Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ARC Review: Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness #2) by Keira Andrews

Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness, #2)
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.

Todd's rating:

After reading "Kick at the Darkness," I was one of several people pestering Keira for more of Parker and Adam's story, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to get not only this second installment, but also the promise of a third *and* fourth book. Yay, go exceeded expectations!

This second book, "Fight the Tide," picks up where book 1 left off, with Parker and Adam on a boat, sailing south toward Florida, as the zombies thankfully can't swim.

This story is significantly different from the first, in that it is much less about the action and killing infected creepers (and the occasional evil human) to survive, but more psychological.

Early on in this book, Parker is attacked by a small group of bad guys, while waiting on the boat for Adam to return from a supply run along the east coast.

Although only slightly harmed physically, the mental damage done was much more severe, coloring Parker's ability to trust anyone other than Adam.

So lots of page time (and mental anguish) is devoted to whether or not Parker and Adam can trust not only a family that they rescue from a sinking sailboat, but also the soothing voice on the radio that beckons them to the 'safety' of a mysterious island off the coast of Daytona.

Although I did truly love getting more Parker and Adam, I must admit that I did miss the pure adrenaline rush from the first book, as they overcame obstacle after obstacle to fight their way from the Bay Area to Boston.

The pacing of this book was much more 'slow and steady' than the break neck speeds seen in the first story, though it never dragged. There was just a lot more time allotted to introspection of their situation and thought as to what their lives might look like now, during 'the after.'

Okay, now for the pink elephant in Todd's review of this book:

Yes, there was one fisting scene, which while done really well, was still soooooo not my thing. I was all "ick, eww, nope, nope, NOPE." So just putting that out there for those also squicked (the fuck) out by that particular act.

But the rest of the sexy scenes were typical Parker and Adam, hot and heavy, hard and fast, which did totally work for me.

The story ends at a good stopping point, with the boys safe and their HEA firmly intact, so I'd rate this one around 4 stars and definitely recommend it.

I'm not sure where books 3 and 4 will go, but I hope that a certain broody 13 y.o. finds his own little teen wolf to care for him, too.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author through Indigo Marketing (thanks, Lori!) in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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