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Stung (Zombie Gentlemen)

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--- If you want honey, prepare to get stung. ---

October 1907, Honeyhill
Twenty years into the zombie Plague

Victor is a man of delicate sensibilities, not fit to do backbreaking labour on a farm ran by the mob. Upon arrival in Honeyhill, he decides he needs an anchor, an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky
ebook, 149 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Smashwords (first published October 28th 2013)
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So much promise, so disappointing.

London in the early 20th century, zombies, a prisoner/guard romance, a labor camp ruled by a powerful family, and sweet, sweet honey. What’s not to love?

The story starts out with Victor, a young singer, and other prisoners being transported by cattle car to the Dal family’s work camp, known as Honeyhill, where they will serve their sentences. Since Victor is blindfolded and hands bound behind his back, he has
4.5 Stars.

I don't know why I waited so long to read this.For fans of K.A. Merikan this is a highly recommend read.Part of the Zombie Gentlemen World but can definitely be read as a standalone.

October 1907

Victor is a beautiful young man,used to the finer things in life.Captured for an indiscretion he's been sent to Honeyhill farm run by the ruthless Dal family.He soon realizes that in order to survive this nightmare he must come up with a when he catches the eye of one of the guards
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal

**4.5 stars**

I can never look at honey the same way again...Or bees...

Stung is set in the Zombie Gentlemen universe , and runs parallel to The Copper Horse: Love , I believe. I was so happy to be in this world again!

This is a love story between a slave and his guard. Or so I thought, because really, it's more than that. But I won't spoil it for you.

Victor finds himself captive in Honeyhill (and holy shit this is how the Dals make their honey! EWW!!!). But soon things will heat up between him a
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombies and Dystopia Genre fans. And also for those who enjoys slow burn romance.
Recommended to Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn) by: ARC

4 Stars especially for that realistic ending!

Stung was set in a Victorian Dystopia world whereby a zombie plague has created an oppressed society struggling to co-exist with the undead. This story is actually part of the Zombie Gentlemen series by K.A. Merikan which consist of a pair of talented authors, Kat and Agnes Merikan. Eventhough I have yet to read the rest of the series, I did not encounter any problem following this standalone story.

Basically Stung was about Victor a pretty boy f
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE! *cough* Ann...
No pun intended. Okay, some pun intended.

Generally spoiler free because you gotta read this.

This book was generously given to me as an ARc by Kat who comprises 50% of the tag team duo, K.A. Kerikan. I was really looking forward to this book because, well, I this kinda book is right up my alley. M/M, thriller/horror, and weird. All three elements that I love in books, but you don't see too often. If you like those kinds of books, pick this badboy up.

I really enjoyed the writing
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unexpected. If there's one thing I've come to expect from Merikan is that wherever you think you're going, you're not. All of the stories have these bizarre twists that have you spinning around going, "Wait...weren't we?"

Crunch, boy do I love any guard with a moniker like that, is a hoot. Not going to say much because I really feel that experiencing this story without to much foreknowledge is a plus. Victor, well he has some skills and enough panache to pull you along. And Honeyhill, it's unique

4.5 stars

Honeyhill, such an evocative name for this bucolic setting-- grass-covered hills, apple orchards baking in the sun, busy bees gently buzzing on the warm breeze… pollinating, fertilizing…

But, when the train spits the unfortunate Victor, and his fellow prisoners out, it’s into a place of nightmare, torture, and death. This lovely prison, Honeyhill farm, fenced off to keep out the slavering zombies that surround it, hides all sorts of evil and danger.

“… he could still sense the earthy,
Oh, my... I loved Ira and James from Scavengers: Collection but Crunch and Victor are also a great pair!

This instalment of Zombie Gentlemen was very different from the previous books.

First of all, it was set in a prison camp outside of London - a sort of undead-fed farm producing the famous Dal family's honey.

