Author: Jess Anastasi
Series: Atrophy #2
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander’s convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she’s willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he’ll find out exactly what she’s hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she’s protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter.
On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.
Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.
It’s no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She’s taken the job as the admiral’s assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.
Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
Source: Review copy from Entangled: Select Otherworld via NetGalley
The Atrophy series returns with another perilous adventure in which troubled Captain Rian is still brooding his way around space, plotting the demise of the shape-shifting aliens, while his two best friends do their level best to avoid being murdered as they try not to fall in love.
The action kicks off right from the first page as Zander is forced to avoid assassination attempt number one, long before he realises that his entire existence has been turned upside down. Zander has a lot to cope with in this book, but he’s a commander and a leader and tends to deal with the upheaval by taking control of whatever he can. Yes, he’s alpha and occasionally prone to moments of ego-driven idiocy, but he’s also a good man who cares for his people and isn’t afraid to risk himself to try and save them.
Mae is an excellent match for him. She’s strong and competent, protective and smart. Zander’s used to doing everything by the book, while Mae is a little more familiar with going it alone. They make a great team, or they would if not for the suspicions and lies that threaten to undermine their relationship from the very start. Yet, despite their trust issues, they still manage to come together with both heat and tenderness and occasional flashes of humour.
Away from these two, Rian and the Imojenna have plenty of problems of their own to face, with more evidence of the alien invasion coming to light every day. He’s a troubled man, with plenty of demons, but there is hope for him – even if he can’t see it. Still, he has a few tricky moments to face, and the mysterious Ella is usually on hand to offer up a cryptic comment to keep him perennially off balance.
I’ll admit there were moments in the middle where the pace felt a bit slow and I just wanted one or two scenes to hurry up and get to the next good bit I could see was coming, but on the whole the plot is packed with enough action and mystery and trouble to capture my attention. There are old characters and new ones to catch up with, and plenty of hints for a very interesting future to come. I can’t wait to see where it all heads next.
Quantum is Out Now.
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