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.
I honestly don’t know what to make out of this book. I loved the story but I was expecting Lucas to have the issues as the book is name after him. He does but Karlie’s story is one what really shapes the story and I got a story with a trope that I enjoyed but left me wanting more as the author told parts of Karile’s story rather showing it which would have been more powerful. I read another book with similar kind of heroine and so I saw what this book could have been if a few things were tweaked.
It is obvious Karlie has a lifetime of pain and hurt stemming from the moment that she was born. From a baby she was put in foster care and spend her until childhood years there and it left a need to find love. Her foster parents were horrible and it all added up . Now she is a broken woman, willing to settle for anything
As her need is so great that she founds herself in relationship with Conner, a fellow racer who uses her insecurities to his advantage, forcing her to stay silent and bid her time. As she can’t strike up the courage to escape. Until she meets Lucas who becomes her procetor and saviour in one instance.
Lucas is a natural-born protector, that has he channelled into his job as a police officer. However the need to protect, means he has gone more than beyond the duty of his job and when he sees Karlie. He can’t help feel a need to help her. To the point that he intervenes and decides to change Karlie’s life. However he got his own set of problems and whilst Karlie offers a distraction , they wont’ go away. He needs Karlie but
After a lifetime of hurt and pain, will Karlie find happiness or is Lucas just another stepping stone in a journey of discovery?
This is my first book from the author and on’t get me wrong I like the whole damsel in distress situation that Karlie find herself in and how they meet. I just felt that Karlie was just looking for a person to trust and was willing to go in blindly despite him being a police officer. A police officer can have problems and Lucas did have his share. However I wanted more with the motorcross and not how did end . Yes we did get a satisfying ending for the couple but after mentioning a certain event that played a part in the relationships of various characters. I would have thought at least we would have gotten that scene!
As there plenty of entertainment factor in this book from exes who can’t let go to a twist that you won’t see coming that leaves you wondering if there is anything else. This book is surprisingly light despite Karlie’s problems and Lucas’s . I felt it was too quick and that her needs drove things and she should have realised thing for herself instead of relying on others. That why I can only give it