Tanja reviews ‘Zombies Suck (Club Zombie #2) by Z.Allora (Published by Stiff Rain Press; April 2, 2014)
Why I read it: I´m normally not fond of zombies, have a book with this theme on my tbr since ages and don’t think I´ll ever read it. Now in this book we don´t have zombies like we know them. Here they are people who need male essence to survive….the title is just perfect ;). Since I found the new angle this author took on zombies quite intriguing I had to read it.
This was a Review Copy given to RGR for an honest review.
Zombies aren’t scary, undead corpses searching for brains. They are just sweet guys seeking male essence to survive. At twenty-three the transition completes, keeping them forever young—as long as they receive male ejaculate. Club Zombie offers a haven for zombies, providing sexy ways to extract what they need from the patrons, and opportunity to find their destined mate.
Alex Waterman learned from an early age to believe he was vile, and to feel ashamed of his “unnatural desires”. His life is a desolate place of suffering until he discovers… it’s not his life. Suddenly he’s swept away to Club Zombie, where he belongs. In this world, his desires aren’t evil, they’re a mark of the dominant he’s born to be, and instead of fear and loathing, he receives appreciative stares and aggressive flirting. But casual sex isn’t on the menu: Alex seeks “the one” to complete the piece of his soul he never knew he was missing until he looked for it.
Roommate Ulrich calls to Alex, a self-destructive Cutter who needs grounding, and an element of irresistible danger that clings to bad boy Storm. Alex must decide between three tempting possibilities, but which one will fill his void? Maybe he should keep them all… Only, how is a dominant, orgasm-fearing virgin going to manage three virile men?
I actually had some difficulties rating this one. There were parts which blew me away and other which were too rushed and left me a little confused.
The beginning of this book was awesome. With one chapter I knew what happened to Alex, one of the main characters as well as how the zombie society worked, brilliant and good for me since I didn´t read the first book. You are thrown in the middle of Alex´s nightmare and what he had to go through left me soo angry at his mother and rooting for him. That he can´t deal with sex is very well explained but placed him in a difficult position. First he needs male essence to survive and secondly he feels himself drawn to three men….yes you read that right THREE….jumping up and down…. a foursome 😀
The three men are his best friend Ulli, also a zombie and two humans Cutter and Storm. They are in their own way very likeable characters with flaws and a difficult past. All of them have to solve problems on their own and need different things from life, except of course love. They are all very well fleshed out. This story is primarily told from Alex point of view but you also get to know Ulli, Cutter and Storm´s points of view which I enjoyed a lot. As they finally found a way to be together….huge smile here and it was yummy.
From those four, Alex is the only one who recognizes early on that they are meant to be together. This knowledge arose when his second transition to a dominant zombie begins. And here I had a problem. Not with Alex being a Dom but how fast that moved. It was like from victim to Dom in one second. Felt like a whole chapter was missing and I had to struggle with this transformation. Also I didn´t like that I was repeatedly told who the mate of whom was. One time for every person would have been enough, for me at least. The other thing confusing for me was that I stumbled upon a few contradictions, e.g. Alex says he is dominant and a few pages later he was surprised as somebody told him exactly the same thing. I had an “um what?” moment here and it threw me out of the story.
Beside that I really liked this book. This story is a journey about four persons who look for love and find it. The characters are all hot as hell but imperfect which has it´s own kind of allure for me. There were sad parts but also fun, hot ones. If you want to read about zombies of a different sort then look no further read this 🙂 .
8/10 pots of gold