Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Rarely Pure and Never Simple A search for missing children throws a misanthropic human GPS and an obnoxious human torch together in a struggle to survive dangerous conspiracies and each other Damien just wants to be left alone To

  • Title: Rarely Pure and Never Simple
  • Author: AngelMartinez
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 248
  • Format: ebook
  • A search for missing children throws a misanthropic human GPS and an obnoxious human torch together in a struggle to survive dangerous conspiracies and each other.Damien just wants to be left alone Too bad his variant talent as a locator makes him the go to contractor for the government s missing person cases He can refuse, but it s not so easy when the missing are variaA search for missing children throws a misanthropic human GPS and an obnoxious human torch together in a struggle to survive dangerous conspiracies and each other.Damien just wants to be left alone Too bad his variant talent as a locator makes him the go to contractor for the government s missing person cases He can refuse, but it s not so easy when the missing are variant kids Blaze Emerson is a sparker People fear him as much for his ability to call fire as his obnoxious, violent temperament He s good at what he does, though, and he s intrigued by the quiet man who can find people with his brain Conspiracies, treachery, and wild rumors are only the start First Damien and Blaze have to survive each other.

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    • ttg says:

      3.5 stars - Overall I thought this was a very enjoyable sci-fi/dystopian romance about two very different “variant” men whose powers, personalities, and histories often keep them very separated from others, but who end up fitting very well with each other.What I liked:- I’ve only read one other work by Martinez, the sci-fi epic adventure Gravitational Attraction, which I also enjoyed. I like Martinez’s style. She packs in a lot of action and activity without overwhelming the story too mu [...]

    • Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews says:

      4 STARS MY 1ST READ OF 2014 AND I LOVED IT!!!I’m not really into the Sci-Fi/Dystopian genre but the more I read of it I really enjoy! THIS BOOK WAS STELLAR!Damien- Ahhhhhhh I loved him from the beginning, he seemed so broken and lonely, and my heart hurt for him. I wanted to just hug him lots and lots and always.Blaze- Oh whaaaat a Blaze of glory ;) I love him, his sarcasm, his wit, his heart, him him him himThe story is fast paced and really interesting. The plot kept you wanting more.Fire st [...]

    • Lilia Ford says:

      3.5I'm having good luck with this author's paranormals: I really enjoyed the X-men-type story about "variants." You read this author for the well-drawn characters and dynamic between the leads. I loved both Blaze and Damien here, and especially admired the small notes like how Blaze gives Damien space to deal with his issues without acting like it's a big deal. (ALSO there are MANTIES, including blue velvet ones!!!) I've noticed that Martinez seems to like bringing ex-lovers into her stories in [...]

    • Karl says:

      4.5+ stars rounded up. I love a good paranormal/sci-fi story. Add in two quirky, very different, flawed but likeable men, smoldering sexual tension, a hurt-comfort theme, and a believable (to me anyway) romance, I'm happy. There is not a lot of smut in this book and that is more than ok with me. The best books I have read in this genre use sex scenes very judiciously and to great effect. I liked the interesting take on genetic mutants with special abilities (called "variants" here). (view spoile [...]

    • Barb ~rede-2-read~ says:

      Note: A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I honestly don’t know what word to use to describe this story. Outstanding? Amazing? Phenomenal? Perhaps I’ll just use all three. It was also highly creative and original, exciting, suspenseful, and I truly didn’t want it to end. I couldn’t put it down, but I tried to read slowly because I was enjoying it so much that I felt I needed to savor every page. The author created a future world whe [...]

    • Karen says:

      4.5 out of 5 stars***This book was provided free by the author in exchange for an honest review, through the “Don't Buy My Love” program***When I first started reading this book, I was struck by the similarities in this fantasy world to that of the X-men movies, to the point that it seemed like fanfiction, albeit extraordinarily well done fanfic. But the longer I read, the more I was drawn into the adventure, and I quit thinking of X-men! The setting is a future United States where the inte [...]

    • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥ says:

      Definitely went into my 2014 best book read list!5+++ Stars.I honestly am going to add Damien + Blaze in my favorite couples list. Here is the thing, there wasn't any sex involved, unless you count mutual oral stimulation other than those few moments no penetration and this book still rocked.We begin the book with Damien chiseling ice away in never never land. Cannot remember where he was at exactly. He was having a moment when two feds showed up at his property. Then he kinda zonked out wheneve [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.4.5 StarsBrilliant! That about sums the book up. If you enjoy a good paranormal/mystery story then you must read this book. Has a strong X-Men feel to it. The book takes place in a dystopia world. Scientists developed fredamine, which was created to cure neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Little did the scientists know that fredamine could potentially alter the genes in some chil [...]

    • Jenn says:

      3.5 starsThe blurb for this sounded wayyyyyy cooler than the final project. In saying that, I still really liked this book, but it got a little draggy for me. Characters were good but the pacing just didn’t hold my interest.Damien is a variant whose talent is the ability to locate people, in which the government tries to use him often for their missing person cases. He wants to be left alone and the less interaction he has, the more peaceful he feels. Blaze is a sparker, and just like with mos [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Rarely Pure and Never Simple is the third book by Angel Martinez and has cemented her as a new favorite author for me. I enjoy her writing style, the worlds she builds and the complex characters who populate those worlds. (The other two books I also loved were Vassily the Beautiful and Gravitational Attraction.)The setting of Rarely Pure and Never Simple is a dystopian future Earth in which much of the United States is a wasteland and an engineered genetic mutation causes a small percentage of p [...]

    • Melyna says:

      Rarely Pure and Never Simple is my first Angel Martinez book. I listened to her read from it at GRL and I thought it sounded interesting. I am very glad I finally picked it up!In a futuristic world where gene therapy has had unexpected side effects, variants have been born. Some with minor talents, some with talents that are powerful. Some have super strength, others healing abilities and others that could be destructive such as Sparkers – like Blaze Emerson. He has fire at his fingertips and [...]

    • Carly says:

      Fast forward to a time on Earth when viruses have wiped out most of the population. Genetic engineering has cured most of the world's major illnesses, but with unintended consequences. Variants are a small portion of the population who are born genetically enhanced. Sometimes this is a good thing as they can be gifted with strength, the ability to manipulate the elements, see into the future. think X-Men meets magic. What the government doesn't want advertised is that some variants are plagued w [...]

    • Katerina says:

      4.5 stars“Truth is often a product of perspective. Rarely pure and never simple. We’ve all found our own. You, me, Shudder. We’ve carved truth out of pain and rejection, out of who we are and who we can’t be, no matter how hard we try."He shivered. Life was hard and brutal enough. Why would anyone want an eternity of it? The terrible, hopeless days stretching forever…This trip was fun. And a fat HEA to the end. What more do you need?

    • Colette says:

      I really enjoyed this book, when I finished it this morning, I had a smile on my face, it made me happy. Blaze is cranky, angry, tough, and tries to be so hard, but underneath he is caring and compassionate, I loved how he instinctively got Damien and knew just how to help him; and Damien is so damaged and hurting, it is a joy to see him opening up to Blaze and learning how to be happy. All this is happening in a dismal future where genetic manipulation has cured many neurological diseases, but [...]

    • Adrienne -kocham czytać- says:

      Very well done, inventive, unexpected, and very enjoyable. Beautiful cover too! 3.5 stars rounded up.I did not expect the plot to go quite the way it did, I thought it was going to be more tortured and convoluted, but I really liked its comparative simplicity and straightforward manner.Paranormal, slightly post-apocalyptic (but many survived and continued instead of few), definitely an interesting world with a lot of prejudice and problems. Perfect set up for a great series. And I loved how the [...]

    • Наталья says:

      4-4.5Конечно, ассоциации с X-Men не избежны. Блэйз упорно напоминал мне Хеллбоя, без красной кожи, хвоста и рогов, но такой же милый засранец. А уж его фетиш, ну такой обаяшка))) Дэмиена хотелось обнять и пожалеть. После всего пережитого и со всеми его психическими проблемами, така [...]

    • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣ says:

      4.2 StarsHey, this was really good! I will always love me some futuristic, dystopian scifi-based romance, especially when the guys have special powers or abilities. Throw in some conspiracy theory and a secret government experimental program targeting kids? Instant winner. Plus, the story was well-written and the specifics were interesting & inventive. I really wanna read more from this 'verse, and I hope it's Shudder's turn for the next love story I'm hoping that Angel doesn't leave this on [...]

    • Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~ says:

      This book was provided to me in return for my honest review as part of the M/M Romance group's DBML program. I have not received any compensation for this review, it's freely given.I thought this was a great read - it was well written, with the dystopian world-building, the characterization - I was able to easily connect to the MCs, and the snark! Oh how I love me some snark!The Variants are people whose DNA has been genetically altered so that they have some sort of special gift. Damien's gift [...]

    • KellyJo says:

      This book was provided to me in return for my honest review as part of the M/M Romance group's DBML program. Martinez does an wonderfull job creating well developed, flawed but lovable characters along with an interesting plot. I had a hard time putting this book down once I started it. This book was a very enjoyable read and easily sets the stage for additioanl books in the series. I look forward to reading any and all books in the series. I loved the banter between the two main characters, and [...]

    • Meg says:

      This book was given to me for an honest review.The earth time period of this book is in the future after the disasters , super plagues and mass starvation of the late 21st century had wiped out 80% of the population. The population has come back with the help of gene manipulation. The people with this manipulation are known as Variants. People with gifts. Of course not all come out unscathed. There are many that are born with side effects, some with weird disorders or deformed so badly they don' [...]

    • Alicia says:

      (This book was received free in return for an honest review)The author has created an “x-men” world of human variants all with different powers. Many of the characters assume names in regards to their abilities, which made them easier to remember. I loved the banter between the main characters of Damien, a human GPS-locator, and Blaze, a sparker (fire-wielder), and enjoyed how the background of each character comes out as they open up about themselves to each other. I was certain there was g [...]

    • ~RMG says:

      3.5 stars - Really enjoyed this one. Although I wanted to hug Damien half of the time, I admired his good heart and strength to push aside his own fears and 'twitches' in order to do what needed to be done. Blaze was perfect for him (and vice versa), every sexy, sarcastic, grouchy, and snarly piece of him. I loved their chemistry together and gratifying partnership, how they seemed to complete one another. Thought Shudder McKenzie was a riot, and loved the banter between him and Blaze. The plot [...]

    • Borderstar says:

      DNF @ 70% - I won't rate it as it's been too long. I remember it was enjoyable enough and there was something interesting about it that kept me reading so far, but after a while I just wanted to get to the ending just didn't hold my attention.I'm going through and removing any books off my "Currently Reading" shelf as they've been there for months and I haven't come back to them - so this is yet another one. But I started it in March and haven't come back to it yet, so I think it's time!

    • Lady*M says:

      3.5 starsSurprisingly non-annoying entertaining variant - pun intended - of X-men with three likable characters of whom I liked Blaze the most (he made me laugh). Nothing new or groundbreaking here, but it was well written, entertaining and I finished it with a big smile on my face. What more could you possibly want?Will read more of the series when it comes out. Well done.

    • Dee says:

      This was really quite good. Well written with fantastic world-building - I totally believe that Variants could occur and that the world could turn out the way it is depicted here in this book. Damien and Blaze were surprisingly sweet while their interaction was sparking (ha-ha) with realistic attraction. I seriously hope there'll be more entries to this series - the sooner the better!

    • Milana Tatarenko says:

      Wanted more of just Blaze and Damien. Shudder was an interesting character,but i thought there was too much of him at times.And homophobia,i hoped i could avoid it in sci fi,but guess author thinks it should be included in every m/m romance.

    • Silkeeeeee says:

      I suppose if you are a sci-Fi fan, you'll live this. I am not normally a big fan. This was no exception. It just did nothing for me and I even found it a slow, painful chore to finish. It wasn't that there was anything wrong with it. It's just my preference. 

    • Karen says:

      Loved every page of this book, Angel Martinez never lets me down. Loved all of the main characters, world building was wonderful as always and really look forward to more in this series.

    • Lily says:

      4.1 stars. Very intricately crafted universe and engaging story. I look forward to the next instalment.

    • Absynthe says:

      I love Angel Martinez so much! Always a different, original story. Always fascinating and engrossing! Can't wait for the next book!

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