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Bite Me
     

Bite Me

3.6 10
by PJ Schnyder
 

Book one of London Undead

Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that's not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the

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Book one of London Undead

Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that's not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.

Maisie can't help but admit that she's attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She's drawn to Seth's strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she's determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn't want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time…

But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her…

31,000 words

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Seth is an alpha werewolf helping to police the streets of London, letting out his natural werewolf rage by killing zombies—werewolves are immune to the zombie virus. Seth happens upon Maisie shooting a pack of zombies to protect a family trapped in Kensington Gardens. Quite impressed with this human’s moxie, Seth helps defeat the mob despite being intentionally shot through the shoulder by Maisie in order to kill an attacking zombie. (Werewolves heal quickly.) Maisie, crippled in a previous zombie attack, works in an animal clinic and insists on tending to Seth’s wound. Seth and Maisie fall for each other, but before Seth can claim her in his wolfish way, zombies attack again, this time besieging Maisie and another family in their illegal squat apartment. Will Seth arrive in time to save Maisie from the zombie horde?

Verdict “Bite me” refers to the way our hero saves his potential mate as well the defiant attitude necessary for survival in this dangerous world. This first book in the series from Schnyder (A Gift for Boggle) builds romantic tension that is lustily well satisfied and sets the stage for more to come.—Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Lib., CA
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426895654
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
06/24/2013
Series:
London Undead
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
824,577
File size:
198 KB

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Seth struggled with the corpse as it twisted and groaned in his hold, trying to get a bite out of him. "Hurry up and get what we bloody came here for before I kill the bugger."

The zombie wasn't near a match for him. In his phase-form, a supernatural meld of man and wolf, Seth towered over the struggling corpse. Killing it would've been easy. But they'd come out on this hunt for more than just the kill. He'd chosen phase-form so he had hands to hold the blighter for his pack mate but still had the protection his fur afforded him as the thing clawed and bit.

Course, if any normal human happened into the alley, they'd see the stuff of nightmares—two huge men with clawed hands and feet and the faces of wolves grappling with the living dead. Good thing most people kept to their homes these days.

"Steady on," Danny ground out, and he grasped the thing's skull with a clawed hand. "Got the muscle and skin samples, just trying to get a bit of what's left of his brain."

"Mush, that's all that's left in these, even the new ones." Seth hoisted the zombie off its feet.

"All right, that's got it. Good to kill the thing now."

With a snarl, Seth flung the monster across the alleyway and into a wall. It hit with a sickening crunch. He was on it before it could try to drag itself toward them again, crushing its skull and the remnants of its black-and-grey brain matter into...mush.

Victory.

He embraced the euphoria as it washed through his muscles, and if he'd not been standing in the streets of London, he'd have raised his muzzle to the night sky and howled his triumph.

Next to him, Danny shifted back from his phase-form to human. Painful, that, but Danny was still grinning through the finish of the change.

"See? Not so hard to get the samples I wanted. And that's one less zombie walking the streets."

Seth lifted his lip, baring his still elongated teeth at his smaller pack mate. "Would've been quicker just to kill the bugger."

"True." Danny cocked his head sideways, baring his neck and dropping his eyes to the ground in a submissive pose. "But killing them isn't enough. More keep coming, staying here in London, and we've not a clue why. At least if we could learn more about the stages, identify when the infection becomes irreversible..."

"A human gets bit, they die. Slow, I grant you, and painful, but dead all the same." Seth snapped his teeth with an audible click. "Then the poor bastard gets back up and tries to eat anyone and anything alive around them. Worse, they can spread the virus before they die, after they die, and while they're stumbling their way around in the dark. Even bloody vampires don't create more of themselves that easily. Nothing for it but to crush the zombies until they can't get up anymore."

"It's a virus—like ours, like the vampirism." Danny had a way of taking a point and chewing on it. But then, he was the pack's medic and a biologist by education. Research was just another kind of hunt for him. Answers to hypotheses were every bit as tempting as rabbits for the younger werewolf. "It can be inoculated against at the very least, maybe reversed if caught early enough. We're the only ones who can safely obtain any samples."

And the vampires or the fae. But them, they'd agreed to stay in the shadows. Preferred it, even. Better to let the werewolves stand in the glare of human scrutiny.

Frustration burned through Seth's veins, replacing the cleaner euphoria of the earlier fight. "Oy. I came out here to get your bloody samples, didn't I?"

