- File Size: 461 KB
- Print Length: 138 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (February 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I7D06Z6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Catching Red (Undead Fairy Tales Book 2) Kindle Edition
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As with all Tara Quan books this was a sassy, funny, quirky (and each one has a different quirk), seriously sexy and sensual good book.
I have not read - although I do have - the first book in this "series" Tower in the Woods and it wasn't until I was more than three-quarters through the book that I realized that a character from the first book was in this book so it obviously works well as a stand-alone. I still plan on reading Tower in the Woods as it is currently the only book of hers I haven't read and that needs to be remedied. In my humble opinion, there should not be a Tara Quan book that is unread as you are missing out on some good, smexy, fun times with intrigue or a mystery or hey, a zombie or 200, tossed in just to make it cooler.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, was this book ever hot & steamy! Multiple sex scenes throughout the book with a hot alpha male and our strong willed heroine. Definitely an adult novel. As for plot, I found it intriguing. I love a dark fairy tale written for adults & this had shades of that. It was loosely based on Red Riding Hood and her Huntsman. However, those two characters and the name of the military operation (WOLF) were the only real resemblances to the folk tale. The story is based in an apocalyptic future with a zombie outbreak and two settlements trying to survive, one a militant compound of women and the other what's left of the government in Washington, D.C. Red's grandmother is horrifying as the head of the WITCH compound. The story follows Scarlet "Red" Ryding as she travels the wastelands beyond the compound's walls where she meets Marcus Huntsman. They fall in love and lust and the story comes down to Marcus and his soldiers trying to help Scarlet take down her grandmother's rein. Very thrilling, very hot. The story pulled me in and I finished it quickly. The characters have their virtues and their faults which make them believable. I liked that even though our male hero was very strong and demanding, our heroine was equally so, despite her inexperience in love. They made a good match. I would recommend this book to any lovers of erotic or apocalyptic fiction, or dark erotic fairy tales.
Thank you, Tara. I enjoyed the read.
Scarlet was born in the WITCH, and though she's never experienced life beyond the WITCH compound and surrounding woodlands, she is aware there is more to the world thanks to her connection to the leadership of the cult. She's highly trained in various fighting techniques, primarily hand-to-hand with knives, and is fairly well self-educated in many other survival skills as well via reading in books or through trial and error on her own. While she despises her grandmother Eleanor and other leader of the cult, Mother Gothel, she remains fiercely loyal to the others she's grown up with, to the point that she's willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good if need be. That's not to say that she's suicidal, for she isn't really, she just cares about her friends enough to be willing to put her life on the line to help ensure their survival and the success of the rebellion that she and others have been planning.
Marcus is something of a wild man, though he has a good bit of the trained soldier in him as well. Unlike Scarlet, he grew up in the city and was indoctrinated with military protocols that hold sway there. Through dealing with various Nomads for several years, however, he's managed to unlearn a lot of the militaristic mannerisms he'd been reared with, and has begun to adopt a more flexible attitude toward protocols. This attitude grows by leaps and bounds over the course of the story, largely due to his growing feelings for Scarlet, until he reaches the point he's willing to fly completely in the face of convention and cut ties with everything he's known if that's what it will take to be with her. A very domineering personality, he is convinced that he knows what's best for Scarlet -- better than she herself does even. Needless to say, he's often disabused of this notion and it will be interesting to see how he compromises with her in the future. Hopefully we'll get to see some of that in future books in the series.
Overall I found this to be a very interesting story, though I have to admit that I was rather confused through much of the first third or so since some things didn't seem to fit with the first book. I often found myself wishing it hadn't been so long since I read the first book since I couldn't remember all of the details well enough to form a clear frame of reference for some things. Once I realized that most of this book takes place more or less simultaneously with the first book, and not after the events of the first book as I'd originally assumed, it all began to fall into place much better. If you keep that in mind when you start reading (assuming you've read the first one) you'll probably have a much easier time with it than I did. Once I had the timeline straight I began to be intrigued by the overlaps and the different perspectives on the world we're given. We learn a lot more about the zombies in this one, and they pose a more real threat in this one as well. After finishing this one I'm definitely looking forward to future books in the series to see where the meta-story goes from here.
The romance between Scarlet and Marcus is at times a bit confusing, and is often rather stop and start. For someone that's been taught to fear men all her life, she's remarkably accepting of him almost immediately. Granted, she's not in much condition to object to having to stay with him for a few weeks after she's gravely injured at the hospital, but she's nowhere near as disturbed by him as you might expect her to be. Likely this is due to her skepticism regarding what she's been told all her life since she's well aware her grandmother and Mother Gothel have their own agendas and most likely aren't telling them the truth about a lot of things. I still would have expected a bit more hesitancy on her part regarding starting up a relationship with him, even if just a physical one. Or perhaps even especially a physical one. The bedroom scenes here are pretty hot, though the relationship proves to be rather rocky and awkward much of the time. Even at the end, it's clear that they still have much to settle between them and most likely a lot of compromising to do before they'll truly be able to enjoy their HEA.
An enjoyable, relatively quick read that I'd recommend to anyone who likes paranormal romances, contemporary/future time romances, and/or post-apocalyptic/dystopian type stories. Reading book one first isn't strictly necessary to understand and enjoy this one, but doing so would help provide some explanations for a few things that aren't explained as much here. 4 stars.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.