I received this book for free from the Publisher, Purchased. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Series: Scorpius Syndrome #2
Published by Independently Published, Zebra Books on August 30, 2016
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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In the New York Times bestselling author’s post-apocalyptic romantic adventure, a former FBI agent gets close to a man she can’t trust—or resist.
Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. Now she’s one of the very few who survived infection. When she woke up from a drug-fueled nightmare of captivity, her trust in her fellow man had gone from shaky to nonexistent. Her mysterious rescuer wants to convince her he’s the exception. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.
If the FBI were still around, they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. Military man or not, his association with the Mercenaries makes him untrustworthy. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower. And the way his arms wrap around her tells a different story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire.
I enjoyed this second installment in the Scorpius Syndrome series. This is a series that I would recommend reading in order since the events from the previous book impacted this story. Each book in the series features a different couple but the couple from the first book played a significant role in this story. I was hooked by this story and couldn’t wait to see how things would work out for Vinnie, Raze, and the rest of the group.
Before the world fell apart, Vinnie worked as an FBI profiler and was very good at her job. So good, that some people believed that she must be psychic which got her in some trouble in the world ravaged by the bacteria. Raze feels protective of Vinnie since he rescued her but also has some less than honorable motives. Raze has his own secrets but can’t help what he feels for Vinnie. I thought that Vinnie and Raze had fantastic chemistry and their personalities were a very good match. I really enjoyed watching them figure things out.
The world-building in this book was very well done. The world is a desperate place and the group has a lot of things that they are going to have to figure out in order to survive. They need a significant amount of vitamin B to remain healthy after being infected. All resources are limited so there are threats from other groups that they must deal with sometimes closer to home than they think. There was a lot of action and excitement in the story which kept things very interesting.
Michael Pauley did a great job with the narration. I think that the voices that he uses for both the male and female characters were very well done. He is able to add just the right amount of excitement and emotion in his voice to really bring the story to life. I am certain that his narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.
I would recommend this story to others. This book has the perfect combination of romance, action, and end of the world excitement which made this book very hard to put down. I cannot wait to read the next book in this exciting story.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.