I have always been a zombie fiction fan and most zombie books I have read have been well and truly in the horror genre. However, I have since discovered that there are zombie novels with romantic elements. So after reading one, I have been glomming my way through a few, plus I have found a few more that I haven’t read yet, but plan to. If you love zombies, or just an exciting plot with your romance, then these books are definitely for you.
I declare this new genre Zombie-Apocalyptic Romance. Calling a book “zombie romance” has always given the impression that the romance part is between zombies, or human and zombie. Although this is the case with some books (such as Warm Bodies and Dearly Departed), many of them are between a human hero/heroine, or a supernatural beastie that we’re more comfortable with in our romance (such as shifters), just set in a zombie-apocalyptic world. Either way, I have listed a few that I’ve come across thus far. If you know of any I haven’t listed here, please do let me know in the comments – I’d love to add more to my list.
Having read and loved Flesh, the first book in this series, Skin is definitely on my radar. In fact it’s already downloaded and waiting on my mini iPad as it’s available now.
Six months since the zombie plague struck, former librarian Roslyn Stewart has been holed up in a school with eight other survivors. But now the shelves in the school canteen are bare. The stranger at the gate has supplies that will ensure the group’s ongoing survival, but at a cost. He wants a woman. Nick is a man with a plan. He’ll treat Roslyn like a Queen, devoting the rest of his life to protecting and providing for her. In exchange, of course, for sexual favours. It’s the deal of the century given the state of the world. But Roslyn doesn’t see it that way. The first chance she gets she attacks the ex-army man and attempts to escape, forcing Nick to contain her. And so begins his awkward courtship of the woman, with her chained to the bed for security reasons.
Chained like a dog and forced to spend her every waking moment with a creep, albeit a good looking one, Ros is determined to escape. When circumstances force them to band together against a common enemy their very survival depends on their ability to learn to trust each other. An uneasy partnership develops, but can a relationship with such a difficult beginning ever have a future? The hotly anticipated sequel to Flesh, Skin is set in the same universe with a different set of characters.
This is by the same author as Flesh and Skin. It’s a short novella at only 27 pages, but sometimes all I want is a quick read and this sounds really good.
Natalie has watched as the zombie plague devastated civilisation.Angus had been a miracle. Twenty-three years old and gorgeous he had appeared like Romeo from the pool area and thrown supplies up to her balcony. But now Angus is gone – abandoned her, which is probably for the best. She couldn’t stand to watch him die too.
Stranded four floors up and fenced in on all sides by the infected, food and water supplies are running as low as Natalie’s spirits. A lingering death from starvation seems inevitable. But then she sees Angus striding for the pool gate with a sawn-off shotgun in his hands. Can he make it past the infected to reach her? And what will it mean if he does?
Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies – Avery Flynn
I love this cover and the title and fonts used are really fun. It definitely looks and sounds like such a cute read. Due to be released by Lyrical Press in July.
You know there’s trouble ahead when zombies aren’t your biggest worry. The treasure hunter… Veronica Kwon is determined to be the only person in control of her destiny. After surviving a broken engagement and turning her back on her wealthy manipulative father, she’s started a treasure hunting company and is ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
The ex-fiance… Jax Taylor is a Southern charmer with enough sex appeal to melt the polar ice caps. He disappeared three months before their wedding and swore he’d never cross paths with Veronica again. The magic beanstalk… Brought together again by their dying mentor, who has found three enchanted beans, Veronica and Jax agree to an uneasy partnership. Together they’ll climb a magic beanstalk to the cloud kingdom, but will their destiny be the riches they so desire, the passion they thought dead…or will the undead get them first?
This is the first book in a new series called London Undead and I am loving the sound of this one. Published by Carina Press, it’s due for release end of June.
Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that’s not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.
Maisie can’t help but admit that she’s attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She’s drawn to Seth’s strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she’s determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn’t want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time… But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her…
This sounds really good, don’t you think? This is published by Harlequin Nocturne and it due to be released in June. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy!
Caleb Locke lived for one thing—killing zombies. And this man—this legend—was exactly what Samantha Wagner needed. In mist-shrouded alleys, hunted by zombies, haunted by fear, she vowed to find Caleb and convince him to help her. But she hadn’t counted on falling in love….
Caleb kept his own secrets—like the one he couldn’t hide when the moon was full. But his wolf was drawn to Samantha, recognizing her as his mate. With her in his arms, Caleb reveled in passion…and rued his deception. Would she still love the man who fought by her side if she realized that zombies weren’t the only monsters? Samantha would have to make a choice—and she only had till the next full moon.
If you ignore the ghastly cover, and just head straight to the summary, this book sounds pretty good. Published by Wild Rose Press, it’s available now.
Dr. Dora Adler’s life has been in disarray since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but when she gets bitten by one of the undead, her whole world is turned upside down. Held captive in a secret underground lab, the tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation. Unfortunately, he claims to be a werewolf. Yeah, and she’s supposedly a witch. Dirk Gunderson is an alpha Arbor pack werewolf. Captured and collared, he’s sold to the zombie lab in hopes his blood serum can create a vaccine. He needs to escape, but not without the hot little brunette witch.
In the midst of enemy werewolves and the hordes of undead, Dirk and Dora’s sexual tension ignites a blaze hotter than the desert highway. Along their journey, they battle the inevitable: a werewolf must never take a witch as a mate.
