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The days are blurring together. I can’t seem to keep my eyes open at night. Terror follows us everywhere we go. Nowhere is safe. It’s spreading. Thriving. We can’t outrun it. All we can do is bunker down and pray it passes us by. But that’s wishful thinking. The ravaged will find us and there’s not a thing we can do to stop them. They are everywhere. I haven’t seen him. I The days are blurring together. I can’t seem to keep my eyes open at night. Terror follows us everywhere we go. Nowhere is safe. It’s spreading. Thriving. We can’t outrun it. All we can do is bunker down and pray it passes us by. But that’s wishful thinking. The ravaged will find us and there’s not a thing we can do to stop them. They are everywhere. I haven’t seen him. I haven’t spoken to him. But I know he’s there. I know he’ll be there if I need him. It’s not long before I do. My name is Willow. His name is Jason. I hate him—or I used to. Now I just need him. Want him. Miss him. The ravaged are coming. They always are, and he’s always there to stand between them and me. But the Ravaged aren’t the only dangers lurking behind every corner. There’s something more sinister stalking me. And when it finds me, I’m on my own. *This story ends in a cliffhanger* ***Warning. For readers 18 years and older. Contains explicit sexual situations, possible triggers, dark themes, language, and violence.***


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The days are blurring together. I can’t seem to keep my eyes open at night. Terror follows us everywhere we go. Nowhere is safe. It’s spreading. Thriving. We can’t outrun it. All we can do is bunker down and pray it passes us by. But that’s wishful thinking. The ravaged will find us and there’s not a thing we can do to stop them. They are everywhere. I haven’t seen him. I The days are blurring together. I can’t seem to keep my eyes open at night. Terror follows us everywhere we go. Nowhere is safe. It’s spreading. Thriving. We can’t outrun it. All we can do is bunker down and pray it passes us by. But that’s wishful thinking. The ravaged will find us and there’s not a thing we can do to stop them. They are everywhere. I haven’t seen him. I haven’t spoken to him. But I know he’s there. I know he’ll be there if I need him. It’s not long before I do. My name is Willow. His name is Jason. I hate him—or I used to. Now I just need him. Want him. Miss him. The ravaged are coming. They always are, and he’s always there to stand between them and me. But the Ravaged aren’t the only dangers lurking behind every corner. There’s something more sinister stalking me. And when it finds me, I’m on my own. *This story ends in a cliffhanger* ***Warning. For readers 18 years and older. Contains explicit sexual situations, possible triggers, dark themes, language, and violence.***

30 review for Thrive

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    This starts off exactly where the last book left off and here the group are now holed up apparently in the safe zone in an old university under military rule. But nowhere is safe in this new blood-soaked reality and events again force the group forward and on the move. Jay and Willows's relationship has now progressed to the next level and I was also so pleased that Willow finally got her deserved apology from him. The group as a whole has also now started to accept her presence and treat her bette This starts off exactly where the last book left off and here the group are now holed up apparently in the safe zone in an old university under military rule. But nowhere is safe in this new blood-soaked reality and events again force the group forward and on the move. Jay and Willows's relationship has now progressed to the next level and I was also so pleased that Willow finally got her deserved apology from him. The group as a whole has also now started to accept her presence and treat her better. The finale here was again dramatic leaving me wanting the next instalment right away. The books themselves are not very long in length but they are jam-packed throughout and this reads to me almost like a serial-type of story. Enjoying this one a lot it’s an imaginative story and I’m interested in seeing where this heads next. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    4.5 stars Thrive is book 2 in the Defy the Ravaged series and it picks up where book 1 ended. Jay and Willow are now a couple and since there are more important things to worry about like survival past anger from Jay's family towards Willow seems to be leaving them all. I am loving this series so far although I wish the books were longer because the characters are great and I just want more. This one ends on another Cliffhanger and unfortunately book 3 was supposed to be released November 2019 bu 4.5 stars Thrive is book 2 in the Defy the Ravaged series and it picks up where book 1 ended. Jay and Willow are now a couple and since there are more important things to worry about like survival past anger from Jay's family towards Willow seems to be leaving them all. I am loving this series so far although I wish the books were longer because the characters are great and I just want more. This one ends on another Cliffhanger and unfortunately book 3 was supposed to be released November 2019 but it wasn't. I will definitely be impatiently waiting for the next book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    🎁 The complete Defy the Ravaged Series (3 book series) is free on Amazon today (3/18/2020)! 🎁

