Embraced is the second book in "The Conditioned" series by Rebecca Royce. The “Conditioned” are human beings who have been born with special abilities and the general public has started putting them in special Institutes to house, train and contain them. Approximately 30 years ago the new abilities began to show and become a problem, at that point parents were warned against hiding these “Conditioned” and that there would be a severe penalty for protecting their children.
Seven-Two-Four has been assigned to assist Ben Lavelle in ridding his neighborhood of a particularly nasty ghost. As she is working for Ben he realizes that the “Conditioned” aren’t as frightening as he has been told and he starts to wonder if the rules governing them are humane. This concern grows closer to home for Ben as new facts are discovered and Seven-Two-Four is hunted by an evil enemy. Ben and Seven are drawn to each other more and more as they are surrounded by danger. They both have to decide what they are willing to sacrifice to be together. Seven must make a significant sacrifice so they can all have a future, whether together or apart.
Embraced is a good solid read and I would highly recommend reading this series in order, the first book is Eye Contact. Ms. Royce takes the reader on a fantastic and terrifying ride as love tries to prevail. The characters are easy to like and Ms. Royce draws you in quickly to the new world. I am looking forward to reading more of the “Conditioned” series.
Benedicte Lavelle is a single father raising two small daughters. When his neighbors put him in charge of handling the haunting that plagues their neighborhood, he has no choice but to use disreputable means in order to bring in a Conditioned ghost hunter to help with their problem. He doesn't expect to be drawn to the young woman who arrives at his house in chains. He doesn't expect to have his entire life thrown into upheaval when she is snatched away.
Conditioned prisoner Seven-Two-Four has never had a name. She cannot read, and is scheduled to die as soon as she is returned to the Institution. The Conditioned are not considered human, but Seven can see ghost energy and she can love Ben like no one ever has before.
When fate takes Seven from Ben's arms, can he move on and find a new purpose in life or will he be forever trapped by the need to rescue those like his lost love?