Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic by author Sam Cheever

Title:  Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic

Series title: Tall, Dark and Alpha

Author:    Sam Cheever

Publisher- ARC

Pages 104

Genre:   Paranormal, Romantic suspense, m/f  

 Reviewer: Cassiopeia 

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Publisher Blurb

A grand passion in an apocalyptic world. A love beyond reason and without boundaries.

He’s a warrior, a bounty hunter in a world turned upside down. She’s a target, a creature of dark magic. His job is simple. Kill the target. Her goal is more complex. She must stay alive until she finds and destroys the source of death magic staining the twenty worlds. But the passion burning within them may be their undoing. It’s going to take an apocalyptic will to overcome the distraction their bodies are creating…and not lose themselves in the process.

Review of book

If you love your men to be manly and your ladies to be kick ass, Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic is exactly what the doctor ordered. Sam Cheever crafts a plot fraught with enough twists and turns to keep even the savviest of readers from figuring out exactly who the bad guy (or girl) actually is.  I read this in pretty much a single sitting and loved it enough that I was sad to reach the end.  The author applies her own unique touch in this story by combining the post apocalyptic genre with the paranormal, forming a hybrid plot that I found delightfully multi-layered.  The heroes, called Sorceri use every magic laden weapon in their arsenal to defeat the villains (zombies referred to as "reborn"), and along the way some surprising things come to light causing much of what they know to be very, very wrong.

The only thing I was sure of was that Audie Kord (also known as "Hunter") and Yeira Ruth would become lovers.  Even knowing that, I wasn't prepared for how attached I'd become to them in such a short time. Two sides of the same coin - he Sorceri and she Reborn - yet the longer they spent in each other's company, the less either could recall exactly why they should remain adversaries.  With the sexual tension between the two off of the charts, you expected the sex to be hot, but the passion and tenderness that Audie and Yeira have for one another spoke of a deep emotional connection that many pairings lack.  They struggle to live beyond the confines of their preconceived notions and reach for an ideal world where they could be together without recrimination. To me, it was somewhat reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet with a post world war feel.

Even the secondary characters were unforgettable - who comes away from a story liking a raven familiar??  Apparently, I do, and I'm not ashamed to admit it either.  Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever will engage you on multiple levels; many you won't even realize until long after you finish the tale.  I'm looking forward to its release as part of the Tall, Dark and Alpha ten book set; I think if the other nine stories are even half as good, then the project will be a success!

                                                              Five Shooting Stars!!!



Sam Cheever said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful review, Cassiopeia! I'm thrilled!

Cassiopeia Redz said...

Sam it was my pleasure - your story is the reason why I'm reading the entire boxed set now :) I'll be stalking your work now on a regular basis...