Nick-named Captain Hardass by the new recruits, Captain Leigh Alphin is captain of the Fighter Force of the battleship Valiant Knox. He's honorable, straightforward, and hard as nails - except for the soft spot he has for a young woman he rescued off a transport that was under attack. Now that she's one of his new recruits, it's imperative he stop thinking about her in that way.
Especially now that the Knox has been secretly infiltrated by the enemy.
Mia Wolf's new commander is icy, no-BS, and completely gorgeous. His glances send heat searing through her. Neither of them can afford to make this mistake, yet desire takes hold, consuming them. For the first time, Leigh's iron sense of honor falters as his heart fights for love… and against an enemy trying to destroy everything they hold dear.
So into all this, the author drops Mia, she's young, she's incredibly smart, and she's also a huge fly in the ointment that constitutes Captain Leigh Alphin’s life. Known as a hard ass, it's his job to push the new recruits to their limits but there's something about Mia that really appeals to Leigh but she's so off limits it's just not real! Leigh could lose his command if he pursued Mia but as events unfold it's clear working together might just be their only salvation.
Forbidden love is always a winner in romance and I thought the Ms Anastasi did a credible job of increasing the tension. No instant love thankfully, but a mystery to solve with plenty of intrigue and action along the way. Leigh may be used to being in charge but Mia really holds her own and frankly, at times she steps up and saves the day.
I loved that even though she can fight for herself, she never felt like a hard person and her softer side really helped make her feel more of a rounded character. Damage Control is, I guess, a space opera but the technical side is not in your face and full of gobbledygook, it's just enough to make the situations believable. As for the relationship that grows, it's a slow burn that seemed inevitable and I will say the couple’s ingenuity at times was nearly their downfall! Oh yes, the gloves come off as Leigh succumbs to the forbidden desire he feels for Mia with plenty of hot scenes. Leigh was a revelation and an old fashioned type of hero who would sacrifice anything for the woman he loves.
Whist admittedly I did prefer Yang’s emotional journey in the previous story, I really had fun reading this book. It expands the world and we are starting to learn a lot more about the war being fought. There are some interesting supporting characters who will surely step up soon, but for now all I can say is Damage Control is well written, with suspense and shocks galore. This author had clearly plotted this out and it paid off spectacularly well, leaving me with a smile on my face.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.