Rebecca Zanetti: Mercury Striking



Y Because lust here is about satisfying the need for human touch It is a purely physical release Ironically honest lust leads to something that develops over the length of the story Having gotten the initial sexual tension out the way they are free to drop their protective layering and let in motion In what has to be the best declaration of love from a stoic soldier Jax declares You re smart and spirited and I never thought I d meet anybody like you If there are bullets I m between you and them If you get taken I m hunting you down till my last breath And if you Laws of Ascension Companion end up in hell I ll storm the fucking place until the fires go out What can a girl ask forRebecca Zanetti also has a keen ability to write amazingly suspenseful action scenes Technical detailsnhance not detract from the action The details add layers that help draw the picture Chase scenes fight scenes shooting scenes I found myself holding my breath for long periods of time I finished The DIY Music Manual. Randy Chertkow Jason Feehan each section gasping for airIf you are a fan of urban fantasy and dystopian thrillers you won t want to miss this one Thedgy characters and non stop action makes this a book you cannot put down My apologies ahead of time for I am certain you will be joining me as we wait impatiently for the release of the next book Originally posted at Scandalicious Book Reviews 5 All the gentleman are dead baby Soldiers and survivors are what we have now StarsIf you were to tell me prior to reading Mercury Striking that I would willingly read a romantic suspense book that has the inclusion of Zombie type characters as part of its main theme I would have promptly told you Hell No As a reader film goer and just general human being I do not do horror no matter what the level in any shape type or form But this is Rebecca Zanetti and I just couldn t resistAnd I am glad I did because although there are some gruesome bits on my level of gore anyway most people would probably not be bothered this book is an absolutely outstanding read I think my rating probably attests to that and uite simply Mercury Striking is Rebecca Zanetti doing what she does best and with No Mans Daughter extremelyntertaining results What is it about you and death You just love to dance with itThe story set up characters and general development across all points was perfectly paced and although not necessary I would recommend that you try to read the preuel novella Scorpius Rising if you can as it gives you all the background into Lynne Harmony and depth into why she s known as Blue HeartI like the blueJax Mercury was all sorts of Yummy alpha dark a dirty mouth plenty of action and pretty much Melody on Loan everything I look for in my romantic reading heroes the fact he wasn t shy about clearing out thenemy zombie or otherwise also made him pretty indispensable You re beautiful In case I forget to tell you you re beautifulBut I think the main thing that strikes as the story progresses is that for all his strength and leadership he is really just a man struggling to survive deal with his losses and his demons whilst protecting those around him that look to him for direction and leadership and work out his feelings for a woman that has come into his life and brought about motions he doesn t really want to deal with at the most challenging of timesI lead with actions not wordsThis wouldn t be a Zanetti book without some stellar sexy times and she delivers in spades for this couple Lynne is a strong woman in her own right and the pair of them together although do not deny they have insane chemistry are both keeping the deeper parts of themselves hidden and this just added to the fight for dominance in between the sheets and although Jax invariably wins Lynne definitely gives as good as she getsThere s only you From day one the second you marched into my camp there s only been youKeeping motions out of the uation proves to be and difficult for them as the story progresses specially when it becomes apparent that Lynne has than just a few military figures after her and the knowledge she possesses forces Jax s protective instincts step to the fore Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, especially as the risk to the rest of his people increases as well Vanguard Territory all of a sudden becomes anxtremely dangerous place to beIf there are bullets I m between you and them If you get taken I m hunting you down till my last breath And if you nd up in hell I ll storm the fucking place until the fires go outI don t really want to give much away this is a story you will get lost in and struggle to put down until its nd I just wish we didn t have to wait so long for the next bookDon t regret us Shadow Falling is due to release in September and I cannot wait to see what story the author has in store for the Good Thinking elusive and brooding Raze Shadow He figured uite strongly in Mercury Striking but you don t really discover much about the man underneathWe can trase where we ve beenARC generously provided via Netgalley and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review 5 Stars She was Death in Mumbai everything he didn t deserveverything good and he d make sure she stayed safe for the rest of her life no matter what he had to do Rebecca Zanetti s Sin Brothers series was Baccarat : La lgende du cristal easily my favorite that I read by heruntil I read this book I m hooked and there s no looking back Now admittedly I m not a reader thatnjoys the post apocalyptic world in my books But Rebecca is one of the few authors I was willing to make an O Colégio de Todos os Segredos exception for because I truly love her work and boy was I glad that I did because I loved the absolute hell out of this book It s not your typical post apocalyptic zombie story It s so much than that and with an intriguing twist to boot The