The first novel in the New Species series from best-selling erotic romance author Laurann Dohner is by turns suspense-filled, brutal, and steamy.
Ali Ahn, known to New York stage audiences and for her cameo work in television crime dramas, brings an urgency and tension to the story of nurse Ellie Brower. The pharmaceutical company employee discovers to her horror that the company is experimenting with the DNA of what have become animal-humans. That shock is replaced by infatuation with Specimen 416, which brings on first his hatred and then a mutual lust that becomes as much a part of their lives as an ongoing struggle to survive.
Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments. Company scientists have spliced human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such "experiment" captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him - even if he hates her for it.
Fury has never known compassion or love. He's spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. Now he’s free and set on vengeance. He vows to end her life but when she's finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.
Fury can't resist Ellie - the touch of her hands, her mouth on his skin, her body wrapped around his. He's obsessed with the scent of his woman. And Ellie wants Fury - always has. She craves his big, powerful body and wants to heal his desolate heart.
But loving Fury is one thing... taming him is another.
Reader Advisory: This story contains the heartrending aftermath of a rape scene involving a captive male. Another scene involves capture and forced touching by a hurt, vengeful Fury.
©2011 Laurann Dohner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Calling all paranormal romance lovers!!! This is a great new series featuring a brand new type of 'paranormal'. New Species are humans spliced with animals...could be cat, dog, who knows, but whatever the species, it made for a really good listen. There were some moments where the story dragged or was a little redundant--literally over-focusing on certain points way too long but once it got back on track and moved forward, things progressed well. The characters were sexy, fierce, and funny as they found their way to love and navigated their new environment amidst dire circumstances, such as trying to have uninterrupted sex! Trust me, that's one of the funniest, and somewhat frustrating points of the whole book, but it doesn't take away from the fact that I loved it!
The narrator is a new one for me, and she was good, she has a great voice although there were times where it seemed like the narration was very very slow...perhaps this was deliberate but given what she was saying and the context of the story it seemed like she was trying to add drama where it wasn't really necessary. All of the less than positive aspects of this book pale in comparison to the positive attributes so, I'm already going to purchase and download the other books, as I am now a FURY fan and New Species obsessed!
Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?
I love the way Laurann Dohner writes action scenes. She does an amazing job. She also does a great job of world building, and of building tension in her world. The new species characters are a mix of intelligence and naivete that really pulls you into their story. (4/ 5 stars).
I really enjoyed the world of her series, so much so that I kept reading long after certain aspects had me less than turned on.
I've read five of the books so far, with a growing sense of disappointment as the sex scenes became increasingly repetitious. The situations are unique, but the descriptors used again and again drove me nuts. All the human females are "tiny" and "fragile" (no tall girls?) With the exception of their jobs, hair/eye color, etc., they are the same woman over and over again. There needs to be more variety.
Because the men are bigger (everywhere), we are treated to the same routine and exactly the same words to describe each encounter, every time with very little variation. The men are afraid they will hurt the human females and the females have to assure them over and over that they are "tough" and "can take it." This becomes really annoying as there are several mixed race couples on the scene by the fifth book. It should be obvious to everyone that the human women can in fact "take it."
Once they have sex with a human female, the men are crippled by their need to possess them. We hear about their smell and soft skin and the overwhelming need to protect. Mostly though, the men become cave men who need to control the women by growling at them and fighting any male who touches them. The word "mine" is used after the first sexual encounter, sometimes even before that, and the women pretty much become their possessions and are unable to exercise any freedom. These are strong independent women with careers, who fold like a broken beach chair after a weak attempt to assert themselves. But then, why would they want to with such strong sexy males to control them?
And during sex, the women are all afraid to have sex with the males because the males are huge. Consequently, the males are all very careful, and by the end of the scene, the women all note that the "pain becomes pleasure" as the large member engages "all of the nerve endings" in their vaginas. Later, when the males finally let go and "get it on" with the women, they are instantly wracked with guilt about hurting the female, and she has to reassure them again that she liked it. Really? There is no variation of this routine. And it is eye rollingly painful to listen to by the 4th book. (1 star).
