Title: Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness #2)
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Shapeshifters
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Is
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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
“No matter what happens, my life is with you. Pack or no pack, island or no island. Whatever comes, you’re my home.”
Kick at the Darkness swept me away like nothing ever before; a book that started with a sassy self-proclaimed A-student and a gorgeous TA, quickly turned to fast-paced zombie/creeper apocalypse. Dark and gritty, and sexy. An oil-spill with hope and love, regardless of the darkness surrounding it. It was perfect and exactly what I needed when I read it, but even is the ending neared and then stood before me, I wanted more, I needed more. In a way, I asked for more.
You know the saying, “Ask and you shall receive,” well, it works and hell yes did it work. Adam and Parker are back, exactly where we left them: sailing off into a new world. A world that has no rules, no end point, and one that looks bleak and untrusting.
“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.”
Fight the Tide wasn’t as fast-paced and action-packed as Kick at the Darkness, but by no means does that mean that it wasn’t as intriguing and suspenseful as it’s predecessor. It explores the PTSD aspects of what happened at the Pines, and other incidents that happens in this novel, the struggle of trusting in a world that has people only out to survive.
Extra treat? It’s told in alternative POV’s from Adam and Parker. We get to read and understand both characters and their internal struggles; Adam longs for a pack, wonders endlessly why his family was so isolated, and as they’re dead there is no way to ask them why that was. As for Parker, he’s struggling with guilt, trauma, and if he’s enough for Adam.
One thing I love about this series is how real every emotion feels, despite the creepers and the werewolves, you can feel it all. Parker and Adam encounter not only zombie dangers, but human danger in an apocalypse. There are bad people out there, and when Parker crosses path with them, it really messes with him. But there’s also good people, like Craig, Lilly, Jacob and Abby, a family traveling at sea, as well.
Trust weighs heavily in this novel. After a radio call, transmitting that at Salvation Island there are survivors and safety, Parker is all for avoiding it, but Adam fells a pull, to not only the island, but the voice. Trust comes into play here as well: can they trust this family, can they trust the island and the people in it, if there’s even an island, and can they trust one another to be what each needs and wants?
Parker and Adam are my favorite part. I love their beginnings, and I love their continuation. Despite the trouble and the conflict, their love was strong and there. They found each other in the darkness, and they held each other through it to the other side. They simply love each other with all they have, and Adam would kill for Parker, and vice versa.
Fight the Tide is still hot, if not more so. The emotions are high, but so is the sex. One scene in particular had me rising my sails (okay, that was bad, I admit, but I had to!), it was steamy, okay. When Adam showed his werewolf side to Parker, he took in stride, and when Adam suggest this particular request, in true Parker fashion he’s takes in stride and loves it. Gives Adam exactly what he wants and needs, and the level of trust just adds to their love. It dirty, like hella dirty, but someone has to do the dirty job, and in this case it was Parker, but let’s just say he loved getting his hands dirty.
For a sequel, this was everything. The tides are not calm, but together they can wether through it and I cannot wait for more on this series. Their HEA in Fight the Tide is everything I want for this two, but I can’t let them go just yet. I want to know how this creeper apocalypse will turn out, if they’ll find a cure and maybe Eric in the future.
“As long as we’re together, we can handle it.”
“Always together. No matter what.”
This is definitely not a standalone, and I wouldn’t recommend reading this one by itself because both are amazing and A+ content that needs to be binged.