Bite Me by P. J. Schnyder
Series: London Undead #1
Source: Review copy from publisher via Netgalley
Book one of London Undead
Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that’s not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.
Maisie can’t help but admit that she’s attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She’s drawn to Seth’s strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she’s determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn’t want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time .
But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her .
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Bite Me is a quick read set in a London that has been overrun by zombies. Coming in at 31,000 words, it’s a brief introduction to Schynder’s new London Undead series. On the whole, I quite liked it and I’m intrigued enough to want to read the next part of the story.
The best part of Bite Me is probably the world. I have so many questions about the zombies plaguing London. Where did they come from? Why do they seem to be getting smarter? Why are they staying in London? And as a result of the zombie invasion, London is no longer a thriving metropolis. Instead it’s a shadow of its former self and only the poor remain, unable to afford the price to get out of town. Maisie is one of these unfortunate souls but she’s trained herself to survive. She learned to shoot, she’s coping with a terrifying situation to the best of her abilities, and she hasn’t lost her morals or humanity in the progress.
In contrast, Seth is a big, bad alpha werewolf. And thankfully he’s not just brawn — he’s also got a good brain. The werewolves came out to the general public after the zombie threat emerged, offering to help control the problem, but he knows it’s only a matter of time before things could get ugly. They’re appreciated now but who knows what will happen down the line, especially since the other supernaturals are still in the proverbial closet. I really liked how Seth thinks, because he comes off as a strong leader and a good man.
And oh, the ending… It leaves us in a really interesting place…that I cannot discuss since it would beyond spoil it for you. 🙂
Bite Me is a great afternoon read for someone who wants a fun story with a nice mixture of action and romance. Schnyder’s gotten my attention with this one and I’m curious to see if the next novella will continue with Seth and Maisie or if we’ll see a new couple emerge as the protagonists. Can’t wait!