Review & Giveaway! Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley #zOctober2014



Love in the Time of the Dead
by Tera Shanley
Series: Dead Rapture #1
Publication date: October 22nd 2013
by: Omnific Publishing
Category: Adult
Genre: Zombie, Dystopian Romance

My Rating:

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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.

My Thoughts

Love in the Time of the Dead has a uniqueness to its premise. Laney, the main character, is not only immune to the bite of a zombie, but a bite of her flesh is fatal… to the zombies. She and her brother, along with a couple of his Army buddies, travel from colony to colony trading skills for supplies. They’re also trying to find someone educated and trustworthy enough to help figure out Laney’s ‘condition’. In the process, love, as stated in the title, comes into play. I’m not against love, or sex, during the zombie apocalypse, but some of the storyline surrounding that aspect of this tale was a bit over-the-top for me.

The greatest thing about this book is the action. The author didn’t hold back at all when it came to the fight scenes. There were times I was actually grinding my teeth from the intensity of it all. The post-apocalyptic world building was spot on as well. I could easily imagine myself running through the woods of Colorado with the rest of the gang, and reaching out to brace myself against a tree after losing my breath. The pacing was touch and go. When the group was on the move, things moved at breakneck speeds, but once the group settled, so did the pacing. The ending? I’ll let you decide where you stand on that. No spoilers here.

Overall, this is a good zombie book with quite a bit of romance and superior zombie action. I’m thrilled to have read it, and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

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About the Author

tera shanley

Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love! A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit

Tera’s Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Lindsey Jamieson

    This sounds like a very interesting book and I think I would enjoy it very much!

    • That’s awesome!

      • Traci

        It’s early…my brain couldn’t make the point properly, but you get the gist..

  • Traci

    Tough question….I don’t know. It seems to work out in stories, but in real life situations…involving that much stress, being on the move and constantly fighting to stay alive…??!! It would have to be a super strong bond I think…..

    • Good points, Traci!

      • Rhiannon Frater

        Actually, in war time people hump like bunnies.It’s a stress reliever. Weird, but true!

        • I was thinking the same thing, Rhia. Just like the movies always show people getting it on during or after a funeral. lol.

          • Rhiannon Frater

            It’s so weird, but death makes humans horny. I guess it’s a way of affirming life?

            We also seek out attachments and community. Which makes sense as a survival instinct.

  • Tera Shanley

    Thanks so much for reading and reviewing it πŸ˜€

  • Jami Broveak

    Romance? Well for the stress relief alone. Lol. I think it would be easier to form quick and lasting attachments when the world goes to hell.

  • In a book or movie, sure of course! In ‘real’ life it might be a welcome distraction from the stress and chaos if you’re able to get a break from just surviving

  • I believe in romance in the current “time of the douchebag.” Of course I would believe in love during a zombie apocalypse!

  • Amanda

    I’m glad she doesn’t hold back on the action. To me, that’s one of the best things about a zombie novel!

  • As a hopeless romantic- I always believe in romance. <3

  • Amanda White

    Gotta Have something to look forward to during the apocalypse πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay Galloway

    Most definitely! No computer, no tv… there’s nothing to distract us from our base instincts! Plus, we’re bored. lol

  • Erin F

    Oh sure! Romance can happen anywhere/anytime as long as you’re open to it πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

  • bookbunny68

    heck yea! Got to have some good.

  • Lori Parker

    Yep. You gotta cope somehow. πŸ™‚ This book sound right up my alley. NEEDS.

  • Yes of course! The only way you can survive is if you have hope, and with hope you can fall in love. It gives you a reason not to just give in to the dead.

    • Great answer, AimeeKay!

      • Why thank you! (I’ve had this argument with people before, so I’ve had time to really think about my point of view. lol)

  • dolphinannie

    Ooh sounds fab. Love and romance can strike anywhere. Why not an apocalypse! Xx

  • Donna Tuggle

    Yes!! Nothing stands in the way of romance!! It will be more important than ever because it would help people keep hope to stay alive and rebuild the world.

  • Jessica Smith

    Yes! You could die any minute- better get on it! πŸ˜‰

  • Absolutely. I believe the romance makes an apocalypse novel more realistic. You can’t tell me that just because the world has ended that people are going to stop looking for a connection, someone to cling to, and give them the will to keep fighting when things are at their worst.

  • Tia

    Sure..Love can happen anywhere!

  • Susan Pigott

    Of course! Love can happen anywhere, but during an apocalypse, it may not be the safest thing.

  • I think there is always time for romance even with a horde of zombies on your trail. πŸ™‚

  • Carrie J

    Yes! I think when people find a safe place that mating will soon follow. Preservation of the species.

  • Joani S

    I can be okay with it if I know it’s in the story beforehand, sometimes I just want a good horror story, but when I know the romance is there I can handle it.

  • Sierra

    Sure? Why not have some romance in the zombie apocalypse? I read a zombie series last month that had it and it was great! Thanks for the giveaway!! πŸ™‚

  • Lori F

    Most definitely. You need someone to love, to give you hope, to hold on to while you sleep and last but not least to trust that they will watch your back. And that can only come from someone who loves you. Just my opinion. Thanks for the giveaway. πŸ˜‰

  • Julianne Snow

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Mr Sir

    A nice change from ‘doom and gloom.’

  • It’s definitely something that gives the characters hope.

  • Courtney Haas

    Sure, times of despair create alliances which could certainly evolve into either a romance or an enemy.

  • Arlinda

    Everyone should find love in a crisis.

  • Nastasia Alexandria Nazar

    Sure do!!!

  • heathermanning

    I think love can happen anywhere anytime, even in the middle of the apocalypse.