My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Love, in a hopeless place.
Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.
Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can't-believe-we're-alive post-apocolyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel's fragility, inexperience-and much younger age-hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.
As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit-strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.
The power of their passion rocks Adam's world, bringing him to his knees-which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.
WARNING: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m menage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.
The blurb to this novel is astounding! It totally grabbed me and I had to immediately read the first three sample chapters, which also hooked me. I bought the book with high expectations. It fell a little flat after that. I guess I was expecting the story to go in one direction and the author chose another. No big deal. It was still a really good story, just not what I was expecting.
Weirdly, I enjoyed the overuse of the bad language. It made the story more realistic with the f-bombs constantly thrown around. If a virus wiped out 75% of the population, I'm pretty sure those who were left would be cussing up a storm.
I think I would have liked this story to be more of a slow burn romance. It was basically insta-love, which works great for a lot of readers. I really enjoyed Adam and Rachel's emotional attachment to each other, but to me it felt rushed. The connection that the two characters felt for each other was passionate and well written.
The characters were believable. Adam is a Marine, an Alpha male with a past relationship that has left him wounded. He's passionate and protective of what's his. Rachel is a young girl, fresh out of high school, currently attending college until the outbreak, clearly inexperienced in the reality of life and love. Both of these characters grow throughout the book as the new world they are forced to survive in changes them forever.
The steamy sex scenes were definitely worth the price of the book. There were plenty of them and quite enjoyable.
Now that I know what I'm getting into with this author's writing style, I'm interested to read the rest of the series. There are two more books in the series, one of which is Trevor's story which I'm eager to read.
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