I've been a fan of Shoshanna Evers after discovering her pieces in numerous erotic anthologies and reading her Enslaved trilogy. I bought The Pulse without really knowing what it was about and sheerly on how much I've enjoyed her previous work and I was not disappointed. However, it should be noted that this work is very different than her previous work in that while there are plenty of very hot and sexy bits and romance that this is definitely a work that falls very firmly in the post-apocalyptic fiction department.
Taking place nearly a year after an EMP has detonated over the United States, we are introduced to Emily who is eking out an existence in NYC before being taken to a FEMA camp within Grand Central Station. Ruled by a cruel military potentate, Colonel Lanche, where she and other single women are bartering sex for extra food rations and nominal safety. She discovers a secret and escapes from the camp where she meets Mason, another survivor. Together they undertake the mission to escape NYC to survive on the outside.
Evers takes great care to construct a world in which a modern society we recognize has been decimated in the not so recent past because all technology has been obliterated and how we now must get by without cars, communications, clean water, reliable food supplies, etc. She does an excellent job building the characters of Emily and Mason and the difficult choices they must make between if not actual security at least knowable risks and the desire for self-reliance plus wrestling their white hot attraction.
I blew through this book in one sitting and read the second installment the next day. I definitely recommend The Pulse if you are fan of where post-apocalyptic fiction and erotic fiction for adults intersect.