Serious Chick-Lit meets G.I. Joe is what you get in Adrenaline Secrets by Carolyn Reilly. GovCorp has for years been creating genetically modified humans, in an effort to create the perfect soldier, but when it all went wrong, they had to free the genetically modified soldiers into the world and allow them to live with the “naturals”. The tension between these modified humans and the naturals, is high, especially when it appears some of the “Giffs” as they are called may be turning rogue. Jake Hanson is one of these Giffs, but he is a man on a mission, determined to find out more about himself and his origins. Kendra Reed is a spy in GovCorp and has her own reasons for wanting to bring the Corporation to its knees and find out what really happened to her family. When Jake and Kendra are thrown together on a mission, the attraction is instant and undeniable. Can they resist their need for each other and can a genetically modified human, designed to have no empathy, ever actually love a natural?
The author Carolyn Reilly has beautifully captured the dilemma we as humans face whenever we are confronted by people who are in some way different from us. The tension between the Giffs and the Naturals, especially as expressed by the ultra-religious Front, can easily be seen as a metaphor for the underlying tensions that exist today, both between races and cultures. I particularly enjoyed the way the author of Adrenaline Secrets developed the cast of characters that made up the Committee. Each contributed to the story in their own unique way and made for a fast, easy and very enjoyable read. This is an action-packed and fast-paced thriller, but it also has all the sweetness, romance and sexual tension of a top-flight Chick-Lit. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and have no hesitation in awarding this book and this author five well-earned stars. I flew through Adrenaline Secrets and found it impossible to put down. I know other readers will find this book a rewarding experience.