Nobody’s Hero (Burned Lands #1) by Bec McMaster
Synopsis: First rule of surviving the Wastelands: don’t be caught out after the sun sets…
After her father was killed in a warg attack, Riley Kincaid was forced to stand on her own two feet in the brutal Wastelands she calls home. She knows how to survive, but when a lapse in judgment leaves her out after dark, Riley realizes she’s in trouble. The sun has set, the monsters are out to play, and there’s a band of reivers heading straight for her settlement. Riley needs to warn her people, but that’s before she runs a handsome stranger down in her jeep. A stranger who might not be a man after all…
Kidnapping her was the worst mistake he ever made.
Dangerous outlaw, Lucius Wade, lives only for revenge. But when he kidnaps Riley in order to lure an old friend into a trap, suddenly the tables are turned. Riley has no intentions of being bait, and she tempts him in ways he hasn’t felt for a long time. He’s never played the hero, but suddenly a part of him wants to. Even as he knows there’s no point.
When dangerous secrets are revealed, and Luc realizes an old enemy is on his trail, he’s forced to change his plans. The hunter is suddenly the hunted, and the only allies he has… is a stubborn blonde who thinks there should be more to live for than revenge, and the ex-friend who shoved a knife in his back ten years ago.
Review: Bec McMaster takes the plunge into post-apocalyptic romance and delivers a juicy story filled with tormented men, strong-willed women, bad guys you can easily hate, and passion that sucks you in from the moment they set eyes on each other. Riley was late getting back to her settlement; she knew she was risking get caught out at night by the wargs or reivers. What she doesn’t expect is to hit a man with her jeep as she rushes home. But he ends up not being just any man, a handsome wage who is bent on using her as bait to lure his enemy out to confront him. He is bitter, focused on vengeance against the man who turned him, and he doesn’t care who he has to use to get it. Man, was Wade not expecting a feisty and strong woman who fights him at every turn yet still shows a vulnerable side that he grudgingly wants to protect. They set out as unlikely partners when a boy is kidnapped by reivers. She will help get to his enemy in exchange for him helping her rescue the boy. Along the way sparks fly, she shoots him with a dart gun and punches him pretty good a couple of times. She was feisty and I loved that she wasn’t weak-willed. Confused by their feelings they try to push the other away but when he is captured she goes to his aid. The plot is strong, entertaining, and the characters are well developed and dynamic. I enjoyed their love story and their adventure to rescue a little girl. In the end, he gets the happily-ever-after he never thought would be possible since becoming a warg. Old enemies are destroyed and old friends are forgiven by the end of the story. I loved it and I will definitely read book two. I love Bec McMaster and her Steampunk, and her exploration into this genre was a delicious success too.
I was given a copy by Bec McMaster in exchange for an honest review.