Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Love is for the Living
Author: Nicholas Kinsley
Series: Albion Rising #1
Genre: MM Horror
Length: 246 Pages
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The zombies have arrived, and Blaine needs to escape. He’d always thought of his London neighborhood as a place of safety, but then his infected neighbors tried to eat him. Blaine packed a bag and fled through growing numbers of shambling, voracious monsters–people, he had to remind himself, they’re people–toward his family in Bristol. He would surely have died without the turn of luck that brought him Commander Andrew Peterson. Together, they face the horrors and adversities of the apocalypse, trying to protect their loved ones, and—if they’re lucky—find love for themselves.
Review: I loved this book! It is no big surprise that I love horror, and zombies are favorite sub-genre that I just can’t seem to get enough of. What I loved about this book was it had the most realistic “infected” vs “survivors” story that I’ve read to date. The fact that I could see similarities to the video game, Left4Dead, which was an absolute obsession of mine at one time, only made the experience that much better and that much more terrifying. I could absolutely visualize the Hunters, the Crawlers, and the Walkers. The sounds of the Hunters brought back memories of running for my life while I played the video games. I loved every minute of it.
There is a lot of world building, and in-depth characterization, which only increased my enjoyment. You see these guys go through so much before they ever meet or fall in love. Blaine and Andrew come from totally different backgrounds and it was amazing to see their transformations from how they began to where they end up at the end of this installment. This is barely a romance, it’s more of a survival story with a side dish of lust and a sort of puppy love. Blaine is very young, only 19, and you fear he even makes it to safety the first day, let alone to the end of the book. Andrew is about 25, in the Royal Navy, and has seen and done things that most 25 year olds can’t even imagine. If anyone will help these people survive, it will be him.
Andrew broke my heart. I saw him as a hard as nails man who could deal with anything, but Nicholas Kinsley threw everything he had at Andrew and just about broke him in half. My heart was bleeding big ol’ crocodile tears for everything he lost. Blaine should not have made it the first day, but he lucked out in more ways than one, and meeting Merrick, who at first was kind of creepy, actually saved his life. I am hopeful that in the next installment we get a chance to see if Merrick is still alive, but than again, maybe we should just leave that one alone.
If you want to read a realistic zombie outbreak, where the survivors are not magically all clean, where sometimes a survivor is more of a threat than the infected, where ethical decisions fall into a grey area and made for the good of the whole, and loss of life is real and heartbreaking, then I highly suggest this first book in the Albion Rising series. I can’t recommend it highly enough and I’m so looking forward to the sequel.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*