Seven years later, now a fiercely, self-trained warrior and hunter-gatherer, Thecla is suddenly introduced into a new order of civilization known as Carpathia, a pious community where the prominent Bishop Kato governs. Thecla quickly discovers that her survival skills and instincts that kept her alive in the brutal, wild, and untamed Wastelands is no match for her new life in Carpathia. SAMPLE READ: “You’re keeping one,” I said after I opened the door. “Not telling Kato about me and Throane.” “I suppose I am,” he answered. “But let’s get this straight…” Quintus stepped toward me, invading my personal space. I stood my ground. He brushed the back of his palm against my scarred arm. I tensed up. He drew closer, pressing his cold breastplate against my chest, arousing a peculiar sensation. “…there is no you and Throane,” he whispered in my ear heavily. His words punched me right in the gut, but the way he said it, with his hot breath, made the hairs on the back of my neck rise. I didn’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Something started to twinge below my navel and the only way I could respond to all of these emotions was to give him an uppercut with the palm of my hand. He quickly responded, realizing what kind of girl he was dealing with, and defended himself against me. He caught my wrist with one hand and my neck with the other, body slamming me onto the bed.“You will learn not to fuck with me, Thecla” he threatened through clenched teeth. I spat in his face. He squeezed his grip around my neck.“You don’t have shit I want to learn from you,” I seethed. Quintus’ face softened. He released his hold on me, giving me a final push onto the bed checking his belt to make sure I hadn’t stolen any of his weapons. “We’ll see about that,” he smirked.
Thecla Dark Romance: Book One (Thecla Trilogy) – Paperback – by Z. Exie (Author)
After losing her parents and surviving The Reckoning, a catastrophic earthquake that nearly destroyed most of North America, young Thecla survived on her own in the remains of the destruction, known as The Wastelands, against all odds.