The sex scenes, rather than adding to the romance of the story, actually began to detract as the buzz words became almost laughable. What a shame.
And for me, there was the "dog" ick factor. I really did not need to learn how sex works for dogs. Really, I didn't. The cat new species are created from lions and panthers -- which was cool. But the dogs? Couldn't they have been wolves or bears or something -- anything other than Fido? That was really not sexy. At all. (0 stars).
I would have to be very bored indeed to purchase another book in the series, even though I REALLY enjoyed the overall stories and the action of each book I've read so far. I'm bummed that Ms. Dohner can't find a way to make the sex scenes as original as the rest of the book. Really bummed.
The reader, Vanessa Chambers, was fantastic. I'll be looking for more books read by her. (5 stars!)
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I actually started reading Laurann Dohner "Species" series as I loved Lora Leigh's "Breeds" novels and this series is quite like them. This book has all your needs catered for in a good Shifter novel. Loads of Hot and Horny sex to got round for all ears to enjoy. plus a great story line. I loved it and Ali Ahn's narration was awesome !!
Fury and Ellie have a rough start to say the least. Elle is working at the pharmaceutical company when she discovers the scientists there have taken human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One of those new species happens to be Fury. Once she learns what's going on she goes undercover to try and save them, even doing some unthinkable things to Fury to not get caught,,,,,,,,,,
Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
I am always on the look out for new paranormal romance books and I love when a I find a series with a good story line and good characters that will keep me engaged for a while, like Lords of the Underworld or Black Dagger Brotherhood. I do not think that this series is as good as either of those, but I do think it is really good and worth listening to more then once. There are some scenes in this books and in the series that may be too much for some readers. But otherwise they are quick, fun reads that I recommend.
I'm a lover of books, both read and audible.
New Species, sounds like a really bad movie on the Syfy channel but it's actually a decent book. It's contains just enough action to keep the listener interested without it dragging out the story. Yes, it does contain a lot of sex scenes but if you know anything about Ellora's Cave books, this shouldn't be a surprise. Fury is a new species male that has been held in captative since birth. He is a male that had his genes spliced ,along with countless other males and females, with that of an animal to make him and his kind into something other. They were tortured for decades until Ellie, the heroine, risk everything to smuggle medical document out of the secret facility to the authorities. Now free, the New Species Order or NSO are trying to find their freedom in a world that has conflicting issues about their presence. Of course you have those anti groups that are determined to give them hell every step of the way, not to mention the emotional turmoil every NSO faces now that they are free.
Fury is just that fury. He is vengeance, patience, possessive, dominant and mmm he growls. I love it when they growl. Although at times in the book, I wished Ellie would grow a spine, she isn't completely pathetic throughout the entire book. She defends the New Species with everything she has in her. She just doesn't have an opinion about her own self worth, frustrating.
The narrator was decent. I have heard better and I have heard worse. I like her voice she used for Fury but the voices for the other males lacked that depth.
Would I recommend this book, yes. But be warned, LOTS AND LOTS OF SEX. HOT STEAMY PASSIONATE SEX. You have been warned.
medium - The story is too similar to Lora Leigh Breeds series. The book could have been improved with a bit of editing. The author never used adverbs properly and spoke in the passive voice too often. I wanted to get out my red pen,
I like a bit of sex, but really? The obvious allusion to bestiality got a bit repetitive, and the author used sex to link together every scene. The heroine was too submissive and had no real role in the story. Too bad cause her relationship with the female dorm could have been a stronger part of the story.
the narrator was amateur. She paused at the end of each line instead of the end of each sentence like a school kid readying poetry. Her inflections were too breathy on every sentence. She left all the consonants out of every contraction i.e. coont instead of couldn't. I almost gave up over this.
