Cover Copy: In the harsh Northern Waste where human life is worth little, ice trucker Raina Bowen has learned to keep her eyes open and her knife close at hand. She’s spent her life on the run, one step ahead of the megalomaniac who hunts her. All she wants is to stay out of trouble and haul her load of grain to Gladow Station–but trouble finds her in the form of a sexy stranger called Wizard. He has the trucking pass she needs, and she has to drag him out of a brawl with the very people she’s trying to hide from in order to get it. She may have rescued him, but Raina’s not foolish enough to see Wizard as anything close to helpless. He’s hard and honed and full of secrets–secrets that may destroy them both. As they race across the Waste, trying to outrun rival truckers, ice pirates, and the powerful man bent on their destruction, Raina’s forced to admit that trouble’s found her. And this time, there’s nowhere left to run.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed DRIVEN, right from hearing the premise. I mean, what’s not to like about romance meets Ice Road Truckers? I thought this was a great concept because the very landscape provides conflict and tension. In Ice Road Truckers, one wrong move and you sink your rig in Arctic waters. In DRIVEN, one wrong move and your life is ended by the gang of pirate-raider bad guys.
DRIVEN is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where a new, icy continent has formed and supplies have to be sent to remote areas by truck. But these are no ordinary trucks. These are cabins on wheels– with sci-fi inspired weapons. And then put a young woman behind the wheel? Awesome!
Raina Bowen is just trying to trek her haul to her destination, when she ends up in trouble. She supposed to meet a guy named Wizard, who will give her the trucking pass she needs to complete her run. But things go awry when he ends up in a brawl and she has to rescue him. Matters get a whole lot worse when he doesn’t have the trucking pass, and it turns out she’s not hauling the load she thought she was. Raina and Wizard end up on the run from pirate-raiders.
Love ensues. But it’s a tricky romance because Raina has trust issues, and Wizard is very emotionally closed– almost robot like. How they end up falling for each other amid All This is a story you won’t want to miss– especially if you’re a reader of romance or urban fantasy and you’re looking for something a little different.
Series: Northern Waste, #1