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