‘Eat Your Heart Out’ by Dayna Ingram #LGBT #Audiobook #Review

 Marc reviews ‘Eat Your Heart Out’  by Dayna Ingram. (eBook published by BrazenHead/Lethe Press on December 1st, 2011, 146 Pages. Audiobook published on August 22, 2013, Length: 4 hours and 14 minutes)

Why I read/listened to this book: It has been quite a while since I read my last F/F book, but I thought a kick-ass zombie horror/ comedy mix sounded just right for me 😉 I received the eBook version of this story for an honest review, but chose to buy the audio version instead 😉

A breakneck tale of kick-ass, wise-ass, sexy-ass lesbians and zombies.

Eat Your Heart Out opens on what promises to be another tediously annoying day at Ashbee’s Furniture Outlet. Then the strip-mall calm of Nowhere, Ohio, is shattered by the sudden, simultaneous appearance of Renni Ramirez-hyper-competent star of the beloved Rising Evil B-movie franchise-and actual zombies, leaving Ashbee’s hapless staff and Renni trapped behind an automatic door they can’t lock. Can failed creative-writing student/apprentice store manager/eagle-eyed markswoman Devin escape the besieged furniture store to rescue her girlfriend? Will Renni’s experience slaughtering motion-captured CGI monsters save the day before the army bombs the town? Once bitten, how many zombies can a person expect to take out before succumbing to infection? Who is the mysterious Deus Ex Machina, and what is he doing with that bone saw? All of these questions and more whisper behind the scream of the single most important thing Devin needs to know in order to survive: is Renni a top or a bottom?




The Cover: Personally, I must say this cover didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t feel drawn to the story, so I’m glad I read the blurb when the book was given to us by the publisher for an honest review.

The Title: Unlike the cover, the title hooked me. It is easy to remember and perfect for a story with zombies.

The Story: This story is very funny, though the humor is often different, dark and sometimes vulgar. The main character is quite likable and can kick ass. I love strong woman protagonists and her quirky character is easy to root for in this Zombie Apocalypse 😉

I love that this story doesn’t take itself too serious. Some of the events are ridiculous, though oh so much fun. And of course there has to and is a lot of gore, as should be in this genre. But zombie stories are always a perfect vehicle to make observations about the human condition and I think the author was able to do so effortlessly.

At the heart of this story is an established lesbian relationship that gets tested on this dark day. Will the relationship fail to stand up to such danger or has it been broken all along and this is only the first time the characters realize it has crumbled? There are other hot, kick-ass love interests and it is nice that readers won’t know where the story is going until the very end.

This has been  the first lesbian fiction I read since accidentally buying explicit lesbian vampire erotica when I was 14. I may be gay, but I can appreciate hot, powerful and smart women and this book will be an easy read even for those unsure and unfamiliar with the lesbian sub-genre. If you like movies like ‘Shaun of the Dead’, you will likely have a lot of fun with this story as well.

OTT (Over the Top) Plot and gore, a well-written story, black humor and a relationship on the stake, grounding the story, make this a read I can easily recommend.

The Narration: At first I though the narration was too fast. But as with ‘Tell Me It’s Real’, I got used to it after a bit and it rather complimented the story. There where some parts of the audio recording where it seemed the production values were a bit lower and it did not feel completely professional at all times, but was very well done, overall.
Rating: 7.5 of 10 Pots of Gold.

Where to Buy:


Audible: Audiobook








Dayna Ingram writes about girls who inhabit various worlds. This one time, during the apocalypse, she fought alongside Michelle Rodriguez to quell the zombie scourge, and then wrote a memoir about it. Unfortunately, both her publisher and her therapist deemed this event “just a dream,” so she was forced to publish her account as fiction (EAT YOUR HEART OUT [BrazenHead/Lethe Press]). When not making up stories, Dayna enjoys making her mini-pig wear dapper sweater-vests, making her coworkers listen to her tales of epic failure at getting her pig to wear sweater-vests, and making out with pirates. Some day, she hopes to have Joss Whedon’s babies, but, like, not in a gross way. Visit her at thedingram.com.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedingram

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