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It wasn't flashy or filled with flesh-munching zombies, just a man and the love of his life and how much that love meant to him. It was a good way to end the anthology in my opinion. Overall I greatly enjoyed this anthology and was delighted to find several authors to check out again sometime. Dec 07, FredTownWard rated it really liked it. It will probably come as no surprise to learn that this is the ONLY zombie romance anthology ever. Lori Perkins ' Introduction is a must read explanation for how this seemingly insane project ever came to be; as you no doubt expected, some daring, even some "double dog daring" was involved.

Suffice it to say that Ms. Perkins encountered some skepticism: "We posted the thesis on Facebook, and hundreds of readers said they couldn't imagine romance with rotting corpses. Stick with mortal humanity's age old quest for immortality paired with the price that must be paid for it, and you'll be on firmer ground. We'd ALL love to live forever, depending on the price we'd have to pay for it, and we'd all expect Someone to have to pay a heavy price for it.

Jeremy Wagner 's "Romance Ain't Dead" kicks off the lunacy with an old-fashioned pre-Romero tale about the kind of zombies your grandmother used to make, Chicago North Shore resident Bruce loses the love of his life in a tragic Lake Michigan boating accident, but neighbor Doctor Wyclef Moliare, leading brain surgeon and Haitian immigrant, offers him an alternative.

The result is surprisingly touching and sweet, Francesca Lia Block 's "Revenants Anonymous" arguably comes the closest to using zombism as a metaphor, in this case for giving up on life because of tragedy and "living" as if you were undead. A couple of Revenants Anonymous attendees find hope and laughter and love and maybe even life together. In Jaime Saare's "I Heart Brains" the zombie virus is in full swing, and as always, Capitalism has risen to the challenge: Bodies For Your Brains is kind of like a Best Buy for the brain dead for those victims wealthy enough to afford it, and thanks to some fortunate investment decisions by his parents, Derrick Quinn, DOA this very morning, can afford it.

However, the newly widowed and impoverished seller of the successful suicide has made an unusual stipulation: "She wants to meet the buyer. Elizabeth Coldwell 's "Everyone I Love is Dead" explores the complications of mixed-mortality couples for the zombie-curious, Cross' "Through Death To Love" chronicles what happens when a speech therapist experiences a growing attraction to her zombie patient, "There are the mindless, shambling dead, and there are the thoughtful undead, men and women of heart and soul, certainly more human than not.

Robert is definitely one of the latter. Jan Kozlowski 's "First Love Never Dies" is a grim tale about a couple of cops in a crooked town trying to take down the local power and alleged zombie pimp and also trying to rescue a lost high school love. Hart's "My Partner the Zombie" is a film noir detective story parody with a couple of likable characters as the detectives somewhat wasted in a tale that is too silly and too short.

In Regina Riley 's "Undying Love" a witch receives a visit from a very unusual zombie with a very unusual request. A couple of likable characters in an engrossing story that unfortunately comes to an abrupt end, I'd like to read the rest if she ever finishes it. Brian Keene 's "Captive Hearts" is a grim little tale of how the Zombie Apocalypse allows a woman to get a wickedly appropriate revenge on a well deserving slimeball.

Gina McQueen 's "Apocalypse as Foreplay" is a hilariously grim little tale about a couple blowing away the all too familiar zombified residents of her home town as they try to make it home alive to meet her parents. Lois H. Gresh 's "Julia Brainchild" is a hysterically over the top parody about a couple of chefs fighting for control of a brain cooking TV show while they struggle with their growing lust for each other. Naturally, the "living challenged" get worked into the plot eventually. Steven Saus ' "Kicking the Habit" tells the story of a group of zombies traveling the country convincing others of their kind to give up eating human brains.

It is also a sweet and poignant tale of lost love regained Isabel Roman 's "Zombified" is the simple tale of a couple of strangers who co-inherit "a no-doubt ramshackle former plantation on Martinique". Of course the only thing they raise on the plantation now is Mercy Loomis ' "White Night, Black Horse" is another gripping tale of more traditional zombies, and a worm finally turning. Jeanine McAdam 's "Inhuman Resources" reveals a truth we have long suspected: some of our coworkers don't just look and act like zombies; they actually ARE zombies.

