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Bitter Harvest

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  138 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
It's 2050, and humans are an endangered species. Lieutenant Robert Sutton has survived the collapse of civilization by luck, his wits, and a chance mutation that makes him immune to the nano-virus that has wiped out millions. Now, his compound of survivors is surrounded by the infected, who are driven by the need to spread the contagion through sex. It is only a matter of ...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 120 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by Carina Press
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
3.5 stars

I usually round up when I give half stars but this one had me both uncomfortable by some aspects (and not in a good way) but also intrigued by others.

The book itself is fascinating. The premise of the story is very unique and captivating especially with the dystopia/technologically advanced setting. The way the world revolved around a nano-virus and AIs and how the hives created and continued to create and procreate based on those infected with the virus, while the humans were trying t
Victoria  love books
Sep 24, 2015 Victoria love books rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, audio-mm
Overall book rating: 3 Stars
Audio book: Narrator - Shannon Gunn 3.5 Stars
Book cover rating: 3.5 Stars

This was just plain weird not bad but not my cup of coffee.

Mar 14, 2012 Sheri rated it liked it
Bitter Harvest is a great story, flirty, sexy and fun. Rider is pretty much your poster boy for Playboy. He is sexy and irresistible, and knows it. Sutton is a Lieutenant is serious and focused. When the two meet, sparks fly.

This story is set in an apocalyptic world where a manmade virus is infecting people and turning them basically into human machines. Sutton lives in a human community of uninfected people that is, as far as they know, one of the last human communities around. Their goal is to
Apr 05, 2012 Cryselle rated it it was ok

When I read m/m, I like the men hard. I like my science fiction hard, too. If it’s offered as romance, I like the relationships developed. So I was not very happy with this story, because one out of three isn’t enough.

From the opening scene, where Rider has been captured and bound under the assumption that he’s an infected spy, come to suck what’s left of unchanged humanity into the “hive,” the sexual come-ons are fast and thick. “The infected are always ready to f***,” because exchange of bo
C.M. Torrens
Mar 18, 2012 C.M. Torrens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m_m, romance, sci-fi, post-apoc
The world has gone to hell after a bit of nanotech went awry. When a mysterious stranger, Nicholas Rider shows up, and has presumably beaten the nano infection, Lieutenant Robert Sutton has his doubts. Despite his fear of becoming infected with the nano-virus he's drawn to Rider like no one he has every encountered before.

The sexual tension in this story is in true Kim Knox style. The characters are funny and alive and Rider had me chuckling more than once with his over-the-top come-ons and witt
Katie Michaels
Mar 03, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it it was ok
I like sci-fi/ futuristic romance stories and I am known to enjoy the sexy goodness of some m/m loving --so I thought this novella would give me the best of both worlds. In this future/ alternate world, a computer generated mutation has taken over humanity, turning almost everyone into mindless sex machines. There are a few patches of survivors here and there, but it seems like they are only fighting off their inevitable fall.

Sutton is one of those left uninfected. He has a special immunity, of
Christi Snow
Feb 17, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:

This was an intriguing book. It takes place in 2050 and the world has been taken over by an AI unit which has sent out an incredibly invasive nanovirus which is spread through sexual contact. Once infected the AI unit takes over and the infected person becomes part of the hive mind. Those infected are incredibly enticing to those who aren't. Lt. Sutton is stationed on one of the final outposts in England which hasn't succumbed to the virus. He actually has an unknown immunity to the se
Mar 13, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok
ARC received from Carina Press on NetGalley

Eh... not so much. The 'science' was a little absurd and not really explained well. Did they say something about bees? And what does AI, sex-crazed zombies, and bees have to do with each other? Why did they have wings and stingers? WTF. Aside from all that, I just couldn't picture the infected in my head. They sounded kind of like zombies, but could still talk and come off enough as human to get into a compound, so they obviously looked normal... but th
Mar 06, 2012 Ryan rated it it was ok
Robert Sutton is a military lieutenant in futuristic London. His team is one of the last strongholds of uninfected humans. Its 2025 but since they are trapped in the tower of London its hard not to picture a medieval setting. The world is infected with a disease spread through sex, and it turns people into a type of zombie. Nicholas Rider is a prisoner and while he was once infected he is now immune. If Sutton and Rider can come together they can help spread the cure and take back the world. The ...more
While the world building at the beginning was a little hard to figure out, it smoothed into a unique dystopian future where an evil AI has taken over and killed most of the human population. I liked our MCs and the enemies to lovers trope. Shannon Gunn did an awesome job of narrating and it made the KM's quickly speed by on my road trip. I must admit though, I though the guys name was Sudden for most of the time as it didn't come across well.
Mar 20, 2012 Raevyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
3.5 stars

I liked the story but as usual I wanted it to be longer and give me more of their relationship. I really think a prologue explaining what the heck happened with the AI and the nanos would have helped it from being confusing in the beginning. Also, maybe an epilogue months down the line telling us what happened with the two men and the world.
Nisie draws
Jun 07, 2017 Nisie draws rated it did not like it
Did not finish. Frost was not a likeable character and the plot was waaaay too complicated for such a short story - it was hard to follow along so i gave up.
I couldn't get into the story. No rating.
Emily (Book Jems)
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1.5/5 Stars

Let me start off by saying, I hate writing bad reviews. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I don't enjoy trashing an authors work. There are points where my frustration takes over, but I like to believe that I am just giving some constructive criticism. How it is interpreted is up to those who read my reviews.