Second of all, the relationship between Crunch and Victor was a short one, a somewhat forced one (lean, delicate Victor needed Crunch's protection in prison) but also a very... s
What a wonderful surprise this book was. Not having read any zombie books before I wasn't really sure what to expect but it certainly wasn't this. I loved Crunch, the gentle giant prison guard who wasn't all he pretended to be. Crunch had a job to do but but underneath it all he he had a tender side to him as well which was such a contrast to life on the camp, surrounded by zombies. From the beginning Crunch was drawn to Victor, a pretty boy, newly arrived to the camp and the moments they shared ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Un Merikan de pura cepa. Original, crudo, grotesco y elegante. Con ese estilo tan particular que tienen los mejores ejemplares de su colección, y que yo adoro. Ya el arte de tapa solo se merece este puntaje.
K.A. Merikan
Oct 12, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Stung is now unleashed! :)
Here's more info about giveaways, reviews and where to buy:

A whole first chapter as a sample (teaser?:))
Meet Crunch.
Julia ♥Duncan♥
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

It's 1907, twenty years after a zombie plague has altered the course of history, and Victor, a singer from a good family, has just been enslaved by the mob at a remote farm surrounded by zombies. What's a pretty boy to do? Find a protector and get the hell out of there ASAP, of course! However, things don't go quite as expected for Victor…

Upon arriving at the Honeyhill farm, Victor meets Crunch. Crunch is a pleasant surprise.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Susan A
I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much for letting me review your book.

Before I start this review let me tell you a bit about how I came across this one. As most books do..this one popped up on my radar by a fellow goodreads friend. Instantly the Theme and Erotic content warning grab my attention. But, do you know what seals the deal? That cover. Yup. It's AMAZING! But, it's set in 1907. I give a pretty wide girth to Historical or in the case Victorian Era books
Veronica of V's Reads
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy of this book via Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.

STUNG is set in an alternate Victorian era--one where there has been a plague that turned humans to zombies. In this world, debtors have been rounded up and sent to work camps in order to pay off their debts.

Victor isn't a debtor, he's a singer. One who made a pass at his patron and has been sent to the Honeyhill work camp as a punishment. Victor is immediately intrigued by the frank l
Rebecca ♥ Warner, Kishan, Magnus ♥
This could have been darker. I feel like it should have been, with the guard/prisoner relationship, Victor shouldnt have found it so easy to fall for Crunch. Also, I think the the Winter special is necessary. Be sure to read it as well because this feels incomplete without it. It should have just been the epilogue instead of released separately.
I can honestly say that more than half of the appeal to read this story was because I absolutely love the cover. It's one of the best book covers I have ever seen and since I'm getting close to having read six hundred books this year, so far, I know what I'm talking about. The description intrigued me because I like zombie stories and this is the first gay romance I've read that features them. K.A. Merikan is a new author, to me, and I enjoy delving into a writing style that I am not familiar wi ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dbml
I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars really almost 4

This story had me from the start, then it waned a little for me but by the end I was like wow not bad at all.

The story begins with Victor being taken to a prison/work camp run by the mob and the only reason he is there is because he made a pass at the wrong man. Quickly after Victor arrives at the work camp he catches the eye of the head guard Crunch and Victor is ready to use this to his
The Novel Approach Reviews
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You don’t have to be a horror devotee or a zombie enthusiast to read Stung. Though I admit I am (the scary/squickier, the better), the zombies really only play a secondary role in this storyline. This is not a book that centers about the moaning and ambling undead who want to eat brains; this is a story that centers about a man, Victor, who has been wrongfully imprisoned for a mistake he made which ultimately revealed his sexuality to the wrong man, a powerful man who runs a penal colony that pr ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
I received a review copy of this book via Goodreads' "Don't Buy My Love" program in exchange for an honest review.

This book had a great premise -- zombies in Edwardian England, with a mob-run prison camp and an undercover Good Guy as the cherry on top. Who could ask for more? And just look at that striking cover! Unfortunately, the execution of the story was not nearly as good as either the premise or the cover.

