RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2016
AUTHOR: Bec McMaster
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy, post-apocalyptic, Romance.
PUBLISGER: Lochaber Press Pty Ltd
SUMMARY: 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…
First rule of surviving the Wastelands: don’t be caught out after the sun sets…
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.
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.
This book was so damn good and surpassed beyond my expectations. The story was set in a post-apocalyptic world that has a mad max feel to it and I totally loved it. This was really an engaging read from the start filled with exciting action, adventure, hot romance and suspense. It was really a refreshing mix and I haven’t read anything like this before. Riley and Luc are great characters who made this story much more entertaining and I loved seeing them becoming from enemies to lovers.
The story is set in the year 2147 where earth as we know it is completely changed after it was hit by a meteor sixty four years ago. Now all is left is the wastelands which is roamed by monsters like revenants who craves human flesh and also wargs, the humans infected by a mutant shifter virus who can shift into werewolves. If that isn’t enough, there are also Reivers, human gangs who prey on human settlements by taking their weapons, food and women. The humans can easily get infected with a single scratch from a warg and if one found infected, they are executed immediately without any hesitation.
Riley Kincaid is a survivor who perfectly knows about all the dangers surrounding the wastelands. Her father was killed by a warg when she was young and from then on she learned to look after herself and survive on her own. Hunting for food after dark is very dangerous because of the monsters lurking around and one day while hunting after sunset, Riley sees a group of Reivers going for her settlement Haven, she prepares to warn her people but before she can warn them, her paths crosses with a dangerous stranger named Luc who isn’t what he seems. He kidnaps her for a revenge on his old friend and she’s just a bait to lure him out. Riley ins’t someone who’ll easily give up and with time, Luc finally realizes that kidnapping her is not only his worst mistake but also his salvation.
Riley Kincaid is a badass character and I absolutely loved her. She is brave, fiesty, sassy and confident person who doesn’t back down easily without a fight. Lucius Wade is definitely swoon worthy with his handsome looks and alpha male personality. He is a flawed character who is broken from the inside and lives only for revenge. I loved Riley and Luc together and the chemistry between them is super hot and steamy. The romance is simply wonderful, Luc believes that he is a monster and no can love him but after meeting Riley, he feels human once again and learns that revenge isn’t everything and he too can have a future if only he is willing to have it. The supporting characters are also great especially Adam McClain who isn’t exactly a bad guy as I thought he would be and I’ll definitely look forward to read his story in the next book.
The plot is brilliant and overwhelming. The story was engaging from the first page and was hard to put down. I immensely enjoyed the action and the romance. The story moved in a fast pace and there isn’t any single part in it that I felt bored. The book was told in dual pov which is another aspect that I loved about this book. This is my first book from Bec and I really liked her writing. The dialogues and descriptions are quite perfect and easy to understand. The world building is just amazing and I don’t have words to describe how much I loved it. Bec McMaster is famous for her historical steampunk series titled London steampunk and Burned Lands is her first post-apocalyptic series and she has done a pretty impressive job in crafting it.
Overall, It was fantastic! It has great characters, amazing world building and compelling writing. This book has everything that you need in a kickass read and I highly recommend it. If you like enemies to lovers trope then definitely give this a try.
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