After his unusual reaction to a weapon, Commando Varean Donnelly is accused of being a shape-shifting alien and imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. Sure, he has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone—including the gorgeous doc examining him—because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear. For good.
Imojenna doctor Kira Sasaki knows there’s something different about the handsome commando the captain’s thrown in their brig. She doesn’t think he’s Reidar, although he might have been a victim of their cruel experiments. But when Kira learns the stubborn commando’s racial make-up, she finds herself torn between defending him to Captain Rian Sherron and his crew or urging Varean to escape while he still can.
Author: Jess Anastasi
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Atrophy, Quantum, Escape Velocity, Damage Control
Series: Atrophy #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Quantum
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: January 2, 2017
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
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Trying to pick my current favorite series is like trying to decided with grandson I love best so just say the Atrophy series by Jess Anastasi is in my top 10 list of must be reads. It has the perfect combination of action, suspense and romance in a continuing story-line. This really is a series you need to read from the beginning. I’d all you’re interested in is the romance part then be my guest. However you will lose out on Rian and the alien body snatcher aspect that really is the meat and bones to the story.
Anyhow, when last we seen, Rian and gang had found a weapon that helps identify Reidar. It seemed a sure fire beat except it didn’t seem to work to well on Varean, well at least they weren’t getting the same results as if he was Reidar so they brought him back the Imojenna to investigate. The ship’s doctor, Kira, takes a bit of a shine to Varean as she tries to discover what he actually is. Varean has always known he was a bit different but isn’t exactly sure he wants to know how different he is. What started out as patient/doctor, soon blossoms to so much more. And of course all of this is going on while Rian and his crew continue on his mission to destroy the Reidar…before they destroy all of humankind.
What I truly love about this story is it isn’t all romance and it isn’t all SciFi. It a prefect blend of both with a collection of not so perfect characters you can’t help but want more of. This time around in Rian’s not so stellar life, there are more interactions with Ella who we also get to learn more of. Oh boy, things definitely are getting pretty in-ter-est-ing! Is it Ella or Rian that is the problem. A book ago I would have given you a solid answer but now…hmmm.
Yes, it is somewhat hard to not compare this Atrophy series to Firefly, BUT, is that so wrong? That was a awesome series and so is what Ms. Anastasi has created here. Flawed characters, scary villains and an unpredictable outcome, completely loving it and I am into this SciFi romance for the long haul. Now to count the months until the next release.