January 24, 2018 Blitz, Book Review 2 ★★★★★

Blaze Erupting by Rebecca Zanetti

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Blaze Erupting by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #4.5
Also in this series: Mercury Striking, Shadow Falling, Scorpius Rising
on January 23, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 125
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From New York Times bestselling author, Rebecca Zanetti, comes a new Scorpius Syndrome/A Brigade Novella…

Hugh Johnson is nobody’s hero, and the idea of being in the limelight makes him want to growl. He takes care of his brothers, does his job, and enjoys a mellow evening hanging with his hound dog and watching the sports channel. So when sweet and sexy Ellie Smithers from his college chemistry class asks him to save millions of people from a nuclear meltdown, he doggedly steps forward while telling himself that the world hasn’t changed and he can go back to his relaxing life. One look at Ellie and excitement doesn’t seem so bad.

Eleanor Smithers knows that the Scorpius bacteria has and will change life as we know it, but that’s a concern for another day. She’s been hand-picked as the computer guru for The Brigade, which is the USA’s first line of defense against all things Scorpius, including homegrown terrorists who’ve just been waiting for a chance to strike. Their target is a nuclear power plant in the east, and the only person who can help her is Hugh, the sexy, laconic, dangerous man she had a crush on so long ago.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


 

 

By SpiceI cannot tell you how thrilled I was when Blaze Erupting Downloaded on my iPad. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Scorpius Syndrome series. Ms. Zanetti has given us one hell of a post-apocalyptic world full of uber-alpha men and amazingly strong women who are doing everything they can to survive in a world ravaged by a pandemic. I loved Deke and Nora’s story, Scorpius Rising, which first introduced us to the brigade. In fact, every time Deke, my favorite modern day highland warrior, showed up in Blaze Erupting I fangirled more than a little bit. The whipped topping on my kilted beefcake was being introduced to Hugh, aka Mr. Walking, Talking Sex-On-A-Stick. Yum! This could easily be read without having read Scorpius Rising first but then you’d miss out on Deke and all his alpha yumminess.

Why does the world have to start ending when I finally found something worth fighting for? It’s enough to drive a man nuts.

For such a short book, this packs a punch. I read it straight through smiling the whole time, even when the suspense had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Hugh and Ellie were college friends who never acted on their mutual attraction. When Ellie pulls him into the Brigade to help with the nuclear threat it becomes clear the attraction was still going strong. The chemistry between them was explosive, and when they came together it was hot and surprisingly funny. I love it when an author brings humor into a seriously hot sex scene!

 

She tasted sweet and spicy and inherently female. She tasted like hope in a desperate world.

Hugh, Ellie and the Brigade are in a race to figure where, when and how the terrorists will strike and to neutralize the threat before the worst happens, causing hundreds of thousands of innocent people’s deaths. And they have to do this as the Scorpius Syndrome is spreading across the world. Not an easy task especially when secrets are being kept and questions arise over who can be trusted.

Scorpius Rising and Blaze Erupting are prequels to the rest of the series, explaining what happened when the Scorpius Syndrome ravaged the world. For me, they’ve been an interlude from all the drama of a post-apocalyptic world: just as riveting and suspenseful, but with a lighter feel. The Brigade is becoming a family, but one who finds humor and laughter where they can, albeit a sort of gallows humor at times. Best of all, it has all the sexy, emotion filled chemistry as the other books in the series to make sure things stay just as heated. My only complaint is I wanted more. You can be sure I’ll be waiting on pins and needles to find out what’s next for this little band of merry men and women.

Rating: 5 I Wish It Was Longer Stars.

 

About Rebecca Zanetti:

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

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