Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #2
Also in this series: Mercury Striking, Scorpius Rising, Justice Ascending
Published by Zebra on August 30, 2016
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Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Kennedy was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny.
Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.
If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around Vinnie tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I loved the first book in the Scorpius Syndrome series, so I was thrilled to get an arc for Shadow Falling. The rich characters, build up of suspense and the dystopian style grit kept me just as entertained as I was when I read Mercury Striking. This series needs to be read in order, so make sure you’ve read Mercury Striking first.
Raze Shadow is the quiet, broody guy that people want to get to know but are scared to. Everyone knows he is there for a reason and it’s probably not one anyone will like. He refuses to disclose what his reason for being there is which means he’s feared and not trusted by some regardless of how badass and helpful he is in keeping everyone safe.
I loved that he was just as strong a personality as Jax, and also just as deadly. These two had a silent battle going on throughout the book, almost like two lions circling each other, and you just knew if they couldn’t come to terms, one of them would end up dead. It definitely added an interesting dynamic to the book.
After rescuing Vinnie from the President, Raze is drawn to her like flame and feels a need to protect her which is unfortunate for him. As we learn of what his true mission is, you realize what a bad predicament he is in. The stakes are too high for him to fail, but he knows that if he succeeds, not only could it put Vinnie in harms way, but Jax will kill him.
Vinnie confused me. Her pre-apocalypse job as a famous FBI profiler had me expecting her to be one tough woman with some skills, yet she was not. She seemed smart but extremely scatter-brained and hesitant. I kept trying to blame this on the effects the scorpius virus had on her, but that didn’t explain her lack of skills in the self-defense department. She was caring, sweet and extremely perceptive which I liked about her, I just felt a little disappointment she wasn’t what I expected her to be. When she brought out her analytical skills in sizing up people and situations is when she truly shined, which went a long way towards me overlooking my expectations.
Both Raze and Vinnie felt like outsiders in the group, and they had a deep-seated need to belong and I think this drew them together. Even with the sparks between them, it took awhile for anything to come of it because of the huge obstacles in their way, one being that he hadn’t had the virus yet. Once they finally get together, it was scorching hot, but I’m not sure the connection between the two was strong enough to convince me that they could last as a couple. At times it felt like Vinnie was in it more for the safety that Raze could provide to her and this bothered me.
I loved all the time we got with Jax and Lynne and the rest of the crew. I’m definitely intrigued by Greyson and his mercenaries and am hoping to see more of them in the future. This series has now put itself firmly on my must read list.
Spice’s Rating: 4 I Want a “Perhaps it’s the men and not the apocalypse” Bumper Sticker Stars.
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