Book Review: After The Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue

endingAfter The Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue

The first book in a new Post-apocalyptic Romance series.

The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

Well, The Stand this ain’t.

There are numerous plot holes that are not properly dealt with, eg the phones are down (no one knows how or why) but not only is it possible to send and receive emails (so some form of Internet) at every site they’re at, but enough electricity to keep the computers charged and running. People crop up in scenes but are soon discarded when no longer necessary to the plot with little fanfair.

Dani and Zoe are on different sides of America and after the virus has devastated much of the population, the two of them are making their way to a mutual meeting point. However you soon forget where and why (if you ever knew the latter).

There seems to be a lot of “hurry up and wait” with people getting to the next stop and staying there for several days. For Dani’s group the premise is to allow others to search for family and friends but apart from Cece we don’t know how the searches are undertaken or the results. For Zoe and Dani’s lovers friends and roommates all die and apart from the occasional nightmare about Dani’s boyfriend noone is given a second thought.  In writing this review I’ve noticed one website (goodreads) mentioning this was the first in a post-apocalypse Romance Series.  That does change my review – slightly – but not by much – as this does explain all the  extraordinary amount of time spent lusting after the attractive men in the group and both women become the focus of jealously and suspicion from other women in their mutual groups. The sex scenes – after a remarkable number of times they get interrupted mid grope – are reasonably sexy.

The set ups of the two groups were too similar to keep track off – both had lead males starting with J (Jack, Jason), both sets with dogs, psycho girls who couldnt be trusted or were downright dangerous. Switching the narrative between the two – which is logical with the two writers just became too confusing to keep track off in the end.

So in summary: reasonably sexy romance story, with too many holes in the story line (I like to hold my Romance novels to the same level of critique as every other book I read!) and too many similarities between the two narratives to keep me truly happy.


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