by Anthology

January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8439-6360-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Four stories of zombies, voodoo and…romance?

Bring out your Dead – Ysabelle has a whole host of problems, least of all the zombie…sorry revenant…horde outside her apartment. As a bearer two souls, she becomes the prime target of a demon wanting her pure soul. Teaming up with ‘dark one’ Sebastian, Bella must join with the vampire if she’s to save herself and humanity.

Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo – Amie Baptiste is sick of being by herself. As a voodoo practitioner she concocts a love spell. She never dreams it would bring her perfect man. And to top it all off, he’s dead. Can Amie find love with a dead man?

Zombiewood Confidential – When make up artist, Scarlett Patterson accepts a job working make up on a tacky horror B movie with the actor of her dreams, Mason Marks, she never expects the zombies to actually be real. As life starts to imitate art, she and Mason must team up to defeat the horde and get off the island alive.

Every Part of You – Wanting her acne scars removed, Angelica Sequiera decides to visit a plastic surgeon. Here she meets surfer dude, Tom Haggerty and although they don’t immediately hit it off, she slowly falls for his easy charm. But with an ‘evil’ plastic surgeon performing the surgery, Angelica’s life is at risk. Nip Tuck with a hilarious twist!

The reason I chose to review this book is simple – zombies. I’ve been on the look out for romance stories featuring zombies for months and what comes out just in time for Valentines Day: My Zombie Valentine. As an anthology, this book works very well. All the stories feature romance and zombies in some form or other. The four stories are cute and light. Personally, I prefer something grittier but cute and light works in this anthology.

My least favorite was Katie MacAlister’s “Bring out your Dead”. For some reason, I didn’t connect well with the characters. It seemed to the reader as if the story was rushed, I expected some back story – especially when the heroine, Ysabelle, revealed her father had been an alchemist! It tried to be too light hearted and missed the mark with this reviewer.

I thoroughly enjoyed both “Every Part of You” and “Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo”, with my favorite story being “Zombiewood Confidential” by Marianne Mancusi. I loved this story. Packed full of zombies, gore, hilarious moments and a happy ending, it managed to encompass everything I wanted from a zombie story.

Overall, My Zombie Valentine is a light hearted whirl through the darker elements of fantasy fiction.

Reviewed in February 2010 by Donna.

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