He really should have known better than to let himself get attached to anyone. Hadn’t he burned the bodies of enough of his friends to have learned that lesson? Yet here he was choking on fear because Ellie had taken a relatively minor wound.
Tomorrow, they’d wake up and ride straight into danger. He had to brace himself for the fact that, one way or another, he was going to lose Ellie. She wasn’t his to care about, or his to hold on to. But tonight, he did. He held on to her as tightly as he could, and sometime after the moon finally set, he fell asleep listening to the steady rhythm of her breath.
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When a religious sect settles north of Fort Dougan in an abandoned city called Ruin, it doesn’t take long for stories to spread that something’s not right about the place. Charismatic preacher Thaddeus Blackwell has promised his flock a better life, unsullied by the decadence of Scraper society and the immorality of life on the border. With an army of cured Reapers under his command, Blackwell is determined to build a godly society…even if he has to use ungodly means to do it.
Working the ranch with the horses she loves, Ellie hasn’t paid much attention to the rumors about Ruin until her sister is charged with Blackwell’s murder. Ellie drops everything to ride to Lu’s aid only to find that her sister has fled town with a Ranger hot on her trail and Thaddeus’s son, Mordecai, out for her blood.
Ranger Garrett Landry believes Lu is the key to getting his family out of Ruin alive, and he needs to find her before Mordecai gets to her first. Reluctantly accepting Ellie as his partner in the search, Garrett doesn’t expect to fall in love with the brave but in over her head rancher. And he never imagines that Ellie might be the one to save him instead.