Subject X by Emma Hunter…Review



Recent Harvard graduate Charlotte Kane tends to be the most practical person in the room. A self-proclaimed nerd and former tomboy, Charlotte still isn’t used to the world’s reaction to her since she traded in her sweatpants and hoodies for skinny jeans and sundresses. And she’s just begun to settle into her new job as a research assistant at a prestigious biotech powerhouse, Philadelphia’s Genesis Life Systems, when Owen Becker walks into the subject waiting room.

Owen Becker is pure, distilled masculinity. He’s also been the subject of a shadowy Genesis research study for twenty-seven years—a classified one now run solely by Charlotte’s prickly and secretive boss. With just one glance at Charlotte Kane, Owen knows he has to have her. But he fears that the secret behind his study might be too much for the new researcher to understand—and far too dangerous for her or anyone else to know about.

When a chance accident on their second date reveals something unbelievable about Owen Becker, Charlotte’s world is turned entirely upside-down. As she struggles to reconcile what she’s learned about her irresistible new boyfriend with everything she knows to be true about science and the world she lives in, her lingering dislike of her new boss shifts into something more like suspicion. Determining that he’s up to something dark—and that Owen is at the center of that something—Charlotte is forced to test the limits of what she’s willing to do for love and lust.


I have to say, Emma Hunter rocks it with her debut book, Subject X.

When I read the blurb, I was definitely intrigued to see how this would play out. Some have marked this as a paranormal book, but it’s definitely not. This is definitely more Sci-Fi/Fantasy and it’s quite interesting.

Owen is a subject at Genesis where Charlotte just started working as a research assistant. Owen is quite unique – he has a gift. Only two people know about it…until Charlotte.

Will she be able to see past this? Will she be scared and run? What happens in their relationship?

The instant attraction is obvious to both Owen and Charlotte. Their relationship does move at a faster pace and Charlotte finds herself questioning a lot of what she is doing. But at the same time, she finds it hard saying no to Owen. And Owen finds it hard to keep himself away from Charlotte. Neither can explain the electricity they feel but they aren’t going to deny it either.

As things heat up quickly between Owen and Charlotte, things at Genesis are also getting sticky and more uneasy. Charlottes’ boss is acting more on edge and not himself.

Does Charlotte chance putting her job at risk to see exactly what her boss is up to? Or does she let things lie and chance her relationship with Owen?

What I love about this book is that there are so many variables in play. It’s not just about the romance, but about the science behind everything. I was highly pulled into the whole plot and kept wanting to know what was going to happen and what the outcome would be.

I have to say, I was not expecting that ending. I actually had chills go up my body with that ending. I am definitely hoping we don’t have to wait long for the next book in this series.

All in all – great debut by Emma Hunter.

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Emma Hunter lives with her family in Philadelphia. With a career in finance and a degree in mechanical engineering, she has taken the only logical next step and begun writing novels. Outside of reading and writing, Emma’s main hobbies revolve around food—she’s been known to spend hours at a clip in the kitchen, will drive many miles out of her way for an exceptional meal, and rarely shows up to a holiday gathering without way too many desserts. Subject X is her first novel.

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