world building is rich and captivating the romance is sizzling hot and the set up is sonticing that you ll be hooked from the very first chapter Were you like this before Scorpius JaxLike what he whisperedA killer without remorse A survivor at all costs So coldYes I ve always been like this When a deadly bacterium struck and killed off 99% of the population it left the survivorsdifferent If they managed to survive the Scorpius induced fever their brain was forever altered March Violets (Bernie Gunther, either heightening their intelligence but turning half of the infected into Rippers These Rippers coming in two kinds highly organized and intelligent serial killers or just plain crazy Lynn Harmony was the former head of infectious diseases at the CDC until she got infected and anxperiment for a cure on herself went wrong and gave her a very distinct blue heart Now with people believing she s the carrier for a much deadlier strand of the bacterium she s forced her to go on the run Desperate for a cure she believes may be out there she s going on nothing but the rumor of the Zoete tranen existence of the one man that may be able to help her Jax MercuryJax is anx gang member turned army special ops that is now the leader of a vigilante group of Scorpius survivors When Lynn Blue Heart Harmony shows up on his door with the promise of a cure in Water Music exchange for a favor she won t name yet he s intrigued and suspicious There s an instant spark of attraction between themven though they couldn t be different The chemistry sparks up right away and only intensifies with Revived each new day that Lynn spends at his camp Any chance you could get lost in the momentGreenyes if I got lost in the moment you d be bent over the bed face in the pillows begging to come with Student Research Projects in Calculus every fiber of your being I d make you promiseverything There is a novella that sets up the series that I haven t read yet On the Hunt That being said I had no problems falling right into the set up of the world building The chemistry between Jax and Lynne was asily my favorite part but I highly njoyed this new world that Rebecca Zanetti has written Think Mad Max meet I Am Legend The story itself is action packed with not a dull moment to be found There s twists at Love for Imperfect Things every turn that arenough to keep you on your toes and A Heart of Stone eagerly turning the pages And did I mention the romance Because oh my ovaries was it hot Sweet you could ve handled Sure there would ve beenmotion and that s tough But this way My wayThis way I ll own you Lynn was a fantastic heroine with just nough backbone to make her the right sort of kick ass but also with a vulnerability to ndear her as well Jax was Language and Linguistics everything I love in a hero damaged with a hidden vulnerable side with a dash of dirty talker He was absolute perfection There s a slew of secondary characters introduced as well that caught my attention right away The main one being Raze Lucky for me his story will be next and the set up for it Shiver inducingI have a feeling that fans of Rebecca Zanetti will beating up this series with the same fervor I had Filled with action and suspense captivating characters and super sexy romance this book managed to hit Divertimento every single one of my checkboxes He dropped his forehead to hers his handncircling her nape Then he slid out and back in the feeling as close to heaven as a killer like he would Love Is a Fairy Tale ever find ARC courtesy of publisher inxchange for an honest review Graphic is stock purchased and created by me for DGR blog Please don t share without permissionFind me on. LA he’s her only hope As the one woman who could cure the disease Lynne is the single most volatile and vulnerable creature in this new and ruthless world But face to face with Jax Mercury  Danger has never looked uite so delicious.

Mercury Striking is a nice balance of action and romance I Promise at Dawn enjoyed the action a lot than the romance because I find Mercury s personality to be militant hard and practical perfect for a high intensity action thriller Take this same personality into the bedroom though and I m a bit disappointed I find the romance to be too stiff mechanical and perfunctory Nevertheless I would recommend this book to fans who prefer a lot of action with a practical measure of romance I received this title inxchange for my honest opinion Thank you specially to the author and publisher for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title AwesomeThis is one of the best dystopias I ve read and I don t say that lightly I absolutely love the world builder and the character development The romance part was why it didn t get a full 5 stars from me it didn t really tickle all my senses what a weird thing to say but you get the idea rightAnyway it was really well written and worth reading specially if you like dystopias Walking Dead fans aren t we sad to see Rick being all afraid and non killy Well you need this book Our hero Jax is the leader of a group of survivors in a post apocalyptic 35 StarsOverall Opinion I was in the mood for something different and this seemed right up my alley I m intrigued by post apocalyptic romances so if anyone has any suggestions I d love to hear them I think the storyline world building characters and steam were all goodbut the actual romantic connection felt a little lacking I also was bummed there wasn t closure as I went in thinking this was a standalone but that s my bad I didn t hate it or anything and I did Bangkok Wakes to Rain enjoy a lot of it A solid 35 stars read for meBrief Summary of the Storyline This is Lynne and Jax s story Lynne is on the run and willingly gets captured by Jax s people because she needs his help She is known as the CDCmployee that started the outbreak of a brain altering bacteria that wipe down out majority of the population