Series: Experiment in Terror #7
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: June 23, 2013
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Also in this series: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
Also by this author: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, convincing Perry Palomino to open herself to their burgeoning relationship has been more challenging than hunting ghosts, battling demons and stalking Sasquatch combined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Experiment in Terror show running is to take on a third partner in the form of the mysterious Maximus Jacobs — all while investigating a sinister voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the perfect Southern storm and a recipe for disaster. Luckily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.
Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.
Come Alive in one word is sublime.
sub·lime (s-blm) adj.
1. Characterized by nobility; majestic.
a. Of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth.
b. Not to be excelled; supreme.
3. Inspiring awe; impressive.
4. Archaic Raised aloft; set high.
So fucking horny.
You know when a book starts out with ^ that as the opening line, you are in for one hell of a ride.
To catch up, Come Alive takes place immediately following the terrifying events that took place in Into The Hollow.
Not only are Dex and Perry still shaken up by their run in with bigfoot, but their show Experiment in Terror is in danger of being canceled. There is also the question of “are they or aren’t they?”
The lines between Perry and Dex have been blurred since day 1, but Dex is determined to prove his love, devotion, and utter adoration of all things Perry Palomino.
“Baby, I love you, more than ever, more than anything in the fucking world. You are my world. And all I’ve ever wanted is for me to be yours.”
But don’t worry ladies, just because Dex has found his one true love he hasn’t changed pervy ways.
“I just thought I should warn you that the second we walk into the apartment I am going to maul the fuck out of you. I don’t care if you’re tired or bruised or scratched. You’ll just be more so when I’m finished.”
Dex is insatiable. Beneath all his proclamations of love are dirty innuendos that either had me laughing at his creativity or fanning myself. But even with Dex’s heart on his sleeve, Perry is still reserved. They have a lot of history, and not all of it is good history…
To make their situation more complicated “he-who-shall-not-be-named-except-in-insults-I-found-fitting” has been hired to work on Experiment in Terror. Yes, Maximus has joined the show and with his presence incites more LOL-worthy nicknames from Dex. Some of my favorites include:
- Auburn-Haired Snatchslinger
- Maximus Douchekabob
- Vegetable Lasagna
But Max has an agenda of his own that starts to unravel once this trio finds themselves in New Orleans. Not only is his addition creating hostility amongst Dex & Perry’s union, but a hardened bartender, Rose, from Max’s past leaves the duo with more questions than answers.
But Nola with all its’ charm and history turns out to be a breeding ground for scarier entities then just ghosts.
Yes, there are motherfucking zombies in Nola.
But the scariest part of their journey to Nola is the revelations that come to light that spell out dire consequences for our favorite couple.
Come Alive is everything I have been waiting/wishing/dying for in this series:
- Funny as hell
Being in Dex’s head is so damn entertaining. He is hilarious, but he is also very sweet. Dex 2.0 was worth the wait. There is a reason why there is such a huge following for his character. He is inappropriate and he makes no apologies. That said, I missed Perry terribly. This series is HER journey and as much as I would read anything written in Dex’s POV I really missed having her insight as well as her emotional tone throughout the novel. There were moments that I wished I could read her mind just to get an idea for how she was reacting to Dex.
Even though it was a lot more Dex going on I was still impressed with the strides Perry has made from Darkhouse to Come Alive. Especially a moment between her and a certain character (You go girl!) that I do not feel the need to mention other than appropriate .jpeg descriptions:
What I am most surprised by was my feelings towards Maximus and how they evolved into territories I never imagined. For so long I have agreed with Dex whole-heartedely about Max (ginger balls, anyone?) but now is the time to eat crow. Max is NOT the person I was expecting to have in my good graces. Alas, I was wrong. Yup, I said it.
If I could give you any idea of what to expect with Come Alive it’s to expect the unexpected. If you are expecting to cry, well expect that. If you know anything about this series it’s that Karina Halle is an evil, genius that loves to drink the tears of her fans.
But I was constantly on the edge of my seat. If it wasn’t because of freaking zombies and other supernatural occurrences, it was because of the relationship between Dex and Perry.
This series is so much more than boy meets girl meets ghost. It’s the union of two flawed people trying to survive in a world that is determined to tear them apart. Will they make it? You just have to keep reading to find that out….
I whipped around and pulled out the elevator’s STOP button. The elevator lurched then came still.
“What are you doing?” she screeched, wild-eyed.
“Nothing you need to worry about, baby,” I told her, placing both hands on either side of her head and kissing her hard, hard enough that she was flattened against the wall. We didn’t discuss it, but we naturally played our relationship cool in front of Jimmy. Now I was making up for lost time.
I bit her lower lip, pulling it between my teeth. She moaned and I smiled.
“You ever had sex in an elevator?” I asked, taking my mouth to her sweet neck and alternating between wet licks and fierce sucks. I didn’t care if she ended up with a million hickeys. The more the better.
“Anywhere in public?”
“Does a Canadian national park count?” she whispered, sounding both turned-on and uneasy.
“No, it doesn’t,” I murmured, my hands cupping her breasts now. “Sounds like something we have to fix, doesn’t it?”
“Isn’t this illegal?”
I pulled away and looked at her. “Elevator malfunction. Living it up while I’m going down.”
She smiled and then arched her back to give me more access to her fantastic breasts. “You can’t use Aerosmith as an excuse.”
“I can do anything I want,” I grunted, pressing my erection into her hip.
“My goodness,” she exclaimed at the pressure.
I grinned, my hands folding down her bra and rolling her nipples between my fingers.
“I told you. I’m always hard for you, I’m just good at hiding it. Which, actually, isn’t easy when your dick is the size of your leg.”
She laughed and lowered my head to her breasts, my mouth yearning, searching.
“Hello?” a voice said from behind me.
Startled, I turned around, expecting someone in the elevator with us. I was probably expecting it to be inhuman as well.
But the voice repeated. “Hello? Are you okay? Is this car two? I have reports you have stopped.”
Shit. It was the security on the speaker. In some elevators, pulling out the stop button just stops the elevator. I guess in this one it alerted security. Cockblockers!