Eye Contact

The Conditioned Series, #1

I always expect good things from Rebecca Royce, and with Eye Contact, she does not disappoint. This story draws the reader in right away, with a horrifying government mandate and a missing little boy. Addison Wade is wealthy and seems cold and confident, but she has secrets that she can't share with anyone. Spencer Lewis has had no rights or freedom since he was four years old, and he never expects or even dares to hope that his fate will change. The two meet, and they instantly feel drawn to each other. Each goes through so much to help and protect the other, even as they believe that they can have no future together. What follows is a terrific adventure and love story that made me excited about this new series. With secondary characters that come across as very believable, especially when they have good and bad traits that seem to be at odds, I see the potential for many good books. Read this one now, and prepare for Ms. Royce to make you laugh and cry with her wonderful characters in this heart-wrenching alternate world. I know that I will be the first in line to get the next one in this series.

Book Blurb for Eye Contact

Thirty years ago, after the breakdown of an oil negotiation, the President of the United States decided that all people born with unusual abilities, which he would now refer to as “the condition”, would be locked away from the general public where they couldn't harm others. Parents and loved ones of these people, most of whom were children, were forced to turn them in upon penalty of death. Formed to keep the institutions secure, the Committee for the Protection of a Free Society now rules these institutions with an iron fist.

The granddaughter of one the Committee members, Addison Wade has lived her life wary of the institutions and all they represent. A woman of secrets, she is forced to turn to Safe Dawn, one of the facilities designed to hold conditioned people, when her nephew is kidnapped and, despite her best efforts, cannot be recovered. She knows the last thing anyone in 'Safe Dawn' will want to do is to help a Wade with any problems, but she is desperate and out of options.

Spencer Lewis is famous for being the premier conditioned ‘locator.’ There's no one he can't find and he has a soft spot for missing children. But, Spencer has been through a trauma and locating Jeremy Wade may be dangerous both to himself and to those around him. In addition, he takes one look at ice cold Addison Wade and wants nothing more than to knock her down a peg. Never having turned down an opportunity to help a child, he reluctantly agrees to help recover Jeremy.

In a world where nothing is as it seems and every person they encounter has his own agenda, Addison and Spencer will find that the only people they can trust are each other. But how can anyone fall in love living in a world that wants you dead just for being born?

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 4.75