Book Review: Kick At The Darkness By Keira Andrews

kick at the darknessParker Osborne is having problems settling into Stanford University. He’s no longer a big, brainy fish in a small pool, his best friends from school are off living their own lives, and he’s just got an unexpectedly bad (though thoroughly deserved) grade from the hot teaching assistant who marks his film studies essays. And if that’s not enough, a weird epidemic has broken out that turns people into mindless, flesh-eating creatures whose only desire is to prey on the uninfected. Soon, Parker and the teaching assistant, Adam, are on the run from these things, trying to stay alive in a world turned upside down. The couple are trying to get to Cape Cod, where Parker’s family have a summer home and he hopes to be reunited with them, but as their journey progresses, it appears Parker and Adam have as many enemies as friends among the other survivors. And if that’s not difficult enough, Parker is also fighting his attraction to Adam, who in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous, just also happens to be a werewolf…

If you watch The Walking Dead but don’t think there’s enough sex accompanying the gruesome action scenes, and  you enjoy male/male romance, then Kick At The Darkness is the book for you. Kiera Andrews weaves a tense, compelling tale in which two very different men find love among the ruins of society. Parker begins the novel as the kind of whiny, spoiled brat who you’re just dying to see get munched by a ‘creeper’, as the infected humans are called here. But as the story progresses, he acquires a sense of perspective, finds the will to survive and learns how much the previously despised Adam really means to him. Adam, meanwhile, is strong but not your clichéd alpha werewolf – the full moon has no effect on him and he can’t turn anyone else with his bite.

There’s one sex scene where Adam is in a not entirely human state at the time, so be warned if that’s not your thing, but otherwise the erotic action  is sizzling hot and very nicely described. Indeed, I’d advise having ice water to hand to cool you down after Parker and Adam’s  rough and ready coupling on a picnic table in Yosemite National Park…

Events are left open-ended enough for a sequel (though it would have been nice to see some of the loose ends tied up), but even if this turns out to be a standalone, it’s a definite recommendation for those who like to fantasise about what (and who!) they’d do in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Kick At The Darkness is available from various retailers including Amazon and AllRomance, and you can find out more about Keira Andrews on her website.

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