Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #4
Also in this series: Mercury Striking, Shadow Falling, Scorpius Rising
Published by RAZ Ink on September 19, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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Even before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…
As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes with Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The Scorpious Syndrome is a series I get excited about when a new one comes out. It puts me in my sci-fi, post-apocalyptic happy place. It’s full of strong women and the swoon-worthy men who are strong enough to let their women be who they need to be. I also love that intelligence is as respected as being a strong and capable warrior is. This series has an ongoing story arc so I recommend starting it from the beginning or you will be lost.
I’ve been waiting for Greyson and Maureen’s book for a long time. Yes, he kidnapped her but there was an unbelievable amount of chemistry between the two. It had also become apparent that Greyson and his Mercs weren’t what their reputation said they were despite the whole kidnapping thing. I found myself in the same boat as Jax and liking Grey despite myself. Needless to say, I was doing all sorts of imaginary gymnastics when I got my ARC.
I want to tell you I loved Storm Gathering as much as I love the other books in the series, but I can’t. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, I just had a major issue with it, and that was Greyson himself. He was definitely a hot and broody alphahole which helped his case, but I think he kept over thinking things and that made him make some boneheaded decisions.
Crazily enough, the questionable decisions aren’t what turned me off of Greyson. What really got to me was how long he took to decide who he was going to ally with. All I’m going to say is that there shouldn’t have EVER been a choice to make. The fact he even went there lost him some respect, but the longer he took, the more frustrated I got. In fact, I was so frustrated, I found myself repeatedly putting the book down to get away from it, tripling the amount of time I had allotted for reading Storm Gathering. Sadly, no matter how sweet and over-protective he was towards Maureen I never completely regained my respect for his character.
I did like Maureen. She found herself in several crazy tough positions. Having been kidnapped by Greyson, her brother Raze would rather kill him than welcome him to the family. She also had a secret that would turn her world inside out. I felt for her and her situation, and I respected how she navigated the minefield that was her brother and her man. Even with everything going on, she kept her eye on the big picture in a world where everyone was just trying to get through the day. She was raising flags and giving advice that no one wanted to hear, but it didn’t stop her. She might not be the best fighter out there, but she was a strong as they come.
The only other complaint I have I am putting in a spoiler. Do not click on this if you haven’t read the book. View Spoiler »President Atherton needs to go. After four books, his miraculous ability to escape and get away is starting to get cartoonish, so much so, I’m starting to picture him as The Joker, complete with the crazy laugh every time he escapes. It’s a post-apocalyptic world, can we just kill him already and find some other far more interesting antagonist. « Hide Spoiler
I greatly enjoyed the time spent with the other members of Vanguard and the Mercs. There are many deep and worthy characters who have just enough page time to add richness to the story and keep you invested in their lives, but not so much it detracts from the current couple’s story. We got to know more about Damon, and now I’m super excited that his story is up next.
In a series with four books and a novella, I was bound to come across one I didn’t like as much as the others. With the amount of action, danger, suspense, and the copious amount of steamy times to be found in this series, I know I’ll be thrilled when the next one comes out too.
Rating: 3.5 A Woman Can Be Strong In So Many Different Ways Stars
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