Review: Hypnotic
HYPNOTIC - Iris Bolling
Siri Austin Entertainment
EBOOK
March 2016
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: HYPNOTIC by Iris Bolling is Book 6 of the Gems and Gents series. In this book, the Gent is represented by Dr. Adam Lassiter, PhD who is a certified genius with several impressive credentials. Adam is the baby brainiac, and the 11th of 12 Lassiter siblings, who are also gifted and talented in their own right. Adam’s “gem” is the lovely Dr. Amber Nichols, who is the yin to Adam’s yang. The setting for this story is the seat of our national power, Washington, D.C. It’s very appropriate because not only is Dr. Lassiter seeking to answer the call for service to his country by becoming an FBI agent, but he has also invented a device, J.S.M.A.L.T.S., that is sought after by rogue government personnel.

With the invention of Adam’s device, comes espionage, intrigue, murder, and imminent danger. Who is behind all this mayhem? I won’t give it away, because discovering the culprit is part of the heart and soul of this book. Adam, his brothers, Joshua and Samuel, Dr. Amber, the FBI, the CIA, the military, and a foreign government become embroiled in a ‘who dunnit’ drama that takes them from Washington to the continent of Africa. It’s a wild, roller coaster ride, to be sure, that’s accompanied with futuristic weaponry, gadgets, holograms, secret tunnels, and rogue villains. However, that’s not all to this story. Romance, family life and values, and overcoming insecurities are also intermingled into this engaging, complex storyline. There are even some ‘laugh-out-loud’ moments. I think it is safe to say that the romance between Amber and Adam takes a back seat to the adventurous mayhem and family drama. If the reader is looking for a steamy romantic tale, this is not the book. On the other hand, it’s a good read and, Ms. Bolling does justice to the story of this Lassiter phenom. The side characters do a more than credible job in contributing to the events of the story. My favorite is Sly, the fedora wearing undercover brother.

Can this book be read as a stand alone? It can, but I don’t recommend it. In order to really appreciate the characters’ personalities, and Adam’s family dynamic, you should read the previous novels in this series, because they all appear in
HYPNOTIC. I enjoyed this story immensely, and I highly recommend it, and the Gems and Gents series. If you haven’t read them, do yourself a favor and get started. HYPNOTIC is a definite winner!

4th April 2016 | romcol@caribsurf.com