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Thicker than Blood series - Book Review

I enjoy a good zombie, apocalypse, romance novel.  I stumbled upon these gems.  I've read books by Claire C Riley before and Love them.  She is the author of The Dead Saga - LOVED it!  I saw Beneath Blood and Bone and saw Claire's name so I bought it, not knowing it was a series!  Low and behold a Zombie, Apocalypse, Romance series!  OHHHHHHHHH


A true friendship never dies. 

Leisel and Evelyn lost everything. Husbands. Families. Friends. Lives that made sense. All they had left was each other, and a friendship that could withstand anything… Even an apocalypse. 

Until one fateful night, the marginal safety they’d come to rely on comes to a vicious and brutal end. With the help of Alex & Jami, both unlikely allies, Leisel and Evelyn are able to escape their shattered sanctuary only to find themselves face-to-face with a much altered, much crueler life where they have to find the way—and the will—to stay alive in a world they no longer recognize. 

Traveling across a broken and infection-ridden country; the road-weary group are pitted against endless violence, improbable circumstances, and the ultimate loss. 

Everything comes at a price—especially safety, the cost of which could very well strip them of the one thing they’ve tried so hard to cling to: their humanity. 

Yet along with all the trials they’re forced to endure, there’s also hope in the form of love. Having loved Leisel from afar, Alex attempts to put the pieces of her fractured heart back together. 

But in such a savage world, is there room for love? 

In a place of nightmares-made-reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love amongst all odds can mean the difference between life and death. 

There are friends… 

And then there are Leisel and Evelyn. 

NOTE TO READERS: **Thicker than Blood is the first in a series consisting of several STANDALONE novels all based in the same setting.**


I picked up book #2, before this one. I didn’t know it was a series. I’m so glad I grabbed this and read in order. 

This book is about Leisel and Evelyn and how they are trying to survive after a zombie apocalypse. They now live in a compound, where women are married off to random men. Love no longer exists, it died with their husbands. Leisel is married to the leader of the leader of their compound and he rules with an iron fist towards her. Things change and Leisel and Evelyn need to get out. They can’t stay any more, they can’t bear it. With the help of friends, they manage to escape and go on the run. It’s not long before they realize that mostly everything is picked over and they are not safe, no matter where they go. They find other survivors who take them to Purgatory. But is it any better than where they came from? 

Here the women are nothing more than whores unless they are claimed by a man and protected. At least it’s by choice and not force. 

This is a great story about love and loss. How two unlikely friends are surviving in this world for each other. Evelyn feels she needs to protect Leisel, but Leisel soon turns the tide and becomes the stronger of the two. This is a great zombie apocalypse read. You get to learn more about the people at Purgatory and how they are surviving. I hate to say living, because they are just barely surviving. 


It is the end of the world…

They call him Eagle. Like the grand and beautiful animal that symbolizes freedom. And during these dark times, when humanity is full of nothing but suffering, a man with such a powerful name should be a beacon of hope.

He is anything but. 

Her name is Autumn. Though she hasn’t said this name, or much of anything else, in the four years since the fall of civilization. A shell of her former self, and living wild in a cave at the bottom of a ravine, Autumn is accustomed to being alone. She prefers it actually, especially when her only other options for company are either trying to kill her, or worse, lock her up inside their walls. 

Captured by Eagle’s people Autumn is suddenly thrust back into the land of the living, though she would hardly call it living. The community of Purgatory is full of sinners, the most evil of which seem to have set their sights on her.

In an act born of anger and defiance, Eagle becomes Autumn’s unexpected savior forcing these two solitary people into one another’s broken worlds. Neither knows quite what to make of the other, but one thing is certain. 
To survive Purgatory, they will need to learn how to rely on each other; a feat that could quite possibly teach them how to live again.


Eagle helped start Purgatory with Jeffers.  Together they build the community and helped the people survive.  They put rules in place, that Jeffers oversees.   Jeffers is the leader, E is the rule breaker.  A wild is brought into the community, E sends her to the whore house.  They can always use the help, but when she escapes E takes her in.   He protects her from Jeffers and the rules.  Things get crazy, he starts to care for her and starts to realize that she is a person that he could like strongly.  But she is bat $hit crazy, he starts calling her Squirrel.

Autumn has been alone for so long, that she doesn’t know how to be around people.  She is covered in  her own $hit when she is brought to the community.  She doesn’t understand how these people are surviving, when they are laughing and talking and making noise.  Surely they will draw the attention of the rotters.  They are crazy, not her!

The story between E and Squirrel is a tough.  E is a hard person, he lost so much and so did Squirrel.  Can they help each other?  Can they survive the Rotters?  Can they survive Purgatory and what it’s dishing out to them?  Can they survive each other?

I love my dystopia zombie romance stories.  I’m looking forward to book #3 to see who it’s about.  I’d love to read more about Leisel, but also E and Squirrel.  This is a good series, the Rotters don’t take over and become the main characters.  It’s still about humanity and how we will survive.  How some people are still the same and how some are pushed to the darkness.


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