Before we get to the festivities, I want to let you know that I am at Normandie Alleman's blog today talking about Lady Katherine's Conundrum. Click here to visit.
I'm proud to say that this was my first zombie apocalypse story and I enjoyed it. Look at me, moving outside my comfort zone!
Cursed Waters by Casey McKay
Blurb: Roxy Wilson is going through the motions. She's running her deceased grandmother's psychic readings shop, but she's not a psychic. Hoping to expand and just become a gift shop, she contacts her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Dale. Only she doesn't anticipate the feelings she's still having for him after four years of separation.
Trevor could never get Roxy out of his system, and now with her so close to him again, he's reluctant to let her go. But a 40 year- old curse involving evil spells and zombies overtaking the small, seaside town of Ocean Pointe may put a stop to any sort of romantic reunion.
Can Roxy and Trevor break the curse and save their town from zombies? Find out in Cursed Waters!
Warning: This book contains spankings and anal play between two consenting adults. If you are offended by this subject matter, please do not read this.
This was a fun read that included zombies. a character named Seaweed, psychics/magic and a woman named Mrs. Grindle.
As a writer who struggles to come up with names for characters, I tip my hat to Casey McKay for some great character names.
There were a couple of things that I noted as I read it. First, there's a fun scene at about the 67% mark where Trevor is spanking Roxy and thinks she's crying, but it turns out that she's laughing. This scene is from Trevor's point of view so we see him start to doubt his abilities and admit (to himself) that he's making this up as he goes along. He recovers and orders her to the corner, but this was cute.
Question---have you ever found yourself laughing at a time when you really shouldn't have? Spanking, sex, church, funerals. Please share your inappropriate behavior!
I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but at a critical point in the story, Trevor leaves saying he can't stand to watch Roxy endanger herself. When he returns, he apologizes, but Roxy says she's glad he left. She realized that she had to face her duty to try to stop the zombie apocalypse and was willing to do it without him if necessary.
Part of the problems that had caused Roxy and Trevor to break up four years before (and their continuing issue now) was the fact that Roxy thought Trevor was trying to control her life. This was a sweet and important scene that showed Roxy sort of realizing her own power and that it wasn't a weakness to allow Trevor to be part of her life (again, I'm paraphrasing so my apologies if I don't have the whole thing exactly right).
Question---do you sometimes think that heroines give in too soon to the hero? Is that realistic? Here the hero didn't force her to comply with his wishes and then even realized he was wrong, despite his desire to protect Roxy. Do we want to read realistic (even w/zombies) or do we want more unrealistic?
- Roxy and Trevor set out to fight zombies with an assortment of items from Roxy's apartment. If you had to fight zombies, what would you take from your house to use as a weapon?
- Psychics and curses---are you a believer or a skeptic?
- Which is a better character name: Seaweed or Mrs. Grindle?