PJV Quickie: I gave this one 2-stars more for my credit than the books. I finished it. How or why I finished this book, I don’t know. So, I chalked it up for shock value alone. Obviously that cred should go to the book, 2-stars for the simple fact that you’ll definitely read something you’ve never read before. And hopefully will NEVER read again.

Review: I don’t want to go into the choppy plot sequencing or the bad sentence structure, let’s just talk about the story, shall we? In THE PULSE by Shoshanna Evers, you are introduced to a world that has been rocked by an EMP. The setting is New York City, specifically Grand Central Station. A group of soldiers has taken over the city and is running the area like their own little dictatorship. Women are forced to prostitute for food and do anything at all the soldiers tell them to do. When the heroine, the “beautiful, alluring” Emily finds out that people are rebuilding outside the city and the soldiers are keeping this a secret, she narrowly escapes GCS and heads out onto the streets, where she runs into escape convict Christopher Mason almost immediately. She has to get Mason to protect her, so she offers him up so of her goodies in exchange for getting her out of the city. Win-win for Mason because he wants to leave the city anyway and why not bring along a chick that is willing to sleep with him, especially since he’s been in prison.

Technically this was supposed to be an erotica novel full of, how do they say it, “one hand reading?” If you get that connotation. There was nothing sexy about this novel, the go into the sex scene and all I can think is “this girl hasn’t bathed in a REALY long time and he’s going down on her. YUCK with a double side of nasty. “

You don’t want to think yuck while you’re reading sexy times.

Pair those raunchy sexy-times with a dumbass character and you get a pretty lame read. Emily’s character was a dumbass. She stupidly hung onto her morals but only when she could argue with Mason. It was okay to kill the guy over there, but not the one that was running at you with a machete. I understand a character trying to stay “human” in the wake of an apocalypse, but frankly the arguments were weak and it just made the character look dim. Mason at times also acted like a teenager that just got his first girlfriend. It was infuriating. The ending was almost ridiculous and I don’t want to spoil it, but really – he was going to just find a “replacement” for himself. Genius!

Overall, if you are looking for a car-wreck of a book, have at it, but the fact that this is priced at $5.99 on kindle blows my mind. Also, that it actually passed muster at S&S is another WTF. I’m assuming Evers had to get a book out and S&S said they wanted Apocalypse Erotica so she just whipped one up. Well, thanks for that. I could have found better in the self-pubbed market.


I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Pulse (The Pulse Trilogy #1) by Shoshanna Evers #Review

The Pulse by Shoshanna Evers

Series: The Pulse Trilogy #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 25th 2013
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 300
2 Stars

Emily Rosen lives in a military camp at Grand Central Station, where women sell their bodies to soldiers for extra rations. When she discovers a dark secret--that America is rebuilding outside of New York City, and everything the city's refugees have been told is a lie--she escapes, the soldiers hot on her heels...

But Christopher Mason, a convict who broke out of prison after the Pulse, finds Emily first. Although he's survived this long on the streets by looking out only for himself, Emily is beautiful, alluring, and impossible to leave behind.

Now Emily must convince this intimidating, magnetic stranger to be her guide as they journey out of New York and into the unknown. She'll barter with her body, but sex with Mason can never be currency--it's pure passion, and everything she desires. Despite the crumbling world around them, can Emily and Mason discover true love blooming in the darkest of places?


About Shoshanna Evers

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories, including The Man Who Holds the Whip (part of the bestselling MAKE ME anthology), Overheated, The Enslaved Trilogy, and The Pulse Trilogy (from Simon & Schuster Pocket Star). Her work has been featured in Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and Best Bondage Erotica 2013, the Penguin/Berkley Heat anthology Agony/Ecstasy, and numerous erotic BDSM novellas including Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief from Ellora's Cave Publishing.