Assumed Dead by Becky Black ~ Book Review by Teresa

Assumed-DeadTitle: Assumed Dead

Author: Becky Black

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Scott Carpenter

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/14/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance, Paranormal


The zombie apocalypse left twelve people trapped, but safe, at a scientific research base on an Arctic island. Three years later, with supplies critically low, they know they can’t survive another harsh winter. But all of them fear what awaits them on the mainland.

Former grad student, Matt Warner, has retrained as a nurse under the group’s doctor, Peter Lane. Training is not the only thing Matt wants to be under Peter for, but Peter has always resisted responding to Matt’s interest in him. Before all this started Peter had a husband, Harrison, back home. A husband he desperately hopes is still alive.

Despair finally weakens Peter’s resolve and he and Matt begin sharing a bed. It’s Matt’s dream come true, even if he knows Peter’s feelings for him aren’t as strong as his for Peter. But everything changes, when the group learns of the existence of a vaccine against the zombie virus and they escape the island to search for the people distributing the vaccine. Matt fears their relationship won’t survive, because Peter wants to search for his husband—even if only to confirm his death. And Peter knows if he goes looking for Harrison, he’ll lose Matt forever.

My View:

As a romance novel, Assumed Dead was good. It had interesting characters, a forward moving plot and conflict that didn't originate from a big misunderstanding (one of my pet peeves). However as a zombie story, I felt it lacked tension and ambiance.

Yes, I did get the isolation they felt trapped in the north, but the lack of zombie encounters was disappointing. Once they moved on, the biggest threat to personal safety was other humans fighting over the vaccine. Although this was an interesting take on people's response to a disaster, I felt the zombies lacked substance.

So, if you take the zombies out, and just focus on the post-apocalyptic setting, it reads better. I understood Peter's reluctance to start anything with Matt. I could get Matt's frustration with the situation. The action scenes were good, though not scary in the least.

I found the book to be enjoyable overall. If you are afraid of zombies, don't worry, this book would be fine for you. If you are looking for more of a horror edge to your romance, give this a pass.


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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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