Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Once Upon a Darkness

Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.

Clint's only skill is war, but he's weary of killing other men. When his contract with the Marines runs out, he takes a job on Gretchen's team, hoping that the search-and-rescue life will suit him better.

On Clint's second day, their four-man team is attacked, drugged, and taken to a prison full of frightened civilians. The only way in or out is by helicopter and, here, their enemies are human. One by one, the captives are culled from the holding area. Rumors say the facility director uses the prisoners as experimental subjects for the testing of a zombie cure.

When Hank is taken, Clint and Gretchen must put aside their personal feelings and find a way out of the prison, surrounded by thousands of starving zombies, before Hank becomes just one more disposable guinea pig in the hands of a twisted mad woman.


I really enjoyed this book. I was not so sure about it to begin with. See, I freaking hate zombies. I don’t know why. But they freak me the heck out! But the author assured me that, first and foremost this is a romance. So I cautiously opened the book and read. *pleasenonightmares*

I am glad I took a chance. This book is a romance! It happens to be set against a backdrop that involves zombies, but they aren’t the main focus. This book was interesting to read. I was hooked from the minute I started it and read straight through. It has action and adventure that kept my interest the whole time. I really just fell into the story and felt like I was right there.

Despite the zombie aspect, I am very interested in this world. I would love to know what happened to make so many zombies. (It is mentioned briefly but I want to know more.) I would also love to know more about the Apocalysts. I would also like to see Hank get his HEA. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it. It’s got romance, action, evil scientists, crazy parents and *shudders* zombies. So why wouldn’t you want to read it?

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