A little variation on the plot - Fury is angry, Fury wunt hurt me, fury is angry again, Fury wunt hurt me...
Just good enough to make me want to find out what happens with the other characters so I will give the next book a try. But that's it if it doesn't get better...
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good book. I really loved Fury and Ellie and the story was interesting and engaging. I didn't want to stop until the end and even then I still didn't want to stop. I'm actually only stopping long enough to write this review and then I'm moving on to book 2 in the series. :D
Ellie is a nurse. She works for a company that she finds out is performing bad experiments on altered humans they keep captive. She goes undercover to a research facility to get evidence to stop what's being done. While undercover, she meets a test subject (aka captive), Fury and comes to care about him. She feels a connection to him and wants desperately to get him and the others out of that place. At a critical time, Ellie saves Fury's life but while doing it, she does something that Fury takes the blame for after she leaves and he feels she betrayed him.
Fury is an altered human, one of many that grew up in labs, being fed drugs and treatments to alter his makeup and change his attributes and abilities. The scientists performed horrible experiments on them and their lives were hell. For Fury, his only solace in that place was Ellie. He felt a connection to her and felt calmed by her presence. He thought she'd never hurt him so when he got hurt for her actions, he thinks she's betrayed him and he wants revenge.
Ellie doesn't know what happened to Fury after the raids to set free the New Species (NS) captives took place (although she tried to find out). She still wants to help the NS people as much as she can so she takes a job as a dorm mother for the women's dorm in the NS compound called Homeland. It's there, that Fury and Ellie meet again. At this point, Fury is part of the NS council and the second in command. When Ellie walks in to the meeting and he sees her he doesn't react well. Things are calmed down once he finds out she was only in the labs as an informant but he still harbors a combination of anger and longing for her. This prompts him to kidnap her briefly but then he lets her go once he feels their "even" but he still feels a need for her. Ellie wants Fury as well but isn't sure of his feelings for her.
There are some attacks by hate groups that cause issues which leads to more issues and Ellie gets fired (by a corrupt director) and thrown out of Homeland. The NS let her leave (although Fury doesn't want to) because they think she'll be safer out there among her own people. After some of the hate group people try to kidnap her, Ellie gets brought back to Homeland, this time staying in Fury's home as his guest. This lasts for a few days as they both fight the mutual attraction. Fury is ready to make a move but fears pushing her. Once Fury and Ellie get their-selves worked out, then they start having issues from everyone else. People worry about their relationship and all it means and sometimes over-react. Although most people chill out after the initial bad reaction or two, the hate groups and others see the couple as a target and things aren't easy on them at all. There are a number of difficulties that Fury and Ellie have to get through but they do it together and they do it with love. In the end they have a very good HEA that left me grinning and ready for the next book.
This was a very enjoyable book. I loved Fury and Ellie and really liked the story. The secondary characters are good as well and I'm looking forward to seeing the NS get mates as I continue the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
I got it, I'm not looking for intellectual conversations when I used- scratch that- wasted a credit to purchase this on audible. I mean, the cover tells me exactly the sort of genre I'll be "reading." However, the raving reviews led me to believe this book was going to be awesome. The story was interesting enough, but the inconsistency in the paranormal aspects were a let-down. Now, I'm not looking for doctorate-level biochemistry within the pages. In fact, with as much science as I'm exposed to on a daily basis, I truly read for fun. The plot just needs to tighten up a bit. The dialogues in this are also dim-witted and dry. They actually go from bearable to ridiculous as the story progresses. Also, the circumstances and the actions of the characters are so unbelievably moronic that I had to keep pausing the recording because I was getting overly frustrated with the story. I persevered on, but I did listen/read not one, not two, not three, but four audios and two e-books in between finishing this book. The bedroom scenes were there (many, in fact), but without the connection with the characters, they may as well have been buttering toast, I was so unaffected.
I did give the book two stars because there are characters that were interesting in the story, but if the subsequent novels are anything like this one, then I probably won't pick another one up.
