Review: Dead Alert by Bianca D’Arc

Dead Alert by Bianca D’Arc
Series: Guardians of the Dark (#5)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Page Count: 275
Source: book provided by publisher for review

Sizzling attraction meets unstoppable adventure in Bianca D’Arc’s captivating new paranormal romance…

For Emily Parkington, the thrill of flying charter planes for Praxis Air has lately been tinged with dread. Mysterious cargo flights and a high number of fatal crashes lead Emily to suspect something sinister behind the scenes. And if her new colleague is involved, Emily won’t hesitate to turn him in, in spite of Sam Archer’s sexy charm and irresistibly easy confidence.

Enemy or potential ally? Sam can’t be sure of anything where Emily is concerned, except how much he wants her. Immune to the zombie virus created through military research, Sam is working undercover to find out if Praxis is trafficking forbidden technology. It was a potentially deadly assignment even before he found himself distracted by a woman he scarcely knows. And when a “controlled” experiment goes horribly wrong, there will be no limit to the danger they both face…or how far he’s willing to go to save her…

Review: Who doesn’t love a paranormal romance that has a hot military man who’s tough as nails on the outside but squishy as a marshmallow on the inside paired with a heroine that can stand on her own but knows when to reach out for help? We get both of these things in exciting entry in the Guardians of Dark series.

Emily Parkington learned to fly before she could drive and has been trying to maintain the same dedication her mother had for Praxis Air. Trouble is, as a minority shareholder in the company, she’s got to follow the directives of the new CEO. She knows something weird is going on, but she can’t seem to figure out what. After getting a “warning” about putting her noise where it didn’t belong, she not sure what she should do next or who she should trust.

Sam Archer has been working with a special forces team trying to eradicate a zombie threat being unleashed by a psych scientist. Due to his immunity to the zombie contagion and his ability to fly, Sam is assigned to investigate the goings on at Praxis Air. He’s suspicious of everyone when he gets to Wichita, but when he meets Captain Emily Parkington, he realizes there is more on the line than stopping the zombie invasion.

Emily and Sam have great chemistry together. I loved how a man who is normally tough as nails became soft and squishy when it came to Emily and what she needed (whether it was personal or professional). He realized right away that Emily was going to be just as important to him as his mission.

Emily was immediately drawn to Sam, but she had a hard time trusting that what they had was going to be anything past the “right now.” She’s learned the pilots had a woman in every port and she figured the same could be said of Sam, but she soon learns that Sam is much more than anyone else she’s known and begins to hope that should they live through his mission they will last for much longer.

The secondary part of the story, the zombies, was good and kept your attention, but that was really shadowed by Sam and Emily’s building relationship, however we do get a satisfactory ending to that storyline.

An enjoyable read that kept you entertained and hoping Sam and Emily could make it work in the end.


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