Book Review: Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi

Title: Escape Velocity
Author: Jess Anastasi

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: February 2, 2015

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Ilari, Brannon System, 2436

At first, Dr. Sacha Dalton is simply curious about the prisoner of war admitted to her med-lab… until she sees who it is. For Commander Kai Yang- the commander of the battleship Valiant Knox- has long been thought dead. Killed in action. But after almost a year and a half, he’s returned home. Returned to her.

Kai is recovering from his ordeal and under the watchful care of Sacha, his childhood friend and the widow of his best friend. Only now, their friendship has grown and deepened into something far deeper, and far more complicated. Yet as Kai’s body recovers, his psyche remains broken. How could he ever be the man he was, and the man Sacha deserves? But an intergalactic war has a way of forcing a man to be the hero he was always meant to be…


Dr. Sacha Dalton has been through a lot in the past year and a half with the loss of her best friend, Commander Kai Yang and the death of her husband, Elliot just six months after Kai. She gets a huge surprise when Kai is brought back aboard the Valiant Knox after being held as a prisoner of war for over a year. Their reunion is one that stirs up some hidden feelings between them as well as guilt. Kai held onto Sacha’s memory while he was in captivity and she helped him get through it. Now he has a major case of PTSD and Sacha has to decide whether to be his doctor or his friend. Things are extremely confused between them as they each deal with their own demons; Sacha’s being the death of her husband and the need to not let Kai use her as a crutch, and Kai’s being the all consuming PTSD symptoms and the guilt of Sacha being his best friend’s widow.

I thought this was an excellent book. It is well written and I didn’t want the story to end. I love Sacha and Kai’s relationship. It’s the epitome of what happens when you cross that line from friends to lovers. I’m not sure I would have been able to put the friendship aside like Sacha did to be Kai’s doctor, but it was what he needed at the time. There is also a really good perspective of what people suffering from PTSD go through on a daily basis. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and hope there’s a sequel.

Rating: 4 stars