Variation On The Theme Of Man Book Cover Variation On The Theme Of Man
Toni V. Sweeney
Class Act Books
August 14, 2014

Reviewed by:  Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team 

Gabriel Marsh is a Federal Agent of the United Terran Federation. He meets his boss at a club with the purpose of meeting his new partner. While waiting, a young, short, blond man who Gabe considers a kid enters. This kid, Alexsandr Karanov, is the last person in the world that Gabe would ever consider as a partner. Beside the fact that he stands 5’3″, is slight of build, blond and has no problem showing all kinds of displays of affection, he is definitely not who Gabe would want covering his back. Well surprise, surprise, he is also a Federal Agent and known to be someone you don’t want to mess with.

Gabe has to deal with all kinds of things with his new partner, but he never expected to have to deal with Lexei being a Variant. As a Variant, Lexei has the ability to instantly change sex, he can be a man one minute and a woman the next. That is a lot to take in. When Gabe meets Lexei’s other half, Deirdre, he is immediately smitten. However, having a relationship with Deirdre, who is not actually an independent woman, is not something he can even consider. One minute he is with Deirdre, the next Lexei is standing next to him.

When Lexei was four a meltdown at an experimental high tech reactor killed Lexei’s parents, leaving him with the V gene. Now a known womanizer, he keeps Deirdre hidden unless he needs her for an assignment. Deirdre is the perfect one to get his targets where he needs them just before they are killed.

Unfortunately for Gabe, who is an Angelus, living the good moral life, he now finds himself loving the woman and disliking the man. How can he possible come to terms with the fact that he couldn’t even kiss Deirdre without Lexei knowing and stopping it? She is a virgin and that is exactly what Lexei intends to keep her.

This was an interesting story, and one I haven’t read about before. However, it lacked excitement and the entire story was about Lexei and Deirdre and how Gabe would deal with it. Things happened too quickly to get a real feel for them. I would have liked more in depth information about variants and their other self. I would also have liked to learn more about Gabe’s life as an Angelus and what drove him to become a Federal Agent.