Good afternoon lovelies! I’m delighted to another review for you of another of D E McCluskey’s novels….this time Z: A Love Story – a fab horror mixed with a love story!

the blurb

When Horror and Romance collide, the world will never be the same again.

Kevin is your normal, everyday kind of guy. An office worker in a multistory tower block in downtown London, he feels like his existence is being swallowed up by the monster metropolis where he lives and works. Ignored, lonely, and lovelorn, he’s desperate for a life, a reason to go on.
He has one in mind.
His coworker, Rachael.
She is everything that he has ever wanted.

Four thousand miles away, someone else has other ideas about everything they have ever wanted …
As hostilities between two superpowers escalate, a new weapon is created.
Agent Z is a super-weapon, capable of delivering a devastating blow to the enemy.
In the wrong hands, however, it can be something else entirely.

Love is a many splendored thing.
Humanity, however … that is fleeting!

my review

Ooooh I loved this!

Kevin goes to work every day and has a thing for Rachael….a thing he has had for the past 10 years but hasn’t been brave enough to let her know!  When she shows a bit of interest he finally bites the bullet, and asks her out for a drink….and she says yes! He’s delighted and they arrange their date and have a wonderful time….

Meanwhile, in the USA an accident happens with Agent Z….a virus designed to be used in warfare.  The accident causes one of the Presidents staff to become infected with the virus…..but will it spread? And how far? And what impact will it have on humanity as we know it.  And ultimately, will Kevin get the happy ever after that he’s dreaming of?

Z: A Love Story genuinely had me on the edge of my seat with my heart racing!  This is one of those books that you just don’t want to put down!  I absolutely love Kevin – the underdog who doesn’t think he’s going to get anywhere with the gorgeous Rachael; he’s a genuinely nice guy! And I loved Rachael – despite what her colleagues believe, she’s also lovely.  I was desperately willing for them to get together and to have the life they want.

The outbreak of the virus…..actually quite scary as I’m convinced something like this really could happen (we don’t know what’s being tested where!).  I spent so much time willing people to escape – mentally telling them to run away, don’t open the door, stay where you are etc!

As always with Dave’s books, this is so well written – with brilliant bits of humour throughout that will have you smirking or chuckling to yourself.  And the descriptions of what’s happening are fantastic – making it truly easy for you to imagine it playing out in your head like it’s a movie….with lots of blood and gore!

Absolutely fantastic, and I love the mix of horror and romance – something a bit different that you can’t help but love!!  Highly recommended by me!



about the author

Dave McCluskey is a writer of novels, graphic novels and comics, currently living in Liverpool with his daughter. 

He began writing in 2011, creating his first comic publication entitled Interesting Tymes. This is an anthology of short horror stories written in rhyme for children and adults, introducing the world to Edward D’Ammage. The first book was quickly followed by Interesting Tymes x 2 and the spin off series called Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding. 

Dave then moved on to more adult related fiction, bringing out the one shot Wooden Heart, followed by the full graphic novel Doppelganger. 

He then moved on to produce a number of comics and graphic novels, including The Few, a zombie series, DeathDay Presents, a graphic novel comedy based in Hell, Three Days in the City, The Adventures of Mace Masoch and many more. He has written and produced a full graphic novel for children entitled OLF, a clever twist on an old Christmas tale. Spurred on by this, he partnered up with artist Joe Matthews and they produced a retelling of the classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol, re-writing it completely in rhyme. 

Dave then turned his sights onto writing novels. His debut novel The Twelve was released in 2017 to great reviews. This was followed by a collaboration with a local Liverpool music historian, to produce a historical thriller called In The Mood… For Murder, based in Liverpool in 1946. 

Dave’s next novel was a dark, brutal psychological horror entitled CRACK, which tackles the issues of PTSD and addiction.

His latest novel is a romance/horror/comedy crossover called Z: A Love Story. 

His future works will include horrors, thrillers, children’s books and YA adventures. He refuses to be pigeon-holed…


Thanks so much to Dave for sharing the story with me, and providing me with a copy of The Twelve in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and are unbiased.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Chelle x

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