailed descriptions of things that had to do with the lab, the tests, and the drugs were pretty much a dead giveaway. I liked this because I got tidbits of information that I didn’t know about before, and for that Ms. Thompson, Thank You.
This is the kind of book I can easily see as a movie. The plot was great, the twists were truly surprising, and the story flow is very unpredictable. You don’t know who’ll die next, how they will die, or if they will die at all. I think that’s one of the things that make a good book -- its ability to keep its readers guessing which way it will go.
I’ve always been a sucker for romantic stuff, so the love formed between Joe and Madeline made me all giddy. They make a wonderful team, and a beautiful couple. I also believe Eva and Matt’s marriage got even stronger because of the challenges they faced and conquered.
Posted April 15, 2014
This book kept me guessing the whole way through. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen the book took a different turn. This kept me turning pages till the very end. I will admit during the first 2 chapters of this book I was slightly confused as to what was going on and where the storyline was going, but then it comes together. There is a lot of detail and description on the scientific side of things that a reader can easily follow along with what is going on and what is being talked about between the characters. Christina Thompson did a great job of bringing the characters to life and letting you really get to know all of them. I would highly recommend this book to all of my fellow readers!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2014
Wow what a book. It has everything that a person could want in it. Action, intrigue, murder, and romance can all be found in this amazing story. What I liked about this story is that it shows what can happen when science runs amok. Things that should be used for earth shattering medical breakthroughs are instead corrupted into a weapon in this story.
I loved all of the twists and turns that this story provided. It managed to keep me entertained to the point that I read it in one setting. There was depth to the main characters as well as just the right amount of depth to the supporting characters. They all managed to stand out in their own unique way.
I definitely give this book 5 stars. If you are into action/mystery books, then this would be a great book for you to read. This author does not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Posted March 17, 2014
The first chapter of Chemical Attraction was overwhelming for me with a lot of character names to remember and the things that distinguish them from one another. I worried I wasn't going to remember all of them and how they're related or know each other, but as the story progressed, I needn't have worried. The main characters soon stood out from the rest.
Eva and Matt, Joe's "sister" and brother-in-law, have such a loving relationship, and I loved the fact that they're still so hot for each other after nine years together. They made me feel like they're going to feel that way for each other the rest of their lives. Marriages either become dysfunctional or don't make it for long at all so many times in novels, so I found this refreshing.
The attraction between Joe and Madeline was palpable from the start. They're both intelligent and self-assured people, making them evenly matched which I really liked. They work well together, and the tantalizing prospect of them becoming a "real" couple was always just out of delicious reach, making you desperate to find out if that's in the cards for them.
Thompson takes time building the characters and their interactions before getting to the action of the story, so when something happened, you really felt the impact. At first I felt frustrated with getting to the action, but had she rushed things, the story wouldn't have hit me as hard as it did. The way she set everything up made Chemical Attraction worth reading. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 9, 2014
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.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 17, 2014
Chemical Attraction is a romantic thriller with a very original plot, great characters, a medical mystery, some sci-fi elements and plot twists! I enjoyed everything about it - only asterisk is that (in my opinion) the cover (while really beautiful) does not fit the suspenseful FBI thriller. There is romance, but it is the mysterious events and entertaining characters that make this book shine!
Dr. Madeline Pierce suspects that someone in her medical research facility is ordering large amounts of materials used for making meth. She reports her suspensions to the FBI, and they send Agent Joe Roberts to investigate. He goes undercover as Madeline's boyfriend, and together they try to determine who took the chemicals and why. Meanwhile, the small farming town they are in is experiencing vicious animal attacks. Are the events connected? With the help of Joe’s sister, Eva, and her law enforcement husband, Matt, Joe and Madeline hunt for answers. The closer they get to solving the case, the more dangerous it becomes for everyone involved.
Chemical Attraction is a great book. It is well written, beautifully crafted and fast paced. The mystery is woven throughout the story, and it is very exciting to see the truth come to light.
The characters are an ensemble of very intelligent people: scientist, cop, FBI agent and medical professional. They are quick witted, resourceful, brave and very funny. The interaction between the main characters is one of my favorite aspects of the book. Honestly, between the plot and the people, I couldn't put the book down.
Agent Roberts and Dr. Pierce begin the case pretending to be a couple. As they spend more time together, however, they don't have to fake affection. Their relationship is a sweet and romantic aspect to this thriller about meth labs, animal attacks and bio technology. The secondary characters are equally entertaining, and while there are several people in the book, it is easy to keep track of who's who. The fact that the author had so many moving pieces interact and navigate toward the suspenseful conclusion is remarkable. There is a sequel, and I am trying to clear my calendar so I can get to it quickly!
If you enjoy romantic thrillers and medical mysteries, you will enjoy this book. It has a 5 star average on Amazon, with everyone agreeing it is well written, perfectly plotted and a really great read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 14, 2014
I'd actually give this a 3.5
Dr. Madeline Pierce fears there is something horrible going on in the company where she works. She thinks there is a huge meth operation and distribution, so she calls the FBI. They send Agent Joe Roberts. There are so many things going on in her little town, animal attacks, testing outside the laboratory, murders, and to top it off Madeline is instantly attracted to Joe and they must play boyfriend/girlfriend to find out the answer they are looking for.
I received this from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock for an honest review! To be honest this wouldn't be something I picked up for myself. Well that teaches me to limit my reading list! :) I fell in love with Christina Thompson's characters immediately. They were funny, charming, smart, and witty; they had amazing chemistry together and I loved the witty comebacks. This book contained it all, and I mean all, sex, murder, mystery, betrayal, and so much more. I am glad I got a chance to read this book because I will most definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series~!
Posted February 8, 2014