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The year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and williThe year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and willing to do anything to survive.Dallas and Raleigh have changed too. So much so, that Dallas struggles with the idea that Raleigh no longer needs or wants his protection. But they will need to rely on each other and find strength in their love as they are forced to evade zombies and watch their friends die. As they fight for their lives in a brutal landscape where every supply and every step toward a potential cure is a battle to the death, only their trust in each other can keep them from perishing....

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North to Zombieville Reviews

  • ☆ Todd
    2018-12-30 12:25

    And they lived happily ever after...Oh, wait. SHIT! Is that a... And are they... Oh, God, RUN!That's pretty much how the book started out, with Dallas and Raleigh at a fancy restaurant to celebrate their second anniversary. Which also happened to be the day that all hell broke loose. And the day that they were separated during the mayhem.Fast forward one year and Dallas' unending search finally sees him reunited with his husband. Then there's sex. Then there's some more sex. Then maybe a little more. Which was pretty hot, actually.Since the fall, Dallas has been leading a community of about fifty survivors, hold up in a mall, not only trying to stay alive, but also rescuing other humans and trying to hold out hope that there may be a way to set the world back to rights.For the most part, the story is about surviving in a world filled with the walking dead, and not just the slow, lumbering ones, either. There are 'souped-up' zombies, too, able to break through brick walls and tear a human head clean off. Scary shit, right?And no, this story isn't one where everyone makes it out alive. There is a full cast of characters, then a few less, then a few more. Rinse and repeat. So not everyone escapes being bitten, or even eaten alive, which made the story more realistic and not all sunshine and rainbows, with a bit of zombie on the side.I loved Dallas' character, who is ex-military and willing to help those less able to protect themselves. As long as they understand that his top priority is finding his husband and are willing to aid in his search.I liked his partner, Raleigh, too, but he could be a bit of a damsel in distress when the shit well and truly hit the fan. And since damsels trying to prove that they aren't damsels any more can be pretty reckless, bordering on stupid, that's where the main drama comes into play, as he tries to keep his newly-found man safe.The hope in the story comes from rumors of a scientist still alive in Townsville, which at the end of the book, the group is gearing up to find, but haven't quite located yet. They need a cure to turn the rising tide against the undead and he's their only hope.This was clearly a setup for a second book, which I will most definitely be reading the moment that I can get it in my greedy little hands. I can't wait.I'm a sucker for a good zombie story and I'm very happy to say that this one totally fit the bill for me on all levels, with its constant action and nerve-wracking suspense.So all that being said, I'd have to rate this one around 4.25 stars for pulling me in, grabbing my attention and never letting go.----------------------------------------------My copy of the ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-01-16 05:34

    I like the idea of this book....but..I always find it difficult to rate a book when I adore one MC, and wish the other MC would fall off a cliff.Zombies are always fun to read, I loved that part.. But..This book has a hardcore idiotic damsel in distress...not my thing. The Romance,I did not like it much, and the lullaby during sex, no. Just. No. Dallas<---loved.Raleigh<---loathed. The book overall, I would say is more like2.5 Stars And, not really for me.

  • Kade Boehme
    2019-01-15 09:15

    Engaging, easy read. I'm a sucker for zombies so throwing it in my M/M will pretty much always pull me in. Dallas was a beast and I liked Raleigh. Some stuff was too convenient -- everyone knew everyone and everyone Dallas loved ended up with him so... Yeah. But i was entertained. It'll be interesting to see the next book.

