Heated Match by Lynne Silver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
HEATED MATCH was nothing like what I thought I'd be reading when I decided to get this book, but it turned out to be exactly what I needed! From the picture and summary, I thought I was choosing an erotica romance with a Sci-Fi subplot. Instead I found a romantic suspense novel with a really intriguing Sci-Fi story that had me cursing the bad guy and cheering for Adam and Loren to save each other in every sense of the word.
Adam is a highly trained team leader of a covert ops group, but one look at Loren has him forgetting his mission in his pursuit of her. Loren is a strong, independent woman and is hoping to advance her journalism career with a big story when she meets Adam. When Adam's boss finds out Loren is Adam's genetic match, he locks them in a room for 24 hours in hopes to breed the next line of genetically advanced soldiers. While neither is ready for that kind of commitment, they also can't resist the painful physical desire they have for each other. After their lockdown is over, Loren is convinced by Adam's boss to remain on the military campus for two weeks in return for information on a kidnapping case she's covering for her paper as well as information on her own personal history.
I had two minor issues with the story – the first was that I really didn't think this had any erotica tendencies to it. For the most part, it seemed like they talked about their burning desire, used a couple words like nipple or erection, and bam – they both orgasmed and we'd moved on to the next scene. It was almost like those fade to black books in that regard… And I know the characters were both practically in heat, but EVERY time they hooked up, it was really fast. Like, I didn't have time to get into it fast. So given the cover, the summary, and the genre the author seems to write to, I thought that the actual sex scenes could have been a little more heated or passionate.
My second issue was that I would have liked to get a little more information on how the DNA alterations happened. We are told that the men were paired with gorgeous and intelligent women to make the first genetically enhanced soldiers, but I assume there were also some changes made to the DNA to make the initial males. But there was never any explanation on how or when the DNA alteration would happen. Also, why do the females in the scenario also react physically to being in close proximity to the males as opposed to just the enhanced males feeling a physical response? I mean, the guy has the genetically altered DNA that makes him hardwired to want to reproduce in a caveman-like way, but the female is just a female who happens to have complimentary DNA. So why would she have such a reaction unless she drank the specially formulated water (example: in the opening scene at the birthday party)?
But those two comments aside, the storyline was really exciting and suspenseful. The bad guy was OH SO BAD – I hated reading the parts that were from his point of view – but then, even that's a good thing because I cared enough to really hate him! I have a feeling Xander may be starring in one of the next few books in the series and as usual I'm already drooling at the thought of this dark, brooding guy being the star of my dreams (I mean, book) for a few nights. The author also leaves some interesting hints about Chase and what may have happened on his mission that I'm hoping she pursues!!! Bring on Coded for Love #2!
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Series Blurb: Engineered with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.
But finding and convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re Coded for Love.
Heated Match Blurb: A lead byline and a cover story—that’s what journalist Loren Stanton wants most. Until she meets genetically enhanced soldier Adam Blacker. Team leader of a top-secret covert ops group, Adam never wanted to search for his genetic match, but whenever he gets close to Loren, things turn hot quickly, making him forget every reason he had for retaining his bachelor status. After a scorching night together, neither doubts they’re connected at a DNA-deep level, although both fear the high stakes of what it means to be together.
Loren gives Adam two weeks to prove he’s bred for more than war. He must convince her that he’s also coded for love.
The Hot Spots of Heated Match
(provided by author Lynne Silver):
I’m a total map geek. I can study maps for hours. Hint to Mr. Silver; get me an atlas for my birthday! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t win a geography bee, but I love seeing the concrete dots of where things are set on a map. Google Earth is my crack.
I’m sharing my map love with you today. Here you go: This is a map of four hot spots mentioned in Heated Match, book one in my Coded for Love series.
Let’s move in story order.
1. The first blue dot that’s important is in the top right, near the city of Beltsville. You can see it’s just north of 495, the beltway that loops the Metro Washington DC area. It’s not labeled here, but College Park, MD is right next to Beltsville. That’s home to the University of Maryland. College towns are great, because there’s a load of affordable housing and cheap places to eat. The Program, the heart of Coded for Love is set here in Beltsville. It’s also not shown on this map, but Beltsville is home to federal government buildings. All top-secret, yet innocuous looking. Maybe they house genetically enhanced soldiers like in my book Heated Match. Who knows?
2. Now, take the Beltway west to Connecticut Avenue and travel south to downtown Washington DC. Keep going until you’re at blue dot #2, dotting the I in Washington. You’re in the heart of the U.S. capital. This is tourist central, which means a ton of hotels. The dot is on one of the nicer older hotels. Presidents dance here at inaugural balls and locals bring out-of-town guests for brunch here. It’s also where we meet Adam Blacker, hero of Heated Match. He spends an ill-fated night here playing bodyguard to a child. He also meets his perfect DNA match here, Loren Stanton.
3. And speaking of Loren, she doesn’t go home with Adam that night. No, she takes a taxi just a quick hop over the Potomac River to Arlington, VA. In recent years, Arlington has become the hippest neighborhood in town. It’s all yummy restaurants and yogurt bars. I’m not yet 40 years old, but I feel old when I go here. This is land of the Singletons and young couples. Loren fits in perfectly.
4. For our final stop, we head west to Sterling Virginia, home to Dulles Airport (IAD). This is one of the cooler looking International airports. For one, its swooping roofline is iconic and thanks to some renovations, the terminals have great restaurants, making traveling more pleasurable. One thing many don’t know is that Dulles has a separate mini hangar on one side that houses private jets. This being, D.C., there are quite a few private jets. One of them is the one that will be used in Loren’s kidnapping.
That’s it. Hope you enjoyed my tour of my hometown as seen from the view of Heated Match.
She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.
She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC.