Coded For Love Series

Heated Match by Lynn Silver

heated match

Overview by Publisher:

The Program: an organization of elite soldiers with superior strength, agility, and intellect. These men 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 he has to win her heart.

I am really digging this series.  It’s been previously published and both books in the series are making their way back to readers, hoping to catch a new audience.  It’s definitely caught my attention and I really hope the author puts out the other books in the series for readers.

The Program is the stuff of science fiction, but not the weird Area 51 type.  The soldiers at the Program are genetically enhanced.  These books would make an awesome tv show – just enough military jargon and drama, sexy buff men and a secret organization that has their own way of functioning.

Genetics are at the heart of the Program.  Started in the 50’s, it now has the second generation of fully enhanced operatives at it’s disposal.  In one of the books, which I can’t seem to find in print, the secrets of the Program are released to the media and it’s a shit storm of attention.  While people may have imagined the US government would look at enhancing the gene pool, it’s another thing to find out they have been living in DC and operating for years.

One of the interesting aspects is the matching of couples.   They look to find their best DNA match and have super babies.  The match is taken extremely seriously and it’s almost overwhelming how much relies on the DNA.  We meet Loren and Adam at a birthday party and the sparks coming off the two are like fireworks.  They can’t figure out why they are so attracted to each other, but it doesn’t matter because the birthday party goes south, when the guest of honour – a one-year-old baby – disappears on Adam’s watch.

Loren is a reporter and she finds her way to the Program compound.  This starts a chain of events that will change her and Adam forever.  Loren and Adam are locked in a room together after her DNA reveals that they are a match.  It reminded me a bit of JR Ward’s vampire series when they go into heat and the uncontrollable lust that rages.  But there is more than that – Loren finds out the truth about her family.  She is actually one of the enhanced babies, but fate kept her from the truth until now.
Adam has his reasons for resisting Loren. He believes that his gene line is inferior and doesn’t want to take the chance of having a child that would be rejected.  He bears deep scars from his own childhood.  It became like a battle of nature.  Adams body was so primed for Loren, but his head kept telling him no.  Loren is just as affected and she longs for Adam.    The sex between the two is really hot and heavy.  There is such a deep itch between these two that they seem incapable of satisfaction.

I loved learning more about the Program and the political drama.  There is a traitor on campus and his actions are reeking havoc amongst the ranks.  Through the eyes of the traitor, many questions are answered and you see how deep and dark the lies and subterfuge of the Program go.

I was totally hooked reading this book.  I loved the other members of Adam’s team and I think there are books telling their stories too.  I really hope they get published as this is one series I would read from start to finish!

False Match by Lynn Silver

false match

Overview by Publisher:

The Program: an organization of elite soldiers with superior strength, agility, and intellect. These men put their lives on the line to execute the government’s most dangerous missions.

Kidnapped with her son and forced into helping a rogue scientist with his experiments, Dr. Samara Jones saw no escape. Until the day she was rescued by a group of elite soldiers from the Program. Now under the protection of the Program, Samara is working to prove her innocence—and struggling to control the burning need she feels for Chase Stanton, one of her rescuers.

As laid-back as he is deadly, Chase is a well-honed solider who always responds to the call of duty, whether it’s a life-or-death mission or a scorching night of passion. When he’s assigned to protect Samara, he’s immediately drawn to the smart, headstrong woman, and confides a dark fear to her—despite feeling torn by his suspicions that she could be a double agent. Duty demands he resist temptation, but desire has its own demands . . .

So we find out about the Program in the first book, Heated Match.  This book features Loren’s half brother, Chase.  He is the surfer bum of the group.  Happy, joking and easy going, until he needs to work and then he is all business – and deadly.

The aftermath of the previous book has the lovely Dr. Samara Jones relocated to the Program compound with her son.  She held been held captive for a year by the mad doctor from the first book.  Samara doesn’t see much difference between this jail and the last one, with the exception of being close to her son.  She still is forced to work on genetics and creating super soldiers with manipulated DNA.

Chase is Samara’s watchdog.  He is responsible for keeping her safe on campus, where she is not well liked nor trusted due to her role in the past.  I found this unfair.  While Adam had reason to be upset with her, clearly they could see that she was a prisoner and not a spy.

Chase has the hots for Samara, although the way he describes her, he had to look past the exterior.  Samara wears the frumpiest clothes imaginable and it’s like a shield to keep herself safe.  But she isn’t safe from Chase’s attentions.  These two are smoking hot once they get between the sheets!

I really liked the inclusion of Samara’s son in the story. Chase bonds well with him and it solidifies what a good guy he is.  This is important to the story because her young child has been mistreated in the past year and she worries about his future.

The future for Chase and Samara is fraught with worries as well.  Chase has to deal with the dislike and mistrust from his team towards Samara.  This is in addition to the fact that they have not been matched and a soldier from the Program has a responsibility to be with the one meant for him.  These are challenges that keep the plot fresh and moving forward.  There is also the matter of Samara’s safety from her previous captor who wants her back desperately, but it’s just a great way for the reader to see Chase go all alpha male and protective – which is super hot!

This series is just getting better and better.  I really am hoping that the next books which feature the other members of Adam and Chase’s team will be re-released and I can binge read the whole series!

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