Shaw, a symphony cello player, is dying when Dr. Wells convinces
her to agree to a new gene therapy treatment. Six months later,
she escapes from the biotech laboratory where she has been restrained
and tormented. Disoriented and weak, when Cat’s thoughts flash on
blood and death, she tries to focus. Hearing a helicopter above,
she hides and discovers that, like a chameleon’s, her skin changes
color. She sets out for the only safe haven she knows: the Academy
Mick Carrera, ex-military and now security consultant,
is hired by scientist Dr. Raymond Edwards to find Caterina, who
he claims is responsible for the grisly death of his partner, Dr.
Rudy Wells. Seeing her photo, Mick finds it difficult to believe
the dark-haired beauty could be a murderer, yet he’s determined
to complete his mission.
Mick talks with Cat’s friends and learns that, before
the experiment, Cat had courage and perseverance, passion and intelligence.
When he finds her at the Academy, Cat has already been wounded by
another mercenary Edwards has hired. She reaches out to Mick for
help, so he takes her to his safe house and calls his sister, Liliana.
Mick sees evidence of abuse on Liliana from her fiancé and is justifiably
angry. The evidence of restraining marks and abuse on Cat leaves
him doubting that Cat committed the murder. He asks Liliana, a physician,
to test Cat’s blood while he keeps her safe. When Liliana reports
that Cat was given hallucinogenic drugs and others meant to control
her, Mick suspects Dr. Edwards.
As the drugs wear off, Cat’s true personality emerges.
Mick and Cat become emotionally and physically involved. Mick is
determined to keep her safe even though Dr. Edwards has hired other
assassins to kill her.
Sins of the Flesh is a fast-paced, mesmerizing
and suspenseful paranormal thriller that had me reading well into
the night. Mick is an intelligent and determined hero whose ruthless
façade hides compassion and understanding. Cat’s pain and confusion
make her a sympathetic character from the start, one whose inner
strength eventually becomes clear. Combine this with arousing love
scenes and gene therapy science and Sins of the Flesh is
an excellent novel with an intriguing twist. I can’t wait for Caridad
Piñero’s next release in this series.