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Kick at the Darkness

(Kick at the Darkness #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,358 ratings  ·  645 reviews
To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.

College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after
ebook, 265 pages
Published May 28th 2015 by KA Books (first published May 26th 2015)
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Keira Andrews I planned it as a standalone, but there will very likely be a sequel. How many sequels, I'm not sure. But it's certainly possible it will be a series.…moreI planned it as a standalone, but there will very likely be a sequel. How many sequels, I'm not sure. But it's certainly possible it will be a series. (less)

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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~~BR with Ele*~~

*Who didn't want to read about zombies but loved this book anyway.

Holy shit but this was a wild fucking ride: intense, scary, SEXY, dark, and dirty, oh so DIRTY.

Kick the Darkness is part horror, part apocalyptic fiction, part tender romance.

It will make you tense and grit your teeth, and HOPE, hope with all your heart for Parker and Adam.

Parker demands that his hot TA, Adam, change the C- he received on a paper for his film class to a grade Parker thinks he deserves. Film s

Every once in awhile a book comes along that everyone is talking about but you just can't seem to pick up and actually read. This happened to me with Kick at the Darkness because I'm not at all interested in reading books about gloom and doom and the end of the world. And shifter books need to be extraordinary (like Kendall McKenna's The Tameness of the Wolf series) or I just can't be bothered. But I decided to read this one since I am a big fan of Keira Andrews' work and every one of my GoodRea
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars.

Loved it.Off to start book 2.

☆ Todd
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, boy-babble

Just what are humans capable of when the shit well and truly hits the fan?

For me, that's really what this book was about. Yes, the living 'zombies' in this book were, by far, the biggest threat, but they most definitely weren't the only one that could kill.

For those of you who have seen other reviews comparing this read to the Sterek fanfics out there, yes, when I first began reading the book, my mind did go there for a bit. And then it didn't. At all, so I don't feel that should be of conc
Nick Pageant
Can a book about zombies and werewolves merit 5 stars?


This thing has got bloody goodness, smoking hot sexy times, and lots of laughs. It's silly and knows it. Pure fun.

Me + Keira Andrews =

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I really hated this book. Horror is not for me, so if you hate gore and death (including deaths of children) you should AVOID THIS BOOK. I found the mix of zombies and (view spoiler) to be super awkward and I hated the unfinished ending.

I couldn't sleep after reading this one and I took away no enjoyment at all. Low steam, couple that didn't click for me, and a butt-load of gore ---> ME NO LIKEY

*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
May 15, 2015 marked it as i-m-a-quitter
Shelves: male-action
DNF at 66%

Yeah...I'm a wuss.

I've been trying to broaden my horizons, venture out there, read different genres. But yeah, I can safely say that zombies are

This book scared the shit out of me.




Suffice it to say, I didn't sleep much after reading to where I did.

Minus the zombies, this was a great book. Dirty, hot sex. Some laugh out loud moments.

But yeah, no....I don't do zombies apparently.
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
First Read:05/15
Second Read:06/16

4.5 stars.F**** It, 5 stars. Just because my mind has made up that Adam is Derek Hale. Listen, I've watched Teen Wolf every season, and Adam is Derek minus the sour-wolf, plus this picture sold me as him.

I probably could have found one with a damn gray Henley, but that would have led to my scattered brain mind focusing on other things.

This book surpassed all my expectations. It was really good from beginning to end. No let me say Parker surpassed all my expectat
Written September 11, 2015

4 1/5 Stars - Simply adorable and thrilling fun

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A road trip M/M in a zombie disease time?
A horror version of feared biotechnology terrorist attacks? Or just another new great heartbreaking romance by Keira Andrews? Whatever, much appreciated by many friends this summer. Felt like an absolutely weird romance topic, but it was very interesting to start this journey and discover what they all talked about a couple of months ago. I rubbed my hands and eagerly throw me o
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, m-m-pnr
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Ho-ly Sh*te! What. A. Book. This is the type of story I usually avoid- Dystopian/Zombie stories are not normally my thing. I either: A. Find it hard to get into the story because it sounds too unbelievable or B. It's too believable and it makes me too nervous. After reading other books by this author and loving them- I had to give this one a shot. Glad I did!

