Title – Prototype
Author – Gretchen de la O
Publication Date – October 30, 2014
Series – The Possession Series, #1
Lauren Matthews believes she will be dead in seven days. She’s done witnessing others around her meeting that exact fate. With the device Marshall Grayson installed in her head as the only golden thread linking them, Lauren is left with no choice but to believe it is her destiny to die. Unable to see her professional world in Washington DC is about to be ruled by her personal life in San Francisco, Lauren’s two realities collide when Grayson Industries’ influential financier, Alejandro Fernandez, infuses himself in her life. Enchanted by Alejandro’s old world charm and modern sensitivity, Lauren becomes tangled in a web of sex, love, deceit, and murder. She struggles to find a balance between self-preservation and ethical responsibility.
With the full scope of the prototype slowly possessing her every thought, she truly understands―her life is not her own. Will Alejandro’s love be enough to reawaken her soul and change her destiny?
I have made a habit lately of diving into books without really having any preconceived notions about them; I see the cover, I know the author, and I trust that I’ll be lead down a wonderful path of great characters and a plot that keeps me interested. Prototype was my latest adventure using this technique, and I can honestly say that it didn’t disappoint! It was gripping and kept me utterly captivated from the very beginning to the hindsight of the last page!
“Falling in love is as dangerous as murder.”
Prototype is a suspense-driven novel that is sure to keep you guessing on multiple levels. We are introduced to Lauren who is told that she must have a prototype implanted into her body for several weeks. With natural hesitation, she does as she is told and the result is her world being flipped completely upside down. Once she sees how extraordinary the prototype is, she knows that it can be used for great things, but also very horrible things; it all depends on whose hands it falls into. She is immediately thrown into these high-pressure situations which leaves her second guessing everything. With new secrets constantly being revealed, she is left wondering who (and what) she can truly trust. It’s a nail-biting journey from start to finish, with the perfect touch of romance!
“That is the true dichotomy of life.”
Lauren was a wonderful, refreshing heroine to come across. She was intelligent, independent, and quite resilient. No matter what got thrown at her, she adapted to her surroundings and did what she had to do. I really admired her tenacity for doing the right thing and staying a free thinker when it came to the future of the technology. She was lead by facts and let that determine her course of action rather than being driven by fear or other people’s thoughts. Then we had Alejandro who was just about as swoonworthy as they get! He is the owner of a company who funded the prototypes being made, and has this whole mysterious side to his character that makes you just want to keep reading and expose the man layer by layer. When he and Lauren met for the first time, there were so many sparks that I felt like I was on fire. Their chemistry was intense and undeniable. Something about these two characters, and even their instant connection, just felt right. Their feelings were conveyed so impeccably that it never felt forced or unbelievable.
“Murder will always be seen as wicked and immoral, while love, the thieving of someone’s heart, will always be seen as heroic and gallant.”
The characters, even the secondary ones, were strong and each had their own voice. The book is told in a single point of view, but the tones of the chapters almost change depending on who else is in them. When Lauren felt fear, particularly in the beginning, I felt that anguish as well – almost as if I had a prototype in my brain having me feel exactly what she was. When they felt sadness or worry, I was right there with them in those scenes. Gretchen de la O did a remarkable job in getting me invested with these characters and she certainly has a talent for creating her scenes.
“The emotions read with the same vehemence; love and hate, life and death, good and bad.”
The plot of Prototype is nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. It was new and refreshing and allowed me to just get lost in it. Though it may have felt a tad futuristic at times due to the nature of the technology, it also felt completely believable. There was no real stretch of the imagination that I had to wrap my brain around, despite being labeled a sci-fi novel. The writing is just so incredible that you can’t help but love it. If you’re looking for something different and exciting, something that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing at what happens next, look no further because Prototype is it! I seriously can’t wait to find out what happens in Book 2!!
Add to Goodreads
By day she teaches computers at an elementary school, by night she dawns the cloak of motherhood, wifehood, and authorship. Worried that she’s irritating her husband as she clicks away at her laptop until 3 in the morning, she’s penned a New Adult trilogy titled The Wilson Mooney Series. She is finding her way through self-publishing and is truly learning to let go with every curve and bump in the creative process. Gretchen de la O is a mother of three boys, a believer that anything is possible, and a lover of life. Her newest work, Prototype, is the first book in an Adult Romantic Suspense titled, The Possession Series.