Narrator: Vanessa Chambers
Played at 1.5x the speed and the narration pace was perfect. Any slower than that and the story dragged even more. The narrator did a decent job with the narration, ensuring each character was distinct from the next. Her pitch was good and the flow of her speaking was agreeable.
I love Lora Leigh's Breed Series, and since this one sounded similar, I thought I'd give it a try. I'll be honest. This book is so much like LL's Breed series, I'm a bit shocked the author got away with it without someone shouting "plagiarism". For fans of LL, the only difference that I can find is that the "New Species" were created for drug experimentation, while LL's Breeds were created as weapons. Otherwise, the setting, background story and plot development tools are strikingly similar.
Having said that, I still enjoyed this book. The premise is one I enjoy, and you gotta love these alpha males.
The sex is frequent and explicit, so if that's not your cuppa tea, beware. The emotional part of the story was done very well. The plot moved along well, and even though some of the "conflict" seemed a bit contrived, all in all, it flowed smoothly. There was enough action to keep you listening, then periods that focused on the couple's relationship and allowed my nerves to settle down.
The narrator wasn't all that great. She had a pleasant enough voice, but she did have some pacing and pronunciation issues that were a bit distracting.
If you're a paranormal/erotica/romance lover, I reckon you'll like this book. I certainly plan to read more books by this author, and more in this series.
I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!
I thought Ms. chambers was awesome at narrating this book, she is fast becoming another favorite of mine.
There are many series out there that are similar... but this story is pretty twisted as far as what the humans are doing, and I found it quite enjoyable.
She did great with all the characters in this book.
I am not good at this question ever, lol.
Kresley Cole is one of my all time favorite authors, if you like her IAD series you fast enjoy this series. I can't wait to continue!
Ellie goes in undercover to Mercantile Industries to uncover the atrocities of humans who have been spliced with animal DNA, for example in Fury's case canine, the subjects literally being treated like animals in a testing laboratory.
Even in her precarious position she has always been attracted to Fury admiring his quiet defiance from afar and to save his life and hers Ellie has no choice but to abandon him to punishments of her making. Fury feels well fury where Ellie is concerned and vows the next time he sees her he will kill her.
If you like Lora Leighs Breed series then you will like this, but no way is it a carbon copy of Leighs work, it is told in a completely different way. If you like your PNR, erotic, passionate, funny, at times edge of seat with an amorous male lead and a practical strong willed female go for it.
Ali Ahns brings all the characters to life, how she did all those different male voices I don't know, but I was able to tell the difference between all the characters.
I couldn't help but revisit Fury's story this time by audio and glad I did, a guilty pleasure that didn't disappoint, glad I indulged.
I stumbled on to this book by accident and I'm so glad I did the story is fantastic can not wait to start the next book. One very happy reader/listener.
"I wish I had a girl like this!"
the idea of mixing human DNA with animal DNA was really interesting
the funny thing is I didn't think I'd really like this, but boy! I really love this book
this story makes me wish I had a girl like that Her love for Fury is deeper than anything else you can imagine, if only all men and women loved each other like that, then we'd all be happy!
Yes! Oh yes! The performance was beyond epic! The voices came through amazingly and it felt like I was there, in the story with characters. The sex was hot, communication was funny and sweet, and action was more than satisfactory.
Hmmm, I guess when Fury got all playful with Ellie in the kitchen, the chase was so cute.
I don't know, I loved it all.
I laughed so hard at all the New Species, their traits are adorableadorable and I can't wait to read about the rest of them.
Guilty pleasures, I swear. High expectations now.
"Dont waste your time"
This just left me confused, couldn't get past first half of the first chapter and was no longer interested in pursuing the rest of the book. Is it just me that thinks a woman, whilst trying to save the life of a "half beast" from a locked cell, who spends this time having sexual fantasies about him and groping him, is a little bit sick. Surely not something one thinks about when rescuing someone? Also is that bestiality?
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