Past Be Damned – Last Hope Book 2 by Rebecca Royce

Past Be Damned
Last Hope Book 2
Rebecca Royce



It is the end of days…

Ripped from her life and her loves, Teagan spent five hellish years in a demon infested mine. The darkness she experienced, living on within her long after her rescue. Lost without her loves, she worries as the darkness grows—she will not become the evil they have faced. Sacrificing her identity will protect those she is supposed to serve…and after everything else she’s paid, Teagan sees no other choice.

They will never give up…

Thaddeus, Aidan, Noah, Eric, and Brody live for one reason—revenge. They will destroy Sister Superior for her part in the death of their love. Battle and hate fill the void where their Sister should be, but when they get word that Teagan might be alive—nothing will stand between them and the woman they love.



Teagan had Daniella block the memories of her powers and her guards. They hadn’t come for her at the mines, Anne and her guards had come and rescued her and she couldn’t deal with the pain of that knowledge.

Thinking Teagan dead, her guards had made it their mission to destroy Sister Katrina, the one who had killed Teagan and tried to have them killed as well. Now they’ve found her and she doesn’t remember them.

After a particularly long battle Daniella and Anne return but Anne is in a bad way, Daniella needs Teagan’s help, her powers were the ones to pull the demons out of the possessed. The deal was that until Teagan wanted the memories back they would stay gone. That deal was about to broken.

This is a favorite scene for me, not so much for Teagan.

My dormant powers shattered the dam holding them back and threatened to overwhelm me.

There were demons in our house. There were demons in my friend. I shoved away from Noah. The how and why and what in the hell would have to wait until later. I turned to Daniella. “I never wanted this back. This wasn’t the deal. You left me an ability to choose to come back. I didn’t choose this.” The wild darkness I’d feared utterly losing myself to swarmed along with my power. The void, so much stronger than before, clawed at me. I held up my hand to silence Daniella’s protest. “Obviously I want to help Anne.” But I might never forgive Daniella.

“Teagan,” Thaddeus tried to get my attention, but I ignored him. They were back. A miracle to be certain, but it also begged the question… where the hell had they been?

I walked toward Anne. Sadness from both the Sister and the two demons inside of her washed through me. This was insane. There were two of them in there?

“Over there,” Thaddeus spoke behind me. He was getting the guys into place like I needed them.

When I’d pictured seeing them again—over the years, when I’d let myself imagine such a thing could be possible—I’d never expected that the resounding emotion moving through me wouldn’t be joy. I’d longed for them. I should have been thrilled. The darkness twined around me, a network of connections left to grow into all the shadowy corners. It choked away the desire they should elicit. Smothered even the memory of love. I’d grieved them. Now, I didn’t want to even have them around.

Fury crested on the rising tide. Red discolored my vision. They’d abandoned me.

I put my hand on Anne. “Thaddeus, I don’t need protection from this. I took care of myself for five years alone, and another year with Anne and Daniella. You can back off.”

“We’re here, sweetheart. We’re not going anywhere. We’re protecting you.”

For a man who claimed to detest nicknames, he was always giving them to me. I hated hearing it spoken from his mouth. “From what? The kitchen table?”

Finished with the conversation, I set my hands on Anne and wrested the darkness into a second hold. I needed all the light for our Sister Superior. “Can you hear me, friend? This nightmare is going to stop, now. You and me? We keep meeting over demons.”

Daniella laughed then groaned from behind me. I’d wanted a response from Anne but that was neither here nor there. “This whole day is out of hand.”

The language of the divine coated my tongue. “You foul creatures. I don’t know how you got in there, but you aren’t staying.”

Unlike lots of Sisters, I could see the demons inside of Anne along with her soul, as though they were three separate entities instead of the one the other Sisters could make out. Everyone’s gift was different. This was my strength, such as it was.

Coldness moved through my hands. The sadness was almost overwhelming, not just Anne’s because she was once again sharing her body with a demon, but from the demons themselves.

Still, they hissed and cursed at me. They resembled snakes more than anything else. Snakes with legs. Snakes with beady red eyes.

I stretched magical muscles, rusty from disuse. Creating a loop of my essence, I flung it within Anne and ensnared one of the demons. Yanking it out, I unleashed the darkness. It consumed the demon.

That was new. And concerning. This is what I had feared I was capable of doing. Using the darkness should not be something I could do.

The second one wouldn’t be quite as easy. He was a bigger deal. I’d always known what to say to them. Part of my gift, I supposed. A wave of sheer desperation washed through me. “You did this on purpose. You both took her together because you knew someone would do this to you, end the pain. I don’t know if divinity will forgive you. But I do. I forgive you. Goodbye.”

I created a second lasso, brilliant with light—and rippling with shadow. The second demon fought even as I tightened the power into a noose. Drawing it out, I freed Anne and the second beast shredded. I’d been possessed many times while I was in the mine. I could get them out of myself. No one else I’d ever heard of could. Anne’s eyes flew open, and her arms came around me. She held on, shaking.

“I don’t know how they got in.”

I squeezed her back. “It doesn’t matter.”

In the past, one demon removal would have been the end of me. I’d have rested for days. Now, even a year later, I wasn’t even winded.

“Did you choose to come back?” Anne still hadn’t let go.

“Sure.” She didn’t need to know the truth. Sister Superior would blame herself. “You need to go rest.” I stepped back.


Her number One picked Anne up and took her from the room. Milo, Kieran, and Garrett followed in his wake. Mason stopped and smiled at me. “Thank you, Sister Teagan. Welcome back.” He glanced behind me at something. I guessed it was my guards, but I didn’t need to check. Mason’s gaze met mine again. “You always were the bravest of us all.”

Daniella embraced me from the side. “Forgive me?”
Royce, Rebecca. Past Be Damned (Last Hope Book 2) (pp. 34-38). After Glows Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Much forgiving to be done, a vision, the co-joining and of course more trials, as Teagan finds her true purpose with the true sisterhood.

Suspenseful, action-packed, and most definitely hot!

I have to know what happens next, off to read the next in this series, Destiny Be Damned (link below)!

5 Contented Purrs for Rebecca!

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Rebecca Royce Rebecca Royce

As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

I’d love to hear from you!

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