Saturday, July 20, 2013- Satin Sheets Romance Review of Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane
Title: Once Upon A Darkness
Author: Aria Kane
Author’s website: www.ariakane.com
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 91 pages
Find It On: Amazon
Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.
Clint's only skill is war, but he's weary of killing other men. When his contract with the Marines runs out, he takes a job on Gretchen's team, hoping that the search-and-rescue life will suit him better.
On Clint's second day, their four-man team is attacked, drugged, and taken to a prison full of frightened civilians. The only way in or out is by helicopter and, here, their enemies are human. One by one, the captives are culled from the holding area. Rumors say the facility director uses the prisoners as experimental subjects for the testing of a zombie cure.
When Hank is taken, Clint and Gretchen must put aside their personal feelings and find a way out of the prison, surrounded by thousands of starving zombies, before Hank becomes just one more disposable guinea pig in the hands of a twisted mad woman.
This is my second time reading a novella by Ms. Kane. This author does an amazing job bringing her characters alive on every page!
Once Upon a Darkness puts a new twist, on an old favorite, Hansel and Gretel a.k.a. Gretchen and Hank. Bring in a hot new recruit and you have a hot, zombie romance story. I am not a fan of zombies, so I’m glad that they were not the main focus of this story.
Clint is an ex-marine, so you know he is a major hottie with muscles. However, it was his sensitivity and intuition in dealing with Gretchen’s past that made him irresistible. He’s sensitive, yet protective. The guy even knows a few cheerleader moves. Love a guy that can pay attention.
I am partial to having kick-ass heroines in my reads, and Gretchen provided that throughout the story. She is beautiful, smart, witty, and she can kick some zombie butt!
Ms. Kane’s eye catching characters and her ability to make a story flow, makes me want more. Even though I’m not a fan of zombies, I could have totally read this at a novel-sized and been entertained until the very last page. If you love a great romance with and a little bit of zombies, you’ll love Once Upon A Darkness by Aria Kane.