Monday, July 25, 2016

Release Day Review: Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness 2) by Keira Andrews

fight the tideTitle ~ Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness 2)

Author ~ Keira Andrews

Published ~ 25 July 2016

Genre ~ Paranormal, Dystopian M/M Romance

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Synopsis

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.

Debra’s Review

Different in tone, but just as good, Fight the Tide is a quieter, more character driven story then the action-packed, run for your life first book, Kick at the Darkness. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of tension, and some life or death moments, but the focus is more on surviving versus living and learning to adapt and change to suit the new reality. It picks up shortly after the first one left off and should not be read as a standalone.

The majority of the book takes place on the boat Parker and Adam escaped to at the end of Kick at the Darkness. Weeks have passed and since the creepers don’t swim, they’ve been surviving nicely. Scavenging in ports along the way, fishing for food. They’ve encountered few other survivors, not much more than glimpses of other boats or their news transmissions. What little they know of the spread of the virus throughout the country and the world isn’t good. Their somewhat idyllic existence is really only an illusion though, and it is shattered first by a woman’s radio transmission promising a safe, creeper free refuge called Salvation Island and then by a run in with other survivors.

Parker is dealing with insecurities and fear, what happened at the Pines still lingers. While Adam may not remember all of it Parker does and is suffering the after-effects, so he immediately writes the island off as a trap. Adam, however, feels a pull towards that voice that he can’t explain. This becomes the main point of conflict between them as the days go on and they encounter others, some good and some bad.

From all my experience with LOST and The Walking Dead books and series, there is one thing I know for sure: unexpected radio transmissions and any group promising sanctuary, salvation, etc., are not to be trusted. There’s a good chance you’re going to end up captured, killed or eaten and you need to proceed with extreme caution. Suffice to say, it was easy for me to understand Parker’s feelings. Adam loves Parker and would give his life for him, but he’s been thinking more and more about the family he lost and how they kept themselves isolated from other wolves. Adam sees the potential safe-harbor of Salvation Island as a chance to build a new family. A new pack. When the choice is pretty much taken out of their hands, they are surprised at what they find and it only drives Parker’s insecurities about not being enough for Adam and his mistrust of outsiders to increase, while Adam has a completely different feeling.

In this one we get both Adam and Parker’s points of view. Points of view which are very different with regard to how to move on. Parker and Adam have only known each other a few months, but the love and trust is undeniable. Parker loves all of Adam, wolf and man and Adam is completely in love with Parker. Parker knows that, but with recent events wreaking havoc with his mind, at times he feels weak and he wonders if Adam wouldn’t want to seek out another wolf.

I am in love with Keira Andrews’ writing. She hasn’t failed me yet. This is another story full of gripping tense scenes, wit, emotional highs and lows and amazing romance. Parker still has that filthy mouth and is willing to give Adam whatever Adam wants or needs. Even the kink is emotional and romantic, though one scene in particular tested even my limits.

I refuse to spoil anything, but there is a new cast of secondary characters that will also steal your heart. One in particular that Parker builds a bond with that I hope to see a lot more of in the future. Again, there is no cliffhanger and Adam and Parker are a happy solid couple, but there is plenty more story to be explored. I am thrilled to know that Parker and Adam will have at least one more book and that a secondary character will get their story told as well. At this point, as long as Keira keeps writing these stories I will keep devouring them.

 

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Meet Keira Andrews

1366040After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

 

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