Stacy Brown 's "The Magician's Apprentice" is another satisfyingly zombified tale of true love finally found, worms turning, and how a famous magic trick is actually performed. Vanessa Vaughn 's "Some New Blood" is another zombie as a metaphor story. A couple whose marriage is dead in more ways than one, find a way to revitalize it.

Kilt Kilpatrick 's "Last Times at Ridgemont High" is a sometimes grim, sometimes hilarious tale of the brain deadening routine of high school interrupted by the Zombie Apocalypse and every male high school student's fantasies come true. Dana Fredsti 's "First Date" is about a truly awful first date fortunately brought to an early conclusion by the Zombie Apocalypse. Yes, they were just that incompatible.

Finally Michael Marshall Smith 's "Later" is another sweet and touching if unbearably creepy tale of love lost and regained. Well, that's it. The romance anthology that you just knew couldn't be written, shouldn't be written, and wouldn't be written, has been written, and it wasn't half bad! Note: The zombie-curious might also be interested in the best zombie football novel ever: Play Dead. Jan 10, Rose rated it it was ok Shelves: anthology , urban-fantasy , az-challenge , romance , horror , paranormal , tbr-challenge , mature. I've never been happier to finish an anthology on anything in my life, partially because this book took me on such a whirlwind of emotional turns that I feel like I need to review it just to say that I survived it.

Forewa I've never been happier to finish an anthology on anything in my life, partially because this book took me on such a whirlwind of emotional turns that I feel like I need to review it just to say that I survived it. Forewarning through. I could utter two words that could send you running far and away from this particular book, depending on how your sentiments run. Make you want to put it down and never return. You think I'm kidding? Fine, I'll tell you. Zombie erotica.

Still here? Because if you are, you'll be happy to know I'm totally kidding! There are a fair bit of erotic stories to be had in this collection, which is something I didn't expect jumping into it. I figured there would probably be love stories of varying degrees and insinuated smut - mostly between humans who were either facing the zombie apocalypse or would perish or spend some remembrance of a loved one in the aftermath of the zombie incoming.

And one particular domination story that made me cringe. If that wasn't freaky enough, some of the stories are short pieces that didn't develop any of the characters they showcased and made me feel like I'd been made brainless pun fully intended. I wanted to scrub it clean with a toothbrush after reading some of these pieces because they were Either in their overt nature, in their oh-so-obvious humored not so much insinuations, or in their ability to not showcase anything interesting. It paid off in some interesting ways, because if I hadn't plowed through several mediocre stories, I probably wouldn't have found the ones that piqued my interest.


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Instead of giving you a play-by-play of every short story - 21 total - featured in this set, I'm just going to give you a review of the ones that I thought were well-written, or those that caught my attention enough to warrant mention. Basically about a zombie reform group where a woman who isn't really a zombie listens in on zombies who need help coping through their newly found lives. There was a mention of one guy who says he's reformed and does yoga. Can you imagine a zombie doing downward dog and tree poses? Well, it made me laugh. The story itself has said girl lusting after a particular zombie whose good at playing the blues and such.

The romance felt tangible if a bit forced in attraction , but then I wasn't expecting it to end the graphic way it ended. It felt tacked on and awkward. It actually wasn't too bad, despite some of the cheese lines, but I felt like it ended before it truly began. There weren't many scenes featuring the man and his lover, but at least it was better written than some of the stories that came before it. My Partner the Zombie by R. Hart This was a really cool urban fantasy noir story, featuring, for the first time in the anthology at the point I read, characters that I actually cared about.

The author describes the situation and character sentiments quite well. I wish it could've been even longer, because I'd totally read a zombie noir. Undying Love by Regina Riley - Another of my favorites in the spectrum of the stories here - because the relationships depicted in this story felt most palpable, like things had changed for the characters and how they were coping with those changes.

Two lovers kicking zombie butt and taking names as they're doing so. The humor in this is overt and unapologetic, and dare I say their relationship is, yes, sexy. It ends a little sooner than I wanted, but I wouldn't mind reading beyond the scope of this story if I could. Kicking the Habit by Steven Saus Interesting concept for a story treating zombie feeding like an addiction. Particularly the taste of neurotransmitters piqued my interest, and the relationship between the couple felt plausible. I would've read more into this author's universe if he expanded upon it.

Inhuman Resources by Jeanine McAdam - I didn't expect this somewhat cute story of a secretary who gets stalked by a group of zombies and ends up with a zombie hunting boyfriend by the end. It had some interesting bits of humor, albeit its brevity. It does evoke the same connotations of its obvious namesake reference, though in a zombie apocalyptic way. It does make me want to look more into the authors whose stories I liked, but overall, I think the anthology could've offered, collectively, stronger material rather than the hit or miss structure it contained.

Dec 10, Anna rated it it was ok. Fair warning: a good deal of the stories in this collection were zombie erotica rather than zombie romance, some of which raised uncomfortable questions of exploitation of disabled partners seriously, some of them felt very creepy, in a use-y, toxic relationship-y, power imbalance-y way [usually on the human partner's part], and not in a zombie-horror way.

Several stories were typical romance fluff, a few were okay but underdeveloped because of their length, some had interesting ideas that did Fair warning: a good deal of the stories in this collection were zombie erotica rather than zombie romance, some of which raised uncomfortable questions of exploitation of disabled partners seriously, some of them felt very creepy, in a use-y, toxic relationship-y, power imbalance-y way [usually on the human partner's part], and not in a zombie-horror way.

Several stories were typical romance fluff, a few were okay but underdeveloped because of their length, some had interesting ideas that didn't quite live up to their potential.

None of them really stood out, though I confess I only get about halfway through before putting it down and moving on to other things. Jul 01, Mel rated it it was ok. I was interested in this book because I like a good zombie read once in awhile just because I can. This collection is all over the place. There are a few stories I did enjoy but the majority of the book was boring, predictable, low budget porn scenes. I mean really, in the middle of your city being eaten by zombies are you going to stop and bang the cute waiter? Have wild sex with your teacher I was bored most of the way through but tried to hang in there to finish it to make sure t I was interested in this book because I like a good zombie read once in awhile just because I can.

I was bored most of the way through but tried to hang in there to finish it to make sure there wasn't some gem I needed to remember. Oct 06, Jennifer Williams rated it liked it. I wanted to like this. Really I did. I love zombies. I love erotica. And I've met the editor so I had high hopes but ultimately I was disappointed. Most of the stories read like bad Harlequin romances or like smutty sex and zombies were just thrown together to qualify for the anthology. Of course, whether or not someone likes a work of fiction is subjective and I realize that so keeping that in mind I personally found many of the female characters to be exactly the type of women I either hate I wanted to like this.

I personally found many of the female characters to be exactly the type of women I either hate or that simply annoy me and very often those characters were written by women. I think sometimes our gender does a very good job of perpetuating the stereotypes surrounding us. There were a couple of standout stories, both written by men so I say to you women "I am disappoint". However, ultimately the stories are the choice of the editor. It's entirely possible she got some great stories written by women and simply rejected them.

Who knows. I also freely admit that my two favorite stories were not erotic. I like to think this is a coincidence considering I adore erotica. I just found most of the erotic content in this anthology to be laughable. All sorts of popping hardening nipples, throbbing loins, and simultaneous orgasms. I guess maybe that's par for the course for the average Jill Schmoe erotica reader? Not sure. I've always preferred stuff a bit more realistic and in the case of this anthology something a bit more inventive than "It's the end of the world, let's fuck!


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  6. Those two saved the anthology and made the whole thing worthwhile. Captive Hearts held no punches but it was brutal to the heart just as much as it was to the senses. It was poignant, touching, and had a female lead I could relate to. Later was also very touching. Sad and sweet and I think anyone who's ever lost a loved one will be moved by it. It was a nice sexy funny ode to high school that played wonderfully on taboo fantasies.

    This one doesn't fall into the 'cheesy' category because it's obvious the author was having fun with it instead of seriously trying to pass off the circumstances as entirely plausible. A concept that could have been a lot more innovative simply wasn't. And someone please explain to me how rotting corpses get hard-ons? Feb 25, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: zombies. Like all anthologies, there's some great work and some sub-par work inside. In the case of Hungry For Your Love , the less-than-stellar stories are fewer and farther between than in most anthologies I have come across.

    That being said, I will review a few select pieces and advise the reader to just skip the first story completely. It is one of the most highly reviewed, and deservedly so, with the sweet and tentativel Like all anthologies, there's some great work and some sub-par work inside. It is one of the most highly reviewed, and deservedly so, with the sweet and tentatively hopeful tone of the characters. This anthology is expressly romance, not erotica, but why bother mentioning an alive! Just go ahead and write it out.