so Jax is not The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery eager to trust her Lynne knows she needs Jax to find a secret lab and to collect whatever information there to help find a cure or at least a way for humans to live with the bacteria There are some suspenseful scenes some sad moments some sexy timesand there is a HFNndingPoint Of View POV This alternated focusing mainly on Lynne and Jax in 3rd person narrative with a few sections focusing on side characters as well Overall Pace of Story Good I never skimmed and I thought it flowed wellInstalove Kind of Not much development going on for stronger feelings from lust view spoilerbut ILYs are shared in the Darkmere end hide spoiler 4 Blue Heart StarsPrettier Review Vanilla Spice Books The next world war will be between man and nature Nature has never lost When I read I seem to always have scenes from movies not necessarily characters with a similar theme in my mind and thus applying colors for the book In this case it was the desert yellow brown of scenes from Mad Max Why my mind does that no idea but it works for me to be in a certain mindset when I read to feel the atmosphereWe are thrown into a world of utter devastation martial law and vigilantism 99 percent of the population in the United States have been killed by a bacterium called Scorpius People infected with it die uickly but horribly Those who survive have a good chancending up being Rippers creatures with hightened intelligence but total lack of Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? empathy turning them into organized serial killers or zombie like beings mindlessly killing humans in horrible ways Those who survive the infection without becoming serial killer or zombie turn intosomethingnhanced humans It s Charles Darwin s Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den evolution theory of the survival of the fittest at work Lynne Harmony is a scientist former head of the infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has survived the infection leaving her with a blue heart which glows in anlectric neon blue She is hunted by the government under the pretense that she is carrying an Scraps Of The Untainted Sky even dangerous streak of the bacteria Half of the survivors of Scorpius are scared of her the other half wants her dead Lynne has only one option left finding Jax Mercury the infamous leader of the Vanguards a vigilante group of people living in the abandoned City of Angels Jax Mercury isn t known for mercy but she hopes she can strike a deal with him trying to find a cure inxchange for a favor she reserves the right to name at a later time When the world still had order and law Jax was a member of Delta Force His training is what helped him survive in this hostile world He is the unwilling leader of a merry group of civilians turned into soldiers He has claimed a big territory in Los Angeles for his people trying to give thim his protection and knowledge The only way Jax knows to give the ones he has sworn to protect the best survival chance is by keeping his distance When Lynne Harmony also known as Blue Heart walks into his camp asking for protection he is willing to accept her deal despite Jax inability to trust anyone And Lynne Harmony sets off his alarm bells The second you crossed into Vanguard territory the very moment you asked for my helf that s The Eric Carle Gift Set exactly what you becameWhat she asked sounding breathless nowMine They both feel an instant attraction but neither of them can afford anmotional Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century entanglement Sex is used as a stress relieverspecially because they seem to have an Fashion Design Course explosive chemistry So how do they keep feelings out of theuation when they start to see than a warm body in ach other At the core Lynne Harmony was a helaer a nurturer and now she offered herself Oh my Jax is such a lovable jackass Alpha to the core dominant tortured by his past amazingly loyal once he started to trust His flavor of protection is particular and single minded He is ruthless in his actions and focused to lead his group And his most surprising trait He is literate and loves to recite uotes from philosophers and classic literature Lynne is a wonderfully intelligent and strong heroine with a big dash of sweet who knows to choose her battles Her snark is cute and comes out before you re being dragged into the waves of the world s devastation She stands up to Jax and their fights are highly ntertaining Have I given you any indication I m afraid of you I know you re in charge here in your little fiefdom but I ve survived than your very worst Jax Mercury Yes there is a scene that could be interpreted as abuse when Jax punishes Lynne with a belt and while I m not a fan of that particular scene I can see it happening with the weight that rests on our hero s shoulders Together they burn up the pages the smexy times are aplenty and scorching Jax dominance is incredibly sexy but his sweet is devastating There is a row of intriguing secondary characters I look forward to reading about I had a uick search to see how many books there will be in the series and so far there seem to be six stories planned for now and this makes me all kinds of happy I loved the world building in the novella Scorpius Rising and I m really glad it paid off to read it before this one and Shadow Falling since it makes me care about the characters who are also mentioned I don t read a lot post apocalyptic books although I find them fascinating The devastation of a dystopian world is scary but at the same time fascinating and intriguing You are basically thrown back into a world without civilization You have to fend for yourself food is scarce fuel for cars the same people are scavenging and raiding for the most Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga essential things you need to