Doctor Ruth Parker has always taken care of herself, and that’s what she’s doing now, hiding out in her apartment and avoiding her neighbours: once privileged Mosman residents, now flesh-eating braindeads, thanks to the virus that’s turned her world—and everyone else’s—to hell.
Captain Jack Lang has always taken care of others, and with the newly secured Base he and his loyal commandos control the only safe place in the city. But the Base has needs that he can’t meet—doctors. And women. So when he discovers Ruth and her two friends in an unsafe apartment, he brings them back to Base where he knows he can keep them safe, and where he will do anything to make them stay.
Ruth is used to giving orders, not taking them, and the Captain’s methods for making sure she stays put don’t gel with her fierce independent streak. But the world has changed, and Jack will make Ruth understand that he is in charge and that her survival is more important than her control-freak tendencies—even if he has to chain her to the bed to do it.
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When I first read the book description of ‘Base’, I was excited to get the opportunity to read this book. The cover looked beautiful and the whole concept of a romance between a doctor and a dominant soldier in a zombie wrecked world really sparked my interest. It sounded like a fun twist of ‘The Walking Dead’ and I couldn’t wait to start reading.
In ‘Base’ we meet Doctor Ruth Parker. Ruth has seen the beginning of the end of the world when she was working as a doctor in a hospital. A lot of patients turned into ‘braindeads’ and now Ruth and her two friends have been stuck at their apartment for a view months. Hiding from the braindeads and hoping to survive. When Captain Jack Lang rescues Ruth and her friends she isn’t as thankful as Jack would expect. Ruth isn’t used to being told what to do, especially not by men. But now she has to accept that Jack’s in charge and that he is the dominant type and doesn’t take no for an answer.
The beginning of this book was a little disappointing to me. I had a lot of expectations about this book and the beginning with how Jack ‘rescued’ Ruth and her friends felt off to me. I didn’t like the way Ruth’s friends were all in for going away with strange men and being their property. I probably felt just the way Ruth was feeling about being manhandled. It felt wrong and a long way from the romance I was hoping to read about.
But I kept going and slowly on this book began to grow on me. The two main characters Jack and Ruth began to connect more and I really started to get why they were the way they are.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the whole ‘braindead’ concept. I’ve read a view books about the end of the world in which people changed into a sort-of zombie, and this was a nice change to those books since it also involved some romance. It’s not like there was a lot of actual fighting in this book but the whole ‘braindead’ concept really made this a fun read.
There are some sexy scenes in this book, and although I found them a little strange I did enjoy reading most of them and I think these scenes fitted the main characters perfectly. Not what I expected but not bad.
This book was shorter than I thought it would be, but the ending was exactly right. Overall I did enjoy the last half of the book and I do think back to a fun read.
About the Author:
Cathleen Ross likes to write about the quirky side of life. She thought she was a "Sweet" writer until she was asked to write her first erotic story, sold it immediately and never looked back. Her first novel, ‘Man Hunt’ sold to Black Lace/Random House. ‘Man Hunt’ became the number one best-selling erotic novel on the Publisher's website in 2006 and has been translated into German.
She loves writing erotic short stories. ‘Highlander’ is the second in her Forbidden Fantasy series along with ‘Take Me’ and ‘The Lover’. ‘Highlander’ is special to her because she dreamed the story - about a dispossessed Scottish noble named James, who had to fight to get his land back.
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I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Escape Publishing.