Title: Off With Their Heads
Author: KA Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Characters: Xavier Latonge, Clint Hunter
Sub-Genre: Erotic Romance, Science Fiction, Historical
— Why would anyone need to steal ten zombie heads? —
It’s 1907, twenty years after the outbreak of a zombie Plague. For a young medicine student like Clint, the undead bodies provide an opportunity to study human physiology in the working. He is a good young man: tidy, well-mannered and hard working. Focused on his goal to become an excellent surgeon, Clint has a bright future ahead of him. If it weren’t for a shameful secret he’s forced to keep, his life would have been perfect.
Xavier, a peculiar foreigner he finds in the morgue late at night, claims to be an assistant to one of Clint’s professors, but doesn’t know the first thing about the proper way to behead zombies. Xavier’s story has many loose ends, but something about him unlocks all the emotions Clint always kept bottled up inside. When he learns the truth about Xavier, Clint finds himself involved in a conspiracy that could destroy everything he’s worked so hard for. Frightened by the possible consequences, yet strangely fascinated by the eccentric, tattooed stranger, Clint follows him to places he would never dare explore on his own.
Off with their Heads! is the second book I’ve read by the writing team of KA Merikan and I have to say, I’ve really loved everything I’ve read from them so far. Their stories are very fast-paced, interesting and an all-around fun and sexy read! The blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about what I liked about this book and why I’d recommend it.
I loved the strong chemistry between the two heroes. From the first moment they met, Clint found himself immediately fascinated by the somewhat odd, but sexy Xavier. Even though he’s unsure of Xavier and his motives for wanting ten zombie heads, he can’t help but be intrigued by Xavier and Clint soon finds himself doing things he never thought he do before.
Both men are passionate about their careers. Clint is a medical student and Xavier is…well you’ll have to read it and see what Xavier does. I will say that I liked Xavier’s passionate nature as well as his drive to stand up for what he believes in made him a very likeable hero for me. I understood why Clint fell for his offbeat personality and somewhat snarky attitude. On the other hand, Clint is ambitious about his own career and I liked the way he was able to relax and have fun in Xavier’s presence. In all honesty, I think both men were a little too serious about their own personal lives before they met each other. Yes, they’re still ambitious, but they also are able to relax and enjoy each other instead of being so serious all the time.
One of the things I loved about this book was the surprising humorous undertone the story has. I found myself laughing out loud several times as well as enjoying the sometimes feisty banter between the two heroes. Also, the backstory of how the zombie epidemic is very well thought out and interesting to read. I do want to point out that there are some gory moments in the book (Hey, it’s a zombie book, so what do you expect…LOL) but I thought the storyline was very original and I loved every moment of it. The only reason why I didn’t give this book five stars is: the ending was a little abrupt for me. It has a happy ending, but it left things unanswered and I wanted to read more about this couple and the world they live in.
Off With Their Heads! is set in the same universe their Scavenger books are set in, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone book. Once you read this one though, you’ll definitely want to read their Scavenger series. I’ve read the first book, Scavenger: July and will be reading the second book Scavenger: August soon. After reading this book, I’m really looking forward to it.
Off With Their Heads! is a funny, sexy book with plenty of action and adventure! I loved every moment I spent reading this book and I didn’t want it to end! KA Merikan has become one of those authors I’m definitely keeping an eye out for. I love their writing style and their inventive, sexy storytelling abilities have gained them a new fan. Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi