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I read this in one sitting, determined to finish by the end of the night, and I was not disappointed in the result! This was a unique read, not something I could easily box into one genre - it was romance, science fiction, paranormal, and mystery all wrapped into one. There were so many elements to the story, and I enjoyed each one. While I felt that the character development could have been done a bit more, I have no doubt that the other books in this series improve upon that, now that the worldbuilding has been done with this first book. The nice thing about reading this one now is that it's been almost a year, so many of the other stories have already been published. Yay!
August, Georgia is overrun by gang rule, and Jessica's sister has gotten caught up in the middle of it. While Jessica was out scavenging for food, her sister was kidnapped, and without police around to help, Jessica has only one person to turn to: the dregs. They are said to be former soldiers, kicked out due to injuries and forced to live underground. The Tracker is the one man among them who could find Jessica's sister, but without money, Jessica's only bargaining chip is herself. The Tracker prefers solitude, but with the forced proximity between him and Jessica, it's only a matter of time before the flame burning between them ignites into a wildfire of passion, which could be deadly for them both.
Jessica and The Tracker (Liam) were a good pairing. Although I would have liked Jessica's character to have been better explained, perhaps with a backstory or two, I thought her bravery and stubbornness fit well with the story. She had a few TSTL moments, which were frustrating for me as the reader. I kept thinking she would learn from her mistakes, but there she went making them again. Liam was much more interesting, having two very distinct sides to him. He was trained to be a killer, and his identity had been stripped from him, but all his soul wanted was a meaningful connection with another person. He wanted love. Jessica was the perfect person to show him that he was not alone, and she could get him out of his shell to see what his future could look like, if he dared to reach for it.
This is the first book in a series, so there are many more exciting stories ahead! I look forward to reading them.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**