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    This one kind of had a different feel to it than the first one did to me, and I think that was mostly because most of the book our group was around humans and not the ravaged. But that didn't take away from anything. And the ending was an "oh shit" one, so that was great. I also can't even say how thrilled I am that Jay and Willow are officially a thing now. I love Jay sooooooooo much. We obviously pick right up after the end of the first book here. After hours of trying to decide what to do, the This one kind of had a different feel to it than the first one did to me, and I think that was mostly because most of the book our group was around humans and not the ravaged. But that didn't take away from anything. And the ending was an "oh shit" one, so that was great. I also can't even say how thrilled I am that Jay and Willow are officially a thing now. I love Jay sooooooooo much. We obviously pick right up after the end of the first book here. After hours of trying to decide what to do, the group decides to try and make it to the safe zone on foot (and bike). But they were never prepared for the pandemonium that they would encounter. When everyone gets separated, it's almost impossible to make it. But Willow's safety comes from the most unexpected source. Paulie. Somehow he had managed to convince the army guys at the gates to let all of his people in. Including Willow. And I just loved finding out the reason why later on. This supposed safe zone only provides false security. Each person is expected to work over 12 hours a day with no days off and they're barely fed enough to get by. And things are only going to get worse. Despite the beating and warning that Jay had given him, Fin has followed the group and is still stalking Willow. When he does something bat-shit crazy, life there is shattered and so many people are slaughtered. Only he does still manage to get his hands on Willow. How does one girl manage to get herself into so much trouble?? She does manage to get free and soon our group is hitting the road again. Unfortunately Fin is still out there somewhere. The next place they encounter that seems relatively safe also seems suspiciously clean and untouched. And it's not long until we find out why. Cue more crazy people. The end was intense with me wondering what is going to happen to everyone. I just loved how Jay and Willow were able to overcome their past and all of the misunderstandings and just be together now. I'd give anything for a guy like Jay, that's for sure. I'm also happy that the club is slowly starting to accept Willow and some of them are even becoming friendly. But I gotta say, Willow needs to stop picking kids up and taking them with her already. We're up to three now, how many more does she need? Sooooooo the end of this book said that book 3 would be out in November 2019. It is now December. WHERE IS THE BOOK???? I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    Intense The book seems to short for me. We get right into it and then the ending is there. I feel like there should be more to the thriving part. I am glad Jay got his shit together.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson

    I quickly started this one as soon as I finished book one, WILLOW. My zombie loving heart was tickled to have found a new series. A series that not only has zombies but some romance peppered in all the right spots and all the right times. Jay? Swoon! I have never read a motorcycle club romance before but may need to rectify that if the guys are anything like Jay and his family. My heart stayed in my throat as I read this book. I tried to figure out if this would be the place they could settle do I quickly started this one as soon as I finished book one, WILLOW. My zombie loving heart was tickled to have found a new series. A series that not only has zombies but some romance peppered in all the right spots and all the right times. Jay? Swoon! I have never read a motorcycle club romance before but may need to rectify that if the guys are anything like Jay and his family. My heart stayed in my throat as I read this book. I tried to figure out if this would be the place they could settle down and restart their lives. Hahaha Sorry. Couldn’t say that with a straight face. As if a military zone during the zombie apocalypse could ever be considered a safe place. It really is laughable. I look forward to where the series is going and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. This new to me author has quickly became a favorite of mine. 5 Stars!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Dankemeyer

    Once again... Loved it! I can't believe I have to wait until November for the next book. Ugghh!!! Great writing, easy read, fabulous characters.. Once again... Loved it! I can't believe I have to wait until November for the next book. Ugghh!!! Great writing, easy read, fabulous characters..

  8. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    This is where my journey ends. I really wanted to love this book. A zombie apocalypse with romance? Yes, please! That's my all time favorite genre. This book, however, would have been a hundred times better WITHOUT the romance. It felt completely one-sided, had absolutely no sparks or connection, and was pretty cringe-y. I disliked Jay very much, he had no real good redeeming qualities except a good shooter. Willow wasn't much better. She accepted the verbal abuse she got from Jay and his club f This is where my journey ends. I really wanted to love this book. A zombie apocalypse with romance? Yes, please! That's my all time favorite genre. This book, however, would have been a hundred times better WITHOUT the romance. It felt completely one-sided, had absolutely no sparks or connection, and was pretty cringe-y. I disliked Jay very much, he had no real good redeeming qualities except a good shooter. Willow wasn't much better. She accepted the verbal abuse she got from Jay and his club for years and never stood up for herself. She then accepted Jay so quickly after all the abuse he put her through and allowed to happen. She never really seemed to actually want Jay, the only things she said about him was that he was attractive but I don't recall anywhere in the story her actually saying she wanted to be with him or explaining why. It seemed very physical, no actual emotional connection. Then, the author added a typical annoying side character, Dahlia, who is super old and says inappropriate stuff. Add in Billy who is super protective, that's annoying also. The worst part, however, was Blue. She just meets this baby and automatically has this motherly connection with him and it just annoyed me. Take out Blue, Dahlia, Billy, and rewrite the scenes with Jay, and this could have been a great book. Those characters and the lack of chemistry between the main characters really ruined this book for me. This is the first, and probably only time I will say this, but this book would have been so much better without the romance.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bo0kSLoth

