Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Damage Control by Jess Anastasi

Title: Damage Control
Author: Jess Anastasi
Series: Valiant Knox #2 (companion series)
Genre: Science Fiction/War/Romance
Publisher: Entangled-Select Otherworld
Publication Date: October 26th 2015
Edition: Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Source: NetGalley
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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.


I really enjoyed this book. It had a great balance between the romance and the sci-fi of the book. It wasn't a romance set in space, but the two balanced each other. The fact that they were at war also wasn't ignored. More often than not, with books like this the romance takes so much of the attention away from the rest of the story that I wonder why it was even mentioned they were at war and on a space station.

Mia and Leigh were a great balance of each other. One never out shown the other. They were equals in the mission they were doing together, even though Leigh was her CO and she was the one doing most of the work. He treated her like an equal. I really liked that about their dynamic. 

The people who were the traitors were a surprise, for the most part. Though one of them was less surprising than the other, because he was a creepy douche. The action and the espionage are very well written, the dialog sounds like real people talking. All the characters are well written and have diverse personalities.  Some might find this as a flaw, but the story never got too hung up on the science part of the science fiction of the story. The story is just set in space, this book is more about the characters and their journey rather than how the space ship runs and where they get water for such a large ship.

I hope there will be more books in this series. And I really want to read the first book now. There are a lot of really interesting side characters Im wondering about getting their own book.

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