★ SYNOPSIS ★
In space, you can’t hide from temptation…
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.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
It’s not often that I get to read Sci-Fi romances these days, but truth be told, it is one of my favorite romance genres. I absolutely love it because of the sheer creativity that has to go into. Damage Control is by new-to-me author Jess Anastasi. It is the second book in the Valiant Knox series, and it can completely be read as a standalone novel. I haven’t read the first book in the series myself. I think it would probably add to this story, but it definitely doesn’t take anything away. It is told from third person POV between the main characters, and it does have an HEA.
What I want to point out about this story first off, is that while it is a romance, it is extremely story rich. While there is forbidden love in it, and it is about the main hero and heroine, you’re also getting a huge amount plot in the process. Not only that, the plot itself will keep you on the edge of your seat. The romance between the main characters has been seamlessly woven into the story line, so you don’t feel like you’re missing anything.
For me, Damage Control kept me on the very edge of my seat. It starts off with a bang and does not let up. It is action packed, it is suspenseful, there is an air of mystery to it also. Another thing that I absolutely loved about about this book is that I didn’t even figure out the full plot. I had a feeling about it, but at the very end there was a twist that even floored me. Typically I figure out plots before I hit 25% of a book, so for that to happen, you can bet I was drooling over this book. I can’t even joke, I was reading a book, and felt like I was watching a movie!
The main characters themselves are intense as well. The connection they feel, what they go through, the fact that everything between them is forbidden and yet they can’t help feeling it. They fight it it too, while having to work in close proximity with each other.
Leigh is absolutely an alpha male, he is used to making decisions and choices that impact everyone. He does this without even second guessing himself but he’s also the guy that throws himself into the fray, regardless of what my happen to him, to save others.
Then you have Mia, who is gorgeous and could care less about her looks. She’s been put into a position on the Valiant Knox that she doesn’t even want. She tends to be fearless, stubborn, and she is extremely intelligent. There were times I found her to be naive but overtly, it’s more that she wants the best for everyone.
Not only do you have great main characters but each and every co-star and supporting character is very well written. You get a feel for them and who they are as well. There are more than a few that I particularly liked that I do hope get their own books.
For me, Damage Control was actually a five star book, but I’m rating is as a four star. This is entirely because of my own feelings on the book when I finished it and has nothing to do with the actual writing. That itself is phenomenal. I would most certainly recommend this book, especially if you have a love for something different romance wise, or if you love extremely plot rich, action packed books.
(**Note: I let my nerd flag fly here! All images used are from an MMO space game called Eve Online. The main image has been edited somewhat but the Valiant Knox as shown above is actually an Eve Titan. Credit to the images and gif go to Eve Online.**)