A Darker Shade of Dead

A Darker Shade of Dead

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by Bianca D'Arc
     
 

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Intrigue, terrifying betrayals, and a dangerously commanding hero make Bianca D'Arc's newest paranormal romance an irresistible temptation...

Tapped for a classified military program, Dr. Eileen McCormick has nothing left to lose. Bad enough her genetic experiments were used to turn innocent victims into zombies; worse still, a ruthless ex-colleague is

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Intrigue, terrifying betrayals, and a dangerously commanding hero make Bianca D'Arc's newest paranormal romance an irresistible temptation...

Tapped for a classified military program, Dr. Eileen McCormick has nothing left to lose. Bad enough her genetic experiments were used to turn innocent victims into zombies; worse still, a ruthless ex-colleague is threatening to expose her unless she joins his sinister research project. Now the only way she can set things right is to develop an antidote under the watchful blue eyes of Commander Matt Sykes. And the last thing Eileen needs is Matt's penetrating gaze, easy understanding, and compelling kiss uncovering all her deepest secrets...

Matt has a sixth-sense for lies as well as danger, and Eileen promises plenty of both. She's the only person who can eradicate the zombie virus before it reaches epidemic proportions, but he still can't let her passionate determination affect his steely cool...or keep him from discovering where her true loyalties lie. But as the clock ticks down, Matt and Eileen's uneasy trust may be their only way to avert catastrophe—if it doesn't get them killed first...

Praise for Bianca D'Arc

"D'Arc delivers a creepy and pulse-pounding story of danger." — Romantic Times on Half Past Dead

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Publishers Weekly
Zombie fighters find love in the light, sexy sequel to April 2010's Once Bitten, Twice Dead. Dr. Sandra McCormick has been carrying a heavy load of guilt since she accidentally let loose the zombies created by her co-workers during a military experiment gone wrong. Haunted by the deaths of a platoon of Marines who faced those first zombies, Sandra is determined to make up for her mistakes while dodging her former collaborator, Rodriguez, but she can't reveal her part in the zombies' escape, especially if it would mean losing the respect of sexy military commander Matt Sykes. The story sometimes bogs down in pseudoscience and stilted dialogue ("I could shoot you both now, but that would feel sort of anticlimactic"), but plenty of zombie action and steamy romance keep it moving. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758247315
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Darker Shade of Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
twolipsreviews More than 1 year ago
Dr. Sandra McCormick is with a classified government program. Her job is to inject dead soldiers with a serum designed to regenerate tissue. What she got was dead military men coming back to life. Scared beyond belief, she runs, but she forgets one thing-to close the door behind her. Now the zombies have contaminated innocent people and a zombie virus is running rampant. Sandra would do anything to undo that night, but the question is, can she forgive herself? Commander Matt Sykes has a sixth sense about lies and the people telling them. He knows Sandra is keeping something from him. He just doesn't know what. He is also finding himself falling for the sexy scientist. As they both look for the cure and a way to stop the zombie threat, trust becomes an issue, especially when evil scientists want to create super zombie soldiers. As sinister evil scientists work to perfect the zombies as weapons, Sandra scurries to find the antidote. Can she find the cure before it is too late? Bianca D'Arc has a zombie romance thriller with A Darker Shade of Dead. I often found myself comparing this novel to the movie Resident Evil. I can see some real similarities to them, so I think if you loved Alice, wait till you meet Matt and Sandra. Matt is a military man all the way, used to doing his job and not getting emotionally involved; that is, until he meets his match in the elusive and captivating Sandra. She gets under his emotional armor despite all his fighting to keep it in place. Sandra feels a lot of guilt over the zombie epidemic. After all, her mistake caused it. Now she is scrambling to undo the damage she has done while keeping the secret that she's the one who started it all. This guilt makes her an easy target for the bad guys as they try to use her guilt to their advantage. The chemistry between Matt and Sandra is amazing to read. I really enjoyed watching Matt lose his famous control to the brainy scientist. Sandra is a strong woman I found myself admiring. Over all, A Darker Shade of Dead is a must read for anyone who likes action-adventure and love sprinkled in with rampaging zombies. I know this one will be on my keeper shelf for sure.
NikkiAz More than 1 year ago
Romance, suspense, and...zombies? Yes, this paranormal thrill ride has zombies in it. Who would have imagined that you would see "romance", and 'Zombies" in the same sentence. But fear not. This book is a keeper- filled with plenty of suspense, romance, love scenes, and the occasional encounter with a zombie. Reading Sandra McCormick and Matt Sykes story is a first time read of Bianca D'Arc's work for me, and I highly enjoyed it. The zombies were a part of a scientific experiment gone wrong. Sandra McCormick was a part of that, and now that things have spun out of control, she is working for a new group of people to come up with an antidote. But someone from her past wants her working for their team, or else. Fans of the paranormal will enjoy A Darker Shade of Dead. It kept me intrigued, chilled, and satisfied. From the first page to the last, the book is filled with a little something for everyone.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dr. Sandra McCormick knows she will go to her grave seeing the marines brutally murdered eight months ago by the zombies created by her peers led by Dr. Rodriguez who used her genetic experiments on innocent people (see Once Bitten, Twice Dead). She hopes to at least find an antidote, but has little chance of doing so under current conditions as being persona non grata except by Rodriguez, who demands she return to the zombie project or he will expose her to the world as the creator. Still she obtains a top secret government assignment to work with the military and civilian agencies on creating the antidote under the direction of Commander Matt Sykes before the virus goes pandemic. He distrusts her as he senses she conceals something critical from him. She fears his reaction if he learns her research led to the zombie plague that killed the marines and others. Then there is Rodriguez threatening to destroy her unless she hands over her research to him. Zombie fever fans will enjoy this entertaining romantic urban fantasy in which, as she did in Once Bitten, Twice Dead (whose leads support this tale), Bianca D'Arc refreshingly (and shockingly) has two humans fall in love. The story line is fast-paced for the most part as the stars battle zombies and Rodriquez and their attraction; however it slows down when Sandra turns lecturer explaining the zombie virus and her efforts for an antidote. Readers will want to join the scientist and the soldier at the front trying to prevent a zombie pandemic even as they fall in love. Harriet Klausner
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