Halloween’s Aftermath: The Lovely Leftovers

Title:                                   Love in the Time of the Dead    LTD_cover

Author:                              Tera Shanley    

Genre:                                 Adult Supernatural/Zombie Romance 17+                        

Pages:                                 208       

Publisher:                        Omnific Publishing

Publication Date:        October 22, 2013

Book Blurb:

Laney Landry has been fighting Deads alongside her brother and friends for three years. But she has a secret. She’s immune to Dead bites and has to find the right people to trust with the information. Her team rallies around her to find a doctor who can extract a vaccine from Laney which could fight the virus that ended the world.

Sean Daniels leads a colony that provides her team with much needed shelter and supplies. He is obviously interested in Laney. The question is whether he’s only intrigued by her as a source for the possible vaccine, or for something more. Tests for the cure might push her body beyond what it can endure, and just as she faces a ghost from her past, her longtime teammate Derek Mitchell hints at an interest in more than just her Dead slaying abilities.

Two honorable and alluring men – one colossal decision to make. Despite historically bad taste in men, can she rise above the chaos of the apocalypse and choose the one who deserves her heart? The right choice could mean the difference between surviving…and living.

Review:

As soon as I peeled the wrapper back on this goodness, the action exploded off the page. I thought I would leisurely cruise through a chapter per night, but when I checked my clock, it was well past my witching hour and the book half finished. I was continually buried in jaw-dropping battle sequences with Laney, the heroine, jumping from trees, sprinting through woods, and slaughtering Deads as easily as applying mascara…not that she would wear any. Our main girl is anything but prissy; she is calculating and practical, which are not only admirable traits during a zombie apocalypse, but downright necessary when hunting for the perfect man.

Fans of the TV series The Walking Dead would love this story more than a double chocolate sundae because not only does the combat rival that of the show, but the author, Tera Shanley, adds a layer of delicious emotional intrigue as to who can win Laney’s heart. She finds herself immune from zombie bites, but not the hotties that surround her. The engaging skirmishes with the Dead are enhanced by Shanley’s witty dialogue. My favorite quote would be when Laney proclaims she was “spontaneously ovulating” after meeting one corner of her love triangle, Sean Daniels.

I must say, however, it was the conflict with the Deads that kept me constantly reaching into the candy bowl for more. It is when the team finds shelter at the human encampments that the plot grinds to a halt, and we’re wrapped in the mire of Laney’s love life. It was tough to digest the fact that such a bad ass chick suddenly lost all her self-confidence and had angst about guys. The switch back from one side of Laney to the next was much to quick and not thoroughly developed, like the difference between hot chocolate made with milk vs. water. The killer moment however, was during the epilogue. SPOILER ALERT! She comes into the camp prego, just like her BFF. Seriously? After soldiering on her own for years and getting high on zombies chasing her as she spins cookies on a four wheeler, I found it hard to believe that without a second thought she would bring a defenseless infant into the mix. The added sugary dollop of the expectant mom’s squealing over her shared hormonal journey with her best friend gave me a bad after-taste after an exhilarating, tasty treat.

3 and half squares review copy

 

3.5 Squares

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