Book Two (part one) of the Other’s Project.
Quinn Farlin’s life just went from the frying pan into the fire.
All because he made one stupid mistake: he fell in love. Then he was left behind by the love of his life as payment for her freedom. Now Quinn lives as a slave to the Kent Family Empire; counterfeiting, money, paintings, rare coins, and anything else to keep his knees intact and his heart beating.
There seems to be no way out until one night a fireball falls from the sky and a mysterious voice on the phone saves his life. All the stranger asks in return is help for friend.
A friend with scars down his spine. A tattoo of the number 13 on the back of his neck. A friend who upon meeting Quinn can read his mind and watches him with adoration.
And while Quinn is convinced he’s still in love with the woman who left him, his heart has other plans.
I am soooo glad I wasn’t holding my Kindle when I got to the final page of Thirteen: Part One. That ending left me wanting to scream in frustration because I don’t know what’s going on!!! Can anyone be trusted?!?!? Okay, I’m being a bit melodramatic here because while it is a cliffhanger and it certainly left me wondering what the heck Nine has planned for Thirteen and Quinn, I knew this was part one of Thirteen’s two-part story. I just wasn’t ready for it to stop when it did. Or where it did. Or how it did. ARGHHHH!!!!
Even though Seven and Chase do not appear in Thirteen: Part One, it is imperative that you read Seven first. Far too much transpires in book one for the author to be able to provide a neat little summary of events for a new reader to start reading the series at book two. So if you haven’t read Seven, read it first and stop reading this review because I’ll pretty much have to reveal spoilers for that book when discussing Thirteen: Part One. At the end of Seven, Thirteen was in the helicopter that crashed, but the news report only accounted for three of the four passengers. So Thirteen’s fate was unknown. Within the first chapter of this book, however, we learn that he did not die in the crash, but he certainly did not make it out of the helicopter unscathed. As we find out how he was able to survive the crash, we learn more about the breadth of Thirteen’s powers and that Stone’s reach extends beyond the grave because of what else is triggered when Thirteen’s abilities expand. Fortunately for Thirteen, he almost literally falls into the lap of his center, Quinn, and despite the crap life he’s been leading, Quinn is unable to resist helping the severely injured Thirteen. As for Quinn, he “meets” Nine before he rescues Thirteen, finds himself attracted to a man for the first time in his life, is disgusted with himself because Thirteen looks like a minor (he isn’t), and harbors thoughts of selling Thirteen to Talia in order to get out of her “employ” (only for a minute though). Making matters worse, people in Quinn’s life learn who Thirteen is and decide to “acquire” him from Quinn, at the same time that Thirteen is being stalked by an unknown entity that threatens the safety of humans and Others alike. Sound confusing? It’s really not. Wilder weaves all these threads, and then some, into one heck of story that I couldn’t put down.
I found Thirteen: Part One to be a great combination of action, suspense, heartbreak, and romance as Quinn is torn between helping Thirteen and fighting the attraction he has for the young man. With all that they encounter, simply surviving is proving more difficult than Quinn expected. Quinn’s continued resistance of the connection between him and Thirteen may prove more than fatal as it’s not only making Thirteen weak physically, but it also seems to be making him more vulnerable to the entity’s influence. As more is revealed, I find myself in even greater awe of Nine; it’s obvious that he has been making plans for years to secure the freedom of the Others, even if it’s looking more and more like he won’t survive to enjoy it (I fear tissues will be needed soon). I realize that my review probably seems a bit scattered, but there are so many potential spoilers that I’m trying to avoid that my thoughts aren’t as cohesive as normal. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the ever loving heck out of Thirteen: Part One and cannot wait to get my hands on Thirteen: Part Two, and I really, really hope that Wilder has more books planned for the series because I’d love to see more of the Others find happiness – even if it’s not a smooth journey getting there.