Title: Justice Ascending
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #3
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Format: Kindle/Paperback, 400 pages
Published: January 31st 2017 by Zebra
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly... and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he's lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there's no turning back for either of them.
Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she's one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she's not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she'll face even that hell again to save him.
The third book in the Scorpius Syndrome series, following the group of Scorpius survivors at Vanguard, delivers a flurry of action and intrigue with a scintillating amount of passion.
Tace Justice was one of the good ole' boys, a natural charmer with a boyish grin and a slow Texas drawl...until he contracted Scorpius. With barely enough vitamin B to keep him from turning Ripper, Tace teeters on the edge of sanity. No one knows how bad it has gotten though. Numbness and blackouts, indifference and apathy. Until Sami...
Sami Steel is a Vanguard soldier, just another one of the guys. What she feels for Trace though, is all woman. Too bad she's hiding a secret that could ravage everything she's built for herself in this new world. When her secret may be the only thing that can save Trace's life though, Sami has to decide if her knowledge is worth possibly sacrificing her own life.
Justice Ascending continues the story of Vanguard, a group of survivors in this post apocalyptic world led by Jax and his trusty lieutenants. With enemies on all fronts (the President, the Twenty gang, Rippers, and Scavengers) and the search still on for the Bunker, tension is at an all time high. I enjoy the dynamics of this group, and each of the character's relationships. They've created their own family in this society where many have lost everyone they've known. The world around them is still crumbing from the after effects of the Scorpius virus, with different factions fighting for power, it's hard to know who to trust. While Tace, our lovable cowboy turned dark and brooding bad-ass, struggles with what he knows he should feel, and what he actual does feel, or doesn't as the case may be. You could tell from the beginning that there was some sort of spark between him and Sami, and Sami was just the thing Tace needed to realize that he wasn't totally lost to Scorpius. These two sizzled together. I loved Tace's newfound dominance, as well as Sami's tough, no holds barred attitude.
A lot of little threads that have been left loose so far throughout the series finally come together, while a lot more are remain dangling. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series, maybe it will be about a sexy Merc fighter and a certain someone's sister? While each book in the series can technically be read as a stand-alone, past main characters have recurring and essential roles in each new installment. I would definitely recommend readers start with book one in the series!
Suggested Reading Order:
Scorpius Rising (The Scorpius Syndrome #0.5)