    After the first book, I quickly had to start reading the second. I had waited to start reading these till they were all out because I knewi was going to binge them and boy was I right. Though there were times I had hoped that Willow would grow a little more backbone, her character through this journey doesn't annoy me much. She isn't a bratty know-it-all (but not really know-it-all) girl. She isn't running her mouth with constant contradictions that drove me batty, so yeah I could handle her. As After the first book, I quickly had to start reading the second. I had waited to start reading these till they were all out because I knewi was going to binge them and boy was I right. Though there were times I had hoped that Willow would grow a little more backbone, her character through this journey doesn't annoy me much. She isn't a bratty know-it-all (but not really know-it-all) girl. She isn't running her mouth with constant contradictions that drove me batty, so yeah I could handle her. As to where story is taking us, I don't know but I want to. These stoic vets have wormed a place in my while I was reading this book, so I'm rooting for them as they face off against the Ravaged. I hope the ladies get better armed in the next book - I would never pick a kitchen knife to go up against a zombie with

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terrlynne

    Just finished the Defy the Ravaged series by E.M. Raegan whom is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. At this point I'd read anything she wrote without even reading the blurp (except to check for cliff hangers...I usually wait for an entire series to be complete before reading). Amazing world building, strong characters, and interesting story lines can be found in all her books. And she makes her books available on kindle unlimited which I find very generous for a writer of her caliber. I h Just finished the Defy the Ravaged series by E.M. Raegan whom is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. At this point I'd read anything she wrote without even reading the blurp (except to check for cliff hangers...I usually wait for an entire series to be complete before reading). Amazing world building, strong characters, and interesting story lines can be found in all her books. And she makes her books available on kindle unlimited which I find very generous for a writer of her caliber. I highly recommend this and her Galactic Order series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tarissa

    I quickly started this one as soon as I finished book one, WILLOW. My zombie loving heart was tickled to have found a new series. A series that not only has zombies but some romance peppered in all the right spots and all the right times. I have never read a motorcycle club romance before but may need to rectify that if the guys are anything like Jay and his family.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    I love this series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Boo

    Love it Im loving this series so hard. The description in these books do not do them justice. This is amazing and this series is great. Can’t wait for the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

    Only thing I can think of after reading this is ... holy crap! I have no words, that’s not a bad thing. I just want to hurry and get to book 3 to find out what happens next!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie

    Great second. This is a great follow up to the first novel. Seems short but I’m enjoying them and glad there are more already released.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bigred6126

    This book is awesome as well. It's a continuation of the story. It doesn't skip ahead to the future it's the next part. This book really shows how our country would breakdown in a major crisis. I mean yeah it's zombies here but death and destruction can really show you the truth about people. This is a break down of society and a group of people who are trying to survive it. This book is awesome as well. It's a continuation of the story. It doesn't skip ahead to the future it's the next part. This book really shows how our country would breakdown in a major crisis. I mean yeah it's zombies here but death and destruction can really show you the truth about people. This is a break down of society and a group of people who are trying to survive it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Gillman

    I want more... So book 2 was just as intense as book 1 with Pauli and the members of his club trying to get everyone safely across country to a safe zone from the biters. Unfortunately the military proves unreliable and they are constantly over shadowed by the evil following them. Thankfully I already have book 3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather Furnas

    I loved the Willow ARC I got SO much that I decided to download the next book and I am not mad at all!!! Who knew I needed an apocalyptical romance in my life? This book was super adventurous with the crew heading to a new destination and Willow getting closer to everyone as well. Jay and Willows romance gets the most heated it has been and it was exactly what I needed, the raw loyalty and love he shows with her makes me shiver, thats something I want when the world is ending! The ending to this I loved the Willow ARC I got SO much that I decided to download the next book and I am not mad at all!!! Who knew I needed an apocalyptical romance in my life? This book was super adventurous with the crew heading to a new destination and Willow getting closer to everyone as well. Jay and Willows romance gets the most heated it has been and it was exactly what I needed, the raw loyalty and love he shows with her makes me shiver, thats something I want when the world is ending! The ending to this book will also make you want to download the next one as fast as you can. In this book, we are moved around to so many difference places that it makes you anxious to know whether or not they are safe! Definitely recommend!

