Welcome to the Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley Book Tour! This is one that I think will appeal to BOTH zombie/post-apocalyptic fans and romance fans! I know, awesome, right?! Read my review and enter to win ecopies of the book and tons of cool zombie prizes!
About the Book
Title: Love in the Time of the Dead
Author: Tera Shanley
Genre: Adult Supernatural/Zombie Romance 17+
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Published By: Omnific Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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 Rating: 5 Stars
“The world hadn’t come to an end, just an end as man knew it. But there had to be a balance for the chaos. There had to be an asylum from the damned.”
I won’t go as far as to say that I hope the world as we know it ends in a horrifying zombie apocalypse, but if it does, I want to be with Shanley’s characters in her vision of the world post-virus. The author has crafted a story that is as intense in its action as it is in its emotion, sexual tension, and romance; difficult to achieve while maintaining a feeling of authenticity, but Shanley does it perfectly.
There’s plenty of action: our main characters are fighters, so we get some fantastic fight scenes, of course there is violence and death, but nothing overly gory. Laney is a kick-ass female lead, a capable fighter but also a completely relatable female. She might be totally adept at zombie slaying but she also shows vulnerability, insecurity, and a need for love and acceptance that many women share. She’s strong, brave, sarcastic, funny, sometimes socially awkward, and endearingly emotional behind closed doors. Her team is made up of equally brave and endearing men who just happen to be super sexy. Perfectly complementing the backdrop of zombie fighting and post-apocalyptic survival are engaging romantic dramas that could exist in any well-penned romance, complete with sexual tension that eventually boils over, and genuine emotion that brings tears. Shanley made me believe that even at the end of the world, sex and love will still exist.
” ‘Are you sure about this?’ he asked, looking deeply into her eyes as if they would provide the answer. For one of the first times in her life, she wasn’t afraid. She didn’t have to put on a brave face for anyone. He could’ve seen right through her if she had. ‘I need this. I need you.’ A slow smile pulled at his lips. It wa happy, and calm, and adoring. ‘Okay,’ he whispered.”
And if zombie fighting and emotional romantic dramas are not enough for you, there are also the themes of friendship, love, and loss; of living each day as if it’s your last and finding humor and comfort in simple things. A very human story of perseverance: a shattered civilization that bravely rebuilds and fights to create normalcy in a nearly impossible situation, and the girl who could be the key to saving them all. I adored this book and will absolutely read more from this author.
“Someday, when the end of her life came, she would need a happy thought. Something that would make all of the hurt and sacrifice of her nomadic life worth it. Someday she would draw on this moment to bring her peace where none existed around her physical form.”
*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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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.
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