So the synopsis for Project Genesis, does a piss poor job of telling you what the book is about, ( and to save you the trouble of scrolling/looking for it, I'll paste it here:
Vin Michaels gave up a lot when he “volunteered” for Project Genesis: a career, a normal life and a budding romance with the career-minded Helen Scott. But what else was he supposed to do when the government offered him no other option?
When a surprise attack on Earth brings Helen back into Vin’s life, he realizes he has a bigger fight on his hands than just getting rid of aliens, because his connection to her couldn’t be denied or brushed aside. But after Vin dumped her without explanation, Helen’s guarding her heart against the Alpha Squad team leader.
With a battle brewing on both fronts, Vin wonders if he’ll ever win either of them.
So, okay, yes the H joined some super secret government program, but we don't get any details! Iirc, we don't even know what the deal was they made, or why it needed to be made! That all gets skipped right over, and were thrown in the deep end. And we get very few details about the project and its' results. Or about the aliens. Or about the governments knowledge of said aliens.... I want world building, dammit, how is that a hard concept for so many authors to understand?
And the hero spends very little time trying to win the heroine back...no he spends most of the book pushing her away, but simultaneously trying to hold on to her....it actually got irritating , dude couldn't make up his fucking mind, and she had to live in the limbo of his indecision.
*Sigh*.. I sorta wanted to kick her for not even trying to move the hell on... Additionally, I'll readily admit I had a tough time liking the h...she actually says she blames her mother for being poor...seriously?! I think the author seriously should have invested in more inner monologues and introspection with her mc's, because bits like that one seriously need some s'plaining!
And okay, maybe it's just me, but it felt like a lot of this story was told, and not shown... Too much info dumping if you ask me, and I just couldn't connect. I think the only reason I kept going was because it ( only loosely) reminded me of Independence Day but it's turned into such a disappointing read, dammit!
Oh and It pretends an emotional heaviness that's just not there...liked there are moments between the characters, where the author, I can only assume, wants us to think are supposed to be all heavy, and meaningful, and angst ridden, and emotional, but they're really not. If anything they, much like the majority of this book, are pretty damn shallow.
Oh and we finally do get some info regarding the top super secret military stuff, but it's at the end of the book....can you say too little too late? Maybe if we'd gotten this info earlier than the h, I'd have been okay, but by the time we get it, I no longer gave a crap. And if I did give a crap, I still would've been disappointed because said info was pretty vague...and left more questions than answers.
Now to be fair, and despite my bitching, this wasn't a bad book per se,..it just got the shit luck of being another book at the ( hopeful) end of a train of sub par reads I've been beleaguered by lately ....if you're not looking for a lot of depth, but instead are okay with a quick easy read, you'd probably like this, it's just not what I was looking for, so 2 to 2.5 stars.
Having said all that, in the name of full disclosure, keep in mind a few things:
1-It's nearing the midnight hour, and I've been awake since about an hour before sunrise...And as it's nearing summer, here, that means, it has been an impossibly long day. And I'm beyond exhausted. So please take everything I mentioned with a grain of salt and please forgive typos and any other errors.
2- I still have like 20ish pages left to go, but I'm pretty sure my "review" will stand as is. if there are any glaring things I have to mention, I'll come back, k?