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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Escape Velocity (Review)

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...
Escape Velocity
Valiant Knox #1
Jess Anastasi
Pub Date: 2/2015
Entangled: Select Otherworld
Genre: Science-Fiction, Romance
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It's been some time since I've read any romantic science-fiction story, but reading Escape Velocity has me itching for more! Jess Anastasi's Valiant Knox series starts with an emotional bang as former commander of the Knox escapes imprisonment. His longtime friend, Sacha Dalton is in charge of his recovery and the dormant attraction between them surges to life.

While Kai struggles with PTSD and finding a place on the Valiant Knox, Sacha is determined to find a way to heal his mental scars. Even if it means keeping their relationship professional. As they rekindle their friendship, the war outside the Valiant Knox continues. Kai continues to block out the torture he endured by the hands of the Christ's Sunday Soldiers, their enemy, but suspicious activity on the ship causes him to believe they're planning a big attack. So not only does Escape Velocity weave readers through the sexual tension between Kai and Sacha, but there's a little action as Knox soldiers defend themselves on the planet Ilari.

Anastasi gets to the heart of the story quickly and throughout there isn't a solid well of information about the intergalactic war, or it's heavily mentioned CSS soldiers. They kind of become like a phantom evil presence, because there's no backstory about them and they don't feel like a looming threat even though that's their main role. The story doesn't focus on them at all unless they're being reinforced as the enemy.  On one hand, I didn't care because this story is all about the romance, but I also think answering more detailed questions about the decades long war would've given it more substance. Plus, I'm a sucker for in-depth world building. Hopefully the world setting will be built up more as it continues. I imagine fans of Battlestar Galactica will appreciate the setting as it's primarily on the ship and there's a crew of fighter pilots.

There's more to explore on the Valiant Knox and I'm ready to jump into the next installment Damage Control! Jess Anastasi will surely continue to bring the sexy to science fiction.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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