Virgin Under Ground is a combination of Decadent Publishing’s 1NS and new Preppers series, and all I can say is be ‘prepared’. I’m not sure if I will like the Preppers line, some of these people are a little over the edge for me, and I don’t really want to contemplate the end of the world, I read for escape from life’s troubles. I guess that’s why I like paranormal romance so much. That being said Virgin Under Ground was an interesting story.
Doctorate in hand, Jane Ann Summers is ready to return to the South Seas paradise of her youth, when the director of the institute—her mother—drops a bomb. She cannot return until she experiences more of life…a social life. Determined to waste no time, Jane searches for a shortcut and discovers the 1Night Stand dating service. A single night with geologist Dr. Lukas Gerard, and she can go home and get on with her fascinating study of world weather trends. The only question is whether to have sex with him…after all, it would be her first, and maybe only, time. Lukas’s own field of study has shown him some alarming trends. He believes a killer earthquake may rattle the western half of the United States in the near future. In preparation, he converts an abandoned gold mine to a secret bunker, loaded with supplies and all the comforts of home. Only thing he needs now is company in his hideaway. Unsure how to find the right companion, he turns to 1Night Stand, but neither he nor Jane are prepared for the sudden impact of one of Madame Eve’s connections. One night teaches them there is more to life than science…for both of them.
The underground bunker that Dr Lucas Gerard has created is fascinating and full of wondrous marvels, both natural and man-made. I would have found Virgin Under Ground interesting if only for the descriptions of his ‘bunker’.
However, that wasn’t all that was interesting in the story. Both of the main characters, Dr Jane Summers and Dr Lucas Gerard are great characters. Jane is a very naive twenty-seven. Raised on the Marshall Islands until she was seventeen and spending the next seven years earning both her Masters and PHD , she has rarely dated and is you typical academic. But I loved her open mind and ability to let others into her life. She is sweet and smart and and determined.
Lucas is a prepper, but not an off the wall kook. He plans and prepares, continues his research and lives his daily life as normal. I thought some of his ‘preparations’ for the 1NS were a little odd, like blindfolding Jane on the drive there, but, I guess you have to expect a little paranoia to accompany someone waiting for the end of the world.
Virgin Under Ground was interesting. The characters had good chemistry. The setting was certainly unique and I enjoyed it. Virgin Under Ground does end rather abruptly, as some of these short stories tend to do. I would have liked a short Epilogue to see where Jane and Lucas ended up. I’m not sure if I’ll read more from the Prepper line, but I love the 1NS series.