Title: Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness #2)
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books/ Self Published
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.6 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.
I’m not a fan of scary books. I think I’ve made my cowardice quite clear before, so no need to rehash, right? What I love about this series is that even though it’s set in a world that is literally on fire, with people dying by the thousands or becoming “infected” Creepers and mauling those that are left behind, it’s the romance between Adam and Parker that that shines through most brightly.
Fight the Tide picks up where Kick at the Darkness left off with Adam and Parker sailing the Bella Luna, staying close enough to see shore, but not close enough that the creepers, who can’t swim, can reach them. They only go ashore for supplies, and it’s Parker, not Adam who is adamant about trying to stay away from everyone and everything.
Beautifully written by Andrews, Parker’s anxiety is palpable and, while totally justified with what he has been and continues to go through, it’s only Adam who is able to really give Parker peace.
When Parker and Adam first hear a voice on the radio offering a safe haven, Adam is drawn to the voice, while Parker is hell bent on staying as far as possible from “Salvation Island”.
“This is Salvation Island. We are twenty-nine point-nine-six-five-three degrees north and seventy-eight point-zero-eight-five-seven degrees west.”
“What the fuck?” Parker pushed himself up on one hand, his shoulder blade connecting with Adam’s nose.
“Ow. Shh.” Adam listened intently, rubbing his nose absently, his mouth going dry.
“We have plentiful food and water. We are free from infection and violence. It is safe here. All are welcome. Join us as we build a new home. This is Salvation Island. It is November seventh.”
The woman’s voice echoed, like a loose thread begging to be pulled. Parker had good reason to be afraid, and he was probably right that they should give Salvation Island a wide berth. But still…
When Adam and Parker (grudgingly) help a family floundering on the water they end up teaming together, all of them just trying to survive in this new world, but when complications force their hand they have to make a decision that could change their lives completely.
I love that the characters have grown and matured since Kick at the Darkness. Adam and Parker are solid in their relationship and they work together really well. While my heart broke for Adam’s internal desires for he and Parker to find their pack, their home, and it created a deep resonance in a story that could have gone the easy route and stayed just about the thrills, I felt my heart shatter for Parker and everything he goes through.
I absolutely love the sexy times get even more intimate, including one scene featuring one of my favorite kinks in erotica (Side note: thank you, Keira Andrews, for that scene – it was delightful!)
“But you’ll let me?”
He leaned in and whispered across Parker’s lips, “I’d let you do anything.”
Parker could only kiss him in reply, his heart thundering. He’d get this right—he’d be what Adam needed. He had to be, or Adam would keep looking, even if it was only subconsciously. And that would lead to more people, and maybe even that damn island. No, Parker would protect them. Had to stop them from falling into a trap the way they did before, when Adam had been made helpless.
Neither of them would be helpless again.
He broke away, saliva trailing from his mouth to Adam’s. “Let’s do it. I’m going to fuck you the way you need.”
Adam’s smile lit up his golden eyes, and he nuzzled Parker’s cheek. “Tomorrow. We’ll sleep on it, and I’ll make sure I get myself ready. If you still want to—”
“I will. I will want to so fucking much.” He dug his fingers into Adam’s arms and stared into his eyes. “I promise. I’ll take care of you.”
Still smiling, Adam hauled him close in a full-body hug that warmed Parker inside and out. “You always do.”
However, Fight the Tide doesn’t just deliver on the sexy, and the romance, it delivers plenty of thrills as the characters still have to worry about the infected creepers, pirates, running out of food, water, gas and other supplies.
I’m really enjoying this series, and while there is a solid HFN, it’s certainly got enough tiny threads that Andrews could weave another tale or two for our enjoyment. I, for one, am desperately hoping that the series will continue and we’ll get more Parker and Adam.
This is a smart, swiftly-paced, interesting thriller set against a dystopian backdrop with paranormal elements, but the real meat and bones of the story is the romance between the main characters and the love that shines through even their darkest times.
Smiling, Adam tipped up Parker’s face and kissed him softly. “I love you so much.”
He cupped Parker’s cheek, running his thumb over the stubble there. “But no matter what happens, my life is with you. Pack or no pack, island or no island. Whatever comes, you’re my home.”
Note: IMO – Fight the Tide is not a standalone. It must be read with Kick at the Darkness.