5 silken sheets
I’m in Zombie-heaven – or maybe Zombie-hell, until the next book comes out…
You know how it is when you finish a book, and you reach straight for Amazon to one-click the next in series? Yep, doesn’t happen too often. It did for me last week though. And it’s Halloween, so it’s the perfect time to review this sizzling hot, supremely excellent zombie series.
My reading-buddy had recced this to me months ago, but somehow the idea of a zombie novel didn’t grab me. I’m not a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction or movies, and Shaun of the Dead is the only zombie movie I’ve watched. I’d read a couple of Kylie Scott’s contemp Stage Dive series though, and raved over them, so I decided to give Flesh a try.
My only mistake was in not reading this sooner.
From the stunning opening scene, in which a crazy-happy Daniel faces down a furious and terrified Ali (who happens to be pointing a shotgun at him), I was hooked. The zombie apocalypse has happened, due to some lethal virus, and humanity is scrambling to exist. For Daniel to stumble upon a beautiful uninfected female, is a total delight. He’s not spoken to anyone for weeks, and he soon worships Ali, even though it takes a while for her to trust him.
“Since you’re in such an agreeable mood, we could have sex to celebrate. That would be nice. A real bonding experience,” he mumbled against the top of her head, voice all low and rumbly. Highly sexed and self-assured, the arrogant ass. “What do you say, babe?”
She could hear the grin in his words, the amusement at her reaction. Her elbow caught his unprotected ribs.
Daniel is such a lovely, playful character. I don’t know how Ali resisted him for as long as she did. They are barely a couple though, when Finn joins them. Gorgeous and brooding, he is the complete opposite to Daniel, but he is also madly in lust with Ali.
Al was glowing with good feeling, panties in hand and fingers fidgeting. “Finn, thank you for putting up with me. For everything. Again.”
She was so happy. Alight with love. And he wished, just for a second, that he was the one on the receiving end. He gave himself a moment to wonder what it would be like not to sleep alone. Because if he had been just a couple of days earlier, then he could have been the one she threw herself at.
A few fucking hours earlier was all it would have taken and it would have been him. There it was. He was dismissed. Job done.
Time to take it on the cheek and roll with the punches.
At this point, Kylie could have taken it several ways, but the direction she chose was excellent.
Her dark eyes honed in on his. “Why are you pushing for this? Really?”
“I want you to be happy. Also, I want you to be safe.”
“You want him to protect me. That’s using him, Daniel.”
He made a noise of disapproval, despite her being spot the fuck on. Sometimes survival came first.
There was so much I loved about this book. Ms Scott didn’t shy away from the relationship building, and the angst between Daniel and Finn. Some writers may have put the three characters in bed together and instantly happy, but Ms Scott didn’t. She showed us the suspicion and jealousy between the two men, the uncertainty for Ali, and then led us elegantly towards a gripping conclusion.
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Next in the series is SKIN, starring Nick, a cameo character in FLESH.
Nick is strong, capable, and smart, but he hates being alone. Finding a lovely woman to share his life with, becomes his goal when he catches sight of Roslyn.
Once again. Kylie kicks off the book with an unforgettable opening scene:
In the end they took a vote on whether or not to trade Roslyn to the stranger at the gate. They even gave her a say, demonstrating that democracy was not dead, even if civilization had gone belly-up six months back, when the virus first struck.
Yep, he buys her, in exchange for a van full of supplies. Of course, her thoughts are purely of escape, but he’s prepared for that, and chains her to the bed. Despite his outlandish behaviour, he’s a good guy, when you break through the fierce outer shell. There’s no way he’d even think about forcing Ros into a relationship with him. He’s convinced that if he waits long enough, she’ll fall in love with him. Or at the very least, accept him as her partner.
Ros has other ideas, and isn’t afraid to voice them.
“You don’t know what the future will bring. But you won’t help me to protect myself. You say you want me, but what you really want is some pathetic doll, completely dependent on you and available to fuck at your convenience. That’s the truth.”
I felt sorry for Nick. He was trying so hard to be a gentleman.
His hard-on gave Godzilla a run for its money. If he swung it about, Tokyo would be levelled.
I loved the bonding in their early days together, when Ros finally talked to him (apart from just repeating how much she hated him). And she does give in eventually. He’s a hot, sensual man, and she can’t help being attracted to him. Things don’t go smoothly though.
He turned back to her with a pained expression, and looked at her from beneath dark brows. “Come inside. Please.”
“No problem.” Asshole. And to think she’d had sex with him. Never let your private parts dictate your choices. Therein lay the path to destruction.
Lay. Ha. Bad word choice.
As in FLESH, the sex is set-the-Kindle-on-fire Smoking Hot! * fans myself * There’s no ménage in SKIN, but Nick is pretty wonderful on his own. The zombies are terrifying, the other survivors are a mixture of good and bad, and once I started the book, I really didn’t want to put it down.
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ROOM WITH A VIEW
This is sadly only a short story, and stops way too soon, but is a great fix for anyone who needs a fix of Ms Scott’s zombie-infested world.
When you read FLESH, be prepared to leap straight for SKIN. They do complement each other beautifully. I’m hoping Ms Scott will be writing another. And soon. Please!!
Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilisation collapsed eight weeks ago.
Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.
When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation.
Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three band together to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.
Six months since the zombie plague struck, former librarian Roslyn Stewart has been holed up in a school with eight other survivors. But now the shelves in the school canteen are bare. The stranger at the gate has supplies that will ensure the group’s ongoing survival, but at a cost. He wants a woman.
Nick is a man with a plan. He’ll treat Roslyn like a Queen, devoting the rest of his life to protecting and providing for her. In exchange, of course, for sexual favours. It’s the deal of the century given the state of the world. But Roslyn doesn’t see it that way. The first chance she gets she attacks the ex-army man and attempts to escape, forcing Nick to contain her. And so begins his awkward courtship of the woman, with her chained to the bed for security reasons.
Chained like a dog and forced to spend her every waking moment with a creep, albeit a good looking one, Ros is determined to escape. When circumstances force them to band together against a common enemy their very survival depends on their ability to learn to trust each other. An uneasy partnership develops, but can a relationship with such a difficult beginning ever have a future?
ROOM WITH A VIEW
Natalie has watched as the zombie plague devastated civilisation.
Angus had been a miracle. Twenty-three years old and gorgeous he had appeared like Romeo from the pool area and thrown supplies up to her balcony. But now Angus is gone – abandoned her, which is probably for the best. She couldn’t stand to watch him die too.
Stranded four floors up and fenced in on all sides by the infected, food and water supplies are running as low as Natalie’s spirits. A lingering death from starvation seems inevitable.
But then she sees Angus striding for the pool gate with a sawn-off shotgun in his hands. Can he make it past the infected to reach her? And what will it mean if he does?
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5 SILKEN SHEETS
5 SEXY LIPS
Plot – great
Characters – fabulous!
Warnings – a new addiction to an excting and unputdownable author
Genre: Contemporary / apocalyptic erotic romance
Publisher: Momentum (Australia)