Review: Escape Velocity (Valiant Knox #1) by Jess Anastasi

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Review: Escape Velocity (Valiant Knox #1) by Jess Anastasi

Rebuilding his life. And rediscovering love...

Ilari, Brannon System, 2436

At first, Dr. Sacha Dalton is simply curious about the prisoner of war admitted to her med-lab...until she sees who it is. For Commander Kai Yang—the commander of the battleship Valiant Knox—has long been thought dead. Killed in action. But after almost a year and half, he's returned home. Returned to her.

Kai is recovering from his ordeal and under the watchful care of Sacha, his childhood friend and the widow of his best friend. Only now, their friendship has grown and deepened into something far deeper, and far more complicated. Yet as Kai's body recovers, his psyche remains broken. How could he ever be the man he was, and the man Sacha deserves? But an intergalactic war has a way of forcing a man to be the hero he was always meant to be...

Title: Escape Velocity
Author: Jess Anastasi
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Atrophy, Quantum, Diffraction, Damage Control
Series: Valiant Knox #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Damage Control, Cover Fire
Published by Entangled Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: February 2, 2015
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
Pages: 242
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I originally discovered author Jess Anastasi two years ago when I read the second book in the Valiant Knox series, Damage Control. I always meant to go back and read Escape Velocity, I just didn’t intend for it to take me this long. Oh well, I’m finally getting around to it now and it was so well worth it!

The story hits the ground running with Commander Kai Yang, held captive by religious zealots for well over a year, escaping. Patrols find him and bring him back to the Valiant Knox where he is treated by Doctor Sasha Dalton. Sasha happens to be his longtime friend and married to his best friend. Or so Kai thought! Things begin to shift into high emotions as Kai and Sasha reconnect. Kai is struggling with everything. Presumed dead, trying to get his life and career back, suffering from PSTD, he doesn’t know where he fits in. With all the uncertainty, his one constant is Sasha. Since he is her patient, she has to resist the temptation, the want to give in and be with him.

I just loved Sasha and Kai’s story. He’s so broken, – mind, body, and soul. The struggles he goes through are enough to bring me to tears. Sasha cares deeply for him and has her internal battle of trying to be his doctor. Then there’s her dead husband hanging between them. Not quite a forbidden love if you consider they were friends before. What cranks up the tension between them and may keep them apart are the ghosts of their pasts. Add into the mix a possible spy on board and everybody thinking Kai is crazy for suggesting it. Top it all off, all this happens on a spaceship. ACK! I love books like this!

Normally, I would now say I can’t wait to read the next book but as I said before, I already did. Both worked well as stand-alones, at least the romance side to it did. There’s the battle with the Christ’s Sunday Soldiers that is carrying through the series that I’m curious about. CSS are religious zealots and all I know about them so far is that they shun technology. Not sure if we’ll every find out more about them but I predict they will continuing to be in the series. Will the Valiant Knox prevail over the CSS? That I don’t know, but, I can’t wait to find out!

 

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