Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: January 7, 2014
1. Reaper's Touch - Kindle
2. Gun Shy
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Abby is a Ranger, part of an elite group who defend the border against Reapers—humans infected with a parasite that turns them into mindless cannibals. Rangers are immune to Reaper infection, and as one of the only female Rangers, Abby is expected to settle down and breed more Rangers—a fate she’s keen to avoid. When she’s ambushed on the plains, she’s ready to go out with guns blazing—until a mysterious, handsome cowboy rides to her rescue.Thoughts on Reaper's Touch: Zombies. Cowboys. CRAZY AWESOME! Okay, so they're Reapers and Rangers here BUT STILL. I stand by my crazy awesome stance.
Jake has his own motives for helping Abby, beyond aiding a damsel in distress. He’s a Reaper, and while he’s learned to wrest control of his mind from the parasite, the effects won’t last without a permanent cure. And he needs Abby to get it.
Abby and Jake are natural enemies and unlikely partners. But when their search reveals a conspiracy between Reapers and the rich industrialists who own the mountain cities, they must work together to find the cure—or lose the border, and each other, forever.
I am deeply smitten with the world building in this book. The creation of the Reapers and what they become as the parasite takes over was captivating. The clear class lines between the uninfected who live in the border towns and the lucky ones who live in the glittering cities is going to make for some sticky situations in the future, if I'm not mistaken. (and I might be. I freely admit that.) The immune Rangers and what they go through on the front lines... *shivers*
It's all so deliciously brutal and bloody. I pretty much loved it.
Frankly, given what Jake is and what Abby does, a relationship seems impossible between the two of them. It's definitely not a smooth ride. Once Abby realizes what he is, all her defenses go up. She's stubborn and prickly and determined to do her duty as a Ranger. Until, that is, she comes to understand what Jake is trying to accomplish. Then she willingly follows him into a very perilous situation to help.
What she and Jake are put through to achieve their end goal was awful and horrible and gave me the full body shudders. But the awfulness did break down some of the walls between them and that's a good thing.
Bottom line, ZOMBIES AND COWBOYS and all the crazy, backstabbing shenanigans that come when unscrupulous men hold positions of power. Loooooove it!