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Somatesthesia [Kindle Edition]

Ann Somerville
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Sensual overload can be a tactical disadvantage.

Devlin Grace’s experience with child exploitation cases lands him a new assignment with the Special Crimes Investigators unit of the Federal Justice Agency, plus a new partner who could make the job tougher than expected. Connor Hutchens possesses incredible, scientifically enhanced senses…and zero social skills. Word on the street is that his last partner left under a cloud—and it was Connor’s fault.

Connor blames himself for losing his previous partner, and wants to do right by his new one. But Devlin confuses and frustrates him, and he struggles to cope with Devlin’s swift intelligence, quirky humor and teasing sexuality.

With the dangerous, perplexing case facing them, there’s no one Devlin would rather have at his back than Connor. But the longer they work together, the higher the sexual tension rises—until attraction boils over and puts everything at risk. Their careers, the children they’re trying to save—and any chance of lasting love.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Violence and non-graphic reference to mutilations. But also snarking, teasing, why-won’t-they-get-a-clue syndrome, and kittens in barns.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (20 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DX0IAI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia's prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA majoring in English, French and History, and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this 'culture' thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees (this time in science and IT), an English husband (and an English accent) and a staggering case of homesickness, vowing never to leave Australia again.

She now writes full-time, working part-time as a contract web programmer to pay for the small luxuries of life, but all she really needs is a laptop and an internet connection for true happiness. Her long, plot-driven fiction featuring gay and bisexual characters has been published by Samhain Publishing and elsewhere. Additionally, copious free full length stories and novels are available on her website.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 18 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a fan of sci-fi I decided it was about time I gave a m/m romance sci-fi story a try and I'm really glad I picked this one.

Somerville does an excellent job with her two main characters who are both interesting and at times quite adorable. The growing relationship between the two agents is quite slow building and I found myself willing them to sort themselves out and get it together. But this really works to get you into the story and I found myself getting quite emotionally invested in both Connor and Devlins story.

The pair have some very sweet and romantic moments together but also have their share of arguments. I found this to be a perfect balance and very realistic of real life relationships which is why I think I was so hooked, it was toally believable!

The story itself is also a very good, very competent "who done it?" type of mystery that was told very well and the final confrontation between agents and kidnapper was engaging and well told.

I would highly recommend this book and will certainly be looking for more of Somervilles work. Give this book a try, you won't be disappointed.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea undermined in various ways 21 Nov 2013
By Tj Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to like this near-future police procedural cum gay interracial romance. The author shows some competence, if not obvious signs of greatness. But there were so many problems with the plotting, characterization, and structure in this novel, I only finished it to see if my initial unease was warranted. Unfortunately, it was. The (okay) plot involving a serial-killer criminal investigation concludes with fully a fifth of the story remaining; from there, anticlimactically, the romance meanders with much hand-wringing to a predictable conclusion.

The main characters are pretty well drawn, but they suffer from back and forth between their individual points of view and the author's omnicient point of view where she chooses to simply inform us of an emotional state that could have been indicated less lazily with an action or facial cue. It's subtly done but not the strongest choice. Even worse, the minor characters are too often just sketchy ciphers used to move the action forward. They're written way too patly, without the deft strokes that better authors use to indicate character traits.

Moving on, the tone comes to mind. Was this supposed to be a "young adult" novel such as the Twilight series? Because the amount of melodrama generated over, well, really trite conflicts kind of hit me in the face right from the get-go. The first gathering of freshmen detectives in the agency reminds me of nothing so much as the first day of junior high--all gossipy chit-chat and contrived personality intrigue. I almost expected to hear one of the girls say, "Well I don't care, I think he's cute." Oh wait--one might have actually said something like that.

One section early on, in particular, did not inspire confidence that I was in good hands: all the melodrama around Conner revealing to Devlin that he must sleep with a nightlight because he's afraid of the dark. REALLY!? In an adult novel I would expect such an idiosyncrasy to be introduced in a dryly humorous, throwaway manner, such as Conner surreptitiously taking a nightlight out of his luggage and plugging it in while Devlin is showering. Later, after some story movement, Devlin might notice it and make a catty remark about it, realizing there's an issue afoot when Conner's face flushes in tell-tale embarrassment. Even then, I would expect Conner to cover with a convenient, perhaps not entirely successful, lie about wanting to avoid stubbing his toe during nighttime bathroom runs. Authors do not rush strong, admirable characters towards petty melodrama and pages of angsting; such characters avoid it, trying to save face. No melodrama whatsoever was called for early on, and all the space used to dramatize this trait made it seem arch and contrived. If Conner's fear of the dark comes into play later in a more significant, critical way (and it does), THAT is the time for Devlin (and the reader) to appreciate the depth of his problem. It makes sense then, it's ADULT then.

Finally, and most aggravatingly, there's a steaming load of leftist political propaganda that is troweled onto the story. Geesh. Few of us are so sure that our political views are enduringly correct that we would shoehorn them into our fiction. But in this story: oil is evil, "excessive" corporate farm practices are abhorred, solar power is universal (which is likely, but not to the exclusion of plentiful natural gas and other petroleum products), farming collectives are common (not likely; as now, there'll be a lot of hip talk about "fresh and local" produce among the monied liberal elite, but corporate farms will still be feeding the masses), almost every character eats "delicious" vegetarian dishes, coffee costs $200 a cup (with both Puerto Rico and Hawaii producing beans?) and everyone drinks tea, most drive shared electric vehicles (though, just how the recharging power is generated is not stated), and the matriarch of the farming commune proudly observes how little they need to survive (which brings to mind the quip that capitalism inequitably divides the riches it creates while socialism equitably divides the poverty it produces).

