Review: Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Justice Ascending by Rebecca ZanettiJustice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #3
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Published by Zebra Books on January 31, 2017
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

The Delight

Justice Ascending doesn’t follow the rules, it breaks them into tiny pieces. Normal is a memory which Scorpius intends to eradicate. A group of people just surviving and looking for a cure. How unlikely it is to find love? Very. The intensity of Justice overwhelms and invites you in for more. 

Review

I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on Justice Ascending. Tace has had a piece of my heart since the first story when we were introduced to the Texas man before he was infected with Scorpius. A field medic for the military, he is one of very few people with medical knowledge left alive. In the first book, he is infected and we have watch the aw-shucks guy turn into a silent, deadly and slightly unfeeling character that we fear will never survive.

Vitamin B supplies are running low, the Merchs and the President are trolling the edge of Vanguard and within the Pure group is threatening the peace. The world isn’t really in a good place with problems cropping us at every turn.

Tace is fighting the draw of Scorpius while testing the limits of his unemotional responses. Sami is hiding a secret that could change everything or nothing at all. Tace can sense the lies she is telling, but he also can’t seem to stop lusting for her. His deadly like stalking is both sexy and terrifying to read.

The Darkness doesn’t just stare back…it moves forward, opens its mouth, and swallows you whole. – Tace Justice

As the story starts, Tace is having mysterious symptoms that at times are debilitating. So far he has been able to hide them, but each time they get worse and soon he could be out of the game. Sami is a distraction he both needs and doesn’t. The sense she is lying also gives him purpose to find out what she is hiding, but he also is afraid he will go dark and harm her at the same time.

Sami is also infected, but dealing better with the aftermath. Her secret is monumental! She has found a home in Vanguard she doesn’t want to give up. There is a lot to lose if she is exposed, but this is family. Needless to say she is torn. Her desire for Tace grows with a heat that consumes.

Whoever said that truth sets you free was a moron. -Sami Steel

When Tace collapses, Sami knows what is wrong and the only way to save him is to reveal the secret she has been holding close to her heart. The question: Save Tace or Save Sami.

The course of the book timeframe is very short. Again in days not weeks or months. The action is fast, furious and no one is safe. New characters are introduced, some old rivals still are up and running and the friendship forged in this fire is strong and everlasting.

These books need to be read in order or the sequencing will just have you confused. Also there is a prequel I highly recommend reading. I didn’t know about it and was confused a lot in the first book. Finally the first book tends to drag a little and you might not think this is the series for you. Please don’t give up. The books afterwards are better than the last and action packed with tons of heart and love.

What’s a literary picker without a coffee table!

Need a song to go with the book? Might I suggest….Control by Halsey

 

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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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • It sounds like this one moves at an extremely fast pace! Interesting that it’s set over days, versus weeks like many romance novels. It’s been quite a long time since I read a Zanetti novel, and I’ve not read any of the books in this series. I might start from the beginning!

    Wonderful review, Shari! Have a great weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thank you Alyssa. I love this series now that it has gotten fast paced instead of dragging me along.

  • Oh yeah! I wanted their book so badly, too. These are so exciting and one of those ‘can’t wait’ series.

    Song’s a perfect match. 🙂

  • This is a new to me author, but I’ll definitely be adding this series to my wish list. Love the quotes and song you included. Thanks for the great review and for putting this series on my radar.

  • I have got to get to this series soon! I have all of them ready to go so I really don’t have an excuse. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • I loved this one too Shari. Sami and Tace were fantastic together 🙂

  • Oh what a great review of this one Shari. I just love this author, but for some reason I haven’t read this series yet. But I SO want to right now.

  • Love Rebecca Zanetti. I have yet to try this series. Thanks for the heads up about the prequel. I will start with that.

  • Shari Delighted Read

    Thank you everyone. Sorry I am late commenting. Been dealing with a cold and really bad back pain which is making it hard to type and sit.

  • Post-apocalyptic romance? I haven’t tried that genre before but reading this review, I’m sure this one would be in the top of my list if I decided to try this genre. Awesome review Shari 🙂