Title : Stung
Series : Zombie Gentlemen
Author : K. A. Merikan
Publisher : Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Zombies
Length : 50,000 words (e-book)
Published : October 30, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
B L U R B :
October 1907, Honeyhill
Twenty years into the zombie Plague
Victor is a man of delicate sensibilities, not fit to do backbreaking labour on a farm ran by the mob. Upon arrival in Honeyhill, he decides he needs an anchor, an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor with a pair of tight leather trousers and a ruggedly handsome face.
But from day one, Victor knows he won’t last long with the hard physical work assigned to him and the torment he suffers at the hands of a sadistic guard. He needs to run, and his new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.
If Crunch wants Honeyhill liberated, he needs to focus on his job, not on protecting Victor, one of many new arrivals on the farm. Distraction is the last thing he needs after months of undercover work. But it’s hard not to get seduced by Victor’s big brown eyes and fingertips that don’t know work. Hundreds of people depend on Crunch keeping his identity a secret, revealing it could be fatal for both him and Victor, and a failure of his mission.
Thankfully, Victor would never be dumb enough to try and escape through a forest that’s swarming with zombies. Would he?
“Stung” is a standalone book and a part of the “Zombie Gentlemen” universe.
R E V I E W :
First up – the cover of this book is amazing! I would put it up there with some of my favourite covers. Ever. It is sweet and enticing, and the story was too!
The world in this book is dystopian London, after the Plague – which I am guessing was Zombies not rats. I haven’t read the Zombie series by Merikan so am not sure on all the world building details, but you don’t really need to know – this book is billed as being a standalone and it worked as such. It tells the story of Victor and Crunch, and switches POV accordingly. I am curious as to how the writing duo split the writing as, in my opinion, the two POVs had quite a distinctive difference in writing style and therefore “voice”. Anyway, on with the review …..
Victor is a posh boy from London, and he made a mistake. A big mistake. He dropped to his knees for the wrong guy 😛 Now he has been sent to Honeyhill, a prison camp/farm owned by the Dal family. The prisoners are set to work on the farm – looking after pigs, picking apples in the orchard annnnd looking after the bees in the apiary. Honeyhill and the Dal family are known for their sweet honey.:shiver: (you need to read the book to see how they get that added sweetness!)
Conditions for the prisoners are tough. Really tough. On day one, literally just off the train, Victor makes eye contact with one of the guards that has both guys feeling a connection. Victor thinks it could benefit him if he strikes up a friendship with the guard, but he is here because he made a move on the wrong guy, is he going to misread the signals again?
The guard whose eye Victor caught is called Crunch, and seriously how cool a name is that for a guard? He was an absolute diamond in the rough!! A guy from Bylondon totally outclassed by Victor, and yet what a charmer! He really was adorable! Fully aware that he was batting out of his league, knowing Victor just wants protection. Or could there be more? As the blurb alludes to, there is a lot more than meets the eye regarding Crunch and his plans. He begs Victor to stay out of trouble and to trust him, but of course their friendship doesn’t go unnoticed and Victor does what he thinks he has to in order to keep Crunch safe.
This was quite a cute story with two great characters. At times it read like a modern fairytale to me, which I really liked. Crunch was the beast and Victor the beauty. 😛 I steer clear of Zombie books as a rule, but the Zombies were not that big a part to put me off what is really a very sweet story. Yes, I said sweet again. There was a point in the book where a punishment has to be meted out, and for a second I was scared that the authors were going to take the story into a different direction and add an element of BDSM. And you know what? They probably could have pulled it off!
Rated 4 stars by Barb