Brilliant scientist Melinda Caster has discovered a new strain of the Zika virus that stimulates synaptic growth in embryos, causing neuron development beyond normal human levels. Way beyond, like ESP-levels of cognitive abilities. When the lab is broken into, Melinda realizes that someone has been keeping tabs on her research and wants it for themselves. A happy accident destroys critical data before it can fall into the wrong hands, but unfortunately that makes Melinda and her perfect memory a target.
A.L.F.A sends in jaguar-shifter Agent Parish Hamel to discover who is after the virus and why. The beautiful scientist acts like catnip to his senses and throws his mating instincts into overdrive. And then she disappears along with the only sample of the virus…. Now Parish must canvas the darkest areas of the supernatural underground to rescue Melinda, and what he discovers is beyond a paranormal’s worst nightmare.
This story right from the beginning is told in a way it's obvious the author wanted her characters to be light and feel approachable although at times I struggled to reconcile the two sides of Melinda, dedicated scientist and horny woman! Parish shifts into a jaguar but the text kept referring to him as a transformer which with recent film offerings meant I had a difficult time not thinking about machines!
There is instant chemistry between Melinda and Parish as she's his mate but no instant love as they connect a lot through dreams which meant the actual romance in the physical world didn't seem terribly rushed. I liked the ideas, the setting, but I wanted to know more about the organisation Parish works for. Plus, as the first in this series I'd hoped other characters would be introduced so I'd at least have an idea what might happen next. My first book by Ms Taiden and I think if she hadn't included demons that felt farcical, I would have enjoyed it more.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts and comments are my honest and I believe fair opinion.