Series: Burned Lands #2
Also in this series:Nobody's Hero
Also by this author: Kiss of Steel, Nobody's Hero
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Post-Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Publisher: Lochaber Press Pty Ltd; 1 edition
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Sometimes the monsters aren't so easy to see...
In the drought-stricken Wastelands that arose out of an apocalypse, Adam McClain never thought himself the hero. Kicked out of the town he created, and shunned by his friends and former allies when they discovered what he was, he's managed to find work as a bounty hunter. After all, who better to hunt the wargs and reivers that haunt the Badlands, than one of the monsters themselves?
She's the woman he can't have...
Mia Gray learned the hard way that men can't be trusted, and when McClain strides into her bar she knows that trouble just walked in. The rugged bounty hunter is her greatest weakness–but he's hiding something, and the last time a man kept secrets from her, she got her fingers burned. Tempting as he is, Mia's staying far away.
But when a horde of reivers strikes her town and captures her sister, the only one Mia can turn to is McClain. Together they might just be able to rescue her sister, but what will happen when Mia learns of the secret McClain is hiding? Can she ever trust him again? And when the man who broke Mia's heart in the first place discovers the same secret, will McClain survive?
The Last True Hero is the second installment in the Burned Lands series. This series is set in a post-apocalyptic world of drought-stricken wastelands in the year 2147. A meteor had previously crashed in this world and it had caused several catastrophic events that affected the environment, inhabitants, and the terrain. Once a complete continent before the meteor struck and caused the Great Divide. Now there the Wall had been erected and cut the Confederacy of the Eastern States off from the Western States. The badlanders in the West have never seen the East as the Confederacy soldiers where ruthless in their defense of the Wall. It is rumored that there are still cities in the East while the wastelands are without even the most basic of amenities.
The Wall had been constructed not only to keep the badlanders out but also to keep out the creatures that had been loosed or created during the aftermath of the meteor strike. Now in addition to humans there are wargs, reivers, and revenants. Wargs are the result of a virus created by the government hoping for the perfect soldier but things got out of hand. Once infected with the virus wargs lose their humanity and become cruel and barbaric, driven only by their primal instincts. Reivers are human beings with very little morality who enjoy raping, pillaging, and being despicable. Lastly are the revenants, they are humans infected by something not of that world and turn into flesh eating walking dead.
In the previous book, Nobody’s Hero, Adam McClain had been outed as a warg. He had been hiding his secret for years through the use of a magical medallion that helped him from turning into a warg against his will. Adam was forced to leave the settlement he had founded and had been roaming the wastelands, working as a bounty hunter, ever since. Lately he had been drowning himself in whiskey and trying to forget his sorrows. He has also been trying to catch the eye of the local bar owner, Mia Grey.
Mia was attracted to McClain but she knew he was bad news. She had little interest in any relationship with him because she had made a grave error in her youth and it destroyed her faith in men. Despite this when a group of reivers attacked their settlement and took her sister, Mia is quick to place her faith in Adam’s hunting skills. He quickly shows that he has the knowledge and skills that she needs in order to retrieve her sister.
What she knew was going to be a difficult snatch and grab turned into a nearly impossible rescue mission where the group had to travel to a reiver only territory in order to rescue Mia’s sister and others. Along the way, Mia learned that there was more to Adam than she ever anticipated. They must both struggle with what they considered to be real and trust in the direction of their hearts.
I adored the first book in this series but this one was not as captivating to me. It lacked the type of “grab” that would have me on the edge of my seat. I would have liked some more world development. When am I going to get to see the Confederacy? What about the Eastern States? The plot with the reivers was plenty interesting, especially the reiver town that they ended up in. I liked the idea of the main antagonist but I think there could have been a lot more cruelty written into this story. I wanted to really hate the leader but I just couldn’t because I was actually more entertained. Yes, the ideas of what was taking place was despicable but there was little in the way of show, so I did not really feel their terror or worry.
The romance had heat but the getting there was a lot of the “should I, shouldn’t I” type of situation and although I can generally appreciate that type of angst it was just not intense enough for me to really get behind. By the end the romance had redeemed itself and I definitely was happy for the ending. I am looking forward to the next book in this series as the character it follows has done a lot of wrong and I think the story is going to be a romance full of naughty angstyness. Overall, I am glad that I read this book and it kept my interest but it was not what I had come to expect from one of my favorite authors.