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Bite Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the London Undead series by P.J. Schnyder. I am not normally a big zombie fan, so I will be honest and say that if not for the werewolf in the blurb, I would have probably passed on this book. And I would have lost on a great new voice. At only about 90 print pages, this isn't a major time investment, but it sure does pack a powerful punch. There is so much going on, I can barely believe the author managed it to get it all in, especially as I never felt like things were too overly rushed. Yes, things move quickly, but for all intents and purposes, London has become a war zone. Emotions are heightened, actions are magnified and responses are accelerated. In other words, the speed of their courtship seemed appropriate in the circumstances. The story starts off with Seth, the London pack leader, helping draw blood and tissue samples from one of the zombies that has infested the city of London. As pack leader of the local Werewolf clan, he has gone public to assist the country with policing and protecting those who were unable to escape a zombie infestation that brought the paranormal to national and public attention. One of Seth's wolves, Danny, is a medic and biologist who is trying figure out where the zombies have suddenly come from. Seth sends Danny back to the lab to go ahead and start running tests on the samples, and continues on patrol. It is not long before he comes across some humans fighting off zombies and jumps in to intervene. Maisie had gone out for a stroll to clear her head, and stumbled across a small family trying unsuccessfully to escape from a zombie. Before long, the screaming and yelling attracted more and more zombies, till Maisie reached a point of last stand. Just as she was concerned about running out of ammo, a werewolf showed up and started assisting. Maisie was able to get the family to head off to safety, but she knew that she would never be able to make a run for it. Especially with her injured leg she received from a previous zombie attack. Seth finishes off the zombies and realizing why Maisie couldn't run off, decides to carry her back. And thus begins the courtship and romance of Maisie and Seth. I loved the unique voice and vision that I experienced with this book. It was the perfect blend of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Maisie was a smart mouthed kick ass chick and Seth was all snarly Alpha. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads and happily dove right into book 2.
BusyMomsBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Carina Press provided me with an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley Zombies walk the streets of London at night, people are no longer safe and the werewolves have come out to the humans to help them. Seth the alpha of the London pack is still living with the anger of his dead lover breaking a promise to him, now he is just trying to help keep the streets safe. Maisie is also dealing with her own guilt and issues. The two of them meet in a park when Maisie is trying to save a family from zombies and Seth jumps in to help. They are attracted to each other, but with zombie attacks becoming more coordinated and guilt getting in the way, can Seth and Maisie even make a relationship work. I really liked this book; it was a great fast past quick read. The back and forth banter between the two main characters was easy and had me laughing at Maisie spunk. The secondary characters were great and added even more witty comments to the story. The ending is a good one; it ties things up for Maisie and Seth while at the same time leaving things open for other characters to have their own books. I will definitely be getting the next book in the series.
Bookswagger More than 1 year ago
Bite Me (London Undead #1), PJ Schnyder There has been a zombie outbreak in London and it is beginning to spread. Seth is the alpha of the London territory and it is his job as werewolf alpha to kill zombies and protect his territory. While Masie is the last of her family, struggling to find her way in this newly infected world, a fighter for sure. Masie and Seth are drawn to each other, unfortunately for Masie the zombies are also drawn to her. I enjoyed the world of zombies we received more description and fleshed out plot/world than I expected for 31,000 words. This read like an urban fantasy, stab, kill, kiss and run just with the bonus of a HEA. The zombie descriptions are grossly descriptive (what you want in a zombie book). The zombie out break is not solved in this book and they are growing smarter so you know this series is going to get interesting. So focus on the world and enjoy the zombie killing, would love to see more interaction between H/h in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read ,loved this story couldnt put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally like zombies, but I liked this novella.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Seth helps his medic, Danny, collect samples from a zombie before eliminating it. He then heads on the remainder of the patrol of his territory London, sending Danny back to start researching and testing. Hearing a scream with his sensitive hearing at night when few brave the streets, he heads toward it to find zombies after a woman and a family. Maisie went for a walk at night with her irritation at her landlord, when she came across a family running from zombies. She pulls her faithful guns to help protect the family. Her ammo is running low as the zombies narrow in. The zombies are acting different, organized. And this can spell trouble for many. The world here is dangerous. The people who didn't have the money to leave or get out soon enough are stuck in London with the quarantined area. Zombies appeared a little over a year ago and stay in this area. Werewolves are great allies to have against the zombies, humans have finally accepted their help in patrolling and killing zombies but people are still nervous, yet they are more scared of the zombies at the moment. Seth's under the scrutinizing eye of not only the council and other packs but the vampires and fae. Seth is strong in his feelings of the zombies, and magic. Kill them and don't use it. He has a history with both. Seth is a caring man, and an Alpha. He wants nothing more