Abandoned by her father at a young age and left with an
increasingly bitter and alcoholic mother to raise her,
Charlie's life is nothing but turbulent. When her boyfriend
Luke gets sick, and the bills start rolling in, Charlie
takes a job as truck driver to make ends meet. Now that Luke
is better, the pair made plans for him to join her on the
road. For once she feels likes she finally has a little
piece of happiness. Then her boyfriend calls and dumps her.
With her mother gone, Charlie is now literally alone in the
world. Being an already less than confident woman, she is
brought even lower by this.
While on a run, Charlie's truck gets over-turned by what she
thinks is a drunk driver until her dog Diesel starts acting-
up. What she saw can only be described as not human. Just as
she starts climbing out of her wrecked truck, two fellow
truck drivers, Shawn and Jeff Buckner arrive on the scene.
The next thing Charlie realizes is that she is staring down
the barrel of Shawn's gun. When the two men see her
birthmark, she is given a choice: Be killed or join their
organization of Markers.
The Markers are a group of men hidden in plain sight as
truck drivers saving the world from the monsters
nightmares are made of. Being an organization of men,
the fact that Charlie is a woman does not sit well with some
of them, especially since there is a prophecy about a Lily
which brings an end to the Markers.
I really enjoyed BIRTHMARKED. The end just kind of drops off
and leaves the reader thinking...That's it?! It is the
perfect setup for the next installment. Maria Violante
writes a very compelling and entertaining novel. Charlie has
been dealt a really crappy hand in life and still has a
backbone when pushed. She is at her lowest and still comes
out swinging. I can't wait to read the second installment in
this series when it comes out.
Charlie Kale knows life isn't easy. But for the first time,
this truck driver might have finally found her little piece
of happiness. She's got it allâ€”her big rig, friends, a great
mentor, and a man about to join her on the road.
That is, until the good things in Charlie's life all fall
apart, and she finds herself at the mercy of a sexy but
mysterious gunman who claims to be a member of a secret
order dedicated to fighting the supernatural monsters that
filter over into our world.
She's given a choiceâ€”join up or die, and while the gunman
might be insane, Charlieâ€™s hell-bent on not dying.
Too bad it looks like that might not be an option.