Cover Fire by Jess Anastasi

If the assignment is crazy, dangerous, or a little of both, Sub-Lieutenant Sebastian Rayne can’t help but take on the challenge. So when Command Intelligence tags him to fly one of their agents behind enemy lines, it seems like just another routine death-defying mission. Crash landing on the planet was a piece of cake, but the gorgeous agent he delivered safely to her meeting is now believed dead and he must return to retrieve her body.

After Agent Jenna Branson realizes her own people attempted to have her killed, she enlists the hot stick jockey’s help. His new mission? Sneak her back onto his ship to ferret out who wanted to get rid of her and why. But she fears her growing feelings for Seb have blinded her to his reckless insistence on helping her stay alive, and his rash behavior will cause them both to lose their lives.

Books in the Valiant Knox Series

Book 1: Escape Velocity
Book 2: Damage Control
Book 3: Cover Fire
Book 4: War Games

Having devoured Anastasi’s Damage Control and Escape Velocity (yes, it that order!), I grabbed Cover Fire in Entangled’s recent Christmas sales and settled down.

You definitely have to have read the previous books beforehand, as there’s not much characterisation of Seb going on and there’s also backstory you need to know, mainly because that drives a large part of the conflict. This is that there’s been moles in the military and now an investigative bureau is going through the ranks to uncover any others.

Jenna is an agent of this bureau. Seb flies her on a mission and the two get cosy. When he flies back, he’s told she’s been killed in action and is sent to retrieve her body. Only he finds out she’s not dead, though the bureau wishes she was. Now they have to go undercover on their own ship to discover where the kill order came from, and why.

Perhaps it’s the intrigue/political lean to Cover Fire that made me not love this book. It’s definitely not the writing, or the very hot sex scenes! The prose flows well and the descriptions drew me in, but still something was… off. I’ve never been a fan of politics in my entertainment – I avoid those episodes of Stargate SG1, for example – and after months of watching the world get closer to burning, I’m even less keen these days.

I will finish the series, because I loved the previous books. And I do want to know how everything ends for the crew of the Valiant Knox. I just hope the last is more action than reaction.

Rating: ★★★★☆