The Perfect Escape originally caught my attention because of the original concept (a romance framed around a zombie survival contest) and the fact it was blurbed by one of my favorite romance authors, Helen Hoang. I was also drawn to this book because I’m always looking for new voices in my favorite genre. Getting down to the nitty-gritty – I really, really wanted to love this book – it sounded original and I’m a sucker for a good contemporary romance. While I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped, The Perfect Escape was still a fun contemporary story with a great plot and good leading characters.
Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a ridiculous amount of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family, but is compromising his integrity worth it?
Luck comes in the form of Kate Anderson, Nate’s colleague at the zombie-themed escape room where he works. She approaches Nate with a plan: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize. It could solve all of Nate’s problems, and Kate needs the money too.
If the two of them team up, Nate has a true shot at winning the grand prize. But the real challenge? Making through the weekend with his heart intact…