Sunday, May 18, 2014
Review - The Strain by Amelia C. Gormley
by Amelia C. Gormley
Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.
Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.
But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.
I am a huge fan of post apocalyptic romances and this one was great. This is an M/M romance with action, adventure and love. Rhys Cooper is a young man who has grown up under the reign of a religious zealot and his son, whom targeted Rhys as a child and spent years tormenting him. Rhys is a caring and courageous man who sacrificed himself so his group of survivors could escape the Revs/zombies. Sergeant Darius Murrell rescued Rhys but not in time to prevent him from being infected. Darius is a strong fighter and fantastic leader of his squadron of Jugs. The only possible way Rhys will survive the infection is with Jug antibodies and they must be delivered through sexual contact. Though Rhys spent years being tormented because of his sexual yearning of men, he feels degradation at having to submit to multiple soldiers, especially when his interest is in Darius alone. Darius is fighting his feelings as well, especially his possessive ones for Rhys. I felt for both Rhys and Darius as they battle with their feelings so Rhys can live. I was immediately drawn into this fascinating story and was unwilling to put it down until the end. I am hoping that there will be more stories set in this world of Jugs and Revs. ~Booklover Sue
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