Acadia’s Law by Tracy Ellen

Acadia's lawAsk yourself: How would you survive?

Acadia King is a young widow suddenly faced with answering this question, and in ways she could have never dreamed possible at the start of her evening. It has been two long years since the death of her husband. A lonely Acadia has caved to the pressure from her good friends to go on a simple blind date at a hotel bar, but she is about to get much more than she ever planned on this fateful night. Not only does Acadia meets a younger, impossibly hot man named Rod who, unbeknownst to her, is also the new Minnesota star quarterback, but the hotel is host to more than just a Casino Night. A viral epidemic that turns people into homicidal crazies has begun to sweep across the Twin Cities. Acadia and Rod are caught at ground zero when the hotel bar erupts into a savage battleground. Along with two offensive linemen and a beautiful blonde groupie, Acadia and Rod barely escape with their lives. Acadia brings them back to the farm she owns where she then sets out to convince her family and friends to prepare for the worst.

Pragmatic, blunt, and intelligent, forty-something Acadia King is focused solely on protecting everyone and everything she has left in life from the threats closing in on all sides. Rod “The Ram” Ramaldi, smiling player and golden-boy superstar, is a man on a mission to win Acadia’s frozen, lonely heart. Forced together while working on defense plans and fighting off crazies, Acadia refuses to be tempted by Rod, despite his attempts to drive her insane with wanting every chance he gets. Practical Acadia wants no relationship. Rod is too young for her; and she distrusts his motives. After all, what man in their right mind has time for smiling, teasing, and fooling around with love when the world could end that day?

Overnight, the epidemic tears at the thin veneer of civilization. The band of survivors at King Farm soon learns the hard way that the infected crazies aren’t the only battle they’ll be fighting when greed, betrayal, and lawless chaos start to rule.


Ani’s Review

Let me be blunt: I loved Acadia’s Law. It was fun, funny, gross (’cause, ya know – zombie story!) a good romance, and well written –  everything I’ve come to hope for from one of my favorite authors – Tracy Ellen. She wrote the Adventures of Anabel Axlerod series (see my full post here) and when I got to the end of those, I’ve only wanted more, more, more. So when my good friend Christina told me about Acadia’s Law, I snatched it up then devoured it in practically one sitting. My husband and kids weren’t happy. But I sure was!

So about the book. Acadia is an awesome character. Grieving but tough widow in her forties. I so love a heroine that is (ahem) a mature woman that can take care of herself. Acadia’s friends don’t think she’s really living thus forcing her out on the town where she meets hunky football player Rod. Rather than the focus being on the romance oh and Zombies, this story is about opening yourself up to life rather than just just managing responsibilities. Tracy Ellen does such a great job of creating relationships that are exciting and demanding and fun without the usual damsel in distress storyline. Of course, there is always a damsel in distress but when it comes to Tracy Ellen’s stories, it’s not always the love interest that comes to the rescue.

As with all the books I really love, there is always some part of me that wonders “Is this book really as good as I think it is?” It’s why I like my book club so much. It really gives me an opportunity to think about what I like and don’t like and hear what my compatriots think as well. I would love to hear your thoughts on this book or any other of my favorite stories (click on Favorites in the Category/Tags list on the right side bar).

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I Am the Mission

I am the Mission
He was the perfect assassin.
Boy Nobody: No name. No past. No remorse. At least until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders — until he fell in love with his target. Now The Program is worried that its valuable soldier has become a liability.
Boy Nobody, haunted by the outcome of his last assignment, is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to show his loyalty.
His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of a military training and indoctrination camp for teenagers. One target. Limited time frame. Public place. It sounds simple, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.
Ani’s Review
I Am the Mission is the second book in the Unknown Assasin series by Allen Zadoff and it is really good! These books are relatively short making them perfect weekend reads. The first book introduced us to Boy Nobody and we followed him as he started to question his orders. This book picks up a few weeks after the last and Boy Nobody’s loyalty to the Program is tested. A few tings that are interesting to me about this series. First, the missions are very realistic and secondly, the character development follows along as the story develops. I love character development – I can’t say it enough. Anyhoo, this book also brings back one of my favorite characters from the last book, Howard, the computer nerd. I highly recommend not only this series but this author. Zadoff is a very good writer and although does a lot of explaining of the techy/militray stuff, doesn’t dumb it down for the teens or other non military espionage types like myself! Try it by clicking this image: