Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #0.5
Also in this series: Mercury Striking, Shadow Falling, Justice Ascending
Published by Zebra on November 29, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
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With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...
I’ve always wanted the complete backstory of how the Scorpius pandemic began and Ms. Zanetti came through. She gives us not only a play by play of where the pandemic stemmed from, but how it spread so quickly and how Lynne ended up with a blue heart. Since Ms. Z is obviously an over achiever, she also gave us a nice, hot, romance while she was at it. Deke is the founder and leader of the Brigade, Nora is Lynne’s best friend and both are talked about by Lynne in the previously written books of the series. This is their story.
I’m not a huge second chance romance fan, especially if it’s one with a previously divorced couple, but Deacon alone made this worth stepping out of my comfort zone. Truly, how can you go wrong with a guy who is practically a modern day highland warrior complete with the sexy brogue to go with it? Really all he was missing was the kilt (which does not mean I was not imagining him in one while I was reading- just a small little wardrobe change I decided was desperately needed). His one purpose in life was to protect and he was very good at it, proven by becoming the President’s confidant and protector.
Nora is Lynne’s (Mercury Striking) best friend. A private sector microbiologist, she and her team are pulled in to help Lynne find a cure for the new bacterium that has been unleashed on the United States. I liked Nora, but, she was a bit too naïve in some of her beliefs especially against what Deacon stood for as a soldier. She grew on me as things progressed but she never completely won me over.
What did win me over was the almost electric pull between Nora and Deacon, and once they started getting it on… goodness me it was hot.
I enjoyed Scorpius Rising, especially the action and suspense aspects of it. With this being a prequel, it had an almost Titanic movie feel to it. You just know that iceberg is coming and it’s not going to end well.
As much as I loved the book, the HFN (relationship wise) ending had me searching for Deke and Nora’s names in the other books in the series to make sure I hadn’t forgotten something. Although together, their story is not complete and I want it now!
Rating: 4 Impatient Stars
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