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.
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.
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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