A hundred years ago evil scientists spliced human genes with those of animals, creating a genetic mutation passed on through the generations. Hated because of their differences, these Ge-Mis live on the fringes of society where they scrounge and scrape to get by.
Nevada is half Ge-Mi, and hides that fact behind baggy clothes and by keeping distance between himself and everyone around him. One day his peaceful life is shattered by an explosion and the arrival of a pack of wolves to sniff out the culprit. Wolves have excellent noses and as Alpha, Taylor can sniff out every one of Nevada’s secrets- and the harder Nevada tries to resist, the more difficult staying away from Taylor becomes.
I’ve read Mell Eight’s dragon series, so I’m familiar enough with Mell’s work to know I was in for a story with great characters facing an often dangerous conflict, but also one that would still feel like a light read. I was very surprised by the more futuristic technology in the story, since I was expecting an alternate Earth with paranormal characters, but it actually improved the plot ‘believability’.
Ge-Mi begins with a nice layer of world-building to share how human/animal hybrids come into being and what the world is like. I’d like to see more of the overall city Denver makes his home after his mom dies because I felt like the story was mainly told in microcosms of a few locations, and there is a lot more to explore. That goes for the burgeoning relationship between the main characters as well. I need more! Nevada is cute, and I love his kitty characteristics—sorry, snow leopard—but I had less distinct visual of Taylor as a Ge-mi. That was amusing, in a way, based on the fact that Nevada was hiding what he was and Taylor was not.
Fortunately, the fact Ge-Mi is part one of a longer series is highlighted, and if the dragon stories are anything to go by, there’s more of Nevada and Denver’s relationship to come because I really couldn’t get enough of them in this sweet romance—with a little mystery and action thrown in to keep the story interesting!