Series: Dead Rapture #2
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Format: Uncorrected arc
Reviewed by: Onnica
Exactly one year ago, I wrote about how much zombies scared me and for that reason, I never read anything about them. I think I also stated that because of Tera Shanley, I am now somewhat of a convert. She’s back with her follow-up to Love in the Time of the Dead and now we get to see where the survivors we met in book one have ended up.
Plot: Sean Daniels has to content himself as head guard at Dead Run River colony even though he was running his own facility in Denver, before his second-in-command betrayed him. He’s still pining for Laney Landry and what might have been had she not taken off with her childhood friend and now lover, Mitchell. Trying to put his disappointment to one side and carry on as normal, his best-laid plans are put to the test when both Laney and Mitchell show up at the gates. That’s not the only shock either – she’s pregnant.
Sean isn’t the only one to be thrown for a loop by the loved-up couple’s reappearance. Vanessa Summers is also knocked on her ass when she sees Mitchell again. Her feelings towards her nemesis Laney haven’t softened one bit and she decides that the only way to get over seeing them together is to keep busy – and volunteer for a deadly supply run mission, where she could get killed. Simple.
During the mission, Vanessa gets to learn about who she is versus the bitchy prom queen she used to be. She and Sean and the rest of the team not only have to work together but come to rely upon each other for survival. There’s something about Sean that draws her in and she’s determined, despite the gravity of the mission, that she will see what lies beneath his capable, strong exterior.
Review: First let me say that I have been waiting one year for this story. One year! Tera has been teasing me and telling me all about the projects coming up and distracting me from this book’s release. Very clever…
This story picks up some months later from the end of Love in the Time of the Dead. Life (such as it is in the colony) continues as normal, but Sean is broody and sexy and sad. He’s lonely and looking for love and misses Laney. In this story, we get to know much more about him and the reasons why he is the way he is. Vanessa, like Laney, is another tough, smart-mouthed gal, just trying to get through this new life of austerity and being there for her brother. I really enjoyed the character development in this story – book one was about Laney, Mitchell and their friends, so we just got an outline of Sean and Vanessa. In this story, we actually get to understand them and I even came to love Vanessa. Something I never thought I’d manage!
The story is every bit as exciting and jaw-dropping as book one – the zombies are everywhere and I think I set a personal record for the speed at which I read this book, trying to find out what was going to happen. That’s why I’m giving Love at the End of Days 9/10.
Review based on the following criteria:
Heroine: 10 – Vanessa was a bad-ass. In her past-life, before everyone started getting bitey, she was your average American sweetheart, without a hair out of place. The four years since everything changed have served to toughen Vanessa up and she’s not only deadly with a gun, but an expert knife-thrower. She really comes into her own in this book and becomes a major asset to the team. She also has some wicked one-liners that had me laughing for pages.
Likeability of the hero: 10 – be still my heart. I think I said that we didn’t get to know Sean’s character much in LITTOTD, but that’s not true for this book. Sean’s story is compelling. He’s kind and strong but not perfect – sexy as all get out and has a keen sense of doing right by others. Despite everything he’s seen, he also manages to keep his sense of humour. He’s drawn to Vanessa and determined that he won’t stifle her with his over-protective tendencies.
Author’s writing style: 9 – Anyone who reads my reviews will know that I enjoy Tera’s writing. It’s fresh, it’s to the point and it’s very witty. One of my favourite lines has to be “she stripped faster than a lady-of-the-night named Cinnamon.” It may be the end of the world, but you have to keep your sense of humour! I wasn’t reading the finished, finished product, so for me at times the action moved so quickly that I struggled with the shift in location or who was talking to whom – but I’m pretty sure this has been rectified with the final edits.
How much I wanted to keep reading: 10 - I really resented having to stop reading for superficial reasons like sleeping and going to work. Each page had action, strong dialogue and a sense of suspense. Skipping wasn’t an option. It was just that good!
Final score: 9/10 A fast-paced, heart-stopping, sexy read, which reinforces my fear of zombies, but is helpful when I’m doing cardio. I simply imagine one is behind me!
Love at the End of Days is out October 14th.