survive I really like this authors writing style She surprises with twists and turns and sweet wordsRebecca Zanetti delivers anntertaining tale about finding love and friendship in the most unlikely places and times and I can t wait to read the next installments of this world 25 starsFull ReviewI received this book for free in Cincinnati and Other Plays exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewWith a deadly disease unleashed on the world Lynne the former head of the CDC Center for Disease Control is on the run Known as Blue Heart because after contracting the Scorpius diseasexperiments on her to find a cure have colored her heart and the veins surrounding it blue Lynne is trying to make it to a clinic known as Myriad and hope the rumors are true and a cure is there Running from her Speak Out! ex boyfriend who is now the President of the United States she looks for help from Jax Mercury He was a Delta Force soldier who gathered a group of people together to try and survive against the illness Rippers people who have been turned into serial killers by the disease and other survivors Food is scarce but trust isven rarer in this time Lynne and Jax are going to need a lot of the former if they re going to survive As book one in a new romantic suspense apocalyptical series this started off into the action right away so much so I felt pretty lost for most of the beginning There is apparently a novella that actually starts off the series and begins the world building in regards to the deadly disease Scorpius being discovered unleashed an. “Thrilling post apocalyptic romance at its dark sizzling best” Lara AdrianNothing is asy or black or white in Zanetti's grim new reality but hope is key and I hope she writes faster” New York Times bestselling author Larissa

D its ffect on the world I would highly suggest reading that first so you don t feel as left behind as I did reading this one As the story went on I was able to get a better handle on the current world setting but unfortunately this didn t happen until well into the second half The disease and how it affects The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles everyone some die some survive to become carriers and some become Rippers was a little muddled The Rippers and their different sociopathic tendencies some become serial killers and some thoughtless rabid beasts seemed like too much variation for a 300 novel all the ideas aren t fully flushed out However as this looks to be a building continuous series maybe in later books the ideas introduced here will become fully formed Lynne s part in the Scorpius disease as the head of CDC was another part I never felt like all the dots connected but again reading the novella could help here as she is introduced in that one There was telling of her toughnessscaping her imprisonment and making her way across what is left of the United States to Jax in LA but not a lot of showing In fact a lot of instances happen off screen with characters talking about them later Her game plan of partnering with Jax specifically because she heard about him on the news before things really fell apart felt somewhat forced but lucky her he turned out to be super hot Jax had of a backstory than what is usually afforded typical alpha heroes but his character too felt forced The added in minor BDSM play in the bedroom felt obligatory for what the current market wants They did have good interplay with The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico each other but there was a lot happening in this story to interrupt them The story leaned a lot on the sexual side there are many bedroom scenes in the beginning and middle I didn t feel a connection between our leads insta attraction that morphs into insta lust are the basis for their relationship and so I found them filler thanngaging There were a plethora of secondary characters Jax s medic friend Tace the mysterious Raze the possibly psychic little girl Lena Cruz who heads the rival gang Twenty Lynne s Lone Star Standoff ex boyfriend and president of the United States Bret and many Jax s fighting Cruz for resources and because of an old feud and Lynne s trying to find a cure for Scorpius while running from Bret all this with thend of the world theme made for a very busy book with nothing being able to fully be focused on The story appeared to be fighting with itself as to if it wanted to be a romance suspense or nd of days book the parts weren t always cohesive The concept of a deadly disease wiping out ninety nine percent of the population and the aftermath is intriguing and parts of the world building are here for that but there were a lot of half formed and dangling threads too This has many high ratings I m the dissenting voice on this one so read the novella and maybe give this a try if looking for a sexual apocalyptic story The hero and heroine who star in the second book are introduced here and their story does look to be interesting 4 Zombie Walking Dead I Mean Ripper StarsSo you know those books you reuest from Netgalleythen realize a year later that you still haven t read Then you randomly open your kindle one day and it s staring right at youJudging you and your procrastinate tendenciesWell that was this book for me Shame on me In fact I reuested this bad boy blurb unread at the advice of a friend who deemed it a must read if I remember correctlyWell after reading a couple things from this author before her militaryspec ops series imagine my surprise when I cracked this thing open and realized it was not merely an action romance as I was xpectingbut a post apocalyptic thriller ish romance reminiscent to me anyway of The Walking Dead The Strain or Resident Evil Now let me just say This kind of shit is NOT usually my bagSo when I realized the direction this book was going I thought to myself did I really just read what I thought I read This is going to be a Zombie