I’m going to be starting having regular guest posts and reviews on a Monday, and am thrilled to be able to kick off with a review of ‘Slow Burn’ by Leona Bushman. Now, as some of you may know Leona is my editor at Breathless Press so it’s a good job I love her (and am scared of her shiny red pen!) or I would be extremely jealous of just how multi-talented she is. That said – all reviews are honest opinion and unsolicited in any way. Enjoy x
Karla dreamt of camping in the Cascade Mountains with her sexy coworker, Sebastian. Sebastian fantasized about having Karla. Will a virus destroy their future before they even have a chance?
Review: 4 Stars
After fairly recently being converted to The Walking Dead I was in need of a zombie fix while I wait on the next episode! This definitely delivers on that. Like Walking Dead it is much more about the characters than the zombies and the mix of romance and horror was very well balanced. The zombie story itself was well thought out and although I don’t read a lot in this genre I haven’t seen it dealt with this way before, it had some interesting and unique twists to the typical zombie trope.
The pace was good, constantly holding my attention and balancing the emotional/romance scenes and the external horror scenes well. It definitely provides an emotional roller-coaster at times – I went from smiling to hiding under the covers to reaching for the tissues. The style of writing also had some nice touches, I liked the diary entries at the starts of the chapters. It gave it an interesting double timeframe and gave some tantalising hints of what was to come.
Character-wise, I loved Sebastian, if you do have to run for your life from zombies, well you want someone like this to do it with! He had a definite alpha male streak, yet would still step back and trust Kara to get things done; that along with the sex appeal, caring nature and struggling single father role thrown in will combine to create your next book boyfriend crush 🙂
Kara in contrast didn’t seem quite as well developed, but she was still relatable and I liked that she was tough in the face of difficult situations. Perhaps I’m just slightly resentful as the woman seems capable of orgasming with the barest of touches. 🙂 That was my only minor complaint about the otherwise well written and steamy sex scenes.
Overall the story was well written and would highly recommend. I would have perhaps liked a little more information about the end, it seemed to tie up rather quickly, but the way it was handled was believable and even the character reactions done well. (Oh, and I still don’t think I’ve forgiven the author for the dog and the horses!) But, if like me you’re waiting on your next Daryl fix then this hits the spot nicely 🙂
If you’d like to get your hands on it, you can buy Slow Burn at the following places:
Let me know what you think – and happy Monday 🙂