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.
Tace started out in this series as the Texan medic who came across as the sweet talking good old boy! Yet being infected by Scorpius has changed him irreparably. Feelings seem to be a thing of the past and now his growing obsessive behaviour needs an out. Well it just so happens that neatness and tap, tap, tapping doesn't quite cut it anymore and Tace finds his possessive nature is stuck on one person only and that's Sami!
Sami has been accepted by Vanguard as a trusted soldier but has secrets she cannot share. To them she's an ex-LAPD cop but the truth is far more sinister. Sami has been aware of the blue-eyed Texan but recently Tace is trying to push all her buttons! This lady doesn't fold easily and tapping out is not an option but when the two are sent on a mission in enemy territory all bets are off. One night and that's all they have but what if Tace wants more, what if he wants everything? Turns out Sami isn't the only one with a secret but Tace's secret is deadly!
In a world where people seem all too easily to be turning into sociopathic killers, it's also important to remember some survivors do just that, they survive. So, it makes sense to me that the author would come up with romantic heroes that are larger than life and pretty exceptional. I wasn't sure at first if Tace would measure up to the likes of Jax and Raze (swoon!) from previous stories, but his newer darker edge coupled with his army training made him a worthy leading man here. Add in Sami and the baggage she carries and Ms Zanetti gives a story that not only has romance but helps expand this reality she has created.
I'm not going to write anymore about the plot because frankly I'm pretty annoyed that the synopsis for Justice Ascending gives so much away! Hey, I don't mind the odd spoiler or a tease but please if something isn't revealed until almost the end why would the publisher do that? Okay, rant over and this book does finish in such a way that you know there's many more fireworks to come. Enemies and new alliances, even a surprise discovery at the end and as usual a thrilling story and oh, I must just say I'm loving the artwork on these covers!
This voluntary take is of an advance reader copy.