Bite Me (London Undead #1)
Published: June 24, 2013 (Carina Press)
Purchase at: Amazon
Review Source: Provided by publisher for honest review
Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
PJ Schnyder comes out swinging in Bite Me. It starts out as the characters are getting tissue samples from a zombie, end up killing said zombie (with sound effects included) and the reader still wants to keep going.
She starts off with Seth, who is a werewolf leader in post zombie outbreak London. In this version of London the werewolves are immune to the zombie virus and the authorities are more than happy for the werewolves to do their dirty work for them. Like most heroes in a story in apocalyptic circumstances, Seth is broody, moody and dark.
“As alpha, Seth wasn’t just any werewolf.”
No, he isn’t, and oh, how well that works for him.
The werewolves patrol London in an attempt to reduce the zombie population. Alpha Seth is doing just that when he hears a commotion from Kensington Gardens. Ready to jump into action, he finds a woman accurately shooting zombies with a 9 mm in an attempt to protect a family. Unloading not only bullets but a proficient dose of profanity, an impressed Seth quietly observes, not wanting to give himself away until the woman with the gun could determine he wasn’t a threat, until he smells more zombies closing in and has to act.
The woman is Maisie, veterinarian and victim of a zombie attack. Her family was killed in the same attack and her co-worker at the clinic helped treat her before the zombie virus could overtake her entire body. As it is, she walks on crutches and is doing so when she has to get Seth back to her clinic. Seth takes a bullet while fighting the zombies and Maisie wants to help him, especially since she’s the one who shot him.
The beauty of this story is not a new one to the romance genre: two damaged souls finding relief and acceptance with one another. The names of the characters change as well as circumstances. What sets them apart is the gift of the author. And PJ Schnyder has done tormented souls justice here.
My big problem with the story is also an asset: It is entirely too damned short. But you also reach the end and want more. My reaction was “IT CAN’T BE DONE ALREADY!” You get to see the darker, seedier side of a tourist mega, set in the post-outbreak world. Yet in the middle of these horrific circumstances, two wonderfully-written characters find each other. If Schnyder takes this storyline further, we’ll get to see what happens to them I hope this is the case because Seth and Maisie are fantastic together and I would love to read more about them.
Sexual content: Sexual situations