  • Vallie
    2019-01-18 05:32

    Yes! Zombies! And there’s gore and love and feelz all in one!!!I am a total geek when it comes to stories like these. I watch the walking dead and even the spinoff –Fear the walking dead, even though the second sucks. I just love the survival stories and what it does to people.This one is a wonderful addition to the genre and I had a blast reading it. Raleigh and Dallas were married and very much in love when the zombie apocalypse happened. One minute they're having a fantastic dinner date, the next they’re running away from groans of the dead trying to eat them. They get separated for a year –fear not though, it doesn’t last long in page time- and they learn how to survive in the new world.What I loved about this story was the incredible love Raleigh and Dallas had. Dallas was army and Raleigh was a damsel but those dynamics started shifting after the zombies showed up. There was some delicious friction with Dallas clinging on to the memory of Raleigh always needing protecting and Raleigh being a bit fed up and carving a more independent identity for himself. Now for the gore. There’s a twist. The zombies are smart! They group, they set traps, they are strong and fast, and cunning. I loved that the story did not become run-of-the-mill and the foundation was laid very nicely for follow-up books in terms of finding a cure and what have you. Not to mention, there’s a wonderful (and some not wonderful) array of side-characters that move the story along. Reading dystopian books, I sometimes get this claustrophobic feeling because of the isolation and the destruction all around. Here, the main characters are part of a huge group which makes the story more entertaining and adds to the character development as well. Dallas and Raleigh are not just lovers and survivors. They play numerous roles, each of which reveals different aspects to their personalities. *clears throat*Hot sex is hot. The steam is up to par with the adrenaline levels but the cuteness factor went through the roof as well. Cute as in -Slay some zombies and then stop to kiss your man next to guts spilling on the road to hoots and hollers of the members of the group. Isn’t that adorbs or what?!Recommend to all fans of dystopian mm! ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. See this review at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-12-21 06:22

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsI really liked this book. I’ve always been into dystopian/horror novels. If there was a terrifying monster involved, I eagerly snatched them up. As I got older, zombies became my favorite boogie men. There is something so frightening about the evil coming after the heroes of the story being those who used to be one of us. The past few years have seen my tastes lean toward erotic romance, and then gay erotic romance, so imagine my excitement when I saw a book that united my old favorite genre with my new favorite.North to Zombieville has so much going for it. There’s horror, action, friendship, love, sex, and most of all, unforgettable characters who are doing their very best to simply survive in this new world. Dallas and Raleigh are a loving couple who never give up the hope of being reunited. Their passion really moved me. It made me think about my husband, and how I would search to the ends of the earth for him no matter what. Their chemistry is amazing, and they were a delight to read.Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  • Kristen Burns
    2019-01-16 07:04

    3.5 StarsFull Review:*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*This book actually caught my attention not because of the zombies but because of the relationship premise in the story. Don’t get me wrong, there was zombie-killing, but the focus was more on the relationship between the two main characters. Dallas and Raleigh were separated for a year, so, when they reunited, Dallas was struggling to come to grips with the ways Raleigh had changed, and Raleigh was struggling with not only his own personal identity crisis but also having to share Dallas now that he had become a leader for this whole group of survivors. It wasn’t quite what the blurb described since Raleigh wasn’t exactly a hardened zombie-killer and still needed a fair amount of protecting, but it was still something I don’t think I’ve really seen explored in other books I’ve read, and I liked getting to read about a new types of relationship struggle.Also, even though the book didn’t go as deep as I’d have liked, I still appreciated that it was more focused on the humans than the zombies in general. It even managed to make me a bit emotional at times. It wasn’t the type of emotion that carried on past the scene, but it was a plus that the author was able to make me feel something about the horrors and sadness the characters dealt with, if only momentarily.The main problem for me though was that I didn’t connect with the main characters. One was a military man, the other a self-proclaimed damsel-in-distress, and I just couldn’t relate to either.I also would’ve liked it more if there had more tension between characters. Anytime anything happened, the characters ended up admitting to their mistakes, apologizing for their behavior, and then all getting along again. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—I know lots of people get annoyed when characters fight over stupid things and would probably love to read about characters communicating and acting maturely—it just wasn’t realistic or tense enough for my taste.Overall though, it was a book that I enjoyed reading and a nice start to a character-driven M/M zombie apocalypse series, just maybe not one for my particular taste.Recommended For:Anyone who likes M-M romance and zombie apocalypse books.Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  • Malinda
    2019-01-18 05:28

    3.5-4 starsThis was a pretty good story. I liked both Raleigh and Dallas and enjoyed their story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I might read more of her work in the future.When the story begins, Dallas and Raleigh have been married a couple years and are out on a dinner date. Things go bad and Raleigh and Dallas and separated in the chaos. Dallas makes it his priority to find Raleigh but although their town isn't big, it's also not small and with the zombies killing everyone they can find, staying in one place for a long period of time isn't advised. So, it takes about a year for Dallas to find Raleigh, who found help and shelter with a few others. Once they are reunited, there are some issues to get past but things between Raleigh and Dallas are good and they're doing as well as possible considering they're stuck in the zombie apocalypse. I don't want to say much more about the actual story lest I risk spoilers.This zombie apocalypse story was interesting in itself because it was a bit different than normal stories of this type. First of all, the zombies aren't all the slow-moving, brain eating zombies most of us are used to. Some of the zombies are slow but some are fast, strong and much harder to kill (in the story they're called supped-up zombies). The zombies also seem to have a certain amount of intelligence, showing cunning in ambushing the surviving humans as well as showing emotions plainly on their faces. The second difference that stood out was the issue with guns. The story takes place in Australia and they have very strict gun laws there...hardly anyone has guns. It makes the situation much harder to survive than it would be in countries like the US where guns are much more plentiful and accessible. Overall, the story wasn't perfect but I did find it very enjoyable. I liked both Dallas and Raleigh and a number of the other characters as well. The story was interesting and it kept me engaged so I'd recommend it to lovers of the zombie apocalypses. :)

