Title: Damage Control
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.
Author: Jess Anastasi
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Atrophy, Quantum, Diffraction, Escape Velocity
Series: Valiant Knox #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Escape Velocity, Cover Fire
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Author
Published: October 26, 2015
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
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In a sea of contemporary and paranormal romances, it’s nice to indulge in a SyFy romance. Nothing to technical my brain would hurt but enough that I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore, Damage Control was exactly what I needed.
Leigh Alphin is captain of the Fighter Force of the battleship Valiant Knox. His job is to train new recruits and to fight the CSS rebel forces. When the rebels attack a transport, Leigh and his fighters swoop in. Leigh manages to save the day and rescues a young woman he feels a instant attraction to. Little does he know, she’s one of his recruits!
Don’t you just love a good forbidden romance story! Leigh certainly had the hots for Mia, which were deliciously reciprocated. She’s no shrieking violet and he’s not a caveman so big plus for them being on a pretty decent equal footing. However, she is just a recruit and he’s her captain not to mention he has a few years on her, not too many to make it feel he was a creeper, but enough that he felt it would be a issue. You just know they are going to crack and give it to their feelings. When and how made for a few sizzling, and sometime wickedly fun, situations.
On top of that oh so no-no romance there are a few other plot lines worth mentioning. There a war going on with the CCS (Christ’s Sunday Soldiers) and the author does a great job of detailing it all out. Add to that, the CCS have managed to infiltrate the Valiant Knox so now there is a mystery to solve on who the bad guys are. I sort of guess from the beginning who could possibly be the spies but when everything was reveal I found I actually was only half right. However, it did make for a good suspenseful mystery with Mia helping Leigh out. There quite a few twist and turns as the story plays out. Damage Control made for a well thought out read I didn’t expect to enough as much as I did. Despite not reading the first book, I never felt lost, and actually now I want to go back and read what I had missed out on.
As my first book by Jess Anastasi, Damage Control was a great introduction. How I haven’t discovered her works before I have no clue but I am eyeballing her other titles now planning what I am reading next. Pick up a copy of Damage Control and get ready to be swept away!
Leigh didn’t want to examine exactly why he felt the need to make Mia his responsibility. Yeah, he couldn’t ignore how intelligent and daring—and if he were being completely honest—how goddamn sexy she was, but he’d never done anything in his life for any other reason than duty. And, he assured himself, that was what this also came down to—his obligations. She’d almost been killed under his watch. He had to find the traitor and protect his people, even if that meant going outside the regulations to achieve his ends.
“I’ve put a lot of thought into what you did,” he started, choosing his words carefully. “And the way I see it, you have nothing left to lose. So the classified information I’m about to tell you cannot be repeated; otherwise I will see you buried.”
Her eyes widened a touch, and his conscience kicked him with a vicious jolt of guilt at threatening and possibly scaring her. This could get them both killed or dishonorably discharged and dumped in prison.
“I’ve been given reason to believe there’s a mole in the fighter-pilot squadron.”
“So it’s true? I heard rumors, but I didn’t believe—”
“It’s true.” A small swell of dismay washed through him that apparently gossip about the moles had spread so far already. “There could be as many as a dozen on the ship.”
She crossed her arms, expression somber. “Why are you telling me this?”
“Instead of reporting what you did this morning, I want you to use your specializied skills to
help me find the mole in my squad.”
She took a deep breath, seeming to process what was no doubt an unexpected request. “Accessing the systems one time for an hour was a risk. But this will require me to spend hours searching all kinds of data and accessing all kinds of stuff. It will increase the chance of getting caught by an infinite amount.”
“I know, which is why I want you to use my datapad. If someone does pick up the activity, it’ll come back to me.”
A cynical half smile tilted her lips up. “And will anyone believe that you had the necessary skills to do something like this?”
He shrugged. “I’m sure they won’t. But they won’t ask, and I won’t tell. There’s a chance I’d be able to use my years of service to get out of it lightly, whereas you would take the fall. But that’s only if we get caught.”
Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, one ball-obsessed border collie, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.