Author: Kylie Scott
Flesh is an engrossing and intriguing book. Before I started I understood that this was an erotic romance set post zombie apocalypse so I was ready for sizzling sex and high drama from marauding zombies. I thought it would be a fun, hot read. But it is so very much more.
What Kylie Scott has done is present characters, plot and context in a way that drawn the reader completely into the world. She shows us, but allows the reader to extrapolate their own meaning rather than being forced into her own view.
But the genius lies in the characters. These are grown ups. Their thoughts, actions and reactions are utterly believable and natural because they are adults behaving just as you imagine you might if in their situation. And this isn’t gender specific either. I could easily relate to Dan’s giddy delight after being alone for 8 weeks saying not a word to another person and suddenly finding Ali – not only uninfected but an attractive (although at this stage extremely smelly) woman. I could imagine being Finn, a policeman in his late 20s, frustrated that Dan was with Ali, trying to be fair when he was so driven to want her for himself. But above all I could be Ali. Ali who had killed her infected neighbour, survived by hiding in an attic for six weeks and was aware of the risk to herself not only from zombies but from men simply wanting to possess her. To move from simply surviving to being safe enough to decide what she actually wanted from life was a huge step and I was with her emotionally the entire way.
Together these three very different people come together to ally against the dangers they face. Surrounded by such danger it is inevitable that sex becomes an affirmation of who they are, and while the sex is wonderfully erotic, it is also believable and intense and happy.
While there are moments of tragedy and intensity, there is also a delightful lightness, largely through the irrepressible Dan. Dear me but I want a Dan of my own! He can be tough when needed, is sexy as sin and at 41 is old enough to deal with both relationships and adversity with a mixture of fortitude and humour. Whew, he’s it for me!
“Dan.” Ali scowled, wrestled back her hands and set them by his head. She bent over him, careful not to let her knees nudge his sides. “Why can’t you give me a straight answer?”
“Why can’t you ride me like a pony?” He scowled straight back at her unrepentant. “Don’t pretty girls like ponies? I thought they did.”
(No matter how many times I read this I still chortle!)
Kylie Scott has an amazingly light touch.
The setting is sketched in. The book is set in Australia, but parochial references and Australian idiom is kept to a bare minimum so that this story could be just as easily be in America or Canada. She outlines the backstory so that we know what has happened but without the heavy narrative so often seen by authors in love with their world building. The world is there, but it is the dangerous and forbidding context against which our main characters meet and interact.
Flesh is a fast paced thriller, a stunningly sensual feast and a funny, tragic, horrifying emotional journey in a world torn apart. It’s erotic, it’s got zombies, and it’s fun.
Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilization collapsed eight weeks ago.
When the plague hit, her neighbours turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs.
Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.
When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation.
Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three battle to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.