Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Review: Stung by K.A Merikan
--- If you want honey, prepare to get stung. ---
October 1907, Honeyhill
Twenty years into the zombie Plague
Victor is a man of delicate sensibilities, not fit to do backbreaking labour on a farm ran by the mob. Upon arrival in Honeyhill, he decides he needs an anchor, an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor with a pair of tight leather trousers and a ruggedly handsome face.
But from day one, Victor knows he won't last long with the hard physical work assigned to him and the torment he suffers at the hands of a sadistic guard. He needs to run, and his new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.
If Crunch wants Honeyhill liberated, he needs to focus on his job, not on protecting Victor, one of the many new arrivals on the farm. Distraction is the last thing he needs after months of undercover work. But it's hard not to get seduced by Victor's big brown eyes and fingertips that don't know work. Hundreds of people depend on Crunch keeping his identity a secret, revealing it could be fatal for both him and Victor, and a failure of his mission. Thankfully, Victor would never be dumb enough to try and escape through a forest that's swarming with zombies. Would he?
"Stung" is a standalone book and a part of the "Zombie Gentleman" universe.
Let me start with what drew me to this book, the cover. I am not one for messy faces *chuckles* yes I know that is honey on the cover and not another sticky fluid, but it made me cringe. Despite that I love the cover. It is so original and yet other than the bees and honey I wasn't sure what to expect, it doesn't give too much away, which is fantastic. I definitely have to give a shout out to the cover artist, Excellent work my friend!
The story premise sounded different and I couldn't wait to get started, I mean it combines two of my favorite things, M/M romance and Zombies! While I am not a huge fan of historical books they have been growing on my lately and this one was wonderful.
The setting is twenty years past the start of the zombie plague and we don't get much information on the how or why of it, still that didn't take anything away from the story for me. Victor angered someone pretty high up and as a result he was sent to Honeyhill. Honeyhill is work camp where prisoners are forced to serve time. Crunch is a guard and he takes a liking to Victor right away.
While the sex between the men is hot you can definitely tell there is chemistry between them. I was really hoping for a happy ending for these two, while it was not what I was expecting it was still fantastic. I think it was a great combination of romance in difficult circumstances and fear with the zombies. The zombie scenes were awesome, not completely disgusting but just cringe worthy enough to cause a shudder.
I was sucked into the book from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. I read it in practically one sitting, yes it was that good. I have got to recommend this book to the masses, you seriously don't want to miss out on this one!
** I received this book free for review from the author through the DBML (Don't Buy My Love) program in the M/M Romance group on Goodreads.**
Rating: 4 Stars
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