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At first glance, Carter Cross and Josh Lessard seem like an ordinary couple. They make love and fight, know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, deal with the “in-laws,” and share their life and home. They even work together. One day, they’ll probably die together – possibly a lot sooner than they’d prefer, given their profession as members of a paramilitary special unit formed to thwart a gory apocalypse. While Carter and Josh are used to cheating death on a daily basis, this time the odds are stacked against them. Between a deadly mission to complete and Josh’s grandma coming for a visit, it’ll take a miracle to get them out as horror invades not only a major city but also their home.
I am confused. Was this the start of the series? Or was this short story a something-point-five that should have been placed in the middle of a series that hasn’t been released yet? I don’t know!!
But it’s okay, because I really liked what I read here even though I feel like I was missing some of the biggest pieces of this story. This little short is essentially a day in the life of Josh and Carter: established in their loving relationship, living together and preparing to paint the walls …rainbow. Literally. They are also a part of an elite team of ‘slayers’ whose purpose is to destroy the Vampire/zombies or zampies that threaten the beginning of the world’s doomsday.
It’s a compact story that’s fast paced with sexy times and high action scenes which is one this author’s greatest skills – writing action scenes that will trigger your adrenaline quicker than a snake bite but unfortunately, because of the low word count (?) the execution of the action scenes faded to black and left me feeling kind of underwhelmed. The same goes for some of the sexy too! Urgh, why wasn’t this a bit longer …I know I’m greedy but I really needed more here. This just doesn’t feel like the beginning of a series – if that’s what it is. There isn’t much of a hook; the world building is so measly I don’t even know what kind of paranormal beings Josh and Carter are. They aren’t human, but they look and act human. And is this set in the future or an alternate universe? I shrug.
I did enjoy the introduction of Josh’s quirky voodoo loving family which has the potential to entertain in the future. And Carter and Josh are really sexy together, their dialog is an easy affectionate rapport that’s full of humour and, when the moment calls for it, deep sincerity. I love the way this author writes a story, always compact, always interesting and always moving forward. Her words are significant and she delivers the fun factor by combining the right amount of humour, sex and action. This didn’t blow me away like Bone Rider did but it has the potential to, I think. I still really liked this story. Carter’s POV makes me want to get to know both of these men a bit more, intimately if you know what I mean ;)