I have two zombie/dystopian romances up for review this month, because well…. Zombies. Something about surviving the end of the world as we know it while running for your life and falling in love in the process interests me. This is only the second Keira Andrews romance I’ve read, the first being a WWII era historical which I absolutely adored. You can find my review for it here. So how does a zombie apocalyptic paranormal romance compare?
First let’s get to our protagonists and how they met. Parker is in his freshman year at Stanford and he totally flips out when he realizes he received a C- on a paper for his film class. So he immediately storms into his TA’s office hyped up and looking for a reason why. That’s when he meets Adam Hawkins, the super hot TA who basically tells Parker to stop whining and do the work. They do not part on good terms. But when all hell breaks loose the next day, it’s Adam who zooms up on his Harley and saves Parker’s life. So now they are stuck together while the world around them goes to hell in a hand-basket. It seems that a pandemic is sweeping the globe and turning everyone into living, breathing zombie like creatures who appear to be looking to feed. On people.
I have to say, I thought this author did a hell of a job portraying the sense of utter destruction and helplessness sweeping through the cities and towns as Adam and Parker try to survive. There wasn’t any unbelievable scenarios or times I thought “hmmmmm…”. No working technology, having to find food and water and gasoline while dodging shitty people who are taking advantage of the situation by preying on the other survivors, every scene made sense to me and left me on the edge of my seat. Some characters are introduced and then gruesomely killed off when they are infected. She even captured the feelings of grief and despair these characters were feeling when they realized that not only were they never going to see their families again, but the entire world would never be the same.
As far as the romance, I enjoyed. I really liked how their relationship built. Parker is pretty innocent and has no idea Adam is gay until they are forced into some situations where they are naked (hey, it happens) and both get very aroused. Then it’s all systems go and they are more than enjoying what could be their last days before the creepers catch up with them. There were a few times I was thinking they needed to hurry up and finish so they wouldn’t be hobbling away with their pants around their ankles if a zombie suddenly appeared, but I totally got why they would take the time to have a little bit of sexy good times while they could. And it is sexy goodness. Ms. Andrews writes some very satisfying sex scenes.
What I haven’t mentioned yet is that Adam is also a werewolf. Which I had to admit saved their asses on more than one occasion and lent even more tension to an already adrenaline filled plot line. If I’m being honest, my only complaint was at the end when Adam and Parker have sex with Adam partly turned and Parker does some dirty talking about not minding if Adam was fully turned. That kind of icked me out. Not the partly turned thing, but imagining them together when Adam is a full wolf. Yuck. This all happens when they are inside a resort meant for rich people who has since turned into a haven for survivors. Only there is some stuff that happens out of the blue that seemed a bit out-of-place and didn’t really have a lot of time to develop or fit in with the rest of the story-line. I’m hoping there is going to be a sequel which will hopefully answer some questions about whether a cure was ever found. I would also love to see if Parker’s brother made it in his bomb shelter in London with his paranoid boss.
The happily ever after was nice, and I like how this author left it up to the reader to imagine them going off into the sunset in love and safe. Overall I enjoyed and would recommend. Final Grade- B-
“I couldn’t let them hurt you.”
That Adam had exposed his deepest, darkest secret to save Parker made his heart skip a beat, and he fumbled for Adam’s hand, twining their fingers together as sleep finally came.