Review: Subject X by Emma G. Hunter

SUBJECT XRecent 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.



Charlotte walks into orientation on the first day of her new job. Seems easy enough, meet your boss, have some lunch and learn about the company you are going to work with, then dive right into work right? Well, when your boss doesn’t show up for orientation and they have to go look for him to join you for your team lunch, things are going to be a bit awkward right? You have no idea. Not just awkward, but a whole new kind of torture. Not too bad until a secret subject shows up for his tests, a day too early. Charlotte can’t take her eyes off of him. He is a fine specimen of a man and could possibly be on the cover of the next GQ if he wanted. Unfortunately, she cannot date him. That is against company policy. I mean, not that he has asked her out or anything. But there is something about him, something so captivating. She just can’t get him out of her mind.

For Owen, this day was just another test. He’s been doing them for so long now, it hardly seems to bother him. Except what the test represents and everything he knows about himself. The past, the present… it’s a bitter pill for him to swallow. But when he walks into the lab on the wrong day, everything in his world shifts. She is the most incredible woman he has ever seen or met and he knows beyond a doubt that there is something there. Something real. Something terrifying. Something that will change everything in his life.

Charlotte feels the connection. She just wants to see him, to know about him and to be near him. She doesn’t know anything about him, but she knows that he lights a fire in her and she doesn’t know what to do. So she orchestrates to meet him the next day when he comes back from his scheduled appointment. She wouldn’t see him otherwise. She knows that he is part of a top secret study that Genesis is conducting and she does not have a high enough clearance to be a part of it. She hasn’t even been with the company long enough to be allowed to know his story.

A chance meeting on the wrong day changes everything for Charlotte and Owen. She knows his secret now and there is no going back. But I don’t think she would even if she had the choice. She is already in too deep and her heart is already involved. One long weekend, one miraculous test and it is done for these two. But… there is always a but right?

There is something very unique about Owen. He has a gift, a result of a tragic accident in a Genesis lab. He was just a boy. But it changed his world forever. Very few people know about it and he is about to let Charlotte in on it too… Owen never looked at it as a gift. He always felt it was a curse.

Will Charlotte be able to see past it? Will she understand it? How will it change their relationship? Will he lose everything if he lets her in on it? And what about her weird boss? How does he factor into all of this?

Here is what I loved about this book: the romance just seem natural. It was meant to happen and Charlotte was the one it was to happen with. Yes, it seemed quick, even to the characters, but there was something magical and powerful about how they felt for one another. There were insecurities for both of them in their new romance, but there were strengths that they gained form one another.

This book is not your typical romance, score one for the author. It takes a simple hot love story and puts such a great twist into it you just don’t want to put it down. You want to know what the outcome is going to be.

Overall, I thought it was a great read and I am excited to read more from this author in the future. I think there is a lot of potential in this story line and I am anxious to see where it goes and what happens to Charlotte and Owen.

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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.



One response to “Review: Subject X by Emma G. Hunter

  1. Stephanie – thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my debut!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Love your reviews!!


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