For one thing, this story could have been set just about anywhere, at any time. Reade
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, m-m, romance
This pair of authors are well known for their unusual, macabre or even downright disturbing twists to their stories and this one was no exception. The book is set in the world of their Zombie Gentlemen series. I haven't read any of the other books and found that I could follow the story quite easily, so it's not necessary to have read any of the other books in the series.

The story follows Victor. He's a singer who, after a serious misjudgment when dealing with a mob boss, finds himself shipped
Joyfully Jay
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Stung is a standalone book in K.A. Merikan’s Zombie Gentlemen series. I have read a couple of the other stories set in this world and this is definitely my favorite. While the story takes place after the zombie plague changes the world, the zombies are actually not a big part of the story. They threaten outside the gates, and even horrifyingly inside we later learn, but mostly this is a captive story focusing on the relationship between Victor and Crunch in the cam
(This book was received free in return for an honest review)

While I freely admit that zombie books are just not my cup of tea, I was surprised that I enjoyed the story. This was probably because the zombie aspect in this particular book (in the series) didn't dwell on the actual plague and/or have constant zombie attacks.

The story spans approximately one week in time in 1907, 20 years after the emergence of the Plague. The setting is England, in a work camp established by the Dahl family to hol
3.75 stars

That was interesting. I thought the story was well done. The world building pulled me and grossed me out. The MC's needed a couple swift kicks to the arse throughout this story but I still managed to like them both. Im usually a fan of prison/slavery stories and I thought this covered the life very well without being too hardcore. For example. there system is tucked up but there isn't an over abundance of cruelty or savagery. I'm a bit indesisve about the end of this book. (view spoile
Oct 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Ann by: Natasha
Now this looks like my flavor of crazy - thanks Natasha!
DNF.... the story just could NOT keep my interest. Unusual for a Merikan book.
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
4 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

First up - the cover of this book is amazing! I would put it up there with some of my favourite covers. Ever. It is sweet and enticing, and the story was too!

The world in this book is dystopian London, after the Plague - which I am guessing was Zombies not rats. I haven't read the Zombie series by Merikan so am not sure on all the world building details, but you don't really need to know - this book is billed as being a standalone and it worked as su
Michelle Rae
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
In a world plagued by zombies, sometimes the real monsters are human.

Like most, Victor is completely unprepared for life in a mob-run forced labor camp. He's well aware that he doesn't possess the stamina or strength to last in this environment and decides his best chance at surviving is to align himself with someone in authority. He chooses the prison guard Crunch as his ally. Enamored with Victor's good looks and fine ways, Crunch quickly singles out Victor and the two begin a relationship.

Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 3,5 stars rounded up to 4.

There was a lot to like about this book, first and foremost the world. I liked both the time period (turn of the century), the zombies, and most of all the prison camp Honeyhill ran by mobs. There was something gritty and real about the way the world was described and I'm excited to check out more books in this series.

Another thing I really enjoyed was Victor, one of our MC's. Victor seems so sweet and inn
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
This is set in the Zombie Gentlemen series and Victor is mentioned in the Copper Horse series - he's the guy who propositioned Frey, the guy with 5 wives, lol and was sent off to Honeyhill Farm. This is a different viewpoint of the Dal family and disturbing to find out how the honey is made that is mentioned many times in the Copper Horse series.

The Dals are judge, jury and (view spoiler) when they send debtors or just people who've pissed them off to
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
Love the cover.
I kept coming to the GR page because of the cover. Then I'd read historical, steampunk, and zombies and I'd run away. Just to be lured back a couple weeks later by the cover, and repeat the process.

I enjoyed this. The historical portion didn't really bother wasn't to much.
The zombies, again, while there, didn't overpower.
The steampunk, I didn't even notice really.

The story was good. I wished for a little more of a solid hea, but it's still there.
I don't think I'd want to e
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