Afternoon Delight: Blaze Erupting by Rebecca Zanetti

Afternoon Delight: Blaze Erupting by Rebecca Zanetti
Blaze Erupting

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Series: Scorpius Syndrome #4.5
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on January 23, 2018
Pages: 125
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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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.**

The Delight

I have been just riveted to Rebecca Zanetti’s post-apocalyptic/dystopian Scorpius Syndrome series action romances.  It was with no little excitement that I learned one of the 1001 Nights Collection’s latest release was a new novella that is part of that series, but also tells the story of one of the Brigade’s first missions through the eyes of newcomers Hugh and Ellie.


Blaze Erupting had all the action and pulse-pounding danger and passion that readers have come to expect even while working great as a standalone or intro to the series.  This novella falls between books four and five, but the events take place just after the first series novella, Scorpius Rising and before book one, Mercury Striking.

Hugh and Ellie knew each other at college and went their separate ways becoming specialists in their own fields of expertise- Huge to nuclear power plant security and Ellie to computer security.  Eliie crushed on Hugh in college and he knew he wasn’t ready for a steady girl like Ellie.  But he is now- when the world is coming to an end.

There was good banter and playfulness, but also sparks and sizzle between the pair.  Hugh doesn’t mess around and gets real fast because he knows things can blow up quick these days.  Ellie proves that she’s not the same shy nerdy girl, but a woman of intelligence and strength, confident- though not quite confident to dive in with Hugh.  Hugh has a secret and it might prove a danger just as a terrorist threat is identified.

I’ve been wondering what came of Deacon and Nora since their story in the first novella and was glad to get this peek in on The Brigade side of things.  The emergence of this other group, Haven, now has me intrigued.  And, I loved meeting the other members of The Brigade and hope to see more action with this group.

Blaze Erupting was devoured fast and I can’t wait for the next new installment in the series.  Those who enjoy action-packed, sizzling post-apoc romances need to give this series a go.


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About Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day-or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.