Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee are in love, but before they can move forward with a life together, they"re determined to bring resolution to the many unanswered questions they still face. To complicate matters, new threats arise with the arrival of two startling figures from their pasts.
As they race against time to find answers, unexpected forces pull them apart. Ryan’s brothers, Talon and Jonah, rally to help, wanting to end the struggle and finally bring the last perpetrators to justice. But another riddle surfaces, deepening the rift between Ruby and Ryan. Will they salvage their relationship and finally unravel the mysteries surrounding them"Books in Series:Steel Brothers Saga Series by Helen HardtBooks by Author:Helen Hardt Books
"How did you get in here""
"The same way I got in the other night."
"So you left the book."
"You should know. I"m armed."
He smiled, and a spooky recognition oozed through me. His smile resembled mine, right down to the slightly lower gumline on the left side of his mouth. I"d never noticed that before.
"I am no threat to you. I never was."
"Oh"except for the time you tried to rape me."
"That was unfortunate. I was a different person then. I regret it."
"Well, you won"t get the chance to try it again." I pointed my gun at him.
"Kill me, Ruby, and you"ll never find what you"re looking for."
"Maybe all I"m looking for is to send you to hell."
He smiled again, and I gulped back nausea at the resemblance.
"Then do it, Ruby. Pull that trigger. Murder me in cold blood."
I laughed. Actually laughed! "Cold blood" Are you kidding me" This would be the most hot-blooded murder ever committed. But I assure you, I"d get away with it. You broke into my house. Pure self-defense."
"Then what are you waiting for""
What was I waiting for" I aimed the gun right between his eyes.
"Kill me, though," he said, "and you"ll never discover the truth."
"I know all the truth I need. You raped Gina. You tortured and raped Talon Steel. You tried to rape me. You had something to do with the disappearance of those girls I met in Jamaica. You tried to have Brooke Bailey killed for insurance money. And God himself only knows what other heinous acts you"ve committed or had a part in."
"I had reasons for everything I did, including letting you live all these years."
"I"ve often wondered about that," I said. "Why didn"t you have me taken care of long ago""
He smiled. "A father"s pride."
I scoffed, even though I knew he could have killed me at any time. Still, his statement rang with morsels of truth. "Please."
"It"s true. You"re strong and determined. I"ve watched you since you left. I helped keep you safe."
"I kept myself safe, you shithead."
"Did you never wonder why, as a fifteen-year-old girl, you were never caught" Never arrested" Never violated""
"I stayed under the radar."
"Yes, you did. With a lot of help from me."
That was bullshit. He was playing mind games. I had taken care of myself all those years. So I changed the subject on him.
"I"m not interested in your reasons for anything you did." I cocked the gun. "Say goodbye, Daddy."
"Mr. Wade was murdered last night."
My veins turned to ice. Not that I gave a shit that the motherfucker was dead, but now another source of information had dried up.
Talon looked visibly relieved. He hadn"t wanted to face Larry again. He"d had issues the first time he"d tried it, but my brother was nothing if not strong, and he would have done it. Now he didn"t have to.
"Murdered"" Joe asked.
"Yes. And it appears to have been an inside job."
"Another inmate, you mean"" I said.
The warden cleared his throat. "No. Not another inmate. Mr. Wade was in a solitary cell"on suicide watch."
I widened my eyes, and Talon"s looked like they were going to pop out of his head.
"Suicide watch"" Joe said.
"Yes. Our psychologist had determined Mr. Wade was a suicide risk. Plus, he"d been routinely attacked by other prisoners. He was fading fast and succumbing to severe depression. So he was put in solitary on suicide watch."
Joe scoffed. "Putting prisoners on suicide watch. Give me a break."
"They"re still people, Mr. Steel."
"If you knew what this so-called person""
Talon gripped Joe"s arm. "It"s okay, Joe. We don"t need to go there."
"We"re well aware of what Mr. Wade was accused of. However, he was still innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. He hadn"t gone to trial yet."
Joe stood. "I guess our business is done here. We won"t be getting any more information out of our dear old uncle."
"Please have a seat, Mr. Steel," the warden said. "I"m afraid our business is far from done here."
"Look. If you think I"m going to shed tears over the loss of that piece of shit, think again." Joe motioned to Talon and me. "Let"s go, guys."
I stood as Joe headed toward the door, but a large guard blocked his exit.
"What the hell is going on here"" Joe demanded.
"Have a seat, like the warden said," the guard said.
"Are you fucking kidding me" Get the hell out of my way."
"Joe," Talon said. "Let"s just see what the guy has to say."
Joe rolled his eyes. "Fine." He plunked back into his chair. "What is it""
"Like I told you," the warden said. "It was an inside job. But not by another inmate. A prison guard killed Mr. Wade."
"And we should care because""" Joe said.
"You should care, Mr. Steel, because I have sworn testimony from two of my guards that you paid them off to rough Mr. Wade up."