Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Fight the Tide
Author: Keira Andrews
Series: Kick at the Darkness #2
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 250 Pages
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Available at: Smashwords and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Adrift in a post-apocalyptic world, they only have each other. Is it enough?
A virus that turns the infected into zombie-like killers spreads through a burning world thrown into lawless chaos. Lovers Parker and Adam have escaped to the open sea when they hear a message over the airwaves from a place called Salvation Island—a supposed safe haven.
Orphaned as a child, werewolf Adam has always longed for a pack. He’s eager to investigate the island, but Parker doesn’t think for a nanosecond that the voice on the radio can be believed. He doesn’t trust anyone but Adam and is determined to keep it that way. They don’t need anyone else complicating their struggle to survive. Or do they?
Danger on the high seas can surface in a heartbeat, and if Parker and Adam aren’t careful, the current will drag them under.
Review: I absolutely adore zombie apocalypse stories, and if a romance is thrown into the mix, then I am a very happy girl. I utterly loved book one, Kick at the Darkness, and had extremely high hopes there would be a sequel, and then I had even higher expectations for the sequel. Unfortunately, a lot of the action that thrilled me in the first book was missing here. It is still a great book, don’t get me wrong, just more character development and human factors compared to running for your life and fighting off the hordes. I kind of missed those chattering, infected hordes.
Adam and Parker made it from California to the North East Coast and then onto a boat by the end of Kick at the Darkness. In Fight the Tide, they are sailing down the coast, heading for warmth, and trying to decide what to do next. During the entire trip they are hearing messages about a safe island where all are welcome. Adam is completely drawn to the voice and desperately wants to go, but Parker remembers what happened the last time something sounded too good to be true. Parker struggled heavily in this installment. His stress and internal conflict was off the charts, and gets worse when they rescue a family at sea and Parker is forced to interact with others. He really did not trust anyone.
What I missed in the horror slash zombie aspects from book one was made up in the development of the shifter’s storyline. It was odd to me that Adam’s wolfie side played such a minor role in the first book, but now that storyline has expanded and I can’t wait to see where is goes in the next installment. Adam really needed some answers and us readers needed some answers, too, and we start to get them in this book. Adam is a great character, and by the end of the book, I had forgiven Parker for being so standoff-ish. He really did have good reasons for it, but he did drive me a little bonkers with his insecurity.
The only part of this story I really did not like was an extreme sex scene. I can’t stand certain sexual acts and this was no exception. Some will love it, and some like me will be totally skeeved out, but I skimmed it for the most part so it really didn’t take away too much of my enjoyment. I really just want more action and more zombies, hopefully that comes back in the next book. Highly recommend this book and the series, and look forward to seeing where we go from here.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*