  • Gillian
    2019-01-04 07:23 wanted to like this book, I really did. I wanted this to be an edge-of-your-seat thriller where you eagerly anticipate the sweetness of the MC’s reuniting after a long, harsh year spent trying to survive and you know you’re going to relish that moment because you’ve waited half the book for it. But when the MC’s are separated in the first chapter, then quickly reunited in the second chapter and you don’t even have a chance to anticipate that climactic scene, it’s kind of a let down.So you move on. You decide to settle in and enjoy the tension that comes with a good zombie book. You start to care for the MC’s and perhaps some of the side characters and you wait to see if everyone will survive unscathed. But when you keep reading and realize that you’re not really growing attached to any of the characters in the book, that tension is removed and with it, the whole point of a zombie story.And that’s really disappointing. Because you need to feel something for the people in the book if you’re going to start rooting for them. It’s essential to the enjoyment of any story.Dallas is an okay character. He’s kind of your typical alpha male, ex-military type who manages to successfully set up a home base with a group of people he’s managed to save during his year apart from Raleigh. His only focus is to be reunited with his husband and makes it clear to anyone who tags along with him that it is his main priority. Raleigh, on the other hand, comes across as spoiled and whiny. After being rescued by another military man when he and Dallas were originally separated, he has supposedly changed to become tougher and more resilient (or so he likes to tell everyone). Sadly, those qualities are absent throughout most of the book and I was almost hoping he’d become zombie fodder at one point. Dallas is almost constantly put in the place of either defending Raleigh or making excuses for him to the rest of the group.Thankfully, there were a few decent sex scenes but the reunion sex felt cloying and unrealistic. After being separated for so long, I’m not sure that relaxed, gentle teasing would be foremost on your mind. I was hoping for a long, emotional scene between two exhausted men grateful to be back in each other’s arms and instead I got flippant sex talk. Disappointing.The zombies themselves had an interesting twist, at least. The book featured your ‘typical’ slower, lumbering zombies and then there are ones that are bigger, faster, stronger and beginning to show some signs of cognitive reasoning. Although the reasons for that are left unresolved, it does set the scene for a second book. The second book will also find our gang continuing the search for a mysterious scientist who is rumoured to have the zombie cure.It’s really unfortunate that this book just didn’t do it for me. I really do love zombie books. I love the feeling of almost not wanting to turn the page because you are so invested in the scene and the characters that you don’t want to see anything bad happen. Sadly, that wasn’t the case here. Instead, I was turning the pages hoping for something – anything – to happen that would tweak my interest. Alas, I found myself waiting in vain.**I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  • Penny Brandon
    2018-12-24 08:29

  • Susan65
    2019-01-03 08:09

    Oh my gosh, this is my dream scenario…a zombie apocalypse and gay romance co-mingled into one action pack love fest. Dallas and Raleigh are celebrating their wedding anniversary and planning their romantic getaway when the world comes crashing down. Unfortunately, that romantic dinner is the catalyst that separates Dallas and Raleigh for over a year. Dallas is military trained and spent every single day looking for his husband. During this time, anyone who wanted to join him had to understand that his sole focus was finding Raleigh.Raleigh, in the meantime, bands together with an ex-military friend of Dallas, and other people in hopes of surviving. When Raleigh and Dallas finally find each other again they have to learn to live with their new realities. Raleigh is no longer completely dependent on Dallas, and Dallas is struggling because he has always protected Raleigh and put him first. However, the love they have for each other has never dimmed. They easily fall back into each others arms and never once strayed while apart. This doesn’t mean that some other survivors weren’t trying.I loved the fast-paced action, the drama within the camps, the petty jealousies, and the sadness that permeated the group when they lost a friend. This story has lot of violence, but it also has a lot of love and hope. The secondary story-lines are just as interesting as the romance between Dallas and Raleigh. The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the ending. I am hoping that another book is in the works because I felt like they still had a lot to overcome and settle before the story could end. Here’s hoping for book two, because I would jump on that in a heartbeat.The Blogger Girls