Also, will gays worry about being "outed" forty years from now and will the term even be used? Will black guys be routinely stopped for being in pricey neighborhoods? It just goes on and on and on and it's preachy and exhausting. She may as well have stopped the story and made this speech:

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and Compelling 4 Jun 2010
By L. Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I had to look SOMATESTHESIA up in the dictionary to figure out what it meant, I loved this book. SOMATESTHESIA was funny, deep, and intelligent.

Connor and Devlin were well-drawn out characters who each went through a complete character arc, Connor especially. I loved how the layers to his psyche were slowly peeled away and we learn that despite his 'super' powers how vulnerable and tortured he was. I also admired how Connor was able to finally separate himself from everything and grow and develop. Devlin also made strides on learning to not always having to take control and protect someone, but give them the freedom to learn how to protect themselves. Somatesthesia takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions and I appreciated the ride.

The plot was well done, even though SOMATESTHESIA isn't a suspense novel, the suspense elements included were well done and caused me to keep flipping the pages, eager to see how the situation was going to be resolved.

The main focus of SOMATESTHESIA was the development of Connor and Devlin's relationship.Although this is labeled erotica, while their is a lot of sexual tension the actual sex scenes are alluded to or described very briefly. I loved how their relationship had so many layers as they tried to battle internal and external issues. I loved how they both made mistakes and how they communicated and apologized to each other when they made a wrong move. The deep-seated respect that they had for each other is not something you often find in romance.

This is the first time I've read a novel by Ann Somerville. It won't be the last.

REVIEW COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and absorbing 20 April 2010
By Kassa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Somatesthesia has been previously published and I read a statement from the author that the book is essential the same as the previous edition. For those that didn't get a chance to read this self published book, you'll want to pick it up when it goes live at Samhain. This futuristic urban fantasy story hits all the right notes with some great characters, a wonderful setting, interesting plot, and happy ending. There are a few minor stumbles along the way with some odd phrasing and I didn't particularly care for the ending, but for the most part Somatesthesia offers an absorbing, interesting read you won't want to put down.

Set in the future, the world is not post-apocalyptic but the energy crisis and depletion of natural resources has made a significant impact on life. Almost nothing runs on gas and as such, few cars exist with the majority relying on public transportation. This futuristic world has a few pockets of farm communities that return to the basics of homemade self sufficiency while the major cities remain similar in many ways to current times. Among the changes is a new government agency that teams human investigators with enhanced individuals. These people, derogatorily called cyborgs, use mechanical enhancements to their senses -such as sight, smell, infrared capability, ultrasonic hearing, and so on - to overcome disabilities or simply increase their own abilities. The world building is incredibly complex, intricate, and fascinating. The subtle changes blend with a modern urban fantasy setting to give a recognizable future but one with conceivable and interesting changes. The rich use of detail is one of the best aspects of the book and the setting adds a layer of complexity that makes the story absorbing and hard to put down.

The plot is strongly character driven with a subplot of finding a murderer reeking havoc in Chicago. This subplot is well crafted with a good pace and solid action. There are no outrageous heroics or leaps in knowledge but the steady, interesting police work gives a framework for the two agents and their budding partnership. Both Connor and Devlin are well rounded, three dimensional characters with opposite but complimentary personalities. Devlin is young, good looking, and surprisingly mentally and emotionally stable despite a difficult childhood. His personality compliments the more rigid, socially inept Connor who is the mechanically enhanced part of the duo. For his part, Connor is abrupt and awkward due in equal parts to his isolated lab rat upbringing and his own difficult personality. His enhancements are an interesting, but very welcome to the story. They are used subtly, almost too subtly, which takes away some of their importance and the emotional impact on Connor. These changes are essential to Connor for many reasons but I wish their importance had been emphasized a little more; both because they are interesting and part of Connor's complicated relationship with his father.

The relationship between Connor and Devlin is a nice progression as they start as co-workers, slowly becoming friends and more. The scenes with Devlin's family on the farm are sweet and show another side to both men, keeping the pace of the story moving and adding a good contrast to the stressful police work. The two men are romantic while still keeping a masculine feel and only a handful of erotica scenes. There are several fade to black sex scenes which I appreciated as it kept the story moving without too much sex.

The story does stumble some at the ending which has to wrap up several loose ends. There is the murder case to resolve, the relationship to tie up, the issue with Connor and Devlin as partners and lovers, and Connor's difficult relationship with his father. There aren't too many threads but the ending does tie them all up realistically and neatly with a strong happy ending. Unfortunately I didn't particularly like all the resolutions and this is difficult to say why without giving spoilers. Some of the emotional scenes between the two men didn't make much sense in light of later actions and I just didn't care for all of the solutions. However, this is a purely subjective response and even my mild dislike of the ending doesn't hold up to the enjoyment of the story.

Overall Somatesthesia is a well written, interesting, and absorbing tale. The writing is crisp with a few awkward phrases and prose choices. Connor's dialogue is intentionally stilted due to his personality but still some of the descriptions and dialogue in general are clunky. For the most part the engaging subject matter and well crafted story will draw you in immediately, keeping you hooked to the end. There is something really interesting about the urban fantasy settings Somerville offers and this story is no exception. If you're looking for a solid, entertaining story definitely pick this up.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci Fi plot 17 Mar 2013
By ees - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this story line and the characters it featured. It was one of those that you wished for more when you reached the end.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Story. More please! 29 May 2012
By husimon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was good on so many levels:
- As a sci-fi plot set in the future, it was interesting and involving. The characters were interesting and quirky, yet thoroughly involving and loveable.
- As a detective/crime story, also excellent as the main characters have to wade through several crimes and figure them out.
- As a love story, it was excellent. I found myself pulling for them to get together and figure it all out, even through the issues.

Of course, the book leaves us sort of in the middle. I really hope Ann Somerville will continue the story!
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