Date read: July 31, 2013
2. Skin - Paperback | Kindle
2.5. Room With a View (Goodreads review)
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Six months since the zombie plague struck, former librarian Roslyn Stewart has been holed up in a school with eight other survivors. But now the shelves in the school canteen are bare. The stranger at the gate has supplies that will ensure the group’s ongoing survival, but at a cost. He wants a woman.My Thoughts on Skin: Yesssssss! Love, Zombie Apocalypse Style continues! We met Nick at the end of book 1 and now we get to see his not-so-conventional approach to wooing the lady he want to spend the rest of the apocalypse with. AND IT IS AWESOME!
Nick is a man with a plan. He’ll treat Roslyn like a Queen, devoting the rest of his life to protecting and providing for her. In exchange, of course, for sexual favours. It’s the deal of the century given the state of the world. But Roslyn doesn’t see it that way. The first chance she gets she attacks the ex-army man and attempts to escape, forcing Nick to contain her. And so begins his awkward courtship of the woman, with her chained to the bed for security reasons.
Chained like a dog and forced to spend her every waking moment with a creep, albeit a good looking one, Ros is determined to escape. When circumstances force them to band together against a common enemy their very survival depends on their ability to learn to trust each other. An uneasy partnership develops, but can a relationship with such a difficult beginning ever have a future?
Honestly, I feel like I shouldn't like Nick. Seeing as how his plan for finding and keeping a lady friend involves kidnapping and chaining her in his house. I mean, that's all sorts of wrong. But... against all odds, I LIKED HIM. He's a little cracked at times and he works ass-backward at trying to get Ros to like him but he drew me in and kept me entertained.
Ros is... sheltered. She hasn't stepped a foot outside the school she's been hiding in since the plague went down and she has NO IDEA how bad things are. She's justifiably angry at being held prisoner by Nick and she's not afraid to let him know this. Seeing her go from insanely on edge to wanting him and being afraid for him was a hoot. Watching her convince him that she needs to be his partner if there's ever going to be a relationship between them was fantastic.
Poor Nick. He had no idea what he was getting into when he got this spunky librarian.
I loved revisiting Blackstone and seeing how things have changed since we left Ali, Daniel, and Finn at the end of book 1. Seeing all those characters again in general made me happy. They're fun and sassy and they know how to fight their way through a horde of ravenous dead.
I am seriously all for more post-apocalyptic zombie stories that are heavy on love and sexy times. MOAR! Please.