Double Dose

Double Dose

by Katie Allen

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Overview

Previously published under a different title

A double dose of happily-ever-after…


Speech therapist Daphne’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the dramatic when she’s kidnapped and spirited away to a hideout deep in the Colorado mountains. Her captors? Gorgeous men—all escaped from a secret laboratory designed to build perfect supersoldiers.

Trauma associated with his engineering left Benjy mute, and Ari thinks Daphne’s just the girl to help him recover. Held against her will, Daphne will be damned before she helps any of them—regardless of how electrifying she finds their touches.

But as Daphne’s hunger for Benjy and Ari grows, so does her empathy for the other soldiers hiding out at the lodge. With danger from her own past threatening to resurface and an overeager FBI agent sniffing around, she needs to free herself, her men and the others.

This book is approximately 65,000 words

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488081095
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 10/30/2017
Series: Research & Desire , #4
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 459,820
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Katie Allen is the fabulously filthy-minded alter-ego of romantic-suspense author Katie Ruggle. She lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. A police academy graduate, Katie is a self-professed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing, and gymnastics. Connect with Katie at katieruggle.com, or on Twitter @KatieRuggle

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Double Dose 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Minus 10 stars wasn't available.
lisareads More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from Net Galley. I liked that even though I had not read any of the prior books in this series it didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of Daphne's story. The story has drama of course from the fact that the men had been held in a lab and forced to be research subjects. Also there is the action of Ari having kidnapped Daphne and the conflict surrounding that and the fact that the other men disagreed with his actions. Then there is the point where the conflict between the men and the bad guys who are after them. But during it all Daphne, Ari and Benjy develop a relationship and that is the heart of the story. Enjoyable, steamy and an all around solid story.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This one was 3.5 stars for me. I enjoyed certain aspects very much, but others I felt could have used some more fleshing out. Daphne is a speech therapist and lives a quiet life in Denver. She was briefly engaged, but it turns out her "fiance" was really a scam artist, stealing money from his clients, and he used her as a respectable cover. Then, he skipped town with all the money, and his real girlfriend. She's been trying to put that incident behind her and move on. She's just about to close her office one night when a mysterious man shows up in her waiting room. Next thing you know, she wakes up, kidnapped. Ari and his best friend Benjy, along with 3 other men, were kidnapped by a secret lab and held against their will. They had all sorts of experiments done on them, and they've become, in many ways, superhuman. Also, none of them remember anything about their lives from before the lab. They managed to escape, but far from unscathed. They've finally all come back together in the mountains of Colorado, including the other 3 guys' significant others, and they're working on a plan to get free of the people chasing them, once and for all. Meanwhile though, Benjy has become mute over the last couple years. Ari has been doing research, and feels Daphne is the one to help Benjy find his voice again. But, Benjy can't exactly stroll into town and make an appointment like a normal person, with the lab on their trail, so Ari gets the bright idea to kidnap Daphne and demand her cooperation in fixing Benjy. Daphne's always been a bit of an odd duck, skipping grades, and finishing school much younger than her peers. She's a bit socially awkward, and she's never had a real relationship. Her lying fiance and sham engagement do not count, especially since they never even had sex. Even though she's been kidnapped, she's still sympathetic to Benjy's plight, and tries to think of ways to help him. Ari, on the other hand is rude, obnoxious, and acts like a caveman in so many ways. She just wants to go home at first, but after a while around their big group, their family, she realizes she'd be going back to a cold, lonely existence. I really liked the slow burn story between the 3 main characters, and how the side characters all weaved together to make them all a family of sorts. Daphne felt a part of them more quickly because of the group as a whole, and not just due to Ari and Benjy. She finds herself drawn to Benjy, and even Ari, after he grows on her. However, I really wish there had been a little more in depth info about Benjy's trauma, and why he was mute. I felt this could have been explored in a deeper way, and the overall story would have benefited from that. Additionally, I would have liked to know more about the ending and what happens to the lab, and it's cronies, etc. This is the final book in the series, and the only other one I read was book 2. I do feel that I would have benefited from reading books 1 & 3 as well. While this book was still enjoyable without the prior knowledge, I think I would have enjoyed it much more with it. Overall, this was an interesting story, but I think it would be better read as an entire series.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Double Dose is book four in the Human Design series by Katie Allen. This is my first book by Katie Allen. Even though I have not read any of the previous books in this series, it did not in any way take away from my enjoyment of this book. Daphne is doing what she always wanted. She is a speech-language pathologist at a prestigious practice. Her life is very predictable. She had dated a man for a year and three months and they had become engaged. Only to discover that he had been using her the entire time as a front as he swindled investors out of their money. She, of course, was no longer engaged to him but the blow to her self confidence still stung. At the end of a normal work day, after the receptionist had already left, a very hot looking stranger comes into her office. At first Daphne thinks he is a patient. Until he puts a cloth over her nose and mouth and kidnaps her. Daphne wakes up in a remote cabin in the Colorado mountains surrounded by several equally good looking men and two women. All of them are yelling at the one they call Ari, who is the one who took her. Ari claims they need her because she is well known in her field of expertise and that she needs to help one of the men who either can’t or won’t speak. Ari is one of five men who were held in labs against their will and had things done to them to enhance their abilities. Bionic men so to speak. They could see better, hear better, were stronger, could run faster. They had escaped and were hiding under false identities. None of them could remember their lives before they were “changed.” But the lab men wanted them back and would not stop searching for them. So Ari and his friends were constantly on high alert. One of the men who seemed to be Ari’s closest friend, Benjy, could no longer speak. They don’t know if it’s from a physical or mental trauma. But Ari wants Daphne to fix him. Daphne is determined not to give in to their demands. But the longer she is around these men and women, the more she sees that they are not the bad guys but are victims. She keeps chastising herself that she is the worst kidnapping victim ever since she doesn’t mind being there at all. And the more she is around Ari and Benjy, the more she is becoming attached to not one of them, but both of them. And it is obvious they feel the same way for her. At first, this was kind of a cute story the way Daphne reacted to her abduction and the way that Ari and Benjy were with her. I have to admit that at times, I thought Daphne was a bit childish. But as things progressed with the three of them, things got steamy fast, and boy oh boy, they did heat up. Daphne was actually very inexperienced since she and her previous boyfriend had never been intimate. But let me tell you, she caught on fast, very fast. Then it all kicked up a notch when everything sort of comes to a peak between all the bad guys and the good guys. Things got pretty darn intense. This was a fun, steamy and enjoyable book. It most definitely won’t be my last book by this author.