Title: Heated Match
Series: Coded for Love (#1)
Author: Lynne Silver
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi
Release Date: 4th April 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, Can You Read a Series in a Month?, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Program: an organization of elite soldiers with superior strength, agility, and intellect. These men are willing to put their lives on the line to execute the government’s most dangerous missions. Journalist Loren Stanton wants nothing more than to break a big story that will catapult her career. But the only item that’s caught her eye lately is Adam Blacker, a soldier whose rugged sexiness sets her pulse racing. When rumors surface that he’s part of a classified government program, Loren has every excuse she needs to get as close to him as possible, no matter what it takes. As team leader of a covert ops group, Adam steers clear of all journalists, but there’s no denying the blazing passion Loren stirs in him. A scorching night together convinces him their connection is more than skin-deep, still, he’s not ready to let down his guard—his genetic enhancements make him an exceptional soldier, but what woman would want to commit to his high-risk life? When a dangerous enemy from Adam’s past resurfaces and Loren insists on joining the fight rather than running, he’s forced to face a dark truth. This courageous, loyal woman moves him in ways he never imagined possible. And now that Adam knows she has his back, he also knows that he has to win her heart.
Heated Match was a really strange book to sort into a genre. It was most definitely romance, but there was a debate going in my mind whether it leant more towards sci-fi or paranormal. The main focus seemed to be on genetic engineering and manipulation rather than anything caused by magic which is what swayed me in the end.
The chemistry between Loren and Adam was good from the start, and had the added element of them being a "genetic match". Though from the beginning it was outright stated that they were predisposed to love each other, I didn't feel like it was quite insta-love though, there was far more of a build to their relationship than that.
One thing I did think though was that the amount of sex sometimes detracted slightly from the rest. Don't get me wrong I have no problem with sex scenes, but I found myself being really into the rest of the story and it was sometimes interupted by the main characters wanting to get it on!
The science and the action melded well together and I found myself believing in the world that Silver created. It was interesting and complex, both in the effects of genetic engineering and the consequences of the technology being available were explored well.
This was an interesting read, and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series!