The Hero Within (Burned Lands #3) by Bec McMaster
Synopsis: Can this villain become her hero?
As the only healer in a war-stained town, Eden McClain is devastated when the Salt Plague sweeps through the wastelands she calls home. Suddenly she’s racing against time to save her people–and her niece–before it’s too late. When she hears whispers of a cure, she knows she can’t cross the dangerous Wastelands by herself to get it. She needs a guide. And she’s just desperate enough to turn to a man who once betrayed her.
Redemption comes at a price…
After years of living on the leash of a dangerous psychopath, Johnny Colton is finally free, but that doesn’t mean he can wash the blood off his hands. The easiest way to deal with the past? Just stop caring. Which is working perfectly for the rugged outlaw, until a beautiful ghost from the past rigs a trap for him.
The last person he wants to see is the woman who haunts his dreams, but as Eden points out, he owes her one. The only problem is that the people with the cure might also have created the plague, and deliberately unleashed it. It’s a dangerous trap, and the only way to escape it is for two past enemies to learn to trust each other.
Review: I think this is by far my favorite in the series. Loved Johnny Colton and Eden McClain. Their adventure was action packed, intense, exciting and well-developed. I loved the chemistry between the two characters and their backstory made for an even stronger plot and conflict; they really had to get over their connected past and forgive each other, and while doing that, they were having to fight Shadow Cats, Wargs, and Confederacy members. Their relationship built steadily and slowly, which in their case was very good, if it was rushed it would have ruined the whole premise of the story. It was a very well put together story. Great explosive passion and the character development was just perfect; it reminded me a lot of the London Steampunk series. It had everything going for it. It is definitely one not to read out of order, you got to have read the others in the series to understand the hurdles the two characters had to face and knowing that made the story awesome. I loved every second of it.
A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.