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.
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Her thoughts kept charging up in her head and fizzling out as she tried to clarify what she needed to do. She fancied she could feel Jesse nearby and the urge to dissolve into tears made her hiccup. Which hurt her ribs. And biting her lip to settle her nerves made it bleed. Where was her famed control?
A pounding, half gait penetrated the walls of the structure and in the next instant, the door flew open, unimpeded by the bolt. He might have registered that fact at the last moment, because his bulky body reared back, his rifle coming up. But she’d pointed the borrowed weapon and pulled the trigger by then, the barrel resting on her braced forearm, the butt against her hip.
Butch went down at the report, his own weapon falling to the side, one misfire sounding as it landed. She fumbled another shell into place and shot him again. It was beyond her best effort to reload after that, the first crack splitting her head, enough to make her cry out with the pain, the second pushing her past all endurance.
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.
About the author:
Allyson Young aka Peri Elizabeth Scott lives in cottage country, Manitoba, Canada where she and her husband pretend to work well together in their seasonal business.
She has always enjoyed the written word, and after reading an erotic romance, quite by mistake, decided to try her hand at penning one. That was followed by a mix of spicy (Ally) and sweet (Peribeth) romances in various genres as well as a post-apocalyptic adventure without a lick of romance by Peribeth.
A bestselling Amazon author, a hybrid, and a coauthor, as of April 2018 she has published seven series and several standalones, with others in the works.