Review: Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Storm Gathering by Rebecca ZanettiStorm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #4
Genres: Dystopian Romance
Published by RAZ Ink LLC on September 18, 2017
Pages: 359
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

The Delight

Gritty, action, suspense, and passion in a post-world fight for survival keeps me salivating for each new release and riveted once I have it in my hands.  Since I encountered Greyson and Maureen in Shadow Falling, I have craved their book and it totally lived up to the promise I saw in this pair back then.

Review

Storm Gathering is book four in the Scorpius Syndrome series.  Including the prequel, this series works best in order because, though it presents a new pair to get their romance in each installment, the story is ongoing.  The actions of all parties concerned makes the best sense when the reader encounters each from the beginning.

Greyson and Maureen’s earlier encounter in Shadow Falling (book 2) began in the middle and wasn’t the prime focus.  I tremendously appreciate that the author recognized that readers would want it all from the beginning of their first encounter and delivered on this.  Both characters brought something special to the story and I liked how they played off each other.

There is a great deal of sizzling tension and passion between this pair since the beginning because Greyson kidnaps Moe and he plans to use her as leverage with her brother to get the intel he needs.  In essentials, he wants the right things, but in this world that is falling apart around them, he is a ruthless and, as a responsible leader, will do what has to be done.  Maureen has been off in a science lab working on food supply issues and is thrust into the nitty-gritty desperation of the outside world thanks to Greyson.  I enjoyed how she could like him and stand up to him all at the same time while he was a rough and tough soldier, but gentled around Moe.

The conflict is escalating and shifting loyalties and alliances are all part of the push and pull between survival and those seeking to exploit the situation to consolidate their power.  Greyson’s people and Jax’s people have to figure this out or die.  Meanwhile the cold, mad president has a delectable offer that Greyson might find he cannot refuse.  There were some interesting leading plot threads for what will come next that I can’t wait to tug and get the stories.

I wanted to take my time and savor this one as I love this series, but it was too hard to hold back.  I devoured the book as it reads fast and easy with all the breath-stopping moments and building situations. Those who enjoy dystopian romance really shouldn’t miss this book/series.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
  • Been meaning to read something from Zanetti for a very long time now. Is this series already finish Sophia Rose? If so, I guess I’ll make it my first 😉 Great review!

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Hi Vanessa! Sophia Rose is taking a leave of absence due to a death in the family, so I will do my best in reaponding as I just finished the book.

      This is the fourth book in the series and definitely not done since there is a sneak peak to the next story. I think though the series went from publisher to being self published now. There is a prequel that I highly recommend for this series as I was totally confused when I read book 1.

      If you are looking for a shorter series from Rebecca Zanetti, I would try The Sin Brothers. It is only 4 booksabout genetically altered men. There is a spin off series, but they don’t have to be read to find closure from the main series.

      Hope this helps.

      • Oh, I’m sorry to hear about that 🙁 Could you send my condolence to her? Thank you.

        Oh, not yet done. Too bad. I guess I’ll start with the Sin Brothers then. Can’t wait. Thanks so much Shari 🙂

        • Thank you so much for your sympathy thoughts, Vanessa. 🙂

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Gah! I have to make time for this series! That you wanted to savor the read but couldn’t help devouring it says a lot, Sophia. Great review!

  • I love this series and yep, I tried to savor it but devoured it instead. Are you home? I’ve been thinking of you.

    • I’m not home yet. Still out West with family. I do get WiFi a few days here and there. Appreciate the thoughts. 🙂

      Haha, its so action-packed and exciting that its hard to rein it in. Now we wait for next year’s installment. 😉