The simplest form of communication.
For some, the most complex.
Undercover cop, Lucia has more secrets than a rat’s nest. She works the beat, works it well, until she infiltrates a gang where she finally finds her place. Jungle justice suits her down to a tee, but the day comes when she has to return to her real life, and brothers in arms suddenly become enemies, as she flounders to find her place in the world once more.
Martinez, a gang boss, one of the most powerful men in the city, has had his eyes on Lucia from the start. His instincts told him she was the rat in his midst, but other, baser, parts of him swayed his judgment. When his brother is sent down thanks to Lucia’s testimony, he can think only of revenge.
When a woman who can’t stand to be touched has to fight for her life in the bed of a man who can kill her in the blink of an eye, everything, even reality, unravels.
On the run, her past as a cop and footsoldier chasing at her heels, Lucia’s safety lies in the hands of the one man who can and will hurt her the most.
Through his raw touch, she has to find a haven where all around her, there is nothing but hell. Can she allow him into the ashes of her life, if it means her survival is at risk?
Find out in The Raw Touch.
Reader Advisory: this full-length novel contains scenes of dubious consent, as well as information that readers might find upsetting.
There is sometimes a very thin line between good and evil. For Lucia that line becomes almost non-existent. From a young age she has had a skewed vision as to how things should be. It’s her grandfather that keeps her focused.
Lucia has spent a long time deep undercover to take down most of a Los Lobos. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough to take down the big boss, Martinez but she did get his brother Matteo and most of his upper echelon.
Martinez now wants his pound of flesh, from her, in the form of her being his.
The attraction had always been there, and now he is making demands Lucia isn’t sure she can fulfill. At least not under his terms.
This is a favorite scene before that first night together.
She tugged her chin from his grip. “Leave me alone.”
He grunted, “I guess the big question is, why spare me? Because admit to it or not, you did.”
At his words, she looked at him. For the first time since he’d dumped her in his office, she glanced directly at him, fell into his stare like a rabbit gawked at the hunter who had the creature in his crosshairs.
With their gazes caught in a trap of their own making, the frisson that arced between them descended like a lightning bolt. It struck her belly with a ferocity that made her wince.
He felt it too. His eyes widened the gold flecks surrounding his pupils changed, shifted as the small black dot dilated into a gluttonous orb. As the energy seared him, he backed off, crossing the room to put distance between them.
That distance hurt. It made the tenuous connection between them quiver weakly. she pressed her back into the wall, needing the support. She’d hate herself later for the weakness, but for now, she could only admit that energy between them was why she’d spared him. Why she had faith in him despite all the wrongdoing he’d committed in the name of earning a crust to feed his family.
He turned his back on her to face the windows. the city lights cast the side of his jaw into shadow. His tone was gritty, rough. “You know where my bedroom is. Go there and wait for me, Eva.”
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Sexy and demanding with overshadowing of a past event that is slowly revealed.
All leading to fast paced drama as she runs far and fast. So many twists and turns as Lucia aka Eva, maneuvers her way through life that becomes very complicated thanks to the Martinez brothers.
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