It is the end of the world.
They call him Eagle, like the grand and beautiful bird that symbolizes freedom. During these dark times, when humanity is experiencing nothing but suffering, a man with such a powerful name should be a beacon of hope, yet he is anything but.
Her name is Autumn, but she hasn’t said this name or much of anything else in the four years since the fall of civilization. A shell of her former self, living wild in a cave at the bottom of a ravine, Autumn is accustomed to being alone. She prefers it, actually, especially when her only options for company either try to kill her, or worse, to lock her up inside their walls.
Captured by Eagle’s people, Autumn is suddenly thrust back into the land of the living, but she would hardly call it living. The community of Purgatory is full of sinners, the most evil of whom seem to have set their sights on her.
In an act born of anger and defiance, Eagle becomes Autumn’s unexpected savior, forcing these two solitary people into each other’s broken worlds. Neither knows quite what to make of the other, but one thing is certain. To survive Purgatory, they must learn how to rely on each other, a feat that could possibly teach them both how to live again.
"There she was, lying on top of a filthy table, surrounded by rusty weapons, blades still covered in dried blood, and guns that needed to be cleaned and oiled. But her skin was pale and clean, a vivid contrast to what surrounded her. To the filth that surrounded everyone. She was good, a tiny slice of goodness surrounded by filth, and I wanted to be a part of that. No, fuck, I needed to be a part of that."
- Beneath Blood and Bone
5***Breathtaking Survivor Stars
Title: Beneath Blood And Bone
Author: Madeline Sheeran and Claire C. Riley
Genre: Dystopia/Romance/Zombie Apocalypse
Type:Companion series Book 2 of 3
”We are no more than skin, blood and bone. When you take that away, nothing is left…I believe that beneath the blood and the bone, there’s a soul.” Eagle
Adler aka Eagle short for “E”, a thirty-six years old man who was broken and alone; the zombie apocalypse happened and his life went to hell. Everyone’s life had changed since the zombie infestation took over. He was surviving by blocking away his previews life; blocking his wife and two children that he once had and were now gone. He had so much guilt; he believed that if he would of never left them they would still be alive. However, the ugliest of the world continued and he just had to do whatever to stay alive. His heart was broken and was frozen cold; there was nothing for him to look forward to just survive but for what?! He did not know. He lost Evelyn on book one, he let her get away she had opened up feelings he couldn’t understand. “Wildcat” reminded him of his now dead wife, her looks were so similar he wanted to keep her. However; she left and now he was more angry and mad than ever. Eagle and Jeffers had built the “PURGATORY” when all hell broke loose; they set up the rules of the “safe place” the way they felt it had to be. Now, E was having second thoughts about everything he had done. He hated himself for not carrying or doing enough to help he was so broken he just didn’t care anymore. Everyone in the purgatory feared him; they knew never to mess with him.
”The world was broken now and so were we, all of us haunted by the lives we once lived, the people we once were, by the losses we’d taken. We were damned to suffer through the save lives we were now forced to live.” Eagle
Autumn, a nineteen-year old girl; lived outside the Purgatory for over four years on her own. She survived in the wild after she was forced to kill her father when he got bitten and infected. She stayed hidden in a dark “CAVE” away from people. Surviving the best she could by eating anything and everything she could find and by making sure she was covered with her own filth; in other words “Poop” so that she would not attract the infected. The worst you smelled the less you will attract the zombies; they won’t even know you were near. Yeah picture that! Lol
”Play dead, hide, stay away from others, and avoid the biters. Hush, hush, must keep quiet or they’ll hear you.” Autumn
She ran out of food and was desperate to find something to eat; she went out on a search and made the mistake of getting too close to the Purgatory and got caught. She was scared out of her mind; they were going to keep her and make her prostitute and use her. Somehow she managed to escape; however she got hurt during her escape and if it wasn’t because “E”; who was out hunting for food and found her she might have not survived. Eagle did not understand why on earth he decided to saved this girl when he never cared about anyone anymore. The entire situation was pretty funny; she was from the “wild” and had been isolated for so long that it was too funny to watch her and E. He was getting fed up with her growling like a squirrel and kept on shitting on herself to keep safe from the zombies. She did not want them to bath her. However, she had no choice when her life was in line; “E” took care of her and again he wasn’t sure why and could not explain it. I loved the way their relationship started to build up little by little. She started to become used to having a human body close by to protect her and she started to trust him. He branded her with his “EAGLE” tattoo so that no one would touch her; however there was one person that was not happy about this entire situation. “Olivia” she was together with Jeffers and was sleeping with E behind his back, she only wanted Eagle but he didn’t want her so she took whatever he would give her. He hated her, he hated himself for it but he only did it to cause pain and to receive pain he didn’t care about her or himself. I had so many mixed emotions about these two. I hated both of them for it, I really did.
Eagle and Autumn’s relationship was different for sure. She felt safe with him and he felt lighter with her around. He didn’t hear as many voices in his head when she was with him. He felt that he could change with her, be the person he once was before. Their first kiss was WOW! it left me breathless I was in heaven, it was just so beautiful. That one kiss changed the relationship fast, she wanted him and he wanted her; there was no going back. He did everything and anything to keep her safe. She had the opportunity to escape back to her CAVE but once there she knew she no longer wanted to be alone, once she felt his kiss she wanted more. So she returned to him. He found out she was out and had the chance to leave he was beside himself and oh how much I enjoyed that scene haha I loved it.
Life started to get easier and becoming a nice routine forAutumn and Eagle but they both knew it wouldn’t last. They tried to make the best of each day as if it was their last they wanted to enjoy each other’s company and the steamy scenes were amazing. I loved their chemistry and their silent understanding of each other’s pain. Olivia was so jealous that Eagle just didn’t want anything to do with her after he met Autumn. She did anything to get Autumn away from Eagle and tried to get her killed. The events that happened had me literally on the edge of my bed, I was freaking out and nervous. My belly hurt so much not knowing what was going too happened next. I was basically freaking out the entire time. Secrets came out, lots of angst and desperation; and the ending I was so happy this book ended the way it did. I think if it would have ended differently I would have literally lost it. I defiantly recommend this book and I will be reading the next one in the series even if I don’t understand why there will be a book of a character I absolutely despise so much I just hope that these two amazing authors are plotting her death on book three lol. The lord is truly testing me right now.
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