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Baby X by Kira Peikoff Review

In a time where even an eye lash can provide enough DNA to create life, and celebrity DNA is being auctioned off to the highest bidder, Ember has found her niche. She is the DNA security guard to the stars and no star shines brighter than that of Trace Thorne. The last time his genetic make up had been for sale, it had cost him a whopping 5 million dollars to keep it off the auction block. With Ember by his side he feels safer than ever. That is until a heavily pregnant fan named Quinn appears and mutters six words that will turn his world upside down, "I think this is your baby."

This book was an easy choice for me when it was offered as the Aardvark Book Club book for March of this year. I am a thriller junky and adding in the sci-fi/genetics aspect made it all the more intriguing to me. I was already in the process of reading it when the audiobook was offered through Netgalley, and I was approved. Nothing pleases my ADHD brain more than being able to read while I do any number of mind numbing activities Folding laundry for a house of six is the pinnacle audiobook listening time.

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Baby X is told through the eyes of three very different women. Ember who is launching her own business protecting the DNA of the elite. Quinn the young woman who believes she may be carrying Thorne's child, and Lily a young journalist looking for THE story to give her an edge over her competition at work. A lot of author's who attempt multiple POV's like this have a tendency to eventually cause them to blur into a singular personality. Kira Peikoff completed the multi-POV effortlessly (or at least she made it look effortless). The execution of the multiple viewpoints is given the chefs kiss by having each woman portrayed by a different narrator. I really love when audiobooks have differentiation between their characters like a full cast or a different voice for the MMC and FMC. Not that there is anything wrong with a singular narrator, just that more usually heightens the listening experience.

At around 20% into the book, I took a little index card and wrote down my theories for the rest of the book. I was only 50% correct. There is this twist, and it's a small one, but when it was revealed I was a little bit shooketh. Kira Peikoff is like a slight of hand magician, while you're watching her shuffle the cards, she has secretly added an extra ace to the deck.

Baby X is a light thriller interspersed with romance, family dynamics, and a thought provoking view on embryonic selection and the implications of "designer babies". I would love to read more books that delve into the what ifs of bioengineering. This book receives a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me. I recommend it to lovers of futuristic thrillers, or just thrillers in general. This would be a fantastic read for those wanting to dip their toe into the thriller genre.

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