In a world gone to hell, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad…
The world didn’t end in fire and explosions, instead, it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
Charity uses lethal survival skills learned too early in her work as a ‘Hound, sniffing out pivotal secrets for one of the most powerful people on the west coast. Her work is deceptive, deadly, and best-performed solo, which means when she has a run-in with a member of the notorious Fate’s Vultures, she has no intention of joining forces in some mockery of teamwork. The man might be sexy as hell, but she travels alone. She will accomplish her mission and she will settle a score – hopefully with the edge of her blade. But fate has other plans.
As one of Fate’s Vultures, a nomadic band of arbitrators known for their ruthless verdicts, Ruin witnesses the carnage of corruption and greed battering the remnants of humanity, and he bears the scars to prove it. Now he has a damn ‘Hound showing up in suspicious circumstances, leaving every cell of his body skeptical – and painfully aroused. The woman is trouble, and Ruin has every intention of steering clear. But when they realize they have a common enemy, Charity and Ruin will have to set aside their distrust if they want to achieve their mutual goal – justice and revenge.
Sometimes, when the world’s gone to hell, it’s better to stick with the devil you know…
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This is a solid dystopian story that progresses at a nice steady pace. Like everyone, Charity has secrets that makes it hard for Ruin to completely trust her, however, over time they develop a mutual respect that works for them both which also increases the attraction they feel for one another. There was quite a bit of chemistry between Charity and Ruin, and you could feel that coming off the pages as you were reading. I had a lot of fun reading about a world that Jami Gray created and I’m stoked to read more in the series!