What I loved:
*It was sexy
and above all else- full of hope.

It was amazing! Why 4.5 Stars ins
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The world they’d always known was vanishing. Was already gone.
Parker is a college freshman that just got a shitty grade from Adam, a hot TA, who has no intention on changing his grade, no matter how much crap Parker throws at him. Parker decides that he's going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class first thing tomorrow, but then the world goes to hell.

A fast-spreading virus, that turns people into creepers, is unleashed.

Parker only escapes thanks to Adam. Now they head east on Adam's motorcycle t
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The next day after getting a C-minus in his movie class (considering he was a straight-A student) and having a bad meeting with the TA about his grade, when Parker (18) went out of the dorm and had another bad encounter with the TA at campus, Adam (23), they noticed what was happening; people screaming, killing each other, crazy people with jerky movements… some kind of virus took over and made people to zombies! And at this moment Adam was Parker’s best chance to survive but could Adam
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Both Hero Ratings ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Imagination ~ 5 Stars
Action Leve; ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 5 SCORCHING Stars!
Ending ~ 4 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5, IT WAS EVERYTHING STARS!

Going in to this book, I KNEW I was going to really like it. I have to say that I did not like it at all,

The book starts off with Parker being angry that he got a C- on a paper in college. Parker NEVER gets grades that low so he ends up at Adam’s office hoping Adam woul
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
This book was so much fun. It's Sterek meets The Walking Dead!

It's got the Zombie Apocalypse.

A werewolf.

More specifically, a hot, leather jacket wearing, motorcycle riding werewolf that looks like this guy...

A hilariously snarky cutie.

And smokin' hot man on man action!

It was funny and thrilling with plenty of action and I mentioned the smokin' hot smexing, right?

It could have used way more gore though and a bit more action at the end when (view spoiler)
Cross-posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted

I love horror. I love zombies. I love hot romance. I love a combination of all three!

Two out of three ain’t bad.

What was missing for me in this story is the horror element. Even though there were plenty of mean zombies, at no time was I scared, grossed out, tense, deeply disturbed or unsettled. Zombies are supposed to be scary!

I wanted the tension, struggle, danger, recklessness and action that keeps me flipping pages. More thrills, chills,
There is so much I enjoyed about this book, I’m not sure where to start. I will say that you should not be put off if you think you would not “read zombies”. Like I tell my husband when I try to convince him to watch Walking Dead with me, it’s not about the zombies, it’s about the people and Keira Andrews has created two completely lovable MC’s in the very opposite Adam and Parker.

Parker is the entitled prep school graduate whose first year at Stanford isn’t starting out so well and Adam is the

BR with my Dani.

Given the fact that I rarely read paranormal, let alone horror stories with zombies, I surprised myself by wanting to read this book. But the blurb was kinda tempting and frankly between Keira Andrews and Dani I didn't stand a chance.

I know some people who can handle horror pretty well. I'm not one of those people. Zombies freak me out and this was really scary sometimes. This was me when the "creepers" made an appearance, especially in a couple of scenes.

And then

And in the end

Shile (Hazard's Version) semi-hiatus
4.5 Zombie/ Creepers stars...

I Loved it .
MC 1 : Parker
MC 2 : Adam
And Mariah the Motorbike

Our MC’s meet when Parker is given a C- in a film class paper that he believes he deserves an A since its just film class. When he goes to find the TA to change his grade what he finds is not what he expected. His TA is this hot , cool guy called Adam. And this is where their journey begins

There were Zombies(Creepers) that these two had to fight to survive


I loved Parker, and his sense of humor.

“Uh, yeah. Lo
Oct 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Romantic horror? Is that a thing? Apparently, and I loved every minute of it.

Adam and Parker are sweet, fierce, adorable and so so so sexy. I mean, this is Keira Andrews. 🔥🔥🔥

It’s a zombie pandemic. A virus spreading so fast and turning people into zombies/creepers. No vaccine. No rules. No law. Our boys are stuck together trying to survive.

