Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #3
Also in this series: Mercury Striking, Shadow Falling, Scorpius Rising
Published by Zebra on January 31, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly... and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he's lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there's no turning back for either of them.
Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she's one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she's not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she'll face even that hell again to save him.
I’m a fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Scorpius Syndrome series and have been waiting for Justice Ascending for a while. I can’t seem to get enough of these uber-alpha heroes and the women that they are drawn to. These men aren’t for the faint of heart, they are bossy, in charge, and savagely brutal in getting what they want. It’s good the heroines can stand up to them. This is a series that to get the most out of it, it needs to be read in order otherwise, you may become a little lost.
When had he become such a control freak? Oh, yeah. When Scorpius had ripped through his brain and tore him into a new being.
Tace is the medic for The Vanguard, and I’ve loved him since we met him in the first book. Although he fits right in with the rest of the alpha-holes of the group, before he contracted the virus he was the laid-back voice of reason. His lazy Texas drawl along with his good looks and sexy smiles had many a woman wondering what it would be like to go there. Since he contracted the Scorpius virus, that’s completely changed. He’s controlling, dark, and the killing doesn’t seem to bother him a bit. He also seems to have acquired some OCD tendencies and he is becoming more and more obsessive about his partner and fellow soldier, Sami. Both being part of the inner circle of Vanguard, a relationship between them could have disastrous consequences for the group.
“I’ve found that a punch to the face works better than reason more often than not.”
Sami is the kind of heroine I am all for. She’s smart, she’s tough, and she doesn’t take shit from anybody. Not only can she hold her own among all the alpha-holes, with her fighting skills she can kick most of their asses. She has secrets, though, and is not who they think she is. She’s holding back crucial information and if they find out the truth about her past she may just lose them all. She knows a relationship with Tace is impossible but she’s wanted him from the beginning.
You’re in my head all the time, in my chest, in my damn skin. I breathe you, damn it.”
The chemistry between these two is intense but when it combusts, hold onto your hats. Partnered together often, they found it hard to fight the pull especially when they were sparring. Foreplay for these two involved MMA style punching, kicking, and seeing who could come out on top and I found these scenes surprisingly HOT.
Things are heating up and getting more dangerous all the time. Suddenly enemies are becoming potential allies to fight an even worse evil, the President. Life or death decisions must be made meaning well-kept secrets are given up. Trust is broken, but understanding the why’s and how’s will go a long way towards forgiveness. For Sami, she may have to face her worst nightmare to save the man she’s grown so close to. For Tace, the question is whether the secrets were divulged in time to save him.
The action, chemistry, constant danger, hard-fought battles, and heartbreak had me riveted to this story. My only complaint is the numerous near miraculous getaways of the super evil antagonist, Bret Atherton. He needs to go. I also wish we’d had an appearance by my favorite Scot, Deke, the leader of the Brigade and his woman, Nora. Since their prequel novella, I’m desperate to know what is happening with them. I’m crossing my fingers we’ll see them in the next installment. I’m hoping it has Greyson in it, he may just be the biggest alpha-hole of them all.
Rating: 4 Sami Is My Girl-Crush Stars
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