- Book Title: Love Is For The Living
- Author: Nicholas Kinsley
- Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (October 13, 2015)
- Book Length: 246 pages
- Genre: Zombie Apocalypse, Romance
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: October 28, 2015
Zombie movies? Never much cared for them. Love is for the Living by Nicholas Kinsley? Wow, I enjoyed the heck out of this book, this author has a brilliant way of writing this story that kept me engaged and intrigued throughout the whole reading adventure.
The book opens on Day 1 as the Zombie apocalypse hits London. Blaine and his flatmate made their way out of their apartment complex but only Blaine made it out of town. As I was reading this I wondered how in the heck this weak and scared young man is going to survive. The odds were definitely stacked against him. This is when the story really starts for Blaine.
Blaine is fortunate enough to find someone to teach and train him on getting stronger and how to survive. His body develops strength, his mind accepts the circumstances and his newly found sniper skills are fine tuned. When it is time for Blaine to move on and continue on this trek to locate his Mother he is equipped to fight. It is on the road, as he was leaving that he runs into Andrew and the 2nd chapter of Blaine’s story begins.
I wasn’t expecting so much when I first agreed to read this book. Boy, was I ever pleasantly surprised with how well written and complex this story is. Nicholas created characters and a World that were truly believable. His portrayal of the main characters were really well thought out and the characters were brought to life through his words in the book. He created a World where man as a species needs to adapt to their new realism. The zombies especially felt dead to me, I didn’t feel any part of their human existence remaining, it was extremely realistic.
The title of this book is so relevant to the story, that I kept saying it as I read. This is why I gave this book a 5 star rating, it is the romance portion of the story. This could have easily been about 2 gay men thrown together that found release with each other. Thank the writer Gods that Nicholas took a different slant on the situation. Blaine and Andrew’s relationship is a slow burn throughout the book, this book isn’t about the sex it is about relationships. Blaine and Andrew learn to trust each other first, then they go through the help stage, each helping the other to overcome the demons that dwell inside and finally the acceptance of the mutual attraction.
This is sort of a cliche’ statement, but I really am anxious to read the next book in the Albion Rising series.
The zombies have arrived, and Blaine needs to escape. He’d always thought of his London neighborhood as a place of safety, but then his infected neighbors tried to eat him. Blaine packed a bag and fled through growing numbers of shambling, voracious monsters–people, he had to remind himself, they’re people–toward his family in Bristol. He would surely have died without the turn of luck that brought him Commander Andrew Peterson. Together, they face the horrors and adversities of the apocalypse, trying to protect their loved ones, and—if they’re lucky—find love for themselves. (M/M)
Nick Kinsley has been writing since a very young age. After going through school focused on computer science, he discovered that he would rather be a professional author. He grew up with few friends and a love of books, and hopes to create worlds in which others can find enjoyment. Kinsley currently lives in Maryland.
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