Unraveled Steel Brothers Saga - HELEN HARDT

Unraveled

Steel Brothers Saga: Book Nine

HELEN HARDT

This book is an original publication of Helen Hardt.

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Contents

Warning

Prologue

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Chapter Thirty

Chapter Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Three

Chapter Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Five

Chapter Thirty-Six

Chapter Thirty-Seven

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Chapter Forty

Chapter Forty-One

Chapter Forty-Two

Chapter Forty-Three

Chapter Forty-Four

Chapter Forty-Five

Chapter Forty-Six

Chapter Forty-Seven

Chapter Forty-Eight

Chapter Forty-Nine

Chapter Fifty

Epilogue

Message from Helen Hardt

Also By Helen Hardt

Discussion Questions

Acknowledgments

About Helen Hardt

A Special Thank You

Start the Honor Bound series

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Continue the Honor Bound Series with Book Two

Don’t miss Misadventures!

Prologue

Also by Angel Payne

Acknowledgments

About Angel Payne

Warning

This book contains adult language and scenes, including flashbacks of child physical and sexual abuse, which may cause trigger reactions. This story is meant only for adults as defined by the laws of the country where you made your purchase. Store your books and e-books carefully where they cannot be accessed by younger readers.

To my brilliant editors—Celina, Michele, and Scott—who made the Steel Brothers Saga better than I ever could have alone. And to all the fans who stuck with me through nine books and believed in the story I was telling. Thank you all so much!

Prologue

Ruby

“How did you get in here?”

“The same way I got in the other night.”

“So you left the book.”

“I did.”

“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