than to protect his area and eliminate any threat. Danny is a scientist through and through, working out the how, why, and what to do to cure or stop the virus. The humans have moved to slow to recognize the symptoms and to many have become infected. To many innocents have died or been turned. Seth sees something more in Maisie with her lack of fear in her personal moves, towards zombies and him, and relaxed personality. She's one heck of a shot with her guns too. Seth's instinct is to help Maisie, get her food and off her crippled foot, is strong in Seth. Maisie is special and upon first meeting Seth, ends up in his strong arms. Maisie finds a physical attraction there curled next to his firm chest. I enjoyed this sweet romance. P.J. has blended paranormal romance with the looming zombie threat in the now dangerous city of London. What a way to blend all the elements. This is definitely a romance read. There's a blooming relationship with hints on more to the world and zombies. The focus is the growth of caring and love in this dangerous time, but I do hope in the future stories we learn more of the questions about the zombies posed from this read. I'm looking forward to reading them to find out.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book, werewolves fighting zombies, caught my interest, so I grabbed it. I was definitely disappointed. It's not a long story, so little time was allowed for character or world development. Bite Me is the first book in the London Undead series by PJ Schnyder, so I expected some detailed background about how the zombies came about and more information about the werewolves coming out to fight them. Very little detail was given. The only character with much background shown was Maisie, so she seems more of a real person. She has a great spitfire spirit. However, the relationship between her and Seth feels non-existent. There's no real chemistry shown between them. There are some explicit sex scenes. The action moves along quickly, but there's not much of it. When the zombies attacked, I didn't feel any emotion from anyone. It's just not a book I'd recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, I kind of loved this book. The story started out a little slow, and I was kind of lost in the first about 10%, but once the plot got moving I realized that I was falling totally in love with all the characters. I mean how can you really go wrong. You have zombies, you have super zombies, you have werewolves, and you have a totally awesome lead female character that I could relate to and look up to while reading. It is always so much better when you want the lead female to get her HEA. The whole book was written very much as if it was a movie. The scenes flowed seamlessly into the next and the author did an amazing job and building the tension to the point that when it finally unfolded I sucked in my breath and went NO WAY! P.J. is a very strong writer to fit in all the desired elements of an erotic romance--especially with zombies--in a very small package. I didn't think she would get me to like the lead characters when I first started. But then I feel in love with Seth and I think he even made me blush a little. Crossing paranormal genres is a shaky ground but P.J. totally pulled it off for me! Please tell me we are going to get Danny's story soon?! I think I heart him most of all! *I received a copy of this book from Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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ZombieJoe More than 1 year ago
A novella in a new series from PJ Schnyder released today. If you are listening to what I say at all, there is a better than even chance you are a fan of the undead. Or more specifically… zombies. If so, this is your wheelhouse… your jam… or whatever the kids these days are saying. As long as they stay off of my lawn. London is being overrun with zombies. Barricades have been set up to keep the zombies in and from going wild over the country. Of course those blockades are also keeping the humans stuck inside. This brings us to the meeting point of our two heroes. Maisie is a human fighting the undead and protecting the living. I would almost venture to dub her an womanly version of Daryl Dixon. A total zombie killing badass (but with feelings). Seth (our other hero) comes upon her saving a group of people. He is the alpha of the London werewolf pack. The London pack has recently outed itself to the humans in an effort to help protect them from the outbreak of zombies. They are also trying to figure out what caused the outbreak and how to eliminate the virus. Not the least of which is due to the zombies starting to hunt in a more organized fashion. As PJ’s editor put it during a Google+ meetup interview they did over the weekend, a zombie hunter romance as opposed to a zombie romance story. The physics if the latter is just… um… ew. This is like many good zombie stories and more about the survivors and less about the zombies. Also not nearly as apocalyptic as the Walking Dead. It meets in the middle giving us more opportunity to explore the romance alongside the zombie dispatching. What the author does, and does well, is she keeps pacing, gives us a solid plot. All the time keeping it real. Which is to say that the sexy bits are definitely sexy – as you would expect from a romance writer. At the same time the action scenes are realistic and believable. As you would expect from someone who knows how to fight. I’ve see a video of the author’s right cross. Though the solidness of it has no bearing on the review. Really. She only scares me a little. If you are a fan of paranormal romance looking for a little more action, a bit more horror, or even just a new setting for your shifter hotties, pick this up. If you are an urban fantasy reader that understands that people sometimes shed the clothes and get crazy, you should also pick this up. For my part the entire thing felt a bit more urban fantasy, but the relationship between the two does lean it more towards the PR category. Fans of both I think will be pleasantly surprised. And if you enjoy the novella, the second entry in the London Undead series will be out in November. So a short wait to get your next fix. Overall I am going to give this one… 5 Stars More because of the zombies, the action and the quality of writing than the author’s wicked combination punch. Really.