Believe In Me by Beth D. Carter

Believe In Me by Beth D. Carter
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/fantasy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

The world has been devastated by a virus, leaving only the strong to survive…

All of her life, Kerigan LaRoux has had visions of the immediate future. Her dreams are of one man, Hyde Galloway, and a vision that draws her to San Francisco. She finds him wounded, in the middle of a gang war. She hides him and treats his wound.

Although he is suspicious of her, he tells her he’s trying to catch a boat to Canada where the world is starting over. Much to his annoyance, she tags along. At first he doesn’t believe in her visions but little by little she wins him over.
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They race against time, trying to save a colony of survivors from the gangs who want slaves. But can Kerigan save the man she loves, the innocent lives waiting for salvation, as well as herself?

For all her life Kerigan had dreamed about the large, handsome solider Hyde Galloway. She knew it meant she had the sight – a gift and curse passed on from her grandmother, but it wasn’t until her dreams changed and her grandmother admitted she, too, had Seen the world as they knew it ending that Kerigan knew she had to act on her vision and do what she could to help Galloway do what he must. Two decades later and much of what Kerigan saw and knew had come true. Unable to direct or select her visions – only able to follow where they led, she knew things would come to a head soon.

I found this to be an interesting and action-packed short story. Apocalyptic stories feel a bit strange to read in the current circumstances, but I found this to be fast moving enough and with an intriguing enough premise that I couldn’t go past it. The story is primarily focused on Kerigan and Hyde, but I was surprised and pleased when mid-way through they hook up with Nolan and Lainey – the two main characters from a previous story. While I have read that previous story (Come With Me) I truly feel it’s not necessary to have read it to enjoy this story. Admittedly having read Lainey and Nolan’s story I found it enriched this book, but Believe In Me stands very well by itself and I don’t think readers picking this up will miss anything plot wise.

If the world built into this story was anything other than an “after the virus wipes most of the human population out” style of scene I’m not sure the quickness Kerigan and Hyde came together would be realistic. While they certainly didn’t trust each other there was a definite and near-immediate bond between them. Part of me feels this was a bit too quick, particularly when Hyde explains he’d been sexually abused as a young man. I just struggled with him telling Kerigan some very dark secrets, and then them being intimate literally in the moments following that admission. I found it jarring and a little odd. I understood how Kerigan and Hyde needed to trust each other were linked in numerous ways, but I can understand if some readers feel they need to disconnect their brains a little and just enjoy the story for what it is and not throw too much logic at the situation of the world having survived the ravages of a virus.

This short story ended on a high note, but more of a Happy For Now style. I expect there will be another book coming some time in the future as the ending closed out this section of the story but left a clear trail of where I expect the author plans to lead into the future. Kerigan and Hyde’s part of the story seemed to be fairly well rounded though and I was satisfied with where the author left us.

With interesting characters, a strong and action-packed post-virus, apocalyptic world and a fast paced story this was a great, quick read.

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