In space, you can't hide from temptation...
Nick-named Hardass by the new recruits, Leigh Alphin is captain of the Fighter Force of the battleshipValiant Knox. He’s honorable, straightforward, and hard as nails – except for the soft spot he has for a young woman he rescued off a transport under attack. Now that she’s one of his new recruits, it’s imperative he stop thinking about her in that way.
Especially now that the Knox has been secretly infiltrated by the enemy.
Mia Wolf’s new commanding officer is icy, no-BS, and completely gorgeous. His glances send heat searing through her. Neither of them can afford to make this mistake, yet desire takes hold, consuming them. For the first time, Leigh’s iron sense of honor falters as his heart fights for love… and against an enemy trying to destroy everything they hold dear.
About The Author:
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, one ball-obsessed border collie, and one cat who thinks he's one of the kids. You can find out more about Jess at www.jessanastasi.com
Damage Control is the second book in the Knox series, by Jess Anastasi. A romantic fantasy, it comes off very "Divergant"-esk, with the future setting and the other-world local and technology. Set mainly on "The Valiant Knox" CAFF Leigh Alphin prepares to train the next set of FP recruits when he is thrown for a loop having Recruit Mia Wolfe is thrust into his life by an out of the blue attack by the CSS, a radical religious group who find all technology sinful and have vowed to rid the world of it.
Known as a legend and an all around hard-ass, Leigh went into the training thinking it was going to be just like every other year. With the same group of "snot-nosed" kids that he and his team would have to whip into shape.
"The idolizing made him feel like a fraud. He was just a guy doing a job--far from hero material."
The last thing Leigh expected was to fall for a recruit. "The last thing he needed in his life was a complication like Mia Wolfe"
"He didn't get what it was about her that sent his normally controlled senses into hperdrive."
On top of all of the weirdness of the forbidden attraction for his subordinate he was also faced with the knowledge of there being multiple moles for the CSS on the ship, and not only that but also there being at least one traitor in his very own FP squad.
After the mishap of having her new CO save her, Mia feared that she was ending up as the inevitable recruit that falls for her CO like every class before her did with Commander Alphin.
"The one man she shouldn't want, and she couldn't stem the emotions blooming higher and brighter within her every hour."
Time and time again being thrust into the saving arms of Leigh and having him catch her in a slightly unethical situation pushed her to team up with Leigh to find out who the mole(s) are in the squad.
"...she could almost imagine he cared. More than a CO should for a recruit."
Can their love concur all? Can they avoid being caught, and ruining both of their carrers? Can they work together to find the mole and come out on top at the end of it all?
This book was the perfect mix of love, action, and intregue-- I coudln't put it down from the moment I started it! Having not read the first of this series I wasn't 100% what I was walking into, but the relationships the crew has and the blend of personalities involved are flawless. Jess has made a complete fan-girl out of me :)