Review: Winter Igniting by Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Syndrome #5)


Winter Igniting by Rebecca Zanetti // VBC ReviewWinter Igniting (Scorpius Syndrome #5)
Rebecca Zanetti
Published: Feb. 20, 2018 (RAZ INK LLC)
Purchase: Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Mercury Striking.

After taking out the Vice President and securing one of the lauded bunkers, Winter Igniting gravitates back to Vanguard and the internal conflicts that have been brewing there, especially in regards to The Pure, a group of uninfected people who have chosen to live separately from the rest of Vanguard. The only problem: they aren’t exactly forthcoming with what is happening beyond the walls they’ve erected.

To make sure those living with The Pure are there willingly, Jax Mercury is tasking former cop and current Mercenary Damon Winter along with April Snyder to go undercover.

April has lost everything she’s ever loved to Scorpius, but she’s determined to continue living, and she’s determined to help. She’s not worried about any danger posed by the creepy cult-like church. What she is worried about are her emerging feelings for Damon Winter.

Both Damon and April have lost, but can they open themselves up for love?

Winter Igniting was a standout read for me in this series. The storyline came together seamlessly and was pretty much exactly what this reader was looking for. I’m hard pressed to find anything that I wasn’t fond of within the story. So, here are just some of my favorite things:

Finally getting down to the business of sussing out what exactly is going on with The Pure really drove the storyline forward for me. They’ve been a partial thorn in Vanguard’s side for a few books now. You couldn’t really blame them for wanting to separate themselves from those infected, especially the pregnant women, but something just always felt off about the whole situation, and that feeling certainly continues as Damon and April pose as possible new recruits.

I absolutely loved the familial bonds this group of people have formed. I particularly liked seeing the playfulness in the brotherly affection between Grey and Damon and the way they clearly have each other’s backs, stepping in and protecting each other without hesitation. Damon’s clear-headedness in tense situations also gives a different pace than what one might be used to seeing in the “alpha” male romance heroes. Oh, he definitely likes to take control of a situation, but he also never charges in without a plan.

We also get to see a lot of female bonding (Thank You!!). April has been a secondary character since the beginning of the series. Longtime readers will remember the loss of her daughter, after already having lost her husband to Scorpius. It was great seeing April come back to life in the way she responds to Damon, but I understand her hesitation as well because the wounds are still raw. Who better to figure out your feelings than with your girlfriends (and tequila!)?

Longtime readers will also know that the Damon and April relationship has been hinted at for at least a couple of books now. What really struck me while reading their romance, however, was the fact that these are both people who have lost big-time yet who took that loss in different ways. Damon wants to get back the feelings he had for the family he lost, and April kind of closes herself off. She doesn’t want to go through something like that again. I loved seeing Damon help April work through her pain, and giving her back some hope again.

There’s not much more I can say about this book except that the series in general has been pretty exceptional, and Winter Igniting really puts it over the edge. As with previous books, the setup is clear as to where we go next, and I will definitely be along for the ride.

Sexual content: sex

One Response to “Review: Winter Igniting by Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Syndrome #5)”

  1. I really love this series, but I haven’t read this one yet. I need to read it ASAP.

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