Kick at the Darkness, Kick at the Darkness #1 by Keira Andrews

Surviving a C-minus is definitely the least of Parker's concerns when everyone around him starts killing (and eating) his fellow students, but luckily he escapes with his hot but jerk of a TA Adam. Adam and Parker fight to survive the horrible worldwide pandemic, trying to get across the country to possible safety with Parker's family. Kick at the Darkness is an amazing horror ride with two main characters to root for who inevitably fall in love while facing the apocalypse. 

From the blurb:

When the world ends, their story begins.

Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He has no friends at college, can’t pick up a guy to save his life, and his annoyingly hot jerk of a TA just gave him a crappy grade.

But Parker’s bad day suddenly becomes a deadly night.

In a blink, he’s surrounded by screaming and chaos and so much blood. People are transforming into zombie-like killers. Parker’s fighting for his life—and without Adam, that muscle-bound jerk who gave him a C-minus, he’d be dead meat.

But Adam has a secret…

Kick at the Darkness is a steamy gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring enemies to lovers, forced proximity, werewolves, the zombie apocalypse, and of course a happy ending (eventually).

SNik's Review:

First in series (Kick at the Darkness). Apocalyptic horror/paranormal. Single POV. 

There’s some kind of worldwide pandemic causing people to be zombie-like (the eating your face off kind), and Parker barely escapes his college campus with the hot TA that gave him a C-minus on a recent paper. They decide to stick together and make their way across the country to look for Parker’s family, encountering all kinds of creepers, along with some helpful people and others not so much. 

This story was an intense, anxiety-ridden adventure with so many close calls, and a realistic view of how humanity breaks down into different types of survivors. 

Adam and Parker find their connection grows as they struggle together, and their emotional ties strengthen and become something special as they rely on each other in the face of a dismal future. 

Both Adam and Parker are likable and relatable about their fears and how their relationship really builds into something beyond just surviving together but hoping for a future together. 

This story kept me entertained and invested in Adam and Parker’s survival, but also hopeful HEA.

Really looking forward to the continuation of this series.

Rating: 5 Stars

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