Lust After Death
by Daisy HarrisPublished by: Ellora’s Cave Publish Date: July 2011 Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Zombies Source: Ebook provided for review My rating: Blurb from Goodreads: In the Pacific Northwest, where life hurries to keep pace with technology, a re-animated bride named Josie struggles to escape her creator and to find her identity in the half-erased circuitry of her mind and body.Assassin Bane Connor just wants to get the girl to the Zombie Underground and receive his payoff-a mental reset that will erase his memories as well as his guilt. But an attack by a rival faction derails his rescue, and the wide-eyed female whose circuitry requires a husband tears at his hardened heart and ignites desire like he’s never known.Acting as Josie’s spouse-substitute is tougher than Bane expected. The newborn stein needs touch to live, and wanting her is a complication he doesn’t need. To make matters worse, she sees into the darkest recesses of his mind. The last thing a killer wants is for his lover to read his thoughts, but if Josie can love him the way he’s programmed, perhaps Bane can find a way to heal his past.
I have not read a whole lot of zombie books, but I wanted to give this one a try and I was not disappointed. Bane, a zombie himself, is on a mission to rescue a newly made zombie-bride from her scientist creator, who only wanted to create himself a bride with no free will. This is Bane’s last mission before his memory is wiped and he can move on from dark memories and a dangerous lifestyle. However, Bane finds he is attracted to the new zombie-bride Josie. Bane begins to think that a memory wipe may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Before Bane can make any decisions, he must protect Josie from her creator and other dangerous zombies.
I will be very honest here, it took me awhile to adjust to the thought of zombie romance. There’s just something about re-animated people complete with computerized programing that was very different for me. Since I haven’t read many zombie novels before, this was very new for me. With that said, I came to like the characters. I immediately liked Bane, he is a typical tough guy, but he softened with his emotion over Josie. Josie, I felt for the poor zombie, she had only 1 purpose, to be a bride, and she had minimal knowledge or programing. However, Josie learned fast and she slowly began to trust Bane. The relationship between Josie and Bane is very sweet, and they both have to live and learn to be together.
The zombie world in Lust After Death was interesting. There are rival groups of zombie units. Bane belongs with the Zombie Underground which helps rescue and reprogram zombies. The rival zombie group seems to just create zombies for the highest bidder, and they don’t give too much thought to morality. I was a bit confused as to the rival zombie group’s leader, she was an interesting character for sure, but I couldn’t quite figure her out.
Even though there are zombies and danger, Lust After Death is really quite a sweet, charming love story. I really enjoyed reading Lust After Death, and fans of paranormal romance and zombies will enjoy this book as well.
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