Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ARC Review: Bad Moon Rising by DC Juris

Bad Moon Rising
Bryce never expected to find himself smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and he certainly never expected to meet the man of his dreams along the way. But there's more than zombies in the way of his happily ever after. Richard comes with baggage, in the form of his on again, off again bipolar lover Cole, who is off his meds and descending into his own mental hell at an alarming rate. Will the three men be able to work out their romantic feelings? Oh yeah... and then there's that little issue of the zombies...

Previously published by Breathless Press.

Todd's rating:

This one was kind of both a hit *and* a miss for me.

The apocalypse and love triangle portions of the book worked well; however, the actual romance between Bryce and Richard fell dead flat. Sorry, only a partial pun intended there. ;- )

As usual for my zombie reads, I really liked the story of staying one step ahead of the horde to avoid being eaten.

In this story, the 'zombie' plague was brought about by an untested flu immunization, which I found very plausible, as drug companies continually race toward record profits vs. focusing on actually helping people in a responsible, ethical manner.

There are both walkers, which we're familiar with, and runners, which are the ones that would scare the shit out of me. And they're smart, too, so double-yikes.

The three MC's were fairly well-developed, but to be honest, the biggest 'feel' that I got from this story was for Daisy, a dog that they find along the way.

PS, that was some seriously fucked up shit with the dog, thank you very much, so animal lovers be warned right up front.

One part of the book that I would have loved to see expanded a bit more was how some of the zombies seemed to be regaining at least part of their humanity.

And the scene with Richard and "Bait Girl"? Jesus, that was a huge jaw-dropper for me.

Overall, this was an entertaining read, but lacked in the building of the romance, so when the requisite "I love you's" are exchanged on the last few pages, my reaction to their HFN/HEA (?) felt more 'okaaaaay' than 'yay'.

So after the hits and misses were all tallied up, this was a fairly-warm 3 *more-stew-anyone?* stars for me.

My ARC re-release copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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