BOOK REVIEW: Upon Us by Blakely Chorpenning #dystopian #bookreview @bchorpenning

What if the apocalypse was manufactured to save mankind?

Twenty-five years have passed in a self-imposed darkness known as the New Beginning. While the natural planet has flourished, crops are suddenly dying and the sickness—a zombie-like plague—is ravishing the human population.

I live on the fringe of what’s left of civilization, helping where I can—from a distance. This is the only world I’ve ever known and I plan to save it.

I’ve been entrusted by the clans to remedy the food shortage. Breaking rules is nothing new, but there’s a catch. I need a villager to carry out my plan.

Ren is not the captive I had hoped for. He’s shockingly candid. A wildcard with a fatal flaw. And he remembers the world before it stopped. The longer we spend together, the more I’m drawn into his entitled way of life. To him. But he may harbor more secrets than I do.

Ren is not who he seems.

Then again, neither am I.

During a time of deception and conspiracies, love thrives where a world chose to die.

“Two worlds collide to save hope for the future. This book has so much love and passion to make page 1 as enthralling as page 200.” ~Amazon Review

“A terrific change of pace from the current trend in dystopian fiction.” ~Goodreads Review

“[Ren] was funny and interesting and hot.” ~Goodreads Review

***New Adult, Forced Proximity, Survival Romance in Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic United States***
Mature YA 16+/New Adult audience recommended due to mature content.

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MY REVIEW – 4 stars

I don’t often read dystopian books, but I’ve enjoyed other books by this author and decided to dive in.

I found the dystopian world intriguing, especially how it came about. There were interesting twists that kept me on my toes. I detest spoilers so if you want to know more, you’ll have to read the book.

Jolee’s character brought hope to those around her, even before the secrets of her past were revealed. She had an innate kindness felt by all. I thoroughly enjoyed her character.

Ren left me feeling conflicted. He wasn’t a bad person, but the first part of the book didn’t show his inner depths, so he came across as superficial and shallow. By the end, I was rooting for him and Jolee to be together.

The secondary characters rounded out this world quite well, adding depth. I only wish we could have seen more of them at the end of the book instead of hearing about them through Ren.

Overall, Upon Us was an entertaining story. I did feel the romance aspect was a bit abrupt, even though Ren and Jolee make a great couple. It felt like they went from enemies, to semi-friends, to lovers in the blink of an eye.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

The Infiltrator by K.A. Raines #DystopianRomance @KA_Raines

Title: The Infiltrator

Author: K. A. Raines

Genre/heat rating: Dystopian romance/4

M/F

A virus has rendered humanity mostly extinct. Keira Starr is alone, staying alive by staying on the run, sleeping in empty gas stations and the trunks of cars long abandoned on the highway. The world is overrun by “Ghosts,” the mindless, bloodthirsty dead, but they are the least of her problems. She is being hunted by ragtag groups of ruthless men, independent contractors working for a mysterious human trafficking ring. When she is finally captured, she discovers that Derrick Caine, despite his gruff demeanor and appearance, may just have a different agenda altogether.

Excerpt:

“What happened to you?” she breathed. “Who did you lose?” She knew she was pushing him, that she should stop before she went too far, but it felt like observing a train wreck, watching from a distance as the engine rushed ahead at full steam, and, even foreseeing the impending disaster on the tracks, being powerless to stop it. “You risk your life tryin’ to save women and children. Who was she? Your wife?” She didn’t even know why she cared. She didn’t want to care. Derrick Caine was a virtual stranger to her, yet she knew she was already in way too deep.

He growled suddenly, a low, guttural sound that jarred her out of her trance when she rather unexpectedly found her space invaded by him for the third time in the past several minutes. Yet the charge in the air had shifted subtly; he no longer seemed angry, exactly, but there was something decidedly predatory in his eyes.

“You want from me?” His voice in her ear was a dangerous rumble that elicited chills up her spine and ignited a fire that bloomed hotly in her womb, a delicious contrast. Quite suddenly, all she wanted was to relieve the dull throb between her legs that his voice and presence evoked; she wanted him so badly that she physically couldn’t endure not to have him soon.

You. Just you. “I could ask the same of you,” she settled for, and she couldn’t stop the tremor in her voice. She was overwhelmed by him—by his nearness, by the heat emanating from his body, drawing her in. She tentatively raised a trembling hand, reaching up to touch a raised scar on his chest, just above his left pectoral. His chest continued to visibly rise and fall, and he was breathing hard through his nose in an obvious effort to calm himself, fists clenched in tight balls at his sides. His breathing hitched when she barely touched him, a feather-light caress, her fingertips just skimming the jagged edge of his scar. She had known all along that he was in pain. So much unbearable pain—yet he would never admit it to anyone, least of all her.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CFRXZCS

About the Author:

K.A. Raines is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Longview, TX with her children and who has a passion for reading, writing, red wine, and good food. Her love for science fiction, the paranormal, and romance bleed into her writing.

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