Monday, January 29, 2024

Repressed Echoes (The Sendaxa Chronicles Book 1) by Rebecca Hefner ~ Book Review with Excerpt


She’s determined to save the world…even if she doesn’t remember it.

World-renowned geneticist Danica Lawson woke up to a world that had been destroyed—by her own hand. She has no recollection of the downfall of society but is determined to repair the damage.

Moreover, the first face she sees is one that’s eerily familiar—and undeniably handsome—even if she doesn’t recognize the sexy soldier with the deep, soothing voice.

As Dani struggles to reverse the destruction, she realizes sinister forces are at play. For, a malevolent threat is sweeping through their dystopian world, and the window to defeat it narrows each day its reign strengthens…

If you love dystopian stories with steamy romance, STEM heroines, sexy silver-fox heroes and a race to save the world, this is your jam! Start the trilogy today!

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Dr. Danica Lawson’s eyes flew open, darting to each corner of the dim room. The only sounds that marred the silence were her soft, labored pants and the pounding heartbeat that infiltrated her inner eardrums. Touching her tongue to the dry roof of her mouth, she tried to swallow, but her throat failed to bob. A soft whimper escaped her lips, and she placed her palm flat on the bed, attempting to push into a sitting position.
Pain seared her side and she gasped, collapsing on the mattress as her fingers found the wound. A thick bandage covered the tender skin, and she wondered how she’d sustained the injury.
Closing her eyes, she took a moment to center herself.
You can do this, Dani. Try to remember.
Cobwebs clouded her brain, obstructing any semblance of rational thought. Her pupils roved under closed lids, searching the darkness for a trace of where she was…how she’d been injured…and how she’d ended up in a strange bed in a dark room.
Obscure shadows were her only answer, and she struggled with the realization she needed to run. Lifting her lids, she hastily scanned the room. Whoever had placed her here wasn’t present, but they could return any moment.
Now was the time to break free.
Sucking in a breath, she palmed her side, holding the bandage tight, and maneuvered into a sitting position. Glancing down, she noticed the thin shorts and tank top that covered her frame. Black sneakers sat at the foot of the nearby nightstand, and she grabbed them, tugging them on under the small shaft of light that filtered through the curtains of the lone window in the room. Once the shoes were tied, she gradually rose to her feet, placing a hand on her head as the room began to spin.
“Come on, Dani,” she whispered, lowering her hand and straightening her spine. “Let’s go.”
Gritting her teeth, she began to push forward—one foot, then the other—inching toward the door. Her shaking fingers gripped the knob and turned. Ever so gently, she eased the door open, relieved to find an empty hallway. Gathering her courage, she stepped across the threshold.
A muscled arm snaked across her line of view, causing her to flinch as she drew back. The hand attached to the sinewy arm landed flat on the nearby wall as a warm body pressed into her uninjured side. Closing her eyes, she balled her fist, ready to strike.
“Not so fast there, slugger,” a rugged baritone chimed in her ear, causing her to shiver. “You need rest before you charge back into the world—”
Swinging with all her might, Dani brought her fist high, aiming for the man’s face. Although she didn’t have time to align her blow, she aimed to strike his nose above the lips that had brushed her ear as he spoke.
The man’s hand caught her fist, crushing it as he lowered her arm, causing her to cry out.
“You son of a bitch!”
“I don’t want to hurt you, Dani,” he said, his tone soothing even though her body was fraught with nerves and fear. “Take a deep breath and relax.”
Lifting her gaze to his, she noted the silver flecks that glinted in his gunmetal gray eyes. His features were angular as he loomed over her although she was five feet, eight inches tall. She might not remember much, but for some reason, she remembered that.
“What do you want?” she asked, struggling to keep the fear from her voice. “Whatever it is, I’m sure we can negotiate.”
His firm lips curved into a roguish smile, causing her knees to shake. Dark hair fell over his forehead, tinged with a bit of gray at the temples, and she had the insane thought he might be the most attractive man she’d ever seen. Dangerous. Mysterious. Hot.
“You try to negotiate every time,” he murmured, lowering so his warm breath floated across her cheek. “It’s so cute, babe.”
Attempting to wrench her fist from his grasp, she glared at him until he released her. Drawing back, she let another blow fly...

Freaking phenomenal read! I cannot wait to see what happens next.

I am going to start this review by stating that Dystopia is not a genre that I read often, in fact it's been YEARS since I have read one, BUT this book has changed that because I will definitely be reading this entire series as soon as it's available. Not only are the Main Characters, husband and wife duo Dani and Maverick, great but so are the secondary and tertiary characters as well.

Dr. Danica Lawson works for Sendaxa and has created EverLife, a drug that is in a sense the fountain of youth and highly addictive. Because this drug is highly addictive Dani needed to create an antidote to help reverse the effects of EverLife, only that isn't what the owner of Sendaxa has planned...and his plans is what turns the world into chaos.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Dani has amnesia and cannot remember the last several years of her life, which is making recreating the antidote rather difficult. Oh, and she doesn't remember her husband either! Have you watched the movie 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, well this is a spin on that only not as funny since the world needs to be saved and all that.

I would recommend this to readers that enjoy Romantic Suspense, Dystopia Romance, or Workplace Romances.

Happy Reading!!!

Meet Rebecca Hefner

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Hefner grew up in Western NC and now calls the Hudson River of NYC home. In her youth, she would sneak into her mother’s bedroom and read the romance novels stashed on the bookshelf, cementing her love of HEAs. A huge Buffy and Star Wars fan, she loves an epic fantasy and a surprise twist (Luke, he IS your father).

Before becoming an author, Rebecca had a successful twelve-year medical device sales career. After launching her own indie publishing company, she is now a full-time author who loves writing about the strong, complex characters who live in her head. Rebecca can usually be found making dorky and/or embarrassing posts on TikTok and Instagram. Please join her so you can laugh along with her!

To learn more about Rebecca and her books, visit here!  

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