    Fade to black is unnecessary. Cross: Simply loved it. Absolutely charming- one of my favorites in the anthology. Physical rehab for zombies. A rather fun romp. This story, however, is pure torture porn and revenge. You'll side with the lead, but it is not for the squeamish, it really doesn't fit into a romance anthology, zombie or otherwise. For me, it was very middle of the road. It reads exactly like a teenage boy's s zombie apocalypse fantasy. Not really a compliment from me- but it is a matter of taste. The romantic comedy of the anthology.

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    All the hilarity of body parts decomposing as two young zombies meet in the city. Minus a few stories, this anthology is a solid read. Worth picking up. Aug 10, L rated it liked it Shelves: zombie-books , sick-sick-sick. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Three and a half stars, really.

    I wanted to like this book more than I did because of my undying and complete love of zombies; but, I felt like some stories tried a little too hard for a cute plot and sacrificed decent writing. Many read like a ninth grader wrote them with unvaried sentence structure, bromidic and groan-inducing quips, and simple vocabulary I realize that sentence probably sounds pretentious. Also, some stories were romance-in-the-time-of-zombies, others were still-love-someone Three and a half stars, really. Also, some stories were romance-in-the-time-of-zombies, others were still-love-someone-who's-dead, and some were flat-out disgusting zombie sex.

    Quite a few were erotica, which was a nice change from my usual reading. I felt like I was reading Fifty Shades of Zombie or some zombie porn when I finished the story of the zombie-bitten man who knowingly has crazy-hot sex with his own great-grandmother "Julia Brainchild". Honestly, I began getting grossed out with zombies. Fortunately, I stuck with it and two stories, in particular, made the payoff worth it: "Last Times at Ridgemont High" - a perfect description of a zombie apocalypse happening at a high school, complete with any teen boy's fantasy.

    I laughed out loud at the end and cheered for the main character. It's going to be a good apocalypse. Just fantastic. Again, the apocalypse isn't as bad as they say. A few other stand-outs: "Later" - saddest story in the world. I really felt this one "Revenants Anonymous" - the dead do, indeed, love and lust "Through Death to Love" - sweetest zombie story I've ever read "Captive Hearts" - yes, I've included a Brian Keene story - King's "Misery" meets zombie "Zombified" - actually scared me "Some New Blood" - clever language usage in this one Not a bad collection and certainly original.

    I was just hoping to be blown away. View all 4 comments. Mar 30, Guillermo rated it really liked it. The stories range from silly and cute to erotic and weird to are you kidding me? Because there are so many stories I'd have to review in order to get the full on idea, I'd like to just point out some of my favorites.

    And not review them. I do a horrible job at reviewing things like this. I'm complaining. Perhaps for filler. Francesca Lia Block's The Frenzy, Open Letter to Quiet Light "Revenants Anonymous" introduces us to Casey, whose eye is set on Ed - both of which are revenants attempting to The stories range from silly and cute to erotic and weird to are you kidding me?

    Francesca Lia Block's The Frenzy, Open Letter to Quiet Light "Revenants Anonymous" introduces us to Casey, whose eye is set on Ed - both of which are revenants attempting to fight their natural urges of feasting on flesh by going to Revenants Anonymous meetings. At times, it's hard to tell whether these are zombies, or the aftermath of suicides.

    They're people attempting recreate a humanistic emotion, to feel - well - alive again. In "Captive Hearts," Brian Keene Dead Sea, A Gathering of Crows thrusts us into a devoted marriage, in which the wife stands by her husband no matter the circumstances. Whereas, Stacey Graham gives us a insight to zombie love at first sight with her cutesy story, "Eye of the Beholder.

    I suppose if I had to choose the strangest - probably most disturbing - piece in the anthology, it would be "Julia Brainchild" - get the lame pun of a title? Gresh The Science of Supervillains, Eldritch Evolutions in which an incestuous zombie relationship takes place on a live cooking show. All in all, cute, depressing or disgusting, Hungry for Your Love is a must for fans of the undead.

    Jul 06, Rachel Carrington rated it really liked it. Overall, I liked this book. I think Lori Perkins did an excellent job choosing the stories. That said, there were a couple of stand out reads. I Heart Brains was really good; it was that type of story you'd like to see longer. I would have loved to have known more Derrick and Olivia's journey as a couple.

