Author: Violetta Rand
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
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Blurb: Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy, Violetta Rand’s explosive new Lies & Leather series kicks off with a red-hot motorcycle racer who rides hard and plays for keeps.
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.
Review: This was an engrossing read with a lot of hot sex, beautiful people and nasty, bad behavior with two people who’ve lost at love in the past. Sweet read overall even though I’d have preferred a little more development for the character’s relationship.
Karlie Augustine has always been alone. Raised in a foster home in Corpus Christi, Texas, Karlie has gotten very little love and affection her entire life. Her only “real” family is her best friend Marie and her boyfriend Brandon. After a horrible night at the beach, she ends her two-year long, abusive relationship with boyfriend Connor. But what’s she going to do now? She’s basically stranded with nowhere to live and nothing to show for her twenty-one years except for her bike and the clothes on her back. Luckily, the same stranger that rescued her from Connor has also got a solution–she can live with him and work as his housekeeper.
Lucas Lafontaine has just moved to Corpus and joined the police force. He’s determined to get away from his past and find a new, happy future. Even if he has to do it without his son Alex, who’s living with his ex-wife Willow in Minnesota. When he meets Karlie on the beach, he’s immediately attracted to her. Offering her a place to stay and a job is instinctive to him–he always likes to help. Plus, he knows that she’s been in a bad situation and he wants to be able to make her feel safe–not taken advantage of. Luckily, she’s more than ready to get on with her life, and as they move beyond friendship and into a relationship, things start moving rapidly in the direction they both want. Unfortunately, their pasts aren’t so ready to let go of them…
There were so many sweet and sexy elements of this story that made it a good read. I like a little more dialogue and more play-by-play with my characters, and that’s probably why I prefer more mature characters. This one felt very Young Adult to me, so if that’s what you prefer, this would be awesome for you. Thanks!