Publisher: Dutton Adult
Publication date: July 24th 2014
My rating: 5 stars
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The stunning debut that began with Archetype— and has readers buzzing—concludes in Prototype, when a woman’s dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future.
Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family.
But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker.
Emma returns to face what she’s done but finds that the past isn’t the problem. It’s the present—and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter.
In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters’s spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.
*****Spoilers if you haven’t read Archetype*****
Prototype picked up one year and a few months after the end of Archetype (my review) where Emma’s world comes crashing down after a shocking revelation, and instead of staying and watching the pity or mistrust in everyone’s eyes, she ran. The last year has been filled with the trying to find her parents, and staying out of Declan’s grasp. But this all changes when Declan ups the stakes and puts up a high payout for anyone who finds her. His desperate and tireless pursuits forces Emma back into Noah’s hub with the resistance. To Emma’s great shock, Noah has taken up with Sonya, and Sonya has managed to worm her way into the life that Emma left, acting as mother to her daughter Adrienne, as well. *gag* Emma realizes this is all her fault for leaving, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less.
Rather than focus on her heartache, Emma realizes she must help put an end to the nefarious plans of Declan and Dr. Trivista, not only for her own safety, but for the safety of all women, because Declan will not stop exploiting women or his efforts to get her back. If he does, the first thing he’ll do is wipe her memory again and she’ll be no better than a sex slave to him once again. *shudders*
With Archetype the love triangle didn’t affect me much. This one was a COMPLETELY different story. In Prototype the love triangle was like a punch to the gut! With having Emma’s POV I felt every hurt she experienced, and it was painful, to me at least. That Sonya was one nasty piece of work, and I pretty much hated her with the heat of a thousand suns! I wasn’t pleased with Noah AT ALL either! Grrr!!! BUT it was evident that he still completely loved Emma, and it was just a matter of time before they came together again.
“I made the choice to leave him. I cannot blame him for moving on.”
Frowning, he lowers his head, then nods.
“You’re right. You couldn’t blame him.” He looks up through lowered lashes. “If it were true.”
You may wonder why this triangle bothered me more. Here’s my answer: it was worse because we have the POV of the injured party, Emma, whereas we did not have Noah’s side of things in Archetype while she was with Declan. Plus, Noah didn’t think Emma was Emma at the time, lessening the blow for him, and lastly Emma didn’t KNOW she had a relationship with anyone but Declan until her memories started coming back! So she didn’t cheat on Noah on purpose, because she had no memory of him at the start of Archetype.
With all that said, I still LOVED this story, even more than the first one, but it brought out very intense emotions! Don’t let the idea of the love triangle stop you from reading this riveting story! With danger, action, and a twist at every turn, you’ll be distracted enough to bear the pain until things are set to right. I was consumed for two days with this series, reading the books back to back with no time in between and I still think about the story now! Just writing this review makes me want to read this all over again. This series was action packed, beautiful, intense, heartbreaking and with an epic love story to think about long after turning the last page.
“There are no words for how much I love you,” he whispers.
“I am his entire universe, and he is every life I have ever lived.”
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