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— If you want honey, prepare to get stung. —
October 1907, Honeyhill
Twenty years into the zombie Plague
Victor is a man of delicate sensibilities, not fit to do backbreaking labour on a farm ran by the mob. Upon arrival in Honeyhill, he decides he needs an anchor, an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor with a pair of tight leather trousers and a ruggedly handsome face.
But from day one, Victor knows he won’t last long with the hard physical work assigned to him and the torment he suffers at the hands of a sadistic guard. He needs to run, and his new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.
If Crunch wants Honeyhill liberated, he needs to focus on his job, not on protecting Victor, one of many new arrivals on the farm. Distraction is the last thing he needs after months of undercover work. But it’s hard not to get seduced by Victor’s big brown eyes and fingertips that don’t know work. Hundreds of people depend on Crunch keeping his identity a secret, revealing it could be fatal for both him and Victor, and a failure of his mission.
Thankfully, Victor would never be dumb enough to try and escape through a forest that’s swarming with zombies. Would he?
This was a fun read. I stayed up much too late, well past midnight to see how it ended. But . . .This could have been Incredible!
What I liked …
The cover art!!! This is how to sell a book!! What a fresh, clean, enticing cover. Simply gorgeous! And perfect for the story told. This is a cover that would make me buy a book. How it should be done! Great job!!!!!!
Now …the book …
Well developed, likable main characters.
Victor is a handsome sweet, even a bit naive guy. He is also frightened and confused by his new surrounding. As a professional singer, he is not exactly cut of for manual labor while his looks make him a target.
Crush is a guard at the camp who notices Victor immediately. Crush is completely entranced with Victor yet has a job to do . . .
This is described as a dystopian homoerotic thriller.The horror factor was great! Well done! I was sufficiently grossed out.The descriptions were vivid and multi dimensional. I was scared, enthralled, and completely grossed out. I may not be able to eat honey for some time . . . .never mind bees . . . Or gardening for that matter.
What didn’t exactly work for me . . .
The romance aspect fell short for me. I know this was not billed as a romance, but there is an immediate coupling with plenty of on page sex.While I thoroughly enjoyed this couple and found myself rooting for them, I did not buy into their first sex scene. Not enough time had passed for Victor to be so needy. Crush, the guard, let his guard down rather easily. How did they know to trust each other so much so fast? Eventually, I did buy into them as a couple, but it was a stretch. I also questioned how easily Crush got time with Victor that no one questioned.Victor is obviously male, and it is 1917. If this dystopian place is much less homophobic than 1917 actually was, I needed to be convinced.
The world building . . .This is a stand alone, but I instantly went to see what else has been written in this world. I wanted more information regarding the zombie plague. I wondered if the other books provided information I needed. Not just about the hows and whys of the plague, but how people reacted to it, how they interacted with it, how this honey, bee, gardening thing came about. How is it that
the mob is so powerful? How is it that Crush has such a mission? Now, it is a good thing for a reader to be wanting more, but I needed more within Stung to enjoy it more.
There should be a sequel to this . . .I am CERTAIN to read it, if nothing else so that I can get more i formation regarding this world.