    My Partner the Zombie was also another read I really liked. I wouldn't have minded if it had been longer, too. The story itself was uniquely creative. I mean, an organic zombie? Way to go, R. First Date was really good, too. I liked that the heroine in the story wasn't a weak-kneed wallflower who cringed at the sight of zombies. She took control. I won't go into the stories I didn't like because there wasn't anything structurally wrong with them. They just weren't my cup of tea. The last story of the anthology, Later, in my opinion, was the weakest overall. A woman is dug up, and for no other reason, other than the fact that she's dead, she starts turning into a zombie.

    Not the kind that eats brains, but the kind you can live with and love. That one didn't make a lot of sense to me. There was no indication of how she became a zombie without being a zombie that would kill. At any rate, I still give this anthology four stars because I think it's well worth it. First time I ever read zombie romance, and I really enjoyed the stories! Kudos to Lori Perkins for this idea! Feb 09, S rated it really liked it.

    This was given to me as a Valentine's Day gift in I should've finished the last story on Valentine's of this year, but I just couldn't wait. I read this between reading other books. As in, read a book, read a few stories from this while picking the next book to read, then read another book, read a few more stories from this, repeat process. It was fun, and a little strange, and not all the stories were zombie love -- some were just normal people finding love during the zombie apocalypse. It was fun, and a little strange, and not all the stories were zombie love -- some were just normal people finding love during the zombie apocalypse..

    It's just campy zombie fun in a mostly RomZomCom kinda way. If you like that, then you'll like this. If not, then you have been warned. Feb 22, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: feb I usually like my zed novels with more action and less romance. Regina Riley's 'Undying Love' was my favorite story.

    I am a fan of Urban Fantasy and Ms. Riley left me wanting more. I enjoyed Brian Keene's 'Captive Hearts. Nothing like a little fun revenge with a side of zombies. And the haunting 'Later' by Michael Marshall Smith was a perfect way to end the collection. Sep 26, Angela rated it liked it. An anthology of stories involving zombies and romance.

    Some stories are actually zombies and love, while others are survivors of a zombie apocalypse dealing with romance. As is typical of all anthologies, some stories are really cute, some okay and some somewhat forgettable. Be prepared for some eroticism in some of the stories. Nov 20, Jenn rated it liked it Shelves: zombies. This is an interesting and sometimes disturbing collection of zombie tales. Some stories were interesting, some were downright moronic Coldwell, I'm looking at you , and hidden in between were gems that made me want to know more. Overall, I liked it.

    But it fell into the same trap that most anthologies do View all 3 comments. Sep 29, Yolanda rated it it was ok Shelves: short-stories. Aghhh, An anthology of zombie romance, just like you might imagine rotting flesh finds love. I could not get past that thought for the entire book. The stories themselves were entertaining but the best things about anthologies is finding different authors to seek out and enjoy.

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    I will be sticking to zombies without love stories from now on. Sep 24, Teresa rated it really liked it Shelves: zombie-books. All in all, a very good collection of zombie stories. Like all anthologies, some were much better than others. Certain stories and authors definitely deserve second looks,namely: R. Sep 02, Jessica marked it as to-read Shelves: owned. I'm not going to lie, I have NO expectations for this book except to laught till I choke. Can't Wait!! Jan 30, Tad rated it really liked it. This book was really dirty and I had to keep myself from blushing while reading it.

    Definitely does a good job of parodying romance novels, though, and there were some really good stories in here. Still, though, not for the faint of heart or those who get embarrassed easily!! Jun 24, Darcy rated it it was ok Shelves: , zombies , anthologies , pnr. Like with most anthologies you have an interesting mix.

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    Some of these stories made me laugh, some were blah, and a couple really grossed me out, one not in a gross zombie way, just inappropriate relationship way. If you are a fan of zombies and love stories check this one out. As much as I wanted to, I really couldn't get into the majority of this book. I read a few stories that were okay, and tried to start the rest but just couldn't get myself to finish them. Unfortunately this book went back to the library largely unfinished.

    There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Videos About This Book. More videos About S. Books by S. Trivia About Hungry for Your Love. A Civil War setting is a plus, but not necessary. It just seemed like a natural mash-up to me. A digital copy of the book will be available to all Romantic Times attendees with a limited-edition code throughout the convention.

    The stories should be a minimum of words, and a maximum of Please include a brief autobiography with your submission. About Riverdale Avenue Books Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. Started in by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a foreign rights and film agency department.

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