Title: I Am Here
Author: Evelyn Shepherd
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Publisher: Loose id
Amazon Buy Link:I Am Here (The Meteora Trilogy)
Length: Long Novel
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Shy
Review Summary: Fun, fast-paced, and hot, but a little lacking in the m/m/m department.
Sawyer never it saw it coming. He never expected Jesse to finally respond to him. He never expected the meteors to take out LeVeque tower. He never expected an old woman to try and eat his face off. Sawyer thought that when he went into work that night it just be another boring evening at the bookstore. But the impromptu quickie in the bathroom is just the beginning. Sawyer, with his gorgeously infuriating boss Jesse, his best friend Chloe and her little brother Jaden are in for more than a boring night.
The undead are rising up and they will have to find their way through the aftermath. With the aid of Jesse’s wryly sexy ex-lover/best friend Topher, they will attempt to head south to find a safe haven in a world turned to bedlam. But with the government keeping secrets and the infected turning, it’ll prove that the nightmare is far from over.
As Sawyer struggles to come to terms with his new world, he’ll also face the conflicting truth that he is in love with not one, but two, men.
It leads him to ask life’s great question: can you find love in a zombie apocalypse?
This is a book I’ve been meaning to pick up a while. Now that I’ve read it, I’m sad I didn’t do it sooner. I loved this book. Loved it! Lots of short, hot sex scenes. There’s some gore (it’s unavoidable) but not much. Despite it being a longer book, the story was fast-paced, something I enjoyed a lot. I managed to read the whole thing in one sitting.
We start off with Sawyer, a bookstore employee in love with his boss. Now, Sawyer is just the most lovable narrator ever. A lot of people sit around pining, but not this guy. Sawyer is on his boss like a bloodhound. He’s hot, he’s interested, and he makes it painfully obvious until, finally (out of sheer force of will, no doubt), he succeeds.
Unfortunately, their romantic interlude is cut short by – well, you can guess. The town is overrun by zombies, and Sawyer and his new boyfriend go on the run.
Like I said, there’s lots of hot little scenes in this book, especially in the beginning. I normally don’t like sex scenes (honestly, I skip them) but these were hot enough to catch my attention. That being said, I have a feeling some readers will get whiplash. Fun as they are, these scenes often take place just before or after the characters are running for their lives.
Frankly, I had to question Sawyer’s sanity. Even if I were kissing the hottest man on earth, all thoughts of sex would still vanish the moment zombies became involved. I would be done for the day. I would be hanging a “closed” sign between my legs. Yet, Sawyer somehow still manages to be distracted by Jesse while they’re on the run. I know that new relationships burn hot, but not that hot, surely.
Once they’re on the run, they go straight to Topher. Topher is Jesse’s best friend and ex-boyfriend. Needless to say, Sawyer isn’t happy with this; he’s worried that sexy, smart Topher will compete with him for Jesse’s attention.
One major problem I had with this book was the m/m/m. Now, don’t get me wrong, I liked Topher a lot. But his actions made him seem… well, either really dumb or really careless. Topher starts flirting with Sawyer the day after they meet – and not little, playful flirting. Big flirting. “I eavesdropped on you having sex with my best friend” flirting. “I like how you moan” flirting. I mean, Topher was ready to go, no bones about it.
Sawyer, meanwhile, is very conflicted about the whole thing. He becomes attracted to Topher pretty quickly, but doesn’t want to ruin his new relationship with Jesse. Rather than indulge in the attraction, he fights it – a sensible decision I could respect him for. He kisses Topher, but pulls away. He gets mad at Topher. He avoids him.
But Topher just tries harder.
Why? Jesse is his best friend. Why isn’t he guilty? Why doesn’t he back off? If he does feel bad about it, it’s well-hidden. We do get a moment where Topher implies that he’s just so attracted to Sawyer he just can’t stay away, but I don’t buy that. His brain is not literally attached to his dick; he’s responsible for his actions.
What was his goal – to take Sawyer from Jesse? That’s not cool. That’s not okay. And if he wasn’t trying to take Sawyer from Jesse, why the hell was he flirting? It all turned out alright in the end, but I doubt the resolution they reached was his original plan.
And I feel I should warn readers: this book is kind of menage book where one partner is shared by the other two. While Jesse and Topher do seem to have a deep, meaningful bond, it seems more brotherly than romantic, and there’s no real Topher/Jesse action. The romance is entirely Sawyer/Jesse and Sawyer/Topher.
Still, when Jesse finds out what’s been going on, his reaction is very satisfying. And ultimately, the resolution makes sense.
And oh my gosh, you guys. Oh my gosh. The ending was perfect. The one thing I L-O-V-E about about long books is the ending; it’s such a satisfying payoff. I really liked the characters and felt they could live out the rest of their lives together.
This is a definite read for zombie fans who like m/m/m. It’s got some problems, but it was still really fun, and I was impressed with the author’s style.