Please note trigger warningsThey think they can break her.But if life hasn’t succeeded,how can four men?Now she’ll fight for freedom — and revenge.~ Terror and forbidden desire stalk the heart of the Australian Outback ~A trip to the beach with her elementary school class turns into teacher Kayla Petrovic’s worst nightmare. Abducted. Held for ransom.For years, Kayla’s believed she’s nothing more … ransom.
For years, Kayla’s believed she’s nothing more than the whore of her alcoholic mother’s taunts, trading her body for a roof, clothes, and money, using men’s hearts to heal her emptiness. But when the kidnappers threaten her students, she’ll sacrifice everything, including the last vestige of her self-respect, to save them.
Hardened army veteran, Captain Nick West, bears his own scars–not all of them visible.
He knows how to handle a world turned to shit. He’ll get in, retrieve the hostages, and get out, doing little damage–except to the kidnappers. They’re fair game. What he doesn’t expect is the kick in the chest–worse than the recoil on a sniper’s rifle–of recognizing there’s something special about the woman he rescues. But, after years of avoiding emotional intimacy, he’s sure as hell not interested in her.
Refusing to be labeled a victim, but haunted by PTSD-induced nightmares and ashamed of her illicit desire for Nick, Kayla craves the sweet release of a blade. When a kidnapper tracks her down, hell-bent on revenge, will she find the strength to cast off the demons of her past and save not only herself, but the one man she may be able to love?
The Bent, Not Broken series:
Stories of the immense strength of women facing almost insurmountable odds, and the men who will love them–if they are allowed.