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Reawakening (Forever Dead #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  305 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Forever Dead Series, Book One

June has spent the last two years of her life trying to avoid death at the hands of murderous psychopaths and ravening zombies. So when Jamie turns up on the scene, careless, still whole and promising her safety on a little paradise island, she isn’t quite sure she can trust him. Especially when he tells her that it’s just him, and his equally
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Published May 25th 2011 by Resplendence Publishing
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Jun 01, 2011 DGS rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to DGS by: Charlotte Stein
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was the first book that I was really nervous about reading and reviewing. An ARC was given to me by the author, as well as an opportunity to have her do a guest blog on my website. (No pressure!) After I agreed to it, I was scared. What if I ended up hating the book? I had never read anything by Charlotte Stein (although I do have two of her books in my TBR pile). I had never read any books about zombies. This had all the makings of situation that could go horribly, horribly wrong. Would I ...more
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Carolyn F.
A fantastic book! I can't stop thinking about it! This book starts off with a bang almost as if you are missing a part of the beginning and then it comes together great.

June is rescued by Jamie after two year of running away from zombies which have somehow taken over. This is not the classic living dead book, they're alive just rotting. They can get killed by bleeding out but nothing stops them when they're after you, even having their arms ripped off. Jamie sees June and her friend and tries t
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩

And no, you godamn perverts, she is not doing zombies! The scene is set in a post apocalyptic world, where June get's rescued by Jamie, and taken to safety to live with him and his friend Blake.

Now what got me into this novel is just how absolutely awesome Jamie and Blake were. I was blown away by their caring, their understanding, their patience. The emotional turmoil was ever present, but not overwhelming.

I am becoming a fan of Charlotte Stein writing.
Elisabeth Lane
Disclaimer: If zombies, threesomes or Jello salads make you squirm (and not in the good way), you may want to back out of this post immediately.

The book I'm discussing this week is probably one of the weirdest things I've ever read, romance or otherwise. It's by Charlotte Stein, whose work I have long enjoyed, but curiously never written about here. In general, Stein's work is on the wonky end of the romance spectrum. She often writes about self-effacing women and men with messy, complicated des
Charlotte Stein writes really, really good erotic romance. I knew that from other stories I've read from her, so I wasn't shocked when this one turned out to be as hot and tasty as her other work. What I didn't expect was that Stein also writes really good zombie apocalypse.

Not that I'm an expert at all things zombie, neither on the screen or in print, but I found everything zombie related in this story very believable.

These people suffer from serious PTSD, and it shows in everything. Not only
Elenya Lewis
I loved this book. I mean, really LOVED this book. I'm hard pushed to think of a book I have enjoyed more in the last number of months, especially in the erotica genre, and doubly so for paranormal erotica.

The book is written in a very conversational tone, which I struggled with a little at first (being a fan of very “fluffy” language) but which made the reactions and feelings of the characters very accessible. I got very immersed in June's story and the post-apocalyptic setting of the book and
This is my second read by Charlotte Stein (my first was Doubled) and I think after this one, I've come to the conclusion that this author's writing style is not my cuppa. I thought that I didn't care for Doubled because it was so short, but now I think it's the writing style. The plot was extremely interesting and the sex was really hot. But for me, it was hard to keep track of past vs. present, who was speaking and who wasn't, what was actually happening and what was just happening in June's mi ...more
Mar 15, 2013 HJ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: menage
2.5 stars. Very good premise, story was well done, but the lack of dialogue and 'stream of consciousness' narrative were overwhelmingly annoying.

An okay read if you liked Flesh and Skin, but not quite as good.
Lucy the book lush
I am a bit of a fan of post-apocalyptic romance. This one was thoughtful. The h has PTSD, and well who wouldn't after fighting off flesh eating zombies for 2 years. That said it can be a bit confusing because it is all from her POV and she is muddled and terrified. There are two H in this and both are coming to terms with who they are now that there has been a zombie apocalypse. There is a ménage but it's real and thoughtful, not just its the end of the world so lets get it on. There are insecur ...more
Jessica Weissenburger
I found this story hard to follow at times and was ultimately unimpressed with the writing style. I'm not sure what it was, but I just couldn't get into this story. I didn't mind the whole zombies aspect and I like menage stories, so this should have been a great read.

I didn't like how quickly (and seemingly effortlessly) June went from thinking they were insane and possibly rapists to being good guys. Also wasn't sure how they could even come to love June as I found myself wishing that it was J
4 stars

Erotic horror, you say? How does that happen? Well, let me enlighten you. The world has gone Zombie apocalypse crazy. There are a few theories on how it happened, but theories mean nothing when you're trying to survive. June is our heroine and she's no weakling. Two years of surviving will do that to a gal, I suppose. After being rescued by two gorgeous, but very different men she's taken to their safe-haven. At first she's emotionally numb, but gradually comes out of her shell and gets t
Zombie romance! My new favorite. This one was pretty well done. It picks up in the middle of the action as Jamie rescues June (my MIL's name so I had to get over a little ick factor, but I digress) from zombies after having to kill her best friend who got bit.

So they immediately get to a safe island. Zombies can't swim just FYI. Thus most of the story takes place as Jamie and June and Blake, who Jamie rescued earlier, learn to adjust to each other. This one wasn't really action packed survival a
Three-way love in the zombie apocalypse. Surprisingly sweet, without shying away from the various effects of trauma.
Saewod Tice
The story line had so much potential, so I was almost heartbroken when it didn't fully deliver.

One woman left to an island with two men because of a zombie-like apocolypse. This book included two of my favorite things - Zombies and an Erotic Romance.

It could've been so great, but the writing needs some reworking/editing - not due to grammar. The characters lost some of their appeal due to the way the writing would come across as uncomfortable.

