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.
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I listen to my books while working, and I work alot!, love Detective, Dystopian, Science fiction, Fantasy, U/F, PNR and Steam Punk.
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.
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.
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?
"Loved it! I'm a Fury Fan!!!"
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!
"Please unleash Fury upon me !!"
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,,,,,,,,,,
"A Worth While Series!"
Yes, I've really enjoyed this series so far, and have listened to the first seven books. After I complete this series, I do plan on trying her other series.
The leader of the New Species, Justice. His character makes a lot of sacrifices for his people and ensures they get every thing they need.
Vanessa did a great job of narrating the story.
"I LOVE This Series"
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.
"New Series for a New Species"
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.
"Get an editor...."
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...
"Steamy New Series"
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.
"My New Favorite Author!"
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!
I couldn't be more happy. This was a great read. I waited for the release checked often just in case it was released early. It was well worth the wait. Ali Ahn did a wonderful job giving voice to each character.
If you own any of the New species series i definitely recommend the audiobook.
"A wasted credit"
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.
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