Driven

Rated 4.25/5 based on 5 reviews
Ice trucker Raina Bowen and Wizard—the sexy, secretive stranger who's hitched a ride with her—are in a race for their lives, trying to outrun rival truckers, ice pirates, and a megalomaniac bent on their destruction. Trouble's found them, and there's nowhere left to run. More

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About Eve Silver

National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Her work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, plus two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and in 2007 she received Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award. The first book in Eve’s Otherkin/Sins series, Sins of the Heart, was recently nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd.

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Review by: Imogene Nix on Oct. 09, 2014 :
Wow! Was that a ride and a half. I thoroughly enjoyed Driven and I'm hoping to get hold of Hidden next.

Raina was a totally damaged character and right from the first I felt empathy for her. Wizard was an enigma, and I enjoyed the confusion he felt (well, maybe enjoyed isn't the right word) but that he had to struggle to understand. And when we got to "unacceptable" - yeah he totally had me then.

It's not your average post apocalyptic title (which is great because that's not what I was looking for) but what it was, is gritty and wrenching.

Definitely one to share!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cindy Warner on Aug. 04, 2013 :
Driven
Eve Silver
Eve Silver
May 28, 2012
4 stars
In a bleak, dystopian world Raina Bowen is a loner and survivor. At twelve, she survived a brutal attack by Duncan Bane, the man who is running the world and the constant abuse inflicted on her by her father Sam. Now an ice trucker Raina has one goal on her mind…to win the delivery to Gladow contest so she can leave the frozen wasteland and make a home at the equator for her previously unknown sister and herself. All she needs is a pass…
Wizard, the man who was to meet Raina and deliver the much needed pass to her is not only late for their meeting, he has run afoul of Bane’s men and the pass he has is stolen, rendering it useless. He insinuates himself into Raina’s life as a traveling companion and as they face the hazards of the road , they grow closer. But once she finds out about his betrayal, Raina has to determine if she can overcome it and build a future with Wizard. Oh and did I mention Wizard reminds me of Mr. Spock?
Driven was so much fun to read. Ms. Silver’s skill has the story play out in your mind like a big screen summer blockbuster. It has everything, exciting action, romance, over the top villainy. If you like futuristic tales that would make great movies, you have to pick this book up!
Driven was purchased by me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: S Walker on Nov. 12, 2012 :
I really enjoyed DRIVEN, right from hearing the premise. I mean, what's not to like about romance meets Ice Road Truckers? I thought this was a great concept because the very landscape provides conflict and tension. In Ice Road Truckers, one wrong move and you sink your rig in Arctic waters. In DRIVEN, one wrong move and your life is ended by the gang of pirate-raider bad guys.

DRIVEN is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where a new, icy continent has formed and supplies have to be sent to remote areas by truck. But these are no ordinary trucks. These are cabins on wheels-- with sci-fi inspired weapons. And then put a young woman behind the wheel? Awesome!

Raina Bowen is just trying to trek her haul to her destination, when she ends up in trouble. She supposed to meet a guy named Wizard, who will give her the trucking pass she needs to complete her run. But things go awry when he ends up in a brawl and she has to rescue him. Matters get a whole lot worse when he doesn't have the trucking pass, and it turns out she's not hauling the load she thought she was. Raina and Wizard end up on the run from pirate-raiders.

Love ensues. But it's a tricky romance because Raina has trust issues, and Wizard is very emotionally closed-- almost robot like. How they end up falling for each other amid All This is a story you won't want to miss-- especially if you're a reader of romance or urban fantasy and you're looking for something a little different.

Rating: A-
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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: S Walker on Nov. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
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I really enjoyed DRIVEN, right from hearing the premise. I mean, what's not to like about romance meets Ice Road Truckers? I thought this was a great concept because the very landscape provides conflict and tension. In Ice Road Truckers, one wrong move and you sink your rig in Arctic waters. In DRIVEN, one wrong move and your life is ended by the gang of pirate-raider bad guys.

DRIVEN is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where a new, icy continent has formed and supplies have to be sent to remote areas by truck. But these are no ordinary trucks. These are cabins on wheels-- with sci-fi inspired weapons. And then put a young woman behind the wheel? Awesome!

Raina Bowen is just trying to trek her haul to her destination, when she ends up in trouble. She supposed to meet a guy named Wizard, who will give her the trucking pass she needs to complete her run. But things go awry when he ends up in a brawl and she has to rescue him. Matters get a whole lot worse when he doesn't have the trucking pass, and it turns out she's not hauling the load she thought she was. Raina and Wizard end up on the run from pirate-raiders.

Love ensues. But it's a tricky romance because Raina has trust issues, and Wizard is very emotionally closed-- almost robot like. How they end up falling for each other amid All This is a story you won't want to miss-- especially if you're a reader of romance or urban fantasy and you're looking for something a little different.

Rating: A-
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Francis W. Porretto on May 28, 2012 :
I had high hopes for this book. It has an intriguing premise and an original setting, neither of which I had previously seen in contemporary SF. The free sample displays writerly skill. All right, it features yet another tough-chick protagonist, but I've been there myself, and anyway, they're in vogue just now. So I headed into it with high expectations: say about 8 on the famous 0 to 10 scale.

What I got rates about a 5.

Protagonist Raina is implausible: far too emotional given her occupation and her upbringing. The other characters, including the critical figure of Wizard, are two-dimensional at best. Antagonist Duncan Bane is a particular disappointment, so monochromatically villainous that I was surprised not to encounter a scene in which he fricassees babies for breakfast. But no one in the Marquee group really gets enough development.

The plot telegraphs each and every one of its critical steps. Around the halfway point, I started plot-gaming the story: predicting developments before reading of them. I don't remember being wrong about anything of significance.

Stylistically, the story is competently if not quite impressively told. My only real quarrel is with the love scenes, which are both bright purple and unacceptably crude: just this side of "Roughly he thrust his throbbing tool into her quivering quim." However, I got really tired of the word "frig." That happens to mean "masturbate," in case anyone is unaware of it. A futuristic romance should display more ingenuity about swearing.

If there was a theme beyond "Amor vincit omnia," I couldn't detect it.

Nevertheless, I'm awarding three stars. I know that by Smashwords's standards I'm an exceptionally tough reviewer, and I don't want to mislead anyone on that account. There's enough entertainment in "Driven" to justify its price, and the writing is almost free of technical errors. I don't regret having purchased or read it; it's just that I was hoping for much more given the author's obvious talent and chops.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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