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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758246978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758246974
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,024,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Two very different novellas combine themes of love and zombies. Vintage horror, high adventure, and soul-aching romance blend in Archer's compelling The Undying Heart, prequel to the upcoming Blades of the Rose trilogy. Cassandra Fielding, a young pistol-in-the-skirts hunter of magical artifacts, renews her childhood infatuation with Sam Reed, even though he's been turned into a cold, fierce, disillusioned, but still handsome zombie by his unscrupulous Crimean War commander. In D'Arc's more modern Simon Says, a prequel to Once Bitten, Twice Dead, special ops agent Simon Blackwell chases contagious zombie Marines in the woods by night and dallies with military nurse Mariana Daniels by day, but both pursuits come off as lukewarm and somewhat routine. Readers who love Archer's powerful, polished tale may be disappointed to find that D'Arc's doesn't measure up. (Jan.)
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The book seemed like a series of endless battle scenes interspersed with endless sex scenes.
upfront_reader
The ending does nothing to alter my enjoyment of the book and I think many will be happy with it, I just would have liked events to go a different route.
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Both are stellar tales, solid, enjoyable love stories, though Simon Says holds closer to the traditional zombie story format.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MissGnomer on November 4, 2010
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I really liked the story line and thought the Cassie and Sam had great chemistry. But I couldn't get passed the excessive sexual descriptions. I just wanted to warn others out there who aren't into detailed sex-scenes that this book is a bit over the top.

I didn't finish it, but if you don't mind that sort of thing you'll probably really enjoy the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SandyLu562 on January 24, 2011
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Archer disappoints in the prequel to her four books in the Blade of the Rose series; the writing was either repetitive or failed to explain scenes adequately. This historical erotic romance starring a handsome zombie and a high society society assassin failed utterly to arouse my interest in reading the series. The flow was choppy, descriptive words indicated the indiscriminate use of a thesaurus (try to find a word that ENHANCES the sentence, rather than with a "just-off" meaning), and the least important descriptions were repeated at least twice within a few paragraphs.

The interesting premise made the uneven writing really annoying; it's always fun to read about a heroine stepping outside historical societal constraints and the love interest had appeal even if he was recently one of the undead dead, at least he only had one unhealed wound and immediately healed all but the wound which made him a zombie. Sounds like a vampire, right? well the whole premise was just too confusing to easily grasp and I still have no idea of the "rules" of this world. Save your $[..] (Kindle edition) for something else!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. C. on July 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought Half Past Dead in order to read the story 'Simon Says' by Bianca D'Arc. I'd come across the 2nd book in the series (Once Bitten, Twice Dead) and liked it enough to search out the first story in the set.

I tried to read Undying Heart, the first story in the book. Sigh, I just couldn't finish it. Boring. I like the zombie & romance genres but just couldn't get into this one, I hate it when the characters are only involved because they _used_ to like each other. What about now? Couldn't even finish this and I rarely rarely allow myself to skip.

Simon Says is story 1 in a 4 part series. I really like the series and the fact that author D'Arc has come up with a scientific mistake that causes the rise of the zombies. There are lots of characters that you will meet again in the next books. This story is perfectly fine on its own but reading about Simon lets you understand better the other stories.

I recommend Simon Says and the other books in the series: Once Bitten Twice Dead, A Darker Shade of Dead, and Dead Alert
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By April on April 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
If blood-sucking undead vampires could be hot romance material, then it was only a matter of time before zombies were so re-imagined (hey, if Orlando Bloom's character in the last POTC film could still get Kiera Knightly's character to wait ten years at the end--or more importantly, after a long list of credits!--why couldn't other hunky guys without hearts beating in their bodies?). Anyway, here are two novellas featuring zombies:

"The Undying Heart"-- is a historical paranormal taking place in Yorkshire in 1858. Cassandra is a new agent with the Blades of the Rose, an organization that hunts for dangerous magical artifacts. She is trailing such an artifact when she encounters her brother's best friend and a man she always loved, Sam Reed, whom she thought had died with her brother two years before in the Crimean. Sam did die. He and countless others. In the chaos of battle he was shot through the heart by his commanding officer, Colonel Broadwell, who has an artifact that creates and controls zombies. Broadwell killed his own men and commanded all of them to do his will, but somehow Sam was able to break free and has been after the Colonel ever since, determined to kill him. This tale was definitely heart-wrenching and bitter-sweet. I loved it.

"Simon Says"-- is a modern romance. Simon Blackwell is a special forces soldier who was called away from a possible relationship with Mariana Daniels, a doctor. He found himself fighting zombies (the icky kind) and was bitten and infected, but wasn't turned into one--although that may happen at any moment--no one is certain about these zombie things! Mariana only knows that Simon never returned to her, so when he appears at the military base facility where she is working, wounded, she's not sure how she should react.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonoma Lass on January 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to give Zoe Archer big props, because I NEVER thought a zombie would work for me as the hero of a romance. I admit to being a little squeamish when it comes to paranormal romance, but this was a good solid read and I totally bought into the happy ending. The plot was a little predictable in places, but the characters were drawn well and the world building is excellent. I'm really excited to read the full-length novels set in this same world when they are released later this year.

Bianca D'Arc's novella was entertaining as well. The zombies are more traditional, but the hero still has connection to them that is an obstacle for the couple to overcome. I liked the characters and really wanted them to beat the bad guys and get together. I had a few WTF moments, little things that just didn't make logical sense to me, but I was able to look past them and enjoy the story.
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