Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.
If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk.
And the way his arms wrap around Vinnie tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .
Okay, so I basically have a love/hate relationship with this series. Firstly, I love everything about this series – the writing, the storyline, the characters, the constant drama and action, and of course the romance! BUT what I hate is how addicted I am to a series about a dystopian/post-apocalyptic world.
I’m not even kidding when I say that these sorts of storylines freak me out so much! I’m the type of person who can easily watch a horror movie on my own in the middle of the night before going straight to sleep. But when it comes to doomsday type of situations, I am a Scaredy McScared-erson hiding under the blankets, peeking between my fingers.
So even though I know it’s classified as a romance and therefore, it’s going to end with a happily ever after, I’m still reading this story on the edge of my seat worried about what other crazy curveball is going to be thrown at the characters.
If you’ve already read book one – Mercury Striking – you know this ragtag group of Scorpius Syndrome survivors (aka Vanguard) already has enough to deal with. There are food and medicine (especially Vitamin B) shortages; opposing gangs are out to get them, wanting their territory and supplies; and the psychotic Ripper President, leading what’s left of the country, has his own agenda. Now, as anyone who has ever watched any post-apocalyptic movies/tv shows knows, there is a charismatic/narcissistic cult leader lurking in the shadows that needs to be dealt with…
From beginning to end, this story deals with a lot. To say it’s action-packed is an understatement, and I loved every minute of it. Rebecca Zanetti is a fantastic author with a wild imagination. This series is incredibly complex with so many intricate plotlines and well developed characters. And the romance? Intense. Stubborn. Amazing. I need more.
I cannot wait to get my hands on book 3 to see what happens next. If you’re interested in reading this series, I feel like each book can be read as a standalone but I would recommend starting from book one, Mercury Striking, to really get a good understanding of what’s happened in this crazy dystopian world. Plus Jax and Lynne from Mercury Striking are chef’s kiss.