  19. 5 out of 5

    &ris

    Not bad This book wasn't bad at all. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars cause Willow was soooo dingy she would do things that put others in danger. I can understand caring about people but sometimes she didn't think before she did things!!! Not bad This book wasn't bad at all. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars cause Willow was soooo dingy she would do things that put others in danger. I can understand caring about people but sometimes she didn't think before she did things!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    MiraJane

    I usually wait until the whole series is out before continuing with the next book in the series. However I am really glad I broke that rule this time. Thrive followed Willow beautifully, and while it was shorter than what I would have liked, it gave me exactly what I missed in the first book. Finally that confrontation between Willow and Jason that I craved in the first book happened and it was much more impactful than I could have imagined. I loved the depth it gave to their relationship and th I usually wait until the whole series is out before continuing with the next book in the series. However I am really glad I broke that rule this time. Thrive followed Willow beautifully, and while it was shorter than what I would have liked, it gave me exactly what I missed in the first book. Finally that confrontation between Willow and Jason that I craved in the first book happened and it was much more impactful than I could have imagined. I loved the depth it gave to their relationship and the apology Jason gave her for years of his bad attitude towards her. I also enjoyed how this made them closer and showed a more fun and carefree side in their relationship with them feeling confident in where they stood with each other and being able to joke around and being playful in public. I am still waiting for some sort of acknowledgement or confrontation from the other characters who treated her unjustly since this have yet to happen. Sadly, I don’t think it will since the other characters throughout the series has slowly thawed towards her. Willow also seemed to be just okay with not acknowledging it and acted like there was nothing to forgive, which annoyed me a bit. I get that she is painted as a compassionate character which I like, but I feel that it would be much more realistic if she held some sort of grudge for the years of their crap. I don’t think anyone could blame her if she did. Still, I understand that in the middle of a zombie apocalypse a confrontation might not be first priority, especially if you have no choice but to get along and stick together to survive. And boy, was there a lot to survive from, both from zombies, a maniac and ordinary people fighting for their own survival. Having so many different fronts to protect the group from other than just zombies gave the story something extra and so much more complexity, which was impressive considering how short the book was. With all the action, unknown agendas and a beautifully developing romance I was, just as in Willow, hooked from the get go. With a climatic ending, Fin probably stalking them and the military’s agenda and questionable actions not fully explored (and of course, the amazing romance. Can’t forget that) there is so much that I am excitedly anticipating in book three. I can barely wait until November to find out what will happen. E.M. Raegan, you have gotten yourself a new fan!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Allie Angi

    In this second book of the Defy the Ravaged series, we continue to see how Willow and Jay struggle to survive with the new reality that zombies have invaded. The group, led by Paulie, leader of a biker group, have made their way to a military stronghold. Though they have overcome so many difficulties to make it to safety, unfortunately danger follows them. This time the zombies are not the only danger; there is a stalker set on getting his way with Willow and to top it all off an invasion that p In this second book of the Defy the Ravaged series, we continue to see how Willow and Jay struggle to survive with the new reality that zombies have invaded. The group, led by Paulie, leader of a biker group, have made their way to a military stronghold. Though they have overcome so many difficulties to make it to safety, unfortunately danger follows them. This time the zombies are not the only danger; there is a stalker set on getting his way with Willow and to top it all off an invasion that proves fatal. All the meanwhile, Willow and Jay are further cementing their budding romance. We get to see how possessive Jay can be with Willow and the sexy steamy scenes leave us feening for more. Tensions among the biker club family and Willow seem to have simmered down as everyone is focused on surviving. And it is this instinct to survive that propels the group to venture off on their own and seek safer grounds. However what awaits them is no less menacing than the dangers of the ravaged. Clearly I am super hooked on this series. This book was way more action-packed and even more sinister in its plot twists. I was on edge all the way to the end which sort of felt like a cliffhanger. I want more!!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    In the second installment of the Defy the Ravaged series, we pick up right where we left off in book one. The group is sitting on the side of the road, waiting to go into the “safe zone.” Of course, nothing is safe in this new world of the Ravaged, and Willow Jason and their group find that out the hard way. Thrive is just as thrilling and fast-paced as book 1 with a lot more character building. We get to know more of the secondary characters in book two, and we are introduced to a few new ones. In the second installment of the Defy the Ravaged series, we pick up right where we left off in book one. The group is sitting on the side of the road, waiting to go into the “safe zone.” Of course, nothing is safe in this new world of the Ravaged, and Willow Jason and their group find that out the hard way. Thrive is just as thrilling and fast-paced as book 1 with a lot more character building. We get to know more of the secondary characters in book two, and we are introduced to a few new ones. But danger still lurks around every corner, and The Ravaged aren’t the only thing out there that is deadly. I am rating Thrive (Defy the Ravaged Book 2) 5 Boundless stars, I can’t wait for book 3. http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com https://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia McCullers