Still giving three stars since the premise was enough
1.5 stars.

Forgive my snarkiness to come.

If I didn't have this stupid, weird compulsion to finish something once I've started it, I would have dropped this book after 50 pages--no, even at 30 pages. (And that is still very generous considering the quality of writing)

The first thing that got to me--seriously got to me--was the weird voice of the narrative. Here are some examples, but imagine the entire book being like this:

"He wanted to look at her ass? Yeah, that was cool. He wanted to say horny
This book was really intense. The description doesn't do justice to the tone of this novel. I was always on the edge of my seat with this one; is the trauma too much for her to recover?, are the zombies going to get them?, is she going to get with the guys?, is anyone going to kill themselves?, are the zombies going to get them!?!?!

Quick Rundown: During the zombie apocalypse Chick gets rescued by two Dudes who take her away to their safe island where they are prepared to live out their existence
Jill Myles
I really enjoyed this! I keep seeing Charlotte Stein's name everywhere lately and so I was browsing through her backlist when I noticed this was about a zombie apocalypse. SOLD.

I bought and loved. Read it in one sitting. The heroine has a massive case of PTSD but it made so much sense. I wish there were more zombie apocalypse romances. I guess I need to write one, right? Right.
Let me preface: I don't like zombie stuff, at all. I really enjoyed this and it wasn't just the sexy parts, although they rocked. The story was really good. The characters were interesting. The circumstances crazy scary (remember I don't like zombies.)
Erin Dameron-Hill
Reviewed by: Erona Diane Hill

Can I give "Reawakening" more than 5 stars? Please?

From the very first line "All June could think was—Kelsey is dead, Kelsey is dead, Kelsey is dead—while the image of the ravening hordes feasting on Kelsey’s body played behind her eyes" to the very last line, I was hooked. My heart raced with the graphic descriptions of the zombies and every sound inside my home made me jump and force me to look over my shoulder. The details were astou
Charlotte Stein's books always stand out to me, even long after the last word is read. I easily forget about other erotica books with their cliches. Charlotte Stein's characters are always full of layers. She gives her characters flaws and insecurities,and it's these details that draw me in. Her writing style is not for everyone. It has a lot of inner dialogue, but I personally don't mind it. It's a nice break from the standard erotica book formats. I keep thinking that she could write for other ...more
4.5 Stars

Zombie apocalypse? Remote Island? Two men, one woman? Ummm, yes please!

This was my first Charlotte Stein book, and it will definitely not be my last.
I was infatuated from the very beginning.

"All June could think was--Kelsey is dead, Kelsey is dead, Kelsey is dead--while the image of the ravening hordes feasting on Kelsey's body played behind her eyes. She tried to shut it off, keep it down, keep running before they got to her, but Kelsey's blood was still wet and all over her right arm
This was a pretty good Zombie Apocalypse/menage story. To be honest, I was craving something like Flesh and since the next book in that series isn't out yet I tried to find something similar and happened upon this book. The monsters are actually similar to zombies but they seem a little different (view spoiler) ...more
Take one woman, June, two seriously hot, protective and perhaps slightly crazy men, add a good helping of zombies, loneliness and a smidgen of hope. What do you get? A perfect recipe for an erotic and apocalyptic world that is pretty much perfect in its balance of horror and sexiness.

The title for this book is perfect, this is not just about the violence of surviving zombies or about the damn hot menage we can see well illustrated on the cover. No, this book is about surviving the after math, o
Danica Avet
This was only the second book I've read by Charlotte Stein and I'm so sorry it wasn't the first!

The story takes place after a zombie apocolypse. It follows the heroine, June, right when she loses her friend to a zombie attack. She's rescued by a Hawaiian shirt wearing guy named Jamie. He and a guy named Blake have a safe home away from all zombies. Without giving away any spoilers, I loved, loved, loved June and Jamie and Blake.

June is one of those heroines that make you hope you respond as well
I love zombie stories, so naturally I loved that Charlotte Stein had written one. Sadly, it concentrated more on the relationship between June, Jamie, and Blake than the zombies, but it was still good! I loved Jamie so much. Hope there's a sequel in the works someday! I'm fascinated by the zombies that died due to starvation.
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
There are few things in life and literature better than Charlotte Stein writing zombie apocalypse ménage. Very few.

I can't explain how much I loved being inside June's head and seeing how her love for Jamie and Blake grows with every turn of the page.

Recommended to anyone loving ménage, zombies and the apocalypse. Yup. Think I covered that perfectly.
I probably would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't read Kylie Scott's Flesh first.
I've read a few of Charlottes books so I already knew I would probably like this one and I was right. I was looking for this kind of story specifically and I was not disappointed with it. I really liked what she did with this one. My only issue was that there were a lot of punctuation and grammar errors but I'm not one to dwell on those things so don't let that keep you from reading this one. It's definitely good enough to let that slide!
Antonia Gregory
Sizzling hot

The whole zombie thing kept me on edge and if i wasn't sweating with fear i was sweating from the hot sizzling action that happened back on the island.

This felt like a longer read than usual but the storyline was great

Possibly one of my favourites so far from Stein's works.
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Charlotte Stein has written over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her latest work, Run To You, was recently a DABWAHA finalist. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. For more on Charlotte ...more
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“Kiss him back? That seemed like a ridiculously unobtainable goal. She’d only just remembered that the word was kiss, for God’s sake. Her eyes were wide and her body had turned to stone and his mouth was so, so soft. Unbearably soft, really. He didn’t push, and he didn’t pressurize her into anything further, and his lips just molded against hers as though they’d always meant to get around to it.” 0 likes
“And Jamie didn’t want her either, even though he’d kissed her like her mouth had been made of candy in the middle of a candy-drought. He’d probably just slipped, and fell. Onto her lips.” 0 likes
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