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#Review of Diffraction (Atrophy #3) by Jess Anastasi w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JessAnastasi

DIFFRACTION

by Jess Anastasi
Atrophy #3
Publication Date: January 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select Otherworld, Sci-Fi, Romance

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Synopsis: 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.

The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order:

Book #1 Atrophy
Book #2 Quantum
Book #3 Diffraction

EXCERPT #2:

 

He sent her a short frown. “I thought Sherron was some big war hero. Why are the authorities after him?”

 

Kira threaded her fingers through her hair, pulling some pins free. “A few months ago, Rian got Tannin to hack into the data streams of Kasson Three, a supposedly abandoned station that should have been sucked into a nearby black hole years ago. Rian suspected it was some kind of Reidar base. Baden Niels, a multiversal corporation CEO, who’s actually an alien himself, ordered a warrant issued for our arrest. He claimed his company had turned the station into a research outpost. We’re now wanted intergalactic terrorists.”

 

While the charge was obviously quite serious, and he was a little shocked to find he’d been nabbed by a band of wanted criminals, the idea of Kira being an intergalactic terrorist was pretty damn amusing. The more he thought about it, the harder it was to stop the grin yanking at his lips.

 

Kira glanced over at him, confusion crossing her features. “What’s so funny?”

 

“You. Being some badass, hardened criminal on the run from the authorities.”

 

She crossed her arms, trying for a stern expression but totally failing, her gorgeous eyes giving away her amusement.

 

“Hey, Mr. Big, Bad, Tough Commando, I took you down, didn’t I? I’m totally rocking the fugitive lifestyle.”

 

“Then I guess I don’t need to feel so bad about things if I got decked by one of the IPC’s most wanted. When I account this story later on, I’m going to tell people you were a butch, six-foot-tall, backworlds hack-medic who dosed me with an untested cocktail of synthetic drugs.”

 

She gave a short laugh and patted his arm. “Whatever saves your fragile ego, soldier boy.”

 

“Thanks,” he muttered, a little too charmed by the spark in her gaze and the way the unguarded smile made her that much more gorgeous. “How many hours until someone else takes over watch?”

 

She checked the time then slipped her comm away.

 

“About two hours, maybe three if I’m feeling generous. Tannin said he’d take the next shift.”

 

“If you’re tired, let me take the next two hours. I promise not to fly us to the nearest IPC outpost, as tempting as it might be.”

 

A half grin kicked up one side of her lips. “If I was tired, I’d let you take over the helm, but I’m really not. Well, not sleepy, anyway. Truthfully, I am feeling kind of drained. I had this really difficult patient in the last week who seemed determined to get himself killed. You know I had to save his life two and a half times.”

 

“Two and a half?”

 

She gave a decisive nod. “Yeah, I’m calling it two and a half. Don’t tell anyone, but I nearly killed him myself with a sedative.”

 

“Sounds like the bastard deserved it.”

 

“Maybe.” She gave a quick shrug. “That’s still up for consideration.”
The next smile that crossed her face had just a hint of mischief to it. He’d been wrong—her earlier, unguarded smile he’d thought was beautiful had nothing on this one, and it hit him right in the middle of his chest and rippled outward.

 

I honestly don’t know where to start.  I haven’t read the other books in the series and I HIGHLY suggest that you do.  At times, I was a bit lost when it came to the world building.  This series is all about science fiction and otherworlds; plus, its a genre that I typically don’t read.  Otherwise, I really liked the book.  It was different and took me out of my comfort zone.

I liked that this book had a familia atmosphere to it.  It seems that most sci/fi books have that but with this series, I can really tell that Ms. Anastasi put a lot of thought into all the characters; lead or secondary.  Again, since I didn’t read the other books, I was a little thrown when the crew gets seperated, I was torn.  I realized that they had things to do but I was really starting to like them together.

Varean is a great hero.  Trying to figure out what he is, his feelings for Kira and just generally being himself amongst the crew.  He isn’t trusted and he knows it but with Kira, he has someone that he can trust and grow to love.

Kira has been in the other books but this is her story.  I liked her.  Strong, determined and will do whatever needs to be done for Varaen.  Overall, though, don’t think that the romance is at the front.  It’s not and that’s why I suggest reading the other books beforehand.  The book never lets up either.  It’s fast paced, has some series twists and truly, I didn’t want it to end.

I really need to read the other books in the series so I can have a better understanding of this one.  Overall, I highly recommend this book because it’s different, took me out of my comfort zone and offered a hero and heroine that I fell in love with and you will too.

 

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Synopsis: 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.

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Synopsis: Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He’s innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape…only to find himself face to face with the captain’s undeniably gorgeous sister.

Zahli Sherron isn’t planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he’s sexy as every kind of sin, but he’s no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew…even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.

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ABOUT JESS ANASTASI

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, two border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.

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Drakon’s Promise

by N.J. Walters
Blood of the Drakon #1
Publication Date: December 5, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Otherworld, Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis: Darius Varkas is a drakon. He’s neither human nor dragon.

He’s both.

He’s also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon’s blood can cure any illness and prolong a human’s life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she’s quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

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EXCERPT #2:

“What are you doing?” She winced at the husky sound of her voice.

“Showing you I’m not crazy,” he reminded her.

“Ah, yeah.” She momentarily lost her train of thought when he tossed his shirt aside and then bent to remove his shoes. “Not sure that’s working.” The man was stripping in front of her and she couldn’t take her eyes off him.

When fully dressed, he was impressive. Naked from the waist up, he was breathtaking. The stark lighting hid nothing from her. From his broad shoulders and washboard abs to his tapered waist, he was the most flawless male specimen she’d ever seen. Nothing in a magazine or movie could touch the sheer masculine perfection of Darius Varkas.

And then there was the tattoo that covered the left side of his body—thick lines of rich bronze, outlined in the same green shade as his eyes, swirled over his chest and arm and disappeared into the waistband of his pants. There was no recognizable design, but it was stunning all the same.

His biceps rippled when he shoved his hair away from his face. He was watching her intently as he unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and pushed them down. His boxer briefs went at the same time and, when he straightened, he was totally naked.

Sarah sat down hard on the stairs. She knew she was staring but couldn’t help herself. His eyes seemed to be glowing, which had to be a trick of the light. But it wasn’t his eyes that had captured her attention. No, it was the thick erection spearing upward from the thatch of hair on his groin. Darius was built to scale, which meant he was bigger than any man she’d been with. His tattoo also continued down the left side of his body all the way to his ankle.

She fanned her hand in front of her face until she realized what she was doing and made herself stop. Darius, the devil, grinned at her.

If he made one move in her direction, she wasn’t sure if she’d race back up the stairs or jump him. At this point, it could go either way. “You’re naked.” Way to state the obvious.

“I know.” He held his arms out by his sides and slowly turned so she could see every inch of him. The tattoo bisected his back into two planes. The design wrapped around the entire left side of his body with the exception of his hand and foot. His face was also unmarked by the spectacular design.

Sarah rubbed her damp palms against her jeans. “Why are you naked?”

“Watch, Sarah.” The way he said her name made her insides melt. “And don’t be afraid.”

With that ominous warning, she watched and waited.

ABOUT N.J. WALTERS

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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