    Argh !!! Cliffhangers ! This review covers books 1 & 2 . A romance with zombies ! Who'd of thunk it ? Interesting from page 1. There's no waiting for the action to start and once it does it only slows down a few times. If you're looking for lots of romance , sex and steamy scenes ,then these aren't your books . The science fiction part of these 2 books has no problem carrying the story. It doesn't need alot of sex to keep things interesting ! I'm really enjoying it so far and am looking forward Argh !!! Cliffhangers ! This review covers books 1 & 2 . A romance with zombies ! Who'd of thunk it ? Interesting from page 1. There's no waiting for the action to start and once it does it only slows down a few times. If you're looking for lots of romance , sex and steamy scenes ,then these aren't your books . The science fiction part of these 2 books has no problem carrying the story. It doesn't need alot of sex to keep things interesting ! I'm really enjoying it so far and am looking forward to book 3 .

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Hastings

    Excellent Reading! I have Thrive 5 stars for its exciting storyline! Definitely keeps readers on the edge of their seats! This is my first time reading a book with zombies... just never been interested in that kind of genre. However, because I have enjoyed the author's alien books, I took a chance. Good storyline and characters! Can't wait to see what happens next! I look forward to the next book in the series. Excellent Reading! I have Thrive 5 stars for its exciting storyline! Definitely keeps readers on the edge of their seats! This is my first time reading a book with zombies... just never been interested in that kind of genre. However, because I have enjoyed the author's alien books, I took a chance. Good storyline and characters! Can't wait to see what happens next! I look forward to the next book in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    GIVE ME MORE!!!! Loved this book as much as the first, probably more. The storyline is still progressing along nicely and continues to give a nice balance of action and sexy romance scenes. Some supporting characters are lost and added, but honestly sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the background characters. There is MUCH more development of Willow and Jason. I’m excited to see where it goes in the next book. I love Willow with Blue. Jason is becoming one of my top 5 book boyfriends!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mim Crenshaw

    Oh this is so good. It's becoming my all time favorite series. It's so hard to wait for the next book because in each one you actually see the characters growth, and that's not really something you see in serials anymore. The characters are so well developed that you become engrossed in their lives and issues. You're left wanting more and hating when you get to the last page. Oh this is so good. It's becoming my all time favorite series. It's so hard to wait for the next book because in each one you actually see the characters growth, and that's not really something you see in serials anymore. The characters are so well developed that you become engrossed in their lives and issues. You're left wanting more and hating when you get to the last page.

  27. 4 out of 5

    IGirasoliGialli

    I love it! Honestly. I just love it. If you’re a TWD fan and a Romance reader this is like HEAVEN. It is the perfect blend of the two genres. I read this so fast that I’m annoyed at myself for being a fast reader. I’ll have to go back and read Willow and Thrive together a bunch of times before the next book is released. I can’t wait. I love it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Varner

    I am loving this series and author! I basically read both Willow and Thrive in two days and cannot wait for Hunted! Such a great story. Lots of action but I loved the love story part of it...wish there was more of that part but overall such a fun book. Can’t wait to see what Jason and Willow do next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bela

    First book was great, i never read zombies before and it was new. Second book.. well.. it was as great as first, BUT it was all the same.. running from the zombies, killing the zombies. It gets old VERY fast. This book had little more romance in it, but 90% book was about zombies and how they run from them like 10 times.. Not going to read book 3

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Loved it I knew I needed to leave myself time to read, once I started I couldn't stop. I love this series and I hate zombies! She sucks you in from the beginning and now I can't wait for the next book. Jay has slowly been winning me over. Loved it I knew I needed to leave myself time to read, once I started I couldn't stop. I love this series and I hate zombies! She sucks you in from the beginning and now I can't wait for the next book. Jay has slowly been winning me over.

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