Stung by KA Merikan ~ Review by Caroline

I haven’t read and actually didn’t realise there were other books in this series.  It didn’t present any problems with the story but I certainly intend to go back and read the rest of the series.

18664776Title: Stung

Author: KA Merikan

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

From the Publisher

— 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?

“Stung” is a standalone book and a part of the “Zombie Gentlemen” universe.

My View

The story is set a few years post plague and society now lives alongside Zombies. Victor lives in London, he is a singer and up until now has lead a rather lavish lifestyle.  When employed by the notorious mobster Frey Dal he makes the mistake of offering another kind of ‘service’.  Victor is plucked from his life by two thugs, blindfolded and put on a train. When he finally reaches his destination he is at the Dal labour camp, a place where plenty of people are sent but very few ever leave.

On arrival at the camp Victor realises immediately  that he will need an ally to survive and when he spots Crunch, a large guard who holds his gaze for longer than necessary he very quickly latches onto him. Crunch is taken by the ‘pretty boy’ as soon as he sees him disembarking from the train and it isn’t long before they are providing each other with mutual satisfaction.

Crunch isn’t what he seems and after spending a couple of days with Victor he feels compelled to try and protect the man. Victor is not the delicate flower that everyone assumes he is, nor is Crunch the hardman and thug that he comes across as.  He works for an Humanitarian Organisation and has been working undercover as a guard for 6 months and now they plan to storm the camp and free the prisoners.

Whilst befriending Crunch has offered Victor some security, extra food and hot sex it has also earned him a nasty enemy.  Iron Teeth is the most brutal guard in the camp and when he sees Crunch and Victor together he wants to know why.  When he questions Victor he takes him to the dreaded domes on the hill and inside to meet the bees. These bees are big and viscous but the worst thing about the domes are the chained Zombies with plants growing out of their cavities that act as the garden!

When Iron Teeth doesn’t get the answers he wants he terrifies Victor with his threats making the man realise that if he doesn’t escape he will die.

Whilst the planning for the raid continues and the day draws closer Victor also plans his escape. Neither man knows the other well enough to trust with his plans so when the prisoners run the day before they would have been freed panic ensues. Most die either by being shot or bitten by the Zombies that live in the forest.

Crunch captures Victor and returns him to the camp feeling betrayed and used.  Although after speaking to Victor he knows this isn’t the case he is still responsible for his punishment and must whip him.  He tells Victor of the impending raid the next day and Victor agrees to help.

The guards have been poisoned and when they start dropping the horns are sounded around the camp. This was the most satisfying part of the book for me.  I am not normally violent but when Victor gets his revenge with his tormentor I was cheering all the way!!

The promise at the end was a shock!! I was not expecting a coffin and will now eagerly await to see if there is mention of these two in any further books in the series.

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I would like to thank the author the review copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

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2 thoughts on “Stung by KA Merikan ~ Review by Caroline

  1. I keep planning to read this but keep getting sidetracked. This book has been sitting on my nook for a couple of months. I need to bump it up after reading your review.

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