Genres: Dystopian Romance, Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 20, 2018
Each time a new Scorpious Syndrome book releases I know I’m in for action-packed, suspenseful, and sizzling post-apocalyptic romance. It’s the end of the world and things are nuts, but there are people holding the line and doing what’s right. I just can’t get enough of this series.
The Scorpius Syndrome series is not one that works well taking the books out of order or treating them like standalones so book five, Winter Igniting, isn’t a good place to jump in.
Since early days in this series, the Vanguard group has been dealing with the ‘Pure’ movement inside their ranks. Though they have no proof, something feels hinky about this group. Where are they getting their supplies? And the weapons? And why won’t they let their people be interviewed. The new Pastor seems too good to be true. The two tapped to infiltrate Pure are sweet, sad April who lost all her family and works with the children and Merc ex-cop Damon.
Right away, I was all about getting this book to keep seeing where things go with the hunt for more answers about the cure, about infertility, about getting supplies, and for the band of survivors against a gang and a sociopath president and his men. It’s exciting, gritty and dangerous. Love the fight scenes and the suspenseful twists and reveals are the best part outside the romances.
Speaking of romance, this is were I start to have trouble. Not with the people or the elements or development. I do like this. What I have come to be impatient with is seeing the same general scenario play out over many books and many series including every book in this one. I can literally go- ope, now she’s going to sass him, now he’s going to spank her, now she’s going to run off and do something dangerous just to rile him up, now he’s going to carry her back and spank her…. and so on. It really is just that predictable. I’m not bringing all that out because I hate it, but surprise me is all I’m asking.
Now, aside from the romance, I loved how the author brought along this pair. April was not in a healthy place, but through the book she comes back to life and starts to heal. It’s painful and she resists. She tries to make attraction and feelings stay in a neat box and insists that Damon treat their connection as temporary and just for the mission. Good for Damon that he doesn’t play games and won’t let her play games with him. He is as straight up as they come. He tells her flat out he is attracted, she’s beautiful, and he wants her. He has feelings for her and wants to give it a try. April wasn’t expecting that. Through the skirmishes over their mission, I decided early on that April is not submissive in the least though she really believes it and others believe it. She’s passive aggressive and likes to be in control. Damon nails it when he points to her clipboard as the symbol of this. She is intimidated by the war and fighting so she’s developed her own ways of getting things done. I though the author wrote a great complex character.
And, Damon, he is a true blue protector. He became a police officer for all the right reasons and he never stopped being that guy. He is a good tactician and knows what he’s doing. He’s a valuable member of the Mercs as Grey’s second. He doesn’t go the soldier or spec ops ruthless approach and struggles with some necessary brutality. He respects April and he is all in though he tells her up front that he doesn’t want to leave someone behind scared and worried for him. He brought out all the signs and swoons for me.
Things inch just that much closer to the end showdown. I loved that surprise ambush in this one and I am intrigued to see that Marcus and Penny seem to be the ones up next for their story, especially since those mad scientists and even the president want to get their hands back on their super soldier experiment, Marcus Knight.
This series just continues to stay strong and captivating. Those who enjoy spicy dystopian or post-apocalyptic action-packed romance should give this series a go.
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