This is a m/m zombie-apocalyptic romance, and it sounds so much fun, and I love unrequited love just as long as it is requited by the end of the novel LOL. I can’t wait to read this one.
Dead folks are the best friends of Quinn McConnell and Hunter Janz. Dead folks pay the bills for this team of psychic mediums… but just barely. To make it into the financial comfort zone, they need to outshine their competition. Quinn needs even more than that. He’s been infatuated with his partner for the nearly three years they’ve been together, and if he can’t either get over his crush or make something happen with Hunter, they’ll have to split up. Sexual tension and unrequited love can wreak havoc with a psychic’s reception.
Salvation comes hobbling along in the form of a well-dressed but ravaged-looking man who can clearly see and converse with the dearly departed. Why? Because, he claims, he has something in common with them: He’s also been dead. The zombie who calls himself Dustin DeWind needs the psychics’ help in finding the man who made him what he is. In return, he promises to steer them toward the often elusive spirits that are their stock in trade. But something more goes on when Quinn and Hunter forge an uneasy alliance with Dustin DeWind. It seems he’s also nudging them toward each other…
Looking past another pretty terrible cover, Dead Things sounds pretty good. I’m hoping it’s a really meaty, dark story of the apocalypse along with the m/m romance, and going by the summary it does sound as though it might be. I’m intrigued as to why Noah is so important…
A deadly virus rages indiscriminately across the American States and then beyond. The survivors face a new terror — the walking undead-monsters created in the wake of the infection.
Devin Reid is part of a group surviving out of a high-security penitentiary near Kansas City. Resources are limited and it’s down to a handful of people like Devin to meet the demand on food and supplies. The newly-made monsters are hungry, and the survivors risk their lives scavenging the cities and highways. On one fateful venture, Devin finds something — or rather someone with the potential to change a dark future, destined for blood and heartbreak, into one of hope and second chances. He finds Noah Weber.
Clint and Doug are in love, but one argument tears them apart. All that changes when a woman stumbles into town frothing at the mouth and attacks Clint and his friend, Mike. Clint gets away unscathed, but Mike is not so lucky. Mike begins to froth at the mouth too and attacks Clint. Clint realizes that this is more than just one mad woman—-it’s an epidemic.
Soon their entire small Wyoming town is overrun by zombies, and Clint and Doug are on the run together, searching for safety. Clint fights his hardest to keep Doug alive. Maybe, in doing so, their love will survive too.
This does look like a YA novel, but reading the summary the author warns that it’s not. It sounds quite quirky and interesting, and at only 140 pages or so, quite a quick read.
Pamela just wants to reunite in the afterlife with her dead fiancé, Grady. Problem is, Grady was a secret agent, and his coded emails have infuriated both his employers and his enemies. They need Pamela alive. So, instead of her planned suicide, she is kidnapped by black ops agents, tortured by mobster warlords, hunted by a psychotic killer, and chased by zombies … all necessary evils in order to ultimately walk into the sunset with her true love. This novella (approximately 28,000 words) is adapted from a screenplay written by the author. As such, it is best to let the story wash over you … like you would watch a movie. As an added bonus, this version includes a twelve-chapter excerpt from the novel, After the Virus.
WARNING: Love Lies Bleeding is a darkly comedic, bloody romance about love conquering all, even death. This is NOT a young adult novel. It contains graphic violence, nasty language, and more than a little bit of flesh eating. There are no soft kisses, soulful stares, or moonlit rainstorms.
This looks and sounds like a really cute read. The cover gives off a really fun vibe and at only 200 pages, it’s a quick read.
Payson is a pharmacist with a penchant for the underdog. Sean is the underdog who tries to rob her of prescription sleeping meds but winds up warding off another thief instead. Before Payson can decide whether to thank Sean for the unexpected heroics or turn him in for attempted robbery, she learns a disturbing truth: chivalry may not be dead, but Sean is.
Sean has more than a little trouble adjusting to the lifestyle of a zombie. Payson never suspects by helping him, she’ll become an accidental celebrity to an entire neurotic zombie community. But the community’s underground drug supplier doesn’t like Payson’s cures cutting in on his business, and she’s soon faced with a fate worse than death.
They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope. The side effects were anything but hopeful. Mara and Sebastian are young, in love and newlyweds. Far too soon, they will face tests to their love that most others won’t survive.
Their bond strengthens with each loss, destruction and unbearable race against time. In each other, they find the will and hope to endure. Hand in hand, they will face the darkening of humanity with strength and integrity and an undeniable spirit to survive; together.
I read and reviewed this one a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. It’s short but a fun erotic read with action.
Lena Stanton’s a sharpshooting zombie hunter with a hot-pink rifle and an attitude. Her latest assignment—guard bitten hero, Dr. Lucas Nye, and be ready to shoot the moment he starts to turn zombie. In the meantime, considering she’s the last female the man will ever see, Lena’s happy to indulge the doc in hot, steamy sex until he becomes symptomatic. What? She has to do her part to repopulate the planet, right?
When last-minute research and a daring treatment could save Lucas, Lena has to choose. She can follow her heart and give the man a chance to live…or follow her commander’s orders and shoot to kill.