That’s the choice the Coalition gives me: betray my best friend or have my partner killed. And this after they locked us under a caged sky and mutated us, giving us all wings with random-as-crap powers. Mine are sparkly pink ones whose favorite pastime is flirting and healing people and… worse.
But I was learning to live with it—the wings, the fact that my best friend had become a fugitive, the fact that I was falling in love with a guy with wings of ice, a heart of gold, and secrets he wasn’t telling… but the Coalition used him again and again to force me to stoop to their demands—and I did. I bowed, I bent—I would not break—
But I will only go so far for love.
* contains some adult language
I ruined myself to protect the innocent.
Then the mutation hit everyone in Haven, leaving me with wings of flame and another accidental victim on my conscience.
Now on the run with Lunar Adurian – scarred, bitter, always watching me – I wage an underground war against the Coalition. But Lunar challenges my every step and gets too close to the heart I cannot lose. He antagonizes the rebellion I’m supposed to command while my father refuses to let me protect the best friend I left behind. I struggle to keep my heart and stay my course, to trust my beliefs and control myself, my life, my sanity—
To hold onto anything at all when my hands are slippery with blood.
* Trigger warnings: near rape and sexual abuse in the character’s past
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* NOTE: Cascade Andronica and Lunar Adurian are characters that appear in two independent, standalone novels that follow them in different worlds as they face the problems that plague the tormented character while also fighting a society that represses them.
In the world in I, Ruin, Cascade has been traumatized while Lunar is an enigmatic guy with secret schemes.
In the world in I Dreamed of Us, it’s Lunar who has been deeply traumatized and drags her into his dark world…
Unsalvageable, dangerous, guilty of manslaughter, and unloved.
Before the mutation, I was only unloved. I lived in a spacious mansion with a father who never looked me in the face, and in secret I drew Lunar Adurian, the scarred guy who was always watching me.
The guy I hoped was unloved, too. I wanted him, at least, to understand.
Then the mutation hit us all. Lost, I entered the heart of rebellion with Lunar… but no dark underworld waited to tear me apart.
It’s Lunar, the guy who reeks of heartache, who wants to hurt me. He hates what I am.
But he’s also the guy who awakens my sleepy soul, who takes what was unloved and drizzles it with honeyed hope. He wants me to love him even as he wants me to hurt. It’s a constant push and pull, on a balance we’re both afraid to tip.
In the end, though, there’s always a little self-destruction in love.
WARNING: This book contains adult content and themes.