Title: Hearts on the Line
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Amber Allure
In 2134, the United States of America no longer exists as a world superpower. Americans struggle to keep from being completely conquered by their numerous and determined enemies. Scientists have begun to genetically engineer soldiers to fight the war in place of true humans. These men are stronger, faster, and more impervious to injuries. These soldiers are created in labs, then once they’re birthed, they’re shipped to the compounds of the American Freedom Front where they’re trained exclusively to fight.
Baxter and Addison are two such soldiers. They’re from different compounds, but serve in the same unit. Baxter isn’t the most intelligent of the soldiers, and he knows it. His job is to kill the bad guys, and do nothing else. Addison, however, although he understands his place in the world, also yearns for more. He doesn’t want to be just a killer, but to have some other kind of life, and he’s discovered he wants that life to be with Baxter.
During the height of battle, when their unit decides to stop fighting and makes a desperate run for the border toward freedom into Mexico, Baxter and Addison quickly find they have only the certainty of their love to get them through the dangers they are about to face.
Hearts on the Line is a well written futuristic story that pulls the readers in from the first page. The premise of this book is one that has been used before; however, the author keeps the story fresh with her wonderful characters, both main and secondary. I really hope there are plans for more books to follow.
Baxter and Addison are the main characters in Hearts on the Line. Both men are genetically engineer soldiers in the same unit. Some of the things done to these men will make you cringe. I like the connection between Addison and Baxter, and it is easy to see them as a couple. But one of the things I enjoyed the most is how the author did not make this story just about the men’s relationship.
Addison decides it is time for him and his men to escape the American Freedom Front. To do so means certain death, yet the men see no other choice and I liked that the author was able to make this journey come alive in a way that made the story believable. There are some twists, some that are easy to see coming and one major one that I was surprised by.
T.A. Chase is a prolific author and a majority of those who love the MM genre are sure to have read at least one of her stories. Her books are always well done and this one is no exception. If you have not tried one of the author’s books, or are wanting to try this genre for the first time than Hearts on the Line is a good book to start with.
Reviewed by: Lydia