The U.S. government collapsed forty-five years ago, following a series of brutal solar storms that demolished the country’s physical infrastructure and wiped out most digital information. Today, military factions control most of western North America. In the Southeast, capitalistic megacorps and medical research consortiums are king—and they’re anything but benevolent. Their business, unfettered by regulation, is human experimentation and testing.
Nina is living proof of that. As one of a trio of clones, she wasn’t born, she was designed. With their special gifts, she and her sisters were meant to take on the evils of the world. But when Nina was unable to keep her sisters safe, she was exiled. On the outside, she found two fellow survivors, both women with extraordinary gifts of their own—and an iron will to survive. With her new family, Nina works as an information broker—half mercenary, half librarian—in this new-world dark age. They’ve been approached with an offer too good to be true, and too tantalizing to pass up: a data treasure trove that could secure their futures.
Knox was once an idealistic, eager Protectorate recruit. These days, he’s a bitter, battle-weary supersoldier who leads the Silver Devils, a strike squad that’s earned its deadly reputation. But when their commanding officers ordered the Devils to slaughter innocents, Knox and his squad rebelled. Now, they’re off the grid, and they need a biochem hacker to stabilize the experimental implants that make them superhuman. The problem? Their hacker’s been kidnapped.
And the ransom for her return—Nina.
With his team’s lives in the balance, Knox must deliver Nina, and a long-lost data cache is the perfect bait for the perfect trap. But he didn’t plan for the fierce sexual tension that seethes between them. Her warrior prowess stirs his body and her tactical brilliance engages his mind, but it’s her fierce, unwavering hope that calls to a heart he thought was dead. The closer they get to the rendezvous with the kidnapper, the more Knox is the one who feels trapped.
Because he planned for every contingency except falling in love.