Mace [Hybrids 2] (Siren Publishing Classic ManLove)by Gale Stanley
[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, HEA] In a secret military complex, a scientist uses genetic engineering to spawn a new breed of humans who can shape-shift into animals. One-nineteen, a bat hybrid, longs for his freedom, but when he finally gets a chance to try his wings, fear of getting caught forces him to hide in an underground cave. Brad Walsh is an experienced caver. His life is all about caving and exploring the unknown and untouched, but an accident leaves him trapped underground. Rescue comes in the form of a shy stranger, who calls himself Mace. Brad invites his rescuer into his home--and his bed. But he has no idea that his virgin lover is a shape-shifter who's on the government's most wanted list. For the first time in his life, Mace knows what it feels like to care about someone. He stays longer than he intended, and soldiers track him to Brad's house. He only meant to save the human, but now they're both in danger. Note: This book was previously published with another publisher and has been extensively revised and expanded. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
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Another awesome read! Although the story can stand alone, it's best to read the series in order. I had wondered what would happen with that flash drive from the first book. Good to see that it appeared in this second book as well. Can't wait to read the next one, either, especially what will happen for Captain Sawyer! Back to Mace's story... Born into a prison facility in a gene-manipulated environment, Mace has never seen the light of day before. His interactions with guards, meals, potty, etc are predictable and sterile. As one of the hybrids highly guarded and studied by a government sanctioned top secret project, Mace found that his body not only took on the desired effects of animal strengths but that he can shape-shift into a bat. Presented with escape, he finds his natural habitat and hides there until Brad takes a fall into the cave. Struggling for survival at first, the two form a sweet and romantic attraction. Danger follows close behind and the light that the two first saw at the end of the tunnel (or cave, in this case) soon seems like an unattainable dream. Mace, destined to be on lockdown forever, and Brad, the caver who is falling in for him, face another definitive fork in the road. Steamy and sweet, I got sucked into their world from the first page and couldn't put this down. So looking forward to reading all in the series!