Author: Traci L. Slatton
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 180 pgs
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Emma meets the charismatic Arthur, who leads a strangely well-provisioned camp of men who seek to rebuild civilization. But Arthur hides a devastating secret. Slowly she falls for him, but can she stay with him, when his secret is revealed?
This is a paranormal romance without any supernatural elements. I laughed a little, which may sound somewhat strange for a end of the world disaster story, and I cried several times. While it is a romance, it has a heart wrenching and depressing tone throughout and is not what typical paranormal romance fans are used to.
Almost everyone is dead, killed by a deadly 'pearlescent' mist which came up from the ground and then out of the oceans to kill by turning internal organs to mush, heating it up and exploding into steam, water and fine powder. Of the people who are left, many are insane and many develop physic gifts.
Emma's husband and one of her little girls are hopefully safe from the mist in Canada. She and her daughter Mandy were visiting family in France in the Before. She prostitutes herself to Arthur, leader of a large group of men, to have a place of safety, shelter and food for her and the 8 kids she has picked up along the way.
Both Emma and Arthur have secrets and it seems as if they are going to be able to overcome them with love.
There is a tribute to the Aliens movie starring Sigourney Weaver in Emma naming one of the kids Newt. If you liked the short lived TV program Jericho staring Gerald McRaney and Skeet Ulrich, you'll like this. If you liked I am Legend with Will Smith, you'll like this.
This has a good story line with somewhat interesting characters. If you like "the world as we know it has ended and now what do we do to survive" stories, you'll like this one.
Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
It does and does not have a HEA.