Of course after reading Flesh I had to go grab Skin. The price is a little steep, but since I haven’t been on any buying sprees, I decided to go for it. Still has the whole Walking Dead feel to it, but this time the hero chains the heroine to his bed. It all has a desperation feel to it, but when faced with life and death, who are you kidding about finding love?
Nick made a brief appearance in the first story, Flesh, but we never really got to know him or why he was kicked out of the group. Doesn’t really matter since he gets his own book. Nick left without too much of a fight from the group he was with, but separated from the two others that were also thrown out. Now those two were real scum. On his own, he finds a eco-friendly house and goes about boarding it up and protecting it from the zombies who are most active at night. Now he just wants to find a woman to love and to settle down and survive. That’s when he notices a group at a school and they are running out of supplies. Make a deal with the others in the group, he leaves them supplies and he gets the woman he has been watching for weeks.
Roslyn Stewart has been holed up in the school she worked for about six months. Fighting off advances and trying to just survive. She has her own hidey-hole she sleeps in to avoid the groping hands of another member of the group. When voted out to get supplies, she walks with dignity and one pair of reading glasses to her fate. But she doesn’t intend to be the docile sex toy she thinks Nick wants.
The two start fighting when they hit “home.’ Roslyn tries everything to escape and ends up chained to the bed. No, silly, just one foot and enough chain to get around. Now that is not to say Nick didn’t stock up on bondage toys, he did, but he doesn’t want to pressure Roslyn or even rape her. He wants her to fall in love with him like he is beginning to fall in love with her. So how do you overcome chaining a woman to your bed just so she doesn’t kill you and make her fall in love with him? Very carefully and he doesn’t really do it way to smoothly.
The two have lots of conflict, but when the shit hits the fan, the pieces all seem to fall together. The make up sex is passionate, who are we kidding. The world is ending as we know it so let’s take a walk on the wild side and get it on. Throw in two deliquents that they meet up with again and a town who remembers kicking Nick out and you have a fast story that keep you on the edge of your seats.
We do get to see Daniel, Ali and Finn with Ali expecting her first child (and all I can say is why). Someone I grew to really like dies and I had a hard time liking the way the story went at the end. I just hope that the author intends to write more stories in this series, because I have to know what happens and who gets their HEA.
I will say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It seemed more real as to how people would react. If I ended up in a zombie apocalypse I would home to find a house like Nick’s to whole up in for a long time. This one felt more real and the town people reacted totally how I would expect. You can read this one mostly as a stand alone as the town part is the only overlap. Give it a try if you are into the end of the world as we know it.
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