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$50 #Giveaway Unbreakable by Christine Smith @SwordsStilettos Ends 4/8

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Unbreakable
Christine Smith
(The Cheating Game, #4)
Publication date: July 26, 2022
Genres: dystopia, young

From best-selling and award-winning author Christine Smith comes the magical fourth and final book in the Cheating game series.

A terrifying discovery that will change everything.

Armed with valuable information, Sienna and her friends seek refuge in the Pride Province on the east coast. While initially grateful for Pride’s open arms, they begin to question exactly what kind of loyalty its president seeks. Sienna has to deal with her new condition, Trey has to figure out how to win the war without losing Sienna, and Zane has to restart gene regeneration therapy to cure Sienna, not knowing if he will ever win her heart. When they learn that Trina survived the explosion at Camp Zenith, they also learn that she has been living in a nightmare.

In the end, Sienna and her friends must somehow band together and wage war against a government they’re not sure they can trust.

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EXCERPT:

SIENA:

From the time we arrived at Old Richmond, President Turner’s team of doctors did test after test and X-ray after X-ray to determine how badly my spinal cord was damaged. And all this led to the same conclusion. It is damaged beyond repair. That means I will never walk again, at least not in this lifetime.

am i angry yes. Do I feel sorry for myself? A little. But that’s not what keeps me tied to this bed. Sadness is a heavy sandbag that drags me down, down, down. I just want to sleep.

Day after day I lie on my back in bed in a room that is too fancy to be a sick room. I let them check my blood pressure and temperature. I let them empty my catheter. I let them replace my drip bag. And I don’t complain when they stick me with this and that needle. For all intents and purposes, I’m alive.

And yet, I’m not.

I lost two of the most important people in my life and I don’t think I will ever fully recover. So why can’t I walk? So what, is my life as I know it over? And what. And what. And what. My mom and sister are dead. Burned alive.

Death is a plague that visited my doorstep again and again. Wherever I go, it finds me and those I love.

And I’m tired. So tired. Tired of living. Tired of loving. Tired of worries.

There’s a soft knock on the door and then Zane pokes his head in. His face lights up when he sees me. “Hey,” he says. “Can I come in?” His gaze moves to Chaz, who is sleeping in a chair near the corner of the room. His head leans against his supported arm, his chubby cheek squishes against his fist. Chaz hasn’t left my side since we got to Old Richmond. My eternal guardian.

“Trust me,” I say, “nothing short of an explosion can wake him when he’s asleep.”

Zayn smiles as he crosses the room and sinks into the chair next to my bed. “How are you doing?”

“I was better.”

His face is covered in pain. “I’m really sorry Sienna . . .”

“It wasn’t your fault, Zane,” I remind him. We’ve gone over it over and over, but he’s still at fault. How could he somehow avoided hidden explosives. The thought is absurd.

“It was,” he says in a firm voice. “But I’m going to fix it. I promise.”

“I know you will,” I say. “You can do whatever you want.”

He smiles. “Your trust in me means everything.”

Loud snoring comes from the corner of the room. Zane and I look at each other. “See?” I say. “Told you so.”

When Zane laughs, it seems like a little good has returned to the world. His laugh almost makes me smile. Almost.

He reaches for my hand, then takes it in his. His hand is strong, firm, the muscles flexing as he squeezes my fingers. “I’ve missed you,” he says, and it’s so sudden and completely unexpected that I don’t know what to say.

“I’m right here,” I joke.

“That’s not what I mean.” His eyes meet mine and his gaze is so intent that I have to look away. “Sienna, I need to know.”

“What do you need to know?”

“Is there hope for me? For us?”

I take a sharp breath. I thought I explained it pretty well in my bedroom that night at his house before the killer tried to kill him. Probably not. I try to say the following words as softly as possible. “I’m with Trey right now. i love Trey.”

Pain fills his eyes as his hand slips from mine. “I understand.”

“Zane, I’m sorry…”

“Don’t be. That’s not what I wanted to hear. But that’s what I needed to hear.”

I reach for his hand again and he reluctantly offers it to me. Bringing him to my lips, I kiss the soft spot between his collarbones. “You have a girl there. Someone who will love you and appreciate you for the incredible person you are.’

When Zayn looks at me with eyes full of longing, my heart is torn open. “I know,” he says. “I was just hoping it would be you.”

Biography of the author:

Christine Smith is the best-selling and award-winning author of the DECEPTION GAME series. Her first book, CATALYST, was a finalist for the 2018 IAN Book of the Year Award in the Youth category.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Christine now lives in North Carolina with her husband and five sons. To learn more about Kristin or her books, visit her website at kristinsmithbooks.com.

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