Tag Team Review: Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness, #2) by Keira Andrews

Adrift in a post-apocalyptic world, they only have each other. Is it enough?

A virus that turns the infected into zombie-like killers spreads through a burning world thrown into lawless chaos. Lovers Parker and Adam have escaped to the open sea when they hear a message over the airwaves from a place called Salvation Island—a supposed safe haven.

Orphaned as a child, werewolf Adam has always longed for a pack. He’s eager to investigate the island, but Parker doesn’t think for a nanosecond that the voice on the radio can be believed. He doesn’t trust anyone but Adam and is determined to keep it that way. They don’t need anyone else complicating their struggle to survive. Or do they?

Danger on the high seas can surface in a heartbeat, and if Parker and Adam aren’t careful, the current will drag them under.

This gay romance is a dystopian adventure featuring a werewolf, his boyfriend, and their struggle to find a place to call home.

averaged ratings! ;)

Chelsea - 5 Hearts

“Whatever comes, you’re my home.”

This review won't be very comprehensive. It will be full of the ramblings and ravings of a fangirl!

This book has sexy times (that term is far too tame for what Adam and Parker get up too!!).

He stripped off his clothes and jacked himself, pulling his foreskin back from the glistening head. Spreading Parker’s ass, he spit onto his hole. “You want it like this? Want it rough?”
“Yes,” Parker moaned. “Fuck me ’til your cum drips out and I smell like you all over and—”
Adam couldn’t wait another moment before slamming his cock into Parker’s hole.

It's sweet and funny!

“You’re stuck with me now. You might come to regret it. Probably already do.”
With a laugh that sent warmth through Parker’s chest, Adam shook his head. “Nope. You’re stuck with me too.”
“It’s a real hardship. You’re all sweet and brave and gorgeous. Ugh. The shit I have to put up with.”

And it definitely had me tearing up!

A sob tore out of his throat. “I said I wasn’t broken, but I am.”......
Tears spilled from his cheeks, and he couldn’t dam the flow this time.
“We’re all broken,” Adam murmured, one hand stroking over Parker’s head.

This book was less gorey and less suspenseful than the first, mostly because the boys are at sea for the majority of the story so they come across less creepers. I think it was more emotionally stressful than the first, as Parker has to deal with some pretty terrifying experiences and Adam starts to feel empty without a pack/family. But somehow it was still sweet, funny and a generally positive book. Don't know how Andrews does it!

Everything about this series is perfection to me and I am waiting on tenterhooks until the third book is released!!

P.S. If you haven't read this series put it on your TBR list, like right now! Go go! Do it ;-).

Fantasy Living - 4 Hearts

I have mixed feelings about zombie novels, but this series was definitely a solid win for me. I went from Kick the Darkness right into this story. This book is definitely stronger than the first. It goes into more depth with the psychological fallout of this post-apocalyptic experience, and we really get to see how the environmental, and societal change, directly affects the people and their behaviour.

Parker is deeply affected by the betrayal from book one. He is completely untrusting, wants to go it alone, and has no intention of helping/interacting with others. For all he cares, they can all just die, and he and Adam will be safe.

Adam isn’t so damaged. He feels that his instincts work in his favour, and he is able to determine someone’s intent. It’s that werewolf instinct. He wants to connect with a community/pack, and it is just a matter of convincing Parker that they will be safe. But it’s hard to tell whether Adam’s desire for that pack is driving his decisions without considering the entire situation first.

On a side note, I didn’t read the blurb before picking either of these up, I just saw Keira Andrews, remembered that everyone raved about the first one, and decided to go for it. So imagine my delight when this turned into a paranormal-horror. Two of my favourite genres in one.

The relationship development continued on from book one and made this couple more endearing. I really felt for both Parker, and Adam, and understood them both. I enjoyed this next part of their journey, and really appreciated that there was very little relationship drama between them. It makes me believe they are a solid couple.

There were some plot decisions I wasn’t happy about, but that is just because I really liked where this went and the people it included. I thought that all the supporting characters had good depth, and they were people I liked and wanted to get to know. My main complaint is that the author made me like some people too much for people who may not be part of Parker’s and Adam’s life long term.

Having this story mostly set on a boat was a unique reading experience. I thought that was a great move, and whether the technical stuff is true, I believed it.

I am definitely a fan of this series, and will be lining up for any future novels that come out. I enjoyed that this was horror but the focus was not on the gore. There was enough to create an image, but not overdone.

This book cannot be read as a standalone, so make sure you’ve read Kick the Darkness before you pick this up.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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