If you’re a true horror fan, this isn’t particularly scary. The virus arrives too fast and suddenly to allow you to be really scared IMO. And it’s really a r
* A Reader Obsessed *
4.5 Stars

Um… that was pretty darn close to perfection.

There's nothing like an apocalypse to bring two people together, who started off on the wrong foot, and force them to make nice. Of course, this leads to other things. Yeah you know what I'm talking about.

This was like the best mix of action/adventure with a dash of suspenseful horror. Those afraid of zombies can unclench a bit because I hate horror movies, and there was no time while I was reading this where I was too scared to go on. There'
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars - yup, I'm giving it the full 5 stars

I was in a bit of a book funk when I started reading this. I'd never read a zombie story nor watched anything like that on TV or movies. So this was a bit of a reach for me. But it was mm and I'd read several great mm books recently so I decided to give it a try.

It was amazing.


Andrews threw everything but the kitchen sink into this story.

Evil scientist
MM romance
MM erotica
Rosa, really
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-gay-fiction

Hi, I'm Rosa and I'm too lazy to write a review.

Anyway, book?

Dean speaks only the truth.

Thanks for the BR, Otila, Valerie & Therese!
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
This review is for the audiobook only.

DNF because the narrator is not working for me at all. Admittedly he has a nice voice, but that's it. There is a total lack of performance.

Keira Andrews is one of my very favorite go to authors. I love her stories, and I love her writing. Unfortunately, the narrator was butchering both the story and the writing. The story felt lifeless and the writting stilted. I had to stop listening!!!

This was a wholesome journey and I love it ;3 Tbh, I don’t have a lot to say about the MCs other than they’re cute!!! They are total opposites but so soo sweet together <3<3

I so so love the forced proximity in this one it was awesome! Wasn’t boring and everything just makes perfect sense and the closeness they shared, it was cute even though there weren’t any details that got me hooked, it was still soo believable and did I not say, cute! All of the events were so fun to read, a little suspense
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh-may-zing!! This one gets all the stars and a spot on my Favorites shelf!

Keira Andrews has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Whether she’s writing about gay Amish boys, former Marines, or werewolves in a zombie apocalypse, she always comes through for me. Engaging characters, unique storylines, off-the-charts chemistry. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite, but if you forced me to, I would have to say Kick at the Darkness. Holy hell, what a ride that was!

I absolutely adored Parke
Shin Mon Thway
I want to kick myself in the butt. Why was I procrastinating too long to read this book? This was on my TBR list for like forever and hell, it’s Keira Andrew! I’d read any book of hers. I really hate myself for dragging to read this book because I freakingggg looooooooved it!!!

Both Parker and Adam are lovely characters. I love how Adam was caring and protective and always thinking of Parker first. Even though they started off kinda rough, when the zombie apocalypse happened, instead of abandonin
Reread- January 2019 - Still flew through this book! Onto a re-read of the sequel

July 2016 - Goodness this is such a great book!

Cracked open my paperback for this read and read it with some awesome ladies!


Whats not to love about this book, really?!?! It has humour, action, emotional times (Oh God soooo many emotions), gore, love and really hot sex! Sounds like a perfect book? well it kinda is!

As I said in my updates, I've seen a lot of Zombie mo
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it


I'd noticed several friends had read and really enjoyed this book so I decided to give it a try after all it does combine two of my favourites M/M and shifters with the bonus of a zombie apocalypse thrown in!

Before I really start with my review I have to be honest and say I would not have continued on with this if it hadn't been for all the fabulous reviews from my friends.
Parker annoyed the every loving shit out of me early on and normally this would have been enough to quit but I'm so
Wendys Wycked Words
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Well this was a fun read :) I didn't find it scary at all, but then again, I have been preparing for the zombie apocalypse for years ;) lol

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This book is about Parker, a student, and Adam a TA. Parker and Adam meet, when Parker is not satisfied about a grade Adam gave him. They don't really get off on the right foot, but things are about to change...

There seems to be a pandemic outbreak. Some sort of virus is causing normal people to change into creepers. Yes creepers....not zombies, becau
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