  • Teresa
    2019-01-20 13:21

    ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®****3.5 Stars - Zombies are all the rage these days and we see a lot of books in all genres pop up with zombie themes. I like zombies, whether they are the good guys (just misunderstood) or the bad guys out to get our heroes. In this story they are bad, and I mean really bad. This story would have done well as a block buster movie or new TV Show.I loved the action and the descriptions of the zombies. I loved how the book started out all sweet and light and then BAM! Apocalypse. I really liked Dallas and his determination. His caring and love for Raleigh really shone through. I loved that not everyone survives; it added realism to the story. I liked that we have a large cast of interesting characters that I could get invested in. This is not a dark novel though. There is a lightness to it in our characters’ interactions.What I didn’t like was that Raleigh was a TSTL damsel in distress most of the time. I didn’t like all the coincidences that happened all at once – it was too contrived.However, I loved the set up for the series and fully plan on reading the next book when it comes out. I want to know what happens as this ends with many unanswered questions! So, if you like your zombies bad, your action fast and don’t mind some clichés, give this book a chance!

  • Theodora IK
    2019-01-15 05:34

    2.5 starsThere were moments I wanted to smack either Dallas or Raleigh or both of them. Sometimes they said something and then a few minutes later, did the exact opposite. For a couple surviving zombie apocalypse, they made some stupid decisions I wondered how they could survive.

  • Anne
    2018-12-23 12:07


  • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
    2019-01-11 06:21

    I liked this. Well enough that I will buy book 2. Kinda have to know what happens.I liked Raleigh and Dallas. I liked that some likable characters die. Not that I liked them being killed off, but hey, in a zombie attack, not everyone is gonna live. These guys were a little to good to be true. I totally see continuing to search for your spouse. The world is ending, every moment might be your last. I don't buy both didn't at least have one hook up. I think one of them should have had a friend with benefits. It was to neat and tidy, for a zombies could eat my face at any moment story.But, I did like the story. I have a theory. I think the super charged up zombies are due to (view spoiler)[the scientist trying to cure them...bring back the thought process. They are just the science experiments with curing zombies and it back fired, but he keeps trying. (hide spoiler)]

  • Bookbee
    2019-01-08 08:06

    2.5 StarsGillian's review sums up pretty much exactly how I feel about this book. Disappointing.

  • Fay
    2018-12-30 05:23

    I'll be honest. I love zombie apocalypse(as long as it fiction). So the background really get me excited. The humor is good. Especially with Janey. The empathy is good as we got to see how the characters support each other emotionally in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.However. It made me cringe a lot due to certain words/reactions being used a lot. Repeatedly. Such as living in a zombie apocalypse for almost a year and Raleigh keep on puking whenever he sees either dead bodies or loved ones in pain. Shouldnt he either be dead from being malnourished or hunger?And the moments where they keep on holding everyone back in the middle or after a zombie attack just to have passionate kisses. I dont think that it is reasonable to endanger others for selfish needs. Which brings me to Raleigh being selfish. As well as Dallas cause they cant fucking suck it up. Its immature considering they are adults. But act more like teens. How Raleigh react to someone badmouthing him, how Dallas react to Kit and all of their urges to beat up anyone questioning them. There is also a lack of description to the characters such as hair colour, eye colour, skin colour, etc. Which made me confused as to who is who. Instead we keep on repeating Dallas Maori's heritage. Overall. The book sound like another Alpha and Omega book whilst set in a zombie apocalypse. An okay book. But definitely not reading the sequel even if it have any.Ps: no matter how big the guns are. Its useless if u dont have bullets. And always using sniper on a close range. Or always justifying how the zombie use their brain to move but when u shot half of it and they still move? I would not hope on that theory that much.