book No way But Yeah I uickly realized this was legit And despite my initial misgivings I really More Punishment For His Cheating Wife enjoyed this thing As I mentioned this was a post apocalyptic tale about the world following the ravagingffects of you guessed it some crazy wazoo virus thing Although in this book it s NOT a virus It s a BACTERIUM But you know what Virus BacteriumIt s all the same to me But anyway this bacterium thing has killed over 90% of the population legitimately and now the survivors are doing their post apocalyptic super bacteria virus survival thing HOWEVER There is always a however in super bacteria virus survival movies peoplePeople killed by the super bacteria become one of three things1 A crazed Zombie like Decision eat your face off type of Ripper 2 An unemotional completely nonmpathetic but functional serial killer type Ripper 3 Or a recovered non Ripperwith somewhat The View from Alameda Island enhanced brain abilities Not only were all of thosexciting happenings going on but this was all taking place in my hood Los Angeles Hello 405 freeway how I loathe love youAND there was a Hispanic purple wearing LA gang called the Twentys Who had When Fox Is a Thousand evolved from just regular gang bangingto post apocalyptic survival banging So yeah lots going on hereIn fact the reason I m not giving this 5 stars is that sometimes I felt like there were too many things going on Too manynemies to focus on Which made it drag a little in some parts for me Otherwise I really 100 Innovations of the Industrial Revolution enjoyed the shit out of this thing Jax was an awesomely hot alpha male hero and Lynne was okay too I ve already started reading book twoand it didn tven take me a year Find me at 45 star ARC Review In individuals insanity is rare but in groups parties nations and Taken The Anthology epochs it is the rule Friedrich Nietzsche Mercury Rising is anxplosive debut for Rebecca Zanetti s latest The Scorpius Syndrome It s a dystopian series in which a pandemic wipes out over 90% of the population in the United States It is unclear how the rest of the world has fared because communication is limited The infrastructure is decimated and the government is trying to re group Resources are limited People are scrambling for food and water Luxuries do not Schematic Design exist and humankind is pared down to the baressentials Mercury Rising features the former head of the CDC s Infectious Diseases division Lynn Harmony In the preuel Scorpius Striking Lynn is infected by a colleague driven mad from the disease born of the Scorpius virus She survives and now is on the run from members of the government who are trying to use her as a guinea pig and from the anger of the people who think that she is patient zero She is trying to make it to Los Angeles a stronghold held by mercenary Jax Mercury While the world around them is disintegrating and people are devolving into barbaric behavior Jax is the only one that is seemingly strong The Second Sister enough to defend Lynne while she tries to find the hidden research facility rud to have the cureI love the dark nature of this book and it smphasis survival At the beginning of Perfect Match (Girl Talk, each chapter is a uotation about the nature of human beings when stripped bare I like this investigation into the dark side of human behavior It reminds of my first dystopian Lord of the Flies by William Golding How do human beings behave when they re inxistence mode Is it survival of the fittest or do human beings fight for honor and humanityWhat makes Rebecca Zanetti s book so interesting is plausibility of the story In the age of biological warfare the idea for the plague is real and that makes this premise terrifying The Scorpius bacteria comes from a meteor that crashed in the United States The bacteria causes flu like symptoms that most often leads to death Few have survived However some of those who have suffer brain damage in the area where Curzon empathy resides Withoutmpathy they become sociopaths It s difficult to determine who has and has not been infected including the President of the United States We are also left to wonder What happened to the rest of the world Because we are a mobile society surely other countries are impacted right It is uncertain If not how vulnerable is the United States to attack We no longer have the military might Ms Zanetti does a fantastic job asking the hard uestionsAs far as dark heroes go I really like Jax Mercury He is a retired member of the Army s Delta Force Having lost both his brother and fellow soldiers Jax is guilt ridden over his inability to protect His past loss drives him to protect those who belong to his territory His character is blunt and forthright His starkness represents the dire situation of the times He makes difficult decisions but he still has a conscience He still tries to make morally right decisions AHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers even if it costs himJax and Lynn make no apologies for their attraction for one another It s simply about lust When death loomed near and survival becameverything biology made a fighter a soldier like him desirable Need Let’s Call It a Doomsday easily created lust Added layers of desperation and loneliness draw this couple toach other You can almost see them drawn to ach other like magnets I am not normally a huge fan of insta love scenarios but I m happy with this start Wh. One  With nothing but rumors to lead her Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man a mysterious damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong He’s than muscle and firepower and in post plague.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator Senate aide lawyer college professor and a hearing examiner only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them She writes dark paranormals romantic suspense and sexy contemporary romances