Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (341 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower
This time, the straight-and-narrow path could be the road to ruin.
Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies, limitless resources and enough chocolate to make her rear look like a cellulite farm. Bonus: she gets to live.
Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with the finesse of a toeless ballerina. Her sulfuric temper and blatant insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, the gorgeous, infuriating, engaged Nicoli Marek.
Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli—who’s as full of himself as he is of secrets—regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. And Elyse as fair game.
As Elyse’s suspicions about the UN’s true agenda mount along with her attraction to the relentless, chronically shirtless captain, she must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice—which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.
It's a race to save the world, keep your life, and...fall in love? Okay, so that's an unexpected bonus. But the road to get there is a bumpy ride, so fasten your seat belts and hang on tight...Oh, and keep all hands and feet inside the contraption at all times!
If it seems the weight of the world falls on Elyse Morgan's shoulders, you're probably right. A woman on a mission can only mean one thing- trouble! Does she find it? I'd have to say yes. Elyse is one tough cookie--as long as that cookie is chocolate, that is. That's her weakness. If someone told her to come to the dark side because they have chocolate, well the fate of humanity may be lost forever. Okay, seriously, Elyse's character is definitely tough. She's got so much to live and fight for, and it's not easy to take her down. The story is written in first person, which is Elyse's, so we definitely get a lot of insight about her character.
Co starring with Elyse in this story (and not too happy about sharing the spotlight, perhaps?) is the ship's captain, Nicoli Marek. He's a character to get used to. I did not like him for most of the story. He's a bit stuffy, and to be honest, full of himself. His attitude is not one to root for, and there were times I wanted to jump into the pages and give him a nice smack. He doesn't treat Elyse very kindly, and he has a tendancy to be a jerk. Need I say more? I think that's where my problem lies within this book. Yes, he does have a few redeeming qualities, but you have to look very hard to find them.
As for the premise of this story- I loved it! It's unique and fun, and very fast paced. The world created by the author is a job well done. Readers can tell that it wasn't just thrown together. The sci fi aspect grabbed hold of me and took me along for a great adventure. I could look past my hero issues because of how well written the rest of the story is.
Overall, this is a great book! Very well played out and the plot stands out and brings plenty of tension. If you like a bit of science fiction blended in with a romance, and want an adventure to keep you on your toes. Degrees of Wrong is a good place to start.