So, onward!

I didn't like or understand this book very much. There were a few part sparkled in that I enjoyed, but overall? Major disappoint
Feb 14, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
Stars: 3.5/5

This story is a dark sci-fi, post-apocalyptic erotic romance. That has to be understood for the story to be enjoyed, and even then, this won't be for everyone. I surprisingly enjoyed it. While there was a bit too much sex and sexual tension for my taste, the world that Knox described was creative, easy to visualize, and dark, creating an absolutely perfect setting. Compared to the world in which they live, the characters feel a little flat, but this could be, in part, due to t

I was a bit surprised when I was scrolling through the ratings of the other reviewers and found it wasn’t very encouraging in too many cases. Still the book cover was decent and the blurb was interesting.

The book was really a shortie and as such didn’t promise too much.

I did like what was delivered, however.

The main characters

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May 30, 2013 Ayanna rated it really liked it
It took a long time for me to figure out what was going on. All of the esoteric terms and whatnot. However, I did eventually kind of figure it out.

I kind of would have liked to learn more of the implications of the ending, so sequel?

I mean, as a romance, it's not bad, but I feel like this post-apocalyptic universe has merit and can/should be explored a lot more.

If there's a sequel and it follows the romantic development of any permutation of other characters, I would scream because that is a stu
I don't know British history (or geography) very well, so I didn't completely understand where places were in relation to one another, but the general storyline was very easy to understand. A plague infected most of the population and those who hadn't been infected during the First Wave holed up in reinforced compounds and fought off the infected, who wanted nothing more than to have sex and spread the infection. But while sex is talked about a lot in this book, the sex scenes don't overwhelm th ...more
Mandy Beyers
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this novella - it was set in a post-apocalyptic society, where only a few "humans" are left after (view spoiler)
Sep 03, 2013 Brandilyn rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, read-2013, audible

Honestly, this one had me rolling my eyes throughout most of the book. The AI/Hive thing wasn't adequately explained. Sutton's determination that his fuck buddies were enough for him, but they obviously could care less about him, just had me a little squeeked out. In the end I still don't get the relationship between Sutton and Rider as anything other than the nano-tech controlling things. *shrug* it was a quick read anyway.
This book was so confusing that I wondered multiple times if I'd picked up a book that was the second or third in a series. Not good. On top of that, the romance fell short. Rider's continuos, incessant talk of how many people he'd had sex with, how he'd done it and what a sex god he was got boring quickly. (view spoiler) Unnecessary, irritating and all over not my cup of tea.
This story was fresh and interesting. I liked Robert and Nicholas. The attraction between them was strong and truly well written. I liked the bickering between them. How they acted around each other. Robert fought the need for Nicholas, but not for long.
The storyline is a bit foggy and it really could be better, but in general this was interesting story with HOT developing relationship. I enjoyed reading this story.
Jan 02, 2013 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Kind of a mix of Starship Troopers meet Jeremiah. The blurb is a bit misleading-- Sutton isn't immune to the virus, he's just immune to one of the "side effects" the virus has on the uninfected. I almost wish this book had been longer. I wanted more details about what happened and to see the men's relationship develop a little deeper and more thoroughly. Also the setting could use more explanation for people who aren't so intimately familiar with British history.
Lyssa Dering
Jul 08, 2016 Lyssa Dering rated it really liked it
This was super hot. I loved the premise because I'm a sucker for "forced bonding" situations, and the dynamic between the characters was delicious. The dystopian setting was also highly original. LOVED Rider. There were a few phrases that got repeated way too much, and I had to suspend my disbelief a lot surrounding how the external plot got resolved, but I enjoyed this immensely.
This book confused me. Rider and Sutton's relationship was not believable to me. They were thrown together because of circumstances and there just wasn't enough storyline to believe they fell in love and weren't just controlled by the nanos. And mutant bee-people?! Um, no. That was a bit weird.
Second read was just as sexy and sweet. Ahh.

So very enjoyable and sweet and hot and original to me. I loved the characters and plot and how the pace was perfect even with how short this was. Great writing and a great story.
Jun 21, 2013 Riva rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-version
This is one of those books where the audio version is much better than the written. The narrator is fantastic (Shannon Gunn) and brings a mediocre story to life In a brilliant sexy way. His voice is like black velvet as he spins the tale.
David Mckinnon
Jun 13, 2012 David Mckinnon rated it did not like it
What can I say. Bad is bad.
Kim Knox
Jul 07, 2013 Kim Knox added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Really weird, just found stars friom myself, when I never rate my own book...
Oct 11, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z2013-bir
This book was incredibly good! A kind of post apocalyptic world, and an M/M story. It was awesome. The world building was fabulous!
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Kim lives on an ancient boundary line, once marked by a Neolithic burial tomb. The tomb’s now a standing stone circle–thank the Georgians for that one–and stirs her mind with thoughts of history and ancient myths. She mixes the essence of the past into fantasy, along with the essential mix of magic and sex. She also writes science fiction romance, pushing out into the far future with effortlessly ...more
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