Title: Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness #2)
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books/ Self Published
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Ele
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.
“But no matter what happens, my life is with you. Pack or no pack, island or no island. Whatever comes, you’re my home.”
It’s a very rare occasion that I enjoy stories with established couples, mostly because they don’t manage to hold my attention. This is so not the case here. If not better, Fight The Tide is just as good as its prequel, Kick at the Darkness.
Keira Andrews is one hell of an author. She created characters that feel real and multi-dimensional, and kept “building” them throughout the story. It’s these characters that drive the plot in this book. The pace is not frantic like in the first story, but trust me when I say that there’s no lack of suspense or surprises.
Parker and Adam have escaped to the open sea. The word as they knew it has come to an end and there was nothing they could do but try to survive. Hope comes in the form of a radio call about Salvation Island, a creeper-free place that offers safety. And here lies the conflict of the story.
Parker is suspicious and mistrustful. He doesn’t trust anyone, and for him, Salvation island is just another trap. Nobody can blame him, especially after what happened at The Pines. But Adam…Adam needs a home and a family. Adam needs to belong. He is made to belong in a pack, and the Island could become their home. I understood where both MCs were coming from. Parker is young, he feels insecure and like he’s not enough for Adam. Adam, on the other hand, can’t deny his nature.
The cast of secondary characters is pretty awesome. They ‘re very integral to the plot, and by the end of this book they become something more. The become family. I hope we see more of them in the future.
Lets take a minute to talk about the sex. Although sex between humans and werewolves (when they ‘re in animal mode) is pretty icky for me, it didn’t bother me here. It felt subtle, and, thank God, there was no knotting (don’t shoot!). There is also a
- fisting scene
As far as the couple is concerned, the story felt complete for me and the HEA is strong. But there are loose ends: why Adam’s parents isolated themselves from the other werewolves? Is Eric alive? And most importantly, the creeper “plague” hasn’t end.. So I was very happy to learn that there will be a third and a fourth book in the series.
In the end, this is a story about love that can happen in the most hopeless of places, during the most horrible times. And what’s worst than the zombie’s apocalypse?
“Sure, the virus had changed everyone’s lives, but Parker’s impact was just as enormous for Adam. Despite the horror, the world was a strange, wonderful place.”