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Peek Inside Escape Velocity

After being presumed dead, Commander Kai Yang is recovering from his ordeal as a prisoner of war under the watchful care of Dr. Sacha Dalton, 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 Sacha deserves? But an intergalactic war has a way of forcing a man to be the hero he was always meant to be...

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Rebuilding his life. And rediscovering love…

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 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…


"I enjoyed the hell out of this." ~ Reading Reality

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751453
Series: Valiant Knox, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 2, 2015
Page Count: 250
Imprint: select otherworld
Genre: sci-fi, sci-fi space opera
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits, forced proximity, friends to lovers, overcoming odds

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By Mei December 10, 2015

I thought this book was SFR, but the SF part was only the setting: a starship similar to Battle Star Galactica - a city in a starship!

All the other parts of the story was kind of military romance where military stands for fighting PTSD.

The hero, Kai, was prisoner of CSS, a fundamentist religious... ...more

By Marlene October 24, 2015

Originally published at Reading Reality

Before I start critiquing, let me say at the beginning that I had a terrific time aboard the Valiant Knox in Escape Velocity. But because this is science fiction romance, I have a few things that are niggling at me.

The plot of Escape Velocity is relatively s... ...more

By Jacque April 07, 2017

I originally discovered author Jess Anastasi two years ago when I read the second book in the Valiant Knox series, Damage Control. I always meant to go back and read Escape Velocity, I just didn't intend for it to take me this long. Oh well, I'm finally getting around to it now and it was so well... ...more

By Marta January 20, 2015

I seem to have read quite a few sci fi romances recently but I have to admit that I really really liked this one. From the very first scene the author wrote an incredible and raw portrayal of the hero Kai's incarceration and his escape is not without costs. Like so many military men it's unthinka... ...more

By Eva February 01, 2015

They thought he had been killed in action but now he has returned to and been put under the care of his friend Sasha, only Commander Kai Yang doesn’t know that if he can ever be the man he was or the man Sasha deserves in this emotionally gripping sci-fi romance.

Dr. Sasha Dalton has thrown hersel... ...more

By Stacy February 04, 2015

Dr. Sacha Dalton has lost a lot. Her best friend went missing and was presumed killed in action and then a year later her husband was killed. She has been dragging along since, in a state of just living when Kai turns up injured, but alive. She never realized how much he meant to her until he was... ...more

By Monique January 23, 2015

I don’t read much scifi, but the premise intrigued me, so here goes: wow! As the blurb tells the gist of the story, I won’t waste any time with that. Ms. Anastasi writes a very cinematographic, vivid, and totally convincing future: nothing is far-fetched, and it is so well described that it feels... ...more

By Denise February 01, 2015

This is the first time in reading this author with this being a interesting looking sci-fi romance. The author grabs your attention right away with your meeting of a prisoner-Kai who is about to escape in a most unconventional way. Once he realizes he has been successful he also finds out they ha... ...more

By Angela February 03, 2015

*** I received a free copy of Escape Velocity from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for an honest review***

WOW! I absolutely loved this futuristic world, but Escape Velocity isn't just about a world of flying warships and travel to other planets. It is a love story.

What begins as a life-long f... ...more

By Julie January 19, 2015

This was an interesting kind of romance. Commander Kai Yang had been a prisoner of war until he managed to escape. He's going to have to spend along time recovering from his ordeal, not just physically but also mentally, but he's not willing to face up to that fact. Dr Sacha Dalton grew up with K... ...more

By Heather January 13, 2015

I liked Kai he was a nice boy, "thanks," he said, not sure if he should be insulted by her prediction for his future behavior. "What are you doing now? Want to share a meal?" Kai and Sacha go really well together like seriously she's ying to his yang, "at her touch, relief broke up the hard sensa... ...more

By Kylie October 18, 2015

If you like science-fiction romance, then this is one to read. Loved Kai (the hero) and his PTSD issues. The book is a quick read and a great mix of SF & romance. ...more

By Book Gannet January 30, 2015

I really enjoyed this tale of love, loss and coping with trauma all set on a military base somewhere off in distant space. Although it's less about sci-fi and war than it is about the aftermath, regardless of the fact that the fighting is still going on. The war itself is never really explained –... ...more

By Christina April 08, 2015

I had a good time with this book. It was a primarily a romance, but there was a lot of world building and a greater concept beyond that of the relationship between our two main characters.

This book is definitely a sci-fi romance with a contemporary spin to it. And I think that's what drew me to i... ...more

By Nerdy Chic January 31, 2015

Escape Velocity was a terrific Sci-Fi read. Set in the year 2436, there's action, battleships, romance, and great writing. I'm fairly picky when it comes to sci-fi books and I didn't want to put it down.
For the last year and a half, Commander Kai Yang, believed to be dead, has been a prisoner of... ...more

By Gigi February 02, 2015

Rebuilding his life. And rediscovering love... Ilari, Brannon System, 2436At 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. Kill... ...more

By Brittany September 15, 2015

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

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... ...more

By Lori February 05, 2015

Escape Velocity was a pretty good book. I really loved the character's of Sacha and Kai. I loved the beginning of the book and how Kai was able to escape. I thought it was really sad the way he was able to escape but while he felt guilty it was the right thing to do. if I was in hos situation I w... ...more

By Rosemary February 10, 2015

Commander Kai Yang has been a prisoner of the CSS for over a year. Their cruelty and abuse didn't break him, but the death of his friend, Amos, in this prison did. Kai took action and escaped. Now he's back on his ship, the Valiant Knox. He's lost until he sees his best friend, Dr. Sacha Dalton.... ...more

By Tammy February 05, 2015

An excellent story that kept me entertained throughout. Kai thought to be dead turns up in the medical lab of his childhood friend and the person who kept him fighting to return. Sasha lost her husband and her childhood friend but now that Kai has returned her feelings for her childhood friend ha... ...more

By Lillian February 03, 2015

I loved this book I love these types of story as the heroes are always so sexy and mean in a good way. I really enjoyed the book but I was hoping to get more of a background on Kai. I loved both characters and their story that was interwoven from before. I am hoping to read more of her books as I... ...more

By DK January 24, 2016

So glad I discovered this author. LOVE the universe she sets her books in. Characters are so believable and the settings are really great. ...more

By Brenda February 21, 2016

coming ...more

By Tory February 05, 2015

Review shortly ...more

By Sue "DavinciKittie" April 09, 2017

Read the full review, including tweetable memorable quotes, at GraveTells: http://bit.ly/GT-Review-EscapeVelocity (live Friday, 4/14/17)

The opening to Escape Velocity is gruesome and eye-opening, and a little shocking in its sheer, imaginative tenacity. As Commander Kai Yang escapes from a horri... ...more

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3.78 avg Goodreads.com rating
Jess Anastasi

About the author

Jess Anastasi

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.

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