Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise #1) By: K.F. Breene
In a corporate-controlled future where the ruling conglomerates genetically engineer their employees, Millicent Foster is the best of the best.
Physically perfect and exceptionally intelligent, Millicent is granted the uncommon privilege of breeding. But her daughter inherits more than superior genetics…little Marie has a rare ability that the world has never seen, and her conglomerate, Moxidone, will stop at nothing to have sole possession of the child.
Teamed with Ryker, the formidable master of security, Millicent must risk everything in a life-and-death struggle to tear her daughter away from the ruling force who wants to own them all. The odds are stacked against them, but Moxidone will learn that the pursuit of perfection comes at a perilous cost—and that love can’t be bought at any price.
I had no idea this was a romance going in, but thankfully it wasn’t too heavy on that side of things because that’s not what I was looking for. I wanted a story about a mom who would stop at nothing to protect her child and that’s exactly what I got.
Millie is the best hacker/programmer on Earth and she’s owned by a company that wants her to create weapons, so she does. She doesn’t care about the world and how screwed up it is, nothing really matters to her except figuring out the next puzzle. When she’s selected to breed her security is upgraded and she meets the new security dude that annoys her but for the most part that’s it. They’ve got chemistry, but she’s on a pill that takes away her sex drive.
Ryker is a security director and one of the best in the business, not sure if he’s the best or just the best at his conglomerate, doesn’t really matter. He likes Millie and hits on her constantly. The constant names are a bit annoying and he seems almost like a throwback, not sure how he fits into a futuristic society any other way. He’s the one that puts the idea of leaving in Millie’s head.
At first I was a bit disappointed that she ended up needing his help, I was afraid she would become all weak and unable to save herself and her child, but she had plenty of opportunities to kick ass and she was just as violent as he was.
There was one other character that was fleshed out, but for the most part it was all about the tech. The world was interesting, but the descriptions of tech and what Millie was doing, at times, was too much. My eyes would start skipping ahead. There was also an almost constant sense of urgency and peril once we started and that pace was hard to keep up.
I liked the book, mainly for the world and the possibilities there, but also because Millie was so capable and the side character, Trent, was interesting. He was the one that was explaining the world and history so that might be why I liked him. There is no possibility of a relationship there so I don’t have to worry about future love triangles, which is nice.
Anyway, I’ve got the next book downloaded and I’m looking forward to learning more about Millie’s sister and everything going on, on Earth.