Zombie sex. Eww. Yes, author Lynn Messina warns this is the first reaction. And, yes she makes the good point that with no men left there’s little choice. But I’m still going to put it out there. Eww. With a capital E.

The Girl’s Guide to Dating Zombies is a fun, quick read that’s so bizarre I have to recommend if only because it’s like no other book I’ve ever read. It’s not scary like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but it’s definitely high on the weird-list.

After a virus turns nearly 100% of men into zombies in the year 2000, heroine Hattie Cross takes matters into her own hands (err, bed) and makes the most of a bad situation. Dating zombies doesn’t have to be bad, she argues. With the right zombaceuticals he can have firmer skin, smell less like death, and even retain most of his appendages. Oh joy.

Hattie works for a tabloid and is a sudden hit with her practical guide for dating zombies. She lands the interview of her life with the CEO of the largest zombaceuticals company – and is in for more than she bargained. Much to her surprise she stumbles upon a real, live man. One of the few who escaped the zombie plague.

While I loved the theme, the storyline was predictable at times. But for a quick read that’s out of left field I highly recommend it. Pair this novel with a wine that will withstand the zombie plague: woman-owned J Vineyards 2009 J Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. This ruby-red wine’s cinnamon and black spice flavor matches the dark and startling plot twists from kissing a zombie to a surprising take of murder and revenge. Plus, the chocolate and blackberry aromas are sure to overpower your boyzomb’s BO.

xx, Syrah