Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole ~ Book Review by Queue

Signal-BoostTitle: Signal Boost

Author: Alyssa Cole

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist:

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/05/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult, Thriller

Blurb:

When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

My View:

As a big fan of The Walking Dead and other post-apocalyptic fare I had high hopes for Signal Boost. There aren’t any zombies in the story but there are some sexy guys looking to survive the event that caused all power to go out.
John is hardly alone, but he certainly feels like he is. He lives in a small cabin with his family and doesn’t have much hope of finding Mr. Right Now, let alone Mr. Right. Then a mysterious stranger tries to steal food from their garden.
Mykhail makes John’s heart beat faster and when Mykhail discusses his plan to head to a local university and find a man who could shed some light on the black out, John decides to accompany him.
It’s along the way that Mykhail admits his feelings for John and they do a little sexy sexy near a downed satellite. I don’t have any problem with guys getting it on during a life or death situation and it’s not like they were in immediate danger, but I still thought a hand job out in the open might not have been the best choice. Regardless, it was hot as hell and a nice way for the guys to finally act on what they felt.
The real drama and action takes place at the university where John fights his jealousy and learns there are major secrets at what could’ve been a new paradise.
The story was enjoyable but I never really felt invested in John and Mykhail’s relationship. Yeah, the chemistry was there for the beginning of one but I’m not convinced they had what it takes to make it in a post-apocalyptic world.
There was some action with the military but a great deal of it took place off-page. Though it may have been more realistic to have John hiding, I would’ve liked to have seen more. What was shown was creative and well written.
This is the second book in a series, with the first one being M/F, but it wasn’t necessary to have read the first one to enjoy this story.
3.75 stars

Links

Signal Boost on Goodreads
Carina Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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