Children of Forever - Etienne 3 1/2 - 4 Hearts

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This story is part of a series and is best read in order. When Marco’s half-brother and half-sister, Valerius and Serafina, come to Marco with a secret he learns about a side effect of immortal men and women reproducing together, it is a secret he cannot keep as it could have consequences for his entire family. Investigating the telepathy and the telepathic cries for help leads to discovering a lost member of the family, Sergio, but Sergio has been locked up in mental institutions for most of his life and could pose a risk to the family’s security unless he can learn shield himself. Dani and Marco look into the new abilities and gene therapy with startling results, and a trip to America has both men learning even more about telepaths.

This story continues with the evolution theory of the d'Argenzio family and the new discoveries made as two long living families begin to combine. Marco is surprised when he discovers the new ability of Valerius and Serafina and the implications it causes, learning that there is someone telepathically crying out for help could be another danger and he warns his brother and sister to be very careful. Dani begins research into this new development and does a little experimenting of his own, while Marco begins the search for the person asking for help.

This is a very interesting story and it was really nice to see both Dani and Marco again and see how they are still so in love with each other. The storyline takes a twist in this book with the results of immortal men and women having children together and combining their gene’s surprising all, it also leads to the families having to be more careful with their security and thoughts. I must admit that I found the way they handled it made me uncomfortable and made me think they were playing God, playing with gene therapy and experimenting on themselves, delving into other people’s lives and making choices that other people might not want, was just wrong.

The writing style flows smoothly and is as easy going as ever, the characters are pretty good although I found the children acted and spoke as though they were a lot older. The storyline is very interesting, but I still found it creepy at times. We get to see characters from [b:Sleuth LLC: Birds of a Feather|11854256|Sleuth LLC Birds of a Feather (Avondale Stories, #4)|Etienne||16810477] and [b:Love Turns the Page|12941725|Love Turns the Page (Avondale Stories, #7)|Etienne||18098170], adding to the story slightly. As usually there is no on page love making, but we are left in no doubt as to Marco and Dani’s active love life though.

I recommend this to those who want an interesting storyline, twists, keeping secrets, a more placid writing style and a very happy growing family.