***A Standalone Horror Romance***
Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive
The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.
What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.
***This is NOT New Adult***
This book has everything you could want in a book. Do you like a great historical premise, well you’re in luck because “Donners of the Dead” takes place in 1851 soon after the Donner Party rescue. Do you crave “The Walking Dead?” Things that go bump in the night? A little gore? This book fulfills that craving. Do you love a great romance with a sexy alpha male? This book is for you.
Eve and Jake were an unexpected couple. Their romance is not obvious from the beginning. I loved that moment when you’re like yes, these two need to be together. There is so much action going on around them that their romance is not the focus of the story, so when you have moments where they connect it becomes that much more poignant. If you have ever read Karina Halle book “Bold Tricks” (book 3 in the Artists Trilogy) you might be familiar with a certain jungle scene hook-up (if you haven’t read the Artists Trilogy read it), and I felt that the “Donners of the Dead” had it’s own small jungle scene and I love it.
The action in this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I found myself being nervous to move to the next page not knowing what would happened when I flipped the page. There were definitely moments were I was a little creeped out with the scenes I was reading. Karina did a great job fusing all these different elements into one book.
If you are looking for a romantic thriller to read then I would recommend reading “Donners of the Dead”. This is a stand alone novel, that will not want to put down.
With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.