(Lies and Leather #1)
by Violetta Rand
Twenty-one-year-old Karlie Augustine is a survivor. She’s smart and tough, but she’s in too deep with a bad boyfriend who isn’t above breaking her spirit—or her body. Luckily, help arrives in the form of a leather-clad, motorcycle-riding hunk on the right side of the law. Lucas Lafontaine is pure muscle, a Corpus Christi cop who ignites something primal deep within Karlie. And when he offers her room and board in exchange for housekeeping, she finally starts to feel safe again.
As their arrangement turns deliciously decadent, Lucas gets hooked on Karlie’s killer body and fighting spirit. He wants to heal the pain he sees behind her eyes, but to protect her he needs to keep her close, especially now that her psycho ex won’t take a hint. Even as Lucas fights his own battle for custody of his young son, he knows that what he’s found with Karlie is real—and that he’d do anything to protect the woman he wants to take to the finish line.
Karlie has been with Connor long enough to experience first hand his relentless abuse. No matter how low her self-esteem was before she hooked-up with him, he has now intimidated her and kept her under his "boot" for long enough. During her attempt to escape him, she meets a man of integrity who helps her feel safe. And, so begins Karlie's plight to surviving and restoring her soul.
This is an emotional story of love and survival. It is steamy and romantic, but at its core is a wonderful story of finding yourself, fighting for what is real, and finding your place in this world.
Great story from a very prolific and amazing author.