Quantum by Jess Anastasi
Series: Atrophy #2
Published: August 18, 2016 by Entangled
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander’s convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she’s willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he’ll find out exactly what she’s hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she’s protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter.
On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.
Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.
It’s no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She’s taken the job as the admiral’s assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.
Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
I flew through Quantum and I loved every second of it! The story of the Reidar and Rian’s mission to find and kill them is just getting more and more interesting. I loved how tough Mae was; it’s clear Jess Anastasi knows how to write a strong woman. Mae and Zander have their ups and downs but even when they aren’t together they are both willing to protect the other. Zander is more straitlaced then the previous book’s hero, Tannin, as well as Rian but at his heart he’s just a military grunt; he has no problem getting his hands dirty.
I liked Mae and Zander but I found myself looking forward to getting back to Rian’s POV and following that story line. We get to see a lot more of Rian and Ella and they definitely shoot sparks off each other. I loved seeing the Imojenna crew again as well as the addition of the Ebony Winter crew which I’m very intrigued by. At the samae time, I was unsure of Rian in Atrophy, but I’m coming around to wanting to know more. There’s a deep well of pain and depression in Rian and this causes him to lash out against those that just want to help. I will say that I’m still unsure if I like Rian yet, but I am intrigued by him and curious to know more about this incredibly complex character.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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