  • Cookie Moretti
    2019-01-16 05:10

    North To Zombieville by Meg Bawden (MM/Romance)A copy of this book was provided to me by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*** 3.5 STARS***'Ah, zombies. I love reading MM stories with a good zombie plot and Meg Bawden's "North To Zombieville" was okay. Not amazing, but it kept me reading.Dallas and his husband Raleigh gets separated when people started eating each other on their anniversary. Yeah, total buzz kill. lol. for a year, Dallas was looking for his husband until by some miracle, they found each other. Now they just have to deal with the constant zombie attacks and find a scientist who is rumored to have a cure or know of a cure. Peachy.I loved Dallas, He was kick ass and sweet and sexy. If there's a zombie attack, I want him to be my devoted husband. lol. Raleigh I didn't like so much. The synopsis may say that he didn't need Dallas' help anymore for protection, but that's a lie. Raleigh was annoying and whiny and is too stupid to live. They kept blaming every dumb thing he did on his concussion, but I don't believe it. Dallas, like a besotted fool, kept forgiving him. No. Just no.The ending wasn't a happy ending. It just leads to book 2, which I will read and hope there's more Dallas...with a new, worthy husband...haha. I can dream.

  • Suze
    2019-01-06 11:27

    Zombies are not my top preferred read but this was on offer and had some good comments.I was probably expecting more guts and gore, and whilst there is, it is much more about Dallas and Raleigh. And they are very lovey dovey, babe, sex where ever after a year separation - and this aspect was a bit too much for my liking. I think I would have enjoyed more action from that missing year.Raleigh has survived for a year but seems to revert back to TSTL damsel-like behaviour once Dallas is back. I wanted to like Raleigh but he did keep doing stuff that, after a year of living on the edge of death, you'd think he should have got past - be fed up, desolate, annoyed yes, but stupid, no.The issues of running a community, even a small one like the supermarket survivors, start coming to a head, showing that humans are humans even in the face of adversity.There is a good zombie story there, needs more fleshing (ha) out, the development of the zombies, the how and why, how to combat. Less OTT personal stuff between Dallas and Raleigh and more background on the zombies would be my preference. Though I'll have to get book 2 to see how it all works out!

  • Lissel
    2019-01-06 09:27

    So, not what I was expecting. Maybe it’s partly my fault, for I thought it would be more likeKick at the darkness , which I loved, and it wasn’t, so I was pretty disappointed. Regardless, I had some problems with the story, the main one being the MCs.I didn’t like either of them. Dallas was too overprotective and controlling, treating Raleigh like a damsel in distress, and Raleigh was a f*cking damsel in distress, dramatic and just annoying. Their love relationship made me cringe. It’s very difficult to enjoy a book if you dislike the MCs, especially if none of the side characters interest you enough to make up for it.I did like the idea of zombies who are evolving into into stronger and smarter creatures. It was an interesting and more creepy setting than what we are used to seeing in zombie books.I don't think I will keep reading this series though...

  • Susan Reeves
    2019-01-03 07:12

    Zombies. Not usually my thing but they're in Australia! And just up the road, mate! Loved this element of the story because I recognised places and brands and I could more easily immerse myself in the story.The big clincher for me, though, was that Raleigh and Dallas are married, in Australia, in the future. It gives me hope that as a nation we will move forward, and even though we'll be almost all wiped out by souped-up zombies I know we're in good hands. Can't wait for the story to continue!

  • Teetee
    2019-01-19 09:20

    Who doesn't love a good zombie/apocalyptic love story? This was good stuff! Great set up and paving the way for an interesting series. Lots of great characters were folded into the story and I cant wait to read some of their adventures! Dallas was a good ole tough guy who never gave up hope of finding his husband, and when he does, its so sweet to see them together before their new reality catches up to them. Raleigh made a move that ticked me off, but it paid off so I cant be too mad, and it introduced me to my next potential couple. Great kick off for a new series. Cant wait!

  •  Meghan
    2018-12-20 11:05

    Really liked the story and want to see what's going to happen next. A zombie story in Australia is certainly different. I liked that none of the characters were all good or bad, just everyday people coping the best they can. While some of the characters were sometimes idiots, there were also times you could empathize with their situation and reactions.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-27 10:24

    It's the First book I've read from this author, And I want to say I loved this book. It was great. A real attention keeper filled with drama, action, love and a little sadness. Here's hoping book two will be out soon. :). Thanks for a great book. Oh and I love the way you used "BOGAN" for the zombies.

  • Sky Diamond
    2019-01-12 06:30

    Horror and zombies aren't really my thing, but I enjoyed this story. I found the horror to be okay, it wasn't overpowering and for that I'm grateful. Dall and Leigh were sweet together.

  • Lily
    2019-01-03 07:07

    3.5 starsNice story although I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.