Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti ~ ARC Review


With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

MERCURY STRIKING is fast-paced, exciting, and a thrill to read! I loved most everything about the book, especially how everyone had secrets and their own agendas.

The story is about Lynne Harmony, known as Blue Heart, who is blamed and feared for the virus that wiped out 99% of the world’s population. She seeks out Jax Mercury, a man who is known for being a great fighter and protector in Los Angeles.

The story starts with a lot of mystery. The reader doesn’t know why Lynne has traveled to find Jax, nor what she’s been through. It takes a long time before the reader learns her true motivation, which is okay because there’s enough other stuff going on to move the story forward.

Jax and Lynne are sexually attracted to one another. It doesn’t take long for them to end up in bed together. I thought this was understandable considering how long they had been without companionship. My main complaint is how Lynne totally overlooked the fact that he spanked her with a belt to prove a point. I can’t relate to a character who would sleep with a guy who had just beaten her earlier that day. My thought: not only “no,” but “helllllll no!”

I liked the variation on the zombie theme. Instead of being flesh-eating monsters (either infected or dead), Zanetti came up with “Rippers.” Rippers are people who have survived the infection, but have had changes to their brain that make them serial killers. Not everyone who gets infected becomes a Ripper.

The relationship between Jax and Lynne develops over time. It starts out sexual, but turns into real love.

I didn’t like the bondage scene where he ties her to the bed with a belt. I know this is the in-thing. Still, I would rather this hadn’t been in the book. Honestly, if it weren’t for that and the beating-being-forgiven-so-easily problem, I would be screaming my praise of MERCURY STRIKING. Those are the only issues that made this less than a 5-star book. Of course, that’s just my opinion. I know authors can’t please everyone.

Other positives about the book are: well-developed characters, great action scenes, a well-motivated and frightening villain, and a satisfying ending. There are some unresolved problems that will keep the series going, but there was enough closure to make me happy.

If you haven’t read MERCURY STRIKING yet, and you like both science fiction and romantic suspense novels, you should grab yourself a copy. I really enjoyed reading it.

USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes contemporary romances, dark paranormal romances, and romantic suspense novels.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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