Driven by Eve Silver
Series: Northern Waste #1
Published: September 1, 2007 by Love Spell
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
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.
Driven was a very interesting read, centered on a post-apocalyptic icy wasteland ruled by a ruthless government, pirate like truckers, and a rebel faction determined to take down the government. There was plenty of action, romance, and a unique world that I would have loved to have known more about. While we see a lot of the Northern Waste there aren’t many details on the rest of the world or how it all came to be. However, I never felt confused or like I didn’t understand what was going on, I just wanted more!
The best thing about Driven was Raina, who has no problem taking care of herself and kicking some serious butt. Raina had an incredibly hard life and she’s used to not trusting or depending on anyone; and ever since escaping the sadistic corporate leader, Bane, Raina has tried to keep a low profile in the Waste. Trust doesn’t come easy to Raina and it takes her a while to warm up to the mysterious Wizard. One thing I found interesting about Raina is that she wants so desperately to be selfish and only care about her survival but she can’t help but be compassionate towards others in need.
As a former assassin for the New Government Order, Wizard is used to working alone and suppressing all emotions. He might be a mercenary still but now he fights on the side of the rebels alongside his sister. I loved watching Wizard be completely baffled by his unexpected feelings toward Raina. Wizard was raised to be nothing but a ruthless killer with no feelings and a computer like intelligence. His lack of humor and odd way of stating things made him a bit of a puzzle for Raina.
While the romance isn’t the focus of the story it does get plenty of time on page and centers mostly around two loners who never really expected to find happiness. Was this the best story ever? No, but it sure was a lot of fun to read.
**Reader Safety: Heroine and Hero were abused as children (referenced, off page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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