The Rycke (Monstrous: Book Three)

His voice was as low and soft as I remembered. Gentle. I wanted to close my eyes and just listen to him speak.

“How’s your leg?” I asked instead. “You should be resting.”

“So should you,” he said quickly, making me want to smile. He hesitated, then asked, “Can I help you into your room?”

The ache in my throat had nothing to do with being sick in that moment. I nodded, swallowing, even though I wasn’t actually going to let him support my weight or take my bag. I pushed open my door and stepped inside, then held it open, waiting for him.

He limped in cautiously a moment later. Our eyes met when he stepped past me, and for a long moment neither of us seemed able to look away. He reluctantly averted his gaze as he made his way deeper into the room. I could hear the rasp of his wings dragging over the floor.

Life as a raider in the Wastes, where monsters roam and the military lurks, is as easy as it sounds.

I’ve been out here for a long time, and the fear that courses through my blood every time I have to step outside our camp walls to scavenge never fades. No matter how many monsters you face—and have to run for your life from—it doesn’t ever get easier.

But when I come across a bound and injured monster in an abandoned military base, I can’t leave him behind. His presence in our camp is causing tension, but I can’t bring myself to care when I get to see a different side to him—when he starts to show me who he is, beneath the pain and lingering trauma.

But despite his gentle nature, I soon discover why others are so desperate to own him. Why the military, and now this stranger lurking outside our camp, want to put him back in chains and take him away from me.

There’s something hiding under his skin. Something that threatens to upend my entire life, the one I’ve spent my years carefully protecting out here.

There’s a reason why all other monsters fear him.

The Rycke is Book Three of the Monstrous series, a post-apocalyptic m/m fantasy series that features monsters and human men falling in love. It is best to read the series in order.

Warning: This m/m love story contains explicit sexual content and is not suitable for young readers. It also contains graphic depictions of torture and violence, and deals with PTSD.

Trigger warnings: Explicit sexual content; excessive bodily fluids; captivity and torture; graphic descriptions of on-page killing, injury and violence; MC with severe anxiety; squid-like monster; PTSD.

If there are any scenes you wish to skip, you can of course get in touch with me and I am more than happy to tell you where certain triggers take place.