By Amy Kennedy, RBTB Contributing Editor
When I was a kid, Valentine’s Day in elementary school meant heartbreak, ‘cause it was never a given that I’d get a card from the boy I liked. I always liked someone who didn’t like me. Oh, they liked me, they just didn’t like me, like me. Rats.
I realized after reading the last story in “My Zombie Valentine,” all the men in these stories – hunks, every last one of them – fall in love first, and then make it their mission to convince their ladies to love them back.
Ysabelle Raliegh’s a zombie counselor and a tutor in her spare time, in Katie MacAlister’s hysterically hot “Bring Out Your Dead.” On her way to a tutoring gig, Ysabelle runs into and falls onto Sebastian, tall, dark, and a definite stranger. They share a passionate kiss until she remembers she doesn’t know him and bolts. Once Ysabelle reaches her student’s house, who walks in but Sebastian, surprised to see her, yet ready to kill the kid’s father.
Sebastian, a disgruntled vampire, seeks the father of Ysabelle’s student. He’s waging a vendetta against the man responsible for turning him. He’s happy to find Ysabelle, his “beloved,” and once they ‘join’ not only will he reclaim his soul but also exact his revenge. Sebastian may be hot, but, Ysabelle wants nothing to do with vengeance. Now Sebastian must decide which means more: getting even or winning his beloved?
Angie Fox’s “Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo,” gives new meaning to the phrase: Beware what you wish. Tired of waiting for Mr. Right, Voodoo practitioner Amie Baptiste takes love matters into her own hands and concocts a spell to attract her soul-mate. She never expects his previous address to be St. Louis Cemetery Number One. And while Dante Montenegro may be a fine looking zombie, he has only three days to convince Amie he really is the love of her life or it’s back to the grave for eternity.
Marianne Mancusi’s “Zombie Confidential,” is a veritable feast of tongue-in-cheek jokes, and a perfect girl-next-door-gets-the-movie-star story. Make-up artist Scarlett Patterson can’t believe her luck in landing a job on the location of a movie starring Mason Marks. Too bad there’s some bad luck involved also. Sure, Mason flirts with her, but she’s a nobody, her best friend is missing and the extras are staying in “zombie” character way too long. Mason thinks he’s never seen anyone as beautiful or as sweet as Scarlett. As the zombie extras wreak havoc, Mason thinks if he can save the day for real, he can win her love.
In Lisa Cach’s sexy and surprisingly thought-provoking “Every Part of You,” we meet Angelica Sequiera and Tom Haggerty in a noted plastic surgeon’s waiting room. While Tom stuns Angelica with his matter-of-fact comments, like: Seems like no one in L.A. can appreciate a nice little pair of half cuppers like Angelica’s, she can’t help but be attracted to his surfer-boy good looks, even though she finds him nothing more than a dumb jock.
Turns out Tom can’t stop thinking about Angelica , and they end up on a date where he proves not only he’s way more than a pretty face, but also that he likes her just the way she is. But since her visit to the plastic surgeon, Angelica’s noticed something weird going on with her face – and some insatiable cravings.
Apparently all the surgeon’s patients are acting like Angelica, and soon she and Tom race against time to find a cure for this new kind of zombie she’s become – craving caandyyyy, instead of braaaainssss.
“My Zombie Valentine” is funny and satisfying. Each author has her own brand of humor and uses it well. I think we could all use a laugh this Valentine’s Day, so get yours when you --
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These women got their hearts' desires, even if they didn’t know those are what they wanted. But what I want to know is: What’s the worst Valentine’s card or present you ever received? – and -- Who do you wish would give you a Valentine – or wish would have given you one in the past?