By Sophie Littlefield
Awakening in a bleak panorama, Cass buck vaguely recollects enduring whatever bad. Having no thought what number days--or weeks--have handed, she slowly realizes the scary fact: her daughter, Ruthie, has vanished. And along with her, the majority of civilization. rather than winding throughout the once-lush hills, the roads this present day see in basic terms cannibalistic Beaters--people became hungry for human flesh via a central authority scan long gone wrong.
In a damaged, barren California, Cass will suffer a harrowing quest to get Ruthie again. Few humans belief an outsider--much much less person who bears the telltale scars of a Beater attack--but she unearths protection with an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. And she'll want him greater than ever whilst his ragged band of survivors study that she and Ruthie became the main feared, and wanted, guns in a courageous new world....
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Here," he said, "you may wear it. " With a gentle motion, he brushed her hair off of her nape, gathering it across her shoulder. She was aware of his warm breath fanning against her cheek, then her neck, as he bent to fasten it. He had an earthy scent too, ironically enough, one that she hadn't noticed back at her apartment. "There," he said when he was finished. He gave a satisfied sound of approval as he studied her. " Staring down at the gleaming rock, she dared to touch it. This time, though it was warm, it did not burn.
This desire to cycle with her… it felt familiar, as if she were part of this ancient urge fanning to life inside of him. With a growl of dismay, he shook that thought aside. Humans knew nothing of Refarian mating calls. But then a fleeting image imprinted in his mind—her pale, freckled hand touching his royal emblem. Impossible! He had never shown a human his brand, and only a trusted few Refarians had ever seen it at all. Certainly no one had ever touched it. Perhaps it was just the aftereffects of Thea's seduction attempt, he told himself uneasily, rising to his feet.
Then, slowly, he dared to lift his eyes until they met hers in the darkness. " "Commander," Thea announced tightly, avoiding Kelsey altogether as she clasped his forearm the moment he entered the cabin. " "In the morning," he said, shaking off her grasp. His cousin and her expected tirade would have to wait. At the moment, Jared reflected, the idiot king had but one objective in mind: bringing Kelsey into camp and introducing her; then, perhaps, taking her down to his quarters for a nightcap— that is, if he couldn't shake some sense into his bond-impaired mind.
Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield