Title: Sex and the Single Zombie
Author: Cassandra Gold
Length: 13,000 words ( pdf pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: m/m paranormal comedy
Part of the Tales Of The Arisen series…….Caring, professional SWGZ seeks open-minded SGM for dating and possible LTR…
Since his death two years ago, zombie Peter Reese’s love life has been nonexistent. His attempts to meet a regular “live” guy through a blind dating website-without revealing an important detail about himself-have all blown up in his face. Now, his current blind date with “Shane1990″ seems destined to end the same way, until the handsome guy inexplicably decides to give Peter another chance. Can Peter prove that nice zombies don’t always finish last?
This is a very sweet story, which zombie could be a substitute for any feared/maligned minority. Peter’s ex left him when he became an Arisen two years ago. Luckily this happened well after the “zombie apocalypse” and there are now laws protecting the rights of the Arisen, however people still fear them. Peter’s trying an on-line dating site, but he has not revealed his true status, and the first two dates didn’t go well. While Shane is shocked at first, but Peter’s surprise he hangs around and after a couple of phone calls, Shane invites Peter to join him and his friends at a local club. Peter is excited and nervous. Being Arisen means that he moves more slowly than others, so a dance club is not idea, but he likes Shane.Things go well with most of Shane’s friends, however the one guy lets fly some really awful slurs and verbally attacks Shane for being with a “zombie”, but Shane sticks up for him, shocking Peter.
Both characters here are typical of those of the author. Nice guys, you like a great deal and want to find their HEA. Peter likes his job as a pharmacist and he’s making the best of his life as an Arisen. He has to eat a lot of protein to keep his body going, preferably raw protein (I found this a little off-putting) and candy and he’s trying to remain optimistic about finding someone who likes him for who he is and can look past his physical status. Shane was shocked and then curious, but willing to be open about Peter’s life.
You don’t find out nearly as much about Shane except that he went through a bad break-up because the story is told from Peter’s POV, but you get enough to know he’s a nice guy. So while there’s not a lot of conflict here, except for Peter’s internal fears that Shane will find him too repulsive, or Shane’s friend being a jerk, it’s a very sweet read with two nice guys finding each other. When you are in the mood for a feel-good read it’s a great choice.