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They won the war but the real battle was right around the corner. Together again, after considerable adversity, Jesse shares the other part of his mission with Addy. The plague that decimated the population has left another legacy and he has been ordered to ‘encourage’ Shelter’s women to move to the base. With the fanatical Sawyer Bridges and his men dealt with, repopulating the country is now the top priority.
Determined that women be allowed the choice, of both the father of their child or to have children at all, Addison accompanies Jesse in an attempt to appeal to the top brass.
Their appeal rejected, Addison and Jesse are separated and detained while the General attempts to carry out his plan. But there are decent people everywhere and they rise up to do the right thing.
Because of his need to protect her, Jesse makes the wrong call and Addy draws a line in the sand. She returns to Shelter, leaving Jesse to follow—if he can find it within himself to accept a true, future partnership.
A Note From the Publisher
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES. BOOKS 1 & 2 ARE ALSO AVAILABLE HERE.
She sagged and fought to stay upright, leaning against the wall. The rifle slipped from her grasp and she felt for the knife. If it was Bridges, she’d—
“Addy!” Jesse’s unmistakable voice shouted her name and she thought she heard an echo. He rounded the doorway and ran inside, stumbling over Butch’s body. His corpse, she hoped, as she drank in the sight of the man she loved.
“Holy fuck.” Alloy halted at his side and stared. “Careful, Jesse. She’s…”
“I see her.” Jesse’s voice was loaded with horror and shock, layered with fury. He carefully approached and leaned over. “Darlin’?”
“Hey.” She was kinda done in.
He gently extricated the knife and set it aside. “Where do you hurt?”
“Uh, everywhere?” How bad did she look? He seemed so horrified.
A sudden movement at the open door had Alloy whirling to snap a shot before lowering his weapon. “Lizard?’ Incredulity popped his eyes wide.
“Holy shit.” Lizard threw her a desperate stare. “I thought—damn it, Addy, I’m sorry. I was out looking and thought I’d make it back.” He stared down at Butch’s still form. “Girl, you’re something.”
“You left her?” Jesse spoke quietly but with such intensity, it kept her present. “Everybody keeps fucking leaving her!”