Monday, January 25, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review--not even gonna lie--Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

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Ooooo Rebecca Zanetti! *grabby hands* I was crazy excited for a new series from Zanetti. The woman can write action and suspense like you wouldn't believe and a new world kicking off with a pretty badass cover and what amounts to a world-wide plague? I'm in!
Sighing, he sat back on his haunches, his gaze remaining sure and steady. "I know I'm difficult. I spanked you, and I tied you up with a belt." His bare shoulders lifted, rippling muscles. "I'll probably do both again."

The words jolted her. "Hey." Her hands fell into her lap.

He shrugged. "Well, I will. Might as well be honest about it. I am who I am, and you're, well, you."

Her head snapped up. I am who I am? "Listen, Popeye."

He barked out a laugh. "Cute."

Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1)

A new series from Zanetti! *silly reader girl booty dance* Zanetti brought an interesting mix to the table with this post apocalyptic romantic suspense. Action, danger, romance. Yes, please! The quick of it is that a deadly bacteria has wiped out billions of people and left the world a gritty war zone full of scared and desperate survivors. And it's up to the heroine--who many blame for the outbreak--to convince one very dangerous man and the band of survivors he's pulled together to help her find a way to save them all from the nightmare they've been plunged into.

I loved the characters. Lynne and Jax are survivors who have managed to overcome everything that's been thrown at them--danger, death, heartache and loss--and lived to fight another day. Jax pulling together survivors and keeping them under his protection and Lynne never giving up on finding a cure or at least a way to slow down the bacteria trying to destroy them all. They're both a bit broken (totally expected) but there's a strength to each that's admirable. The romance? Slow moving despite the attraction and heat. I liked it though. They have so much to deal with externally with threats against their group and internally with trust issues that it made sense. There's passion and some yummy sex scenes to cap it all off. Woohoo!

The suspense was a spot different for me. I don't read too many post-apocalyptic storylines. And this one had a lot of grit. There's nothing pretty, easy or sexy about the way these people are living. The world really fell apart and couldn't function normally after so many died and those left are seriously fighting for survival--against the ongoing threat from the deadly bacteria, against gang members trying to steal meager supplies, against those who have been infected and gone crazy, and against forces that are targeting Lynne for all sorts of reasons. It's brutal, harsh, and completely fascinating. 

As a whole Mercury Striking was an interesting read with lots of great elements. But it was missing something for me. It took me forever to really get into this one. I'd say the 50% mark or just passed it. I'm not even sure what it was other than it just didn't fully grab my attention. There weren't any huge surprises or twists I didn't see coming or jaw dropping moments of whoa! that I typically relate to Zanetti's books. It wasn't bad but not what I typically expect writing-wise from Zanetti. It did eventually pull me in though. While the storyline didn't grab me completely--it kind of just rambles along as they try to survive and find a cure-- the characters did. I enjoyed the main characters but I also really liked the support cast and getting to slowly know them. Mercury Striking wasn't a perfect start to the series for me but it laid an interesting groundwork that has me curious to see what'll happen next for this ragtag group of survivors. I can see it winning me over.

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious


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