When a plane crashes fifty years in the future the survivors learn:
1. Nuclear war destroyed the world they knew.
2. Plagues have reduced the female population to a precious few and every woman is worth her weight in gold.
3. Werewolves are more than mere stories and they want mates.
Strong, independent Tami was a survivalist and mountain guide in 2014 when she was flung forward fifty years into a post-apocalyptic future where women are worth their weight in gold. She is taken by four men to be their wife, but when she escapes from them they hire the Tracker, a deadly loner from the Lakota Wolf Clan with a reputation for being able to track anything, to bring her back. But Tami knows how to ride and how to hide, and she leads him on a chase that rouses his admiration. Behind Tracker's stone-cold face is a man who yearns for a wife of his own. When he catches up with Tami and learns that she is not a willing wife, he knows he can't give her up.
©2012 Terese A. Cascio (P)2013 Terese A. Cascio
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I really liked Tami and Tracker and enjoyed how their story came together.
Tami was a wilderness survival guide before she takes a flight that takes off in 2014 and crash lands in 2064. The survivors don't realize that they've been transported in to the future and a post-apocalyptic version of their world. Not realizing the danger, Tami and another woman head out looking for help and are captured by men that sell them to other men. 4 of these men take Tami and tell he that she's now their wife. They keep her tied to the bed and rape her until (with a little bit of help) she's able to escape.
Tracker is a good man and very honorable. He's part of the wolf clan and has many relatives in the clan but he has never shifted to wolf. Tracker does have just about all the shifter's abilities though...except for changing shape. Because of his restless nature he tends to travel a lot. He's also very good at finding/tracking things (hence his name) and is called on frequently to use his skills. Given his lifestyle he's never thought to take a wife but that all changes when he first catches Tami's scent.
Tracker hears he's wanted for a job and the man hiring tells Tracker that his wife was captured by "woman stealers" so he hires Tracker to find Tami and bring her back. Tracker isn't sure he's being told the truth but takes the job. He has more trouble than expected while trying to find her and along the way, he finds out more info that indicates the story Tami's "husband" told may not be true. Deep down I think Tracker hoped it wasn't true because as soon as he smelled Tami's scent, the wolf that he never had starts making itself known and it seems apparent that his wolf has chosen Tami for his mate. Tracker is determined not to steal her and stick to his word to take her back....unless he finds out the "husband's" story isn't true. Tami does really well at staying unseen, using all of her wilderness survival skills to stay that way. Regardless of her skills, Tracker does find her, although she manages to escape him multiple times. She ends up out of options when some women stealers find her and Tracker saves her. Tami is terrified of Tracker taking her back and when she shares what the men did to her, Tracker promises her he wont take her back. He offers her a home with his clan and promises her safety. Tami is freaked by any men being too close to her and isn't sure if she should trust Tracker but by this time she's worn out, hasn't eaten much and doesn't have the strength left to run so she goes with him. Tami's constantly afraid he'll rape her as well but Tracker does his best to assure her he wont touch her and that she's safe with him. He takes her to Taye's pack to stay but has to leave soon after to take care of some responsibilities.
Tami is happy to be someplace safe and around other women from the plane crash but has trouble being around so many men. Some of the women from the plane crash have a building in town that they're staying in and Taye allows her to go there to stay since 2 of the women there (also plane crash survivors) are rape counselors and it's thought that this will help Tami. It does help her and she spends a month or 2 getting counseling and getting back on her feet. For the most part this is a good thing but it does put her in the path of a local rancher that decides he wants Tami as his wife and doesn't really care if she wants him in return. In the mean time, Tracker has taken care of the men that raped Tami and manages to swing by for a visit with her (as he finds it hard to stay away). Tami finds that Tracker doesn't freak her out and when they sit together she finds a bit of peace with him that she finds wit no one else and that she likes. I liked the way the story evolved...there's time for Tami to get her head on straight and time for her and Tracker to bond. There's some drama that ends up pushing Tami and Tracker together but it's where they both wanted to be so it worked for me. Tami does have some difficulties getting past her trauma to be with Tracker but I thought it worked out in a believable fashion. The ending was very good and I was quite satisfied with the way things worked out for Tami and Tracker getting their HEA.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are all likable, especially Tami and Tracker (I even liked Glory better in this book). The story was good and engaging, keeping me interested until the end. I'll probably try more of this series in the future. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
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Book three in the series takes a darker turn, this heroine did not have a good experience leaving the plane to seek help. This is not a book for somebody with triggers to read, it isn't detailed but there is enough to cause concern. It is all key to the events of the book and true to the story.
Tami is a strong woman who has a serious will to survive. You can not help but admire her while she struggles to stay free in the beginning of the book. I really liked that Ms Barone did not skip over the healing stages for the character. She did not have her jumping straight in bed with the hero after the horrors she experienced. There is a real progression from the victim fighting to survive to the woman coming to terms and finally finding her self again.
I loved the hero Tracker, he was patient with his mate when she needed space. He was supremely understanding of her feelings and lent support quietly. It was really interesting seeing him walk the line from wanting to be with his mate and not wanting to scare her.
I really enjoyed the story this time, it had real meat on it and took on many hard topics. Don't get me wrong there is some smexy action later in the story, but this is more about relationship building. I loved seeing more of the supporting characters and their growth.
The narrative is mostly from the two leads POVs, alternating smoothly from section to section. It is great for giving a fuller picture of events and helps you understand their feelings. There are a couple spots where you get other character's POV, it wasn't integral to the story but nice to see.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Clementine Cage, who does a great job. She has been with the series from the start and had time to develop character voices. I did think Tami's voice was a bit too deep and butch sounding, but then there were times when it sounded fine. She has a wonderful way of creating movement and adding energy to scenes.
Overall, I am thrilled with this series and eager to see what happens with all the other couples. I wish the other novellas were in audio. This series is a unique look at the post Apocalypse genre. I do wish there were a touch more detail about what happened in the Apocalypse and the extent of the damage. At this point I am left wondering was it just in the USA or all over. A little more exposition would be great.
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