Great addition to the Scorpius series. Hugh and Ellie were friends in high school and never acted on their attraction. There’s nothing like an apocalypse to bring people together, however, and these two get their chance.
I’d consider this more a prequel to the ongoing series with some good insight into what was happening in the beginning of the outbreak. I liked the characters. They were well defined, which I find is definitely harder to achieve in a novella. The writing, prose, imagery, and development was solid all around. The plot was interesting and segued into a new group, The Brigade, smoothly. I enjoyed the contribution of the secondary characters. Connor and Deke added some levity to the story. I’m hoping to read more about them.
Safety: No others for either of them. Hero has a past as a man-whore. No rape or abuse.
FINAL RATING: 4 STARS
Complimentary copy received and voluntarily reviewed.
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About BLAZE ERUPTING:
From New York Times bestselling author, Rebecca Zanetti, comes a new Scorpius Syndrome/A Brigade Novella…
Hugh Johnson is nobody’s hero, and the idea of being in the limelight makes him want to growl. He takes care of his brothers, does his job, and enjoys a mellow evening hanging with his hound dog and watching the sports channel. So when sweet and sexy Ellie Smithers from his college chemistry class asks him to save millions of people from a nuclear meltdown, he doggedly steps forward while telling himself that the world hasn’t changed and he can go back to his relaxing life. One look at Ellie and excitement doesn’t seem so bad.
Eleanor Smithers knows that the Scorpius bacteria has and will change life as we know it, but that’s a concern for another day. She’s been hand-picked as the computer guru for The Brigade, which is the USA’s first line of defense against all things Scorpius, including homegrown terrorists who’ve just been waiting for a chance to strike. Their target is a nuclear power plant in the east, and the only person who can help her is Hugh, the sexy, laconic, dangerous man she had a crush on so long ago.
Aches and pains—the yummy kind—ran through Ellie’s body as she exited the motel bathroom in the morning and stopped short at seeing what was left of the bed. The covers were all on the floor, and even the mattress looked cockeyed.
What a marathon of an evening.
She swallowed. Hugh had gone with Connor to brief the new security team, leaving her lounging in bed after a truly phenomenal night.
The rumors, although awesome, hadn’t given Hugh enough credit. He was amazing in bed.
Or maybe her big crush on him helped.
She pushed wet hair off her shoulder and smoothed down her faded jeans. The air had turned cold enough she was comfortable in her light blue sweater. Her phone dinged, and she tore her gaze away from the demolished bed. “Smithers,” she answered.
“You alone?” Deke asked without preamble.
“Yes.” Striding quickly, she reached her laptop next to the computer and flipped it open, easing back to perch at the end of the bed. “What’s up?”
Deke cleared his throat. “The intel came in on Hugh. He’s not one of the good guys, Eleanor.”
She snorted and inhaled the scent still left in the room from Hugh. Masculine and tough. “He’s beyond good.” In more ways than one, actually. “You’re being silly.” Was Deke being overprotective? How loud had they been last night? Had Connor somehow heard something from the next room? She bit her lip. Had she screamed at one point? Geez. “Give me a break, Deke.”
“I’m sending you the intel. Call me after you’ve read it.” He clicked off.
Well. She huffed and rolled her eyes, quickly opening an attachment from him. Documents, dossiers, and FBI investigational files quickly filled her screen.
She read them, her stomach beginning to hurt. “This isn’t right.”
A knock on the door nearly stopped her heart. “Who is it?”
She stood and quickly unlocked the door for him, moving back to her computer instantly.
He slipped inside and leaned back against the door, his dark eyes somber. “I finished at the plant and left Hugh to continue briefing the new security details. Told him I’d be back after grabbing more coffee. Did you read the information from Deke?”
“Not all of it. I’m about halfway through.” She didn’t believe this. Not at all.
Connor rubbed a hand across his eyes. “Let me fill you in. Hugh’s family had financial troubles with what had been very successful tire stores, and Gregor bailed out his brothers. That put Hugh in a world of hurt.”
If there was a way to get to Hugh, it’d be through family. She shook her head anyway. “I don’t believe this.”
“Believe it,” Connor said grimly. “Hugh had no choice but to work with Gregor. Fed the guy information on nuclear plants, vulnerabilities, and hot targets. There was a hell of a lot more than just one picture of them together. He really was being investigated by the FBI.” His lips pressed into a thin white line as he took in the status of the bed. “Shit, Ellie. You didn’t.”
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About Rebecca Zanetti:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.