ARC Review: Justice Ascending (Scorpius Syndrome, #3) by Rebecca Zanetti


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This book is a wild ride from start to finish. Action, adventure, suspense, romance and drama with some laugh-out-loud moments, I was absolutely hooked from the first page and struggled to put it down. I loved every moment of it!

5 huge stars!

With the third book in the Scorpius Syndrome series, Rebecca Zanetti takes us back to her dangerous post-apocalyptic world – specifically, LA after the breakout of the Scorpius virus has killed off 99% of the population. The survivors cluster together in gangs in order to survive – fighting off rival gangs for territory and precious resources, while desperately searching for a cure, and working to rebuild civilisation.

Tace and Sami have been a part of the series since the very beginning. Both part of the elite crew of the Vanguard gang, they are patrol partners and friends, soldiers who defend their territory and its people from the never-ending threats they face.

Tace used to be the joker of the crew, a Texas boy with good looks and effortless charm. But he fell to Scorpius, surviving the deadly virus but coming out markedly changed – angry and broody with a renewed taste for women and a dark streak. He fears the darkness that seems to be consuming him, and the line between right and wrong is increasingly blurry, but he is loyal to his home, to the soldiers that fight by his side, and those that he has sworn to protect.

Sami became part of the gang when she introduced herself as ex-LAPD and was quickly recruited into protection duty. She has worked with Tace day in and day out, and though there has been ‘something’ simmering between them, neither of them have acted on it.

Now, Tace and Sami are sent on a mission to Mercenary territory, and their time away from Vanguard and a whole lot of alcohol proves the perfect excuse for them to finally open up to each other about everything that is between them.

“Last night I dreamed of you beneath me, naked in bed, and coming hard.

Yep, Tace the sweetheart is now Tace the bad boy, and holy hell is he HOT! The man is all kinds of sexy, and amidst big action scenes and a whole lot of political scheming, he and Sami rock each other’s worlds, and it sparks something between them that neither of them are about to let go.

“Nothing in me, not one little atom or molecule, wants to let go. Fuck. You’re in my head all the time, in my chest, in my damn skin. I breathe you, damn it.”

But their relationship is anything but easy. Their world is a bleak place and their lives are dangerous, and as if that isn’t bad enough, Tace’s side effects from the virus seem to be worsening by the day. He doesn’t know when or if he’ll lose his mind, or his life, to Scorpius. And for Sami, watching the man she deeply cares for deteriorating so quickly forces her to reveal a long-held secret that could save his life, but it could threaten everything that they have found together – and the very safety and security that she counts on to survive. And even if she does, will her friends – and more importantly, Tace – be able to forgive her for her deception.

One little lie, and I felt the monster inside me break his chains. – Tace Justice.

This is such an intense read. There is so much happening, with multiple storylines playing out (mostly carried over from previous books so please don’t read this as a standalone!), and I thought it was fantastic! I loved the way it was all tied together and I loved the direction that this story took. In particular, the second half of the book is non-stop, and it feels like I barely took a breath! The anticipation is electric, the excitement had me buzzing and the action scenes left me breathless – it felt like I was watching an action movie and I couldn’t stop reading!

And in the middle of it all, there is a brave and sassy girl trying to do the right thing and make amends, and a broken man who is coming to terms with who he is – and their beautiful, amazing love story.

“I love the darkness as much as the light,” she whispered. “All of you – I want it all.”

It’s all absolutely epic, with the different elements of the story blending together to create a fantastic read that held me captivated from start to finish. I loved the continuation of previous storylines and the chance to catch up with previous characters – they are all involved in the everyday life of Tace and Sami, which means they’re all a witness to the unfolding romantic drama, and Jax continues to rock my world…

Jax half turned. “You have ten minutes to get the personal shit ironed out right now, or I’m shooting you both.”

Love makes phenomenal soldiers act like morons. I know… I did. – Jax Mercury

… and I love the hints at new stories to come. The direction of this book will have a huge impact on where the series will go from here, and I can’t wait for more.

I loved it – 5 massive stars.

Advanced Reader Copy was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Scorpius Syndrome series

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Scorpius Rising (#0.5) (Deke & Nora)
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Mercury Striking (#1) (Jax & Lynne)
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Shadow Falling (#2) (Raze & Vinnie)
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Justice Ascending (#3) (Tace & Sami)
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Storm Gathering (#4) (Greyson & Moe)
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Blaze Erupting (Scorpius Syndrome/A Brigade Novella)
To be released 23 January 2018
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Winter Igniting (#5) (Damon & April)
To be released 20 February 2018
Pre-order:  Kindle Ebook


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