I'm not generally into the whole zombie phenomenon, but I wanted to give Zombie Erotoclypse
a whirl—and having finished it, I'm so glad I did! Tamsin Flowers's writing has a sweetness to it that draws you right in, and in each piece I found myself attached to the protagonist whom I rooted on with a smile on my face (even if it was a zombie!).
The novella includes five shorter stories, each one exploring different aspects of zombie-ism and telling a rowdy good tale. I loved each of them for different reasons, but I definitely had a couple favorites. The first tale was a great intro piece, depicting a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies in which the two characters are just trying to survive...and find some love. The sense of urgency in this one was almost palpable, and after I finished it I couldn't wait to read more. The second story was by far the best; I couldn't believe I was reading what grew into a zombie love story—but there it was, beautifully written and compassionate. The characters couldn't have been more charming, with John finding his way in the zombie world, initially hunting sex until he finds adept and open-minded Eve. In addition to the captivating characterization on this one, the exposition was tremendous. I was immediately hooked on the narrator's voice and wanting to know more (full length, please?). The other three pieces were also good, but Tamsin Flowers is at her best when the stories have a strong romantic focus.
As for Ms. Flowers's sex scenes—hello. She writes a perfect combination of sexy, sultry, and warmth. I felt like I was in the middle of a loving cocoon, which is exactly how I'd describe her writing style. There's a natural sweetness to her erotic romances; they're light and loving, without all the angst that sometimes drags such pieces down. Here, the conflict is zombie-ism, but Ms. Flowers shows that love—and the steamy sex shared between two lovers—is really the only cure we'll need.