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Malicious Desire

Dark Romantic Suspense/ Outback Noir

They 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 class turns into teacher Kayla Petrovic’s worst nightmare.
Abducted.
Held for ransom.
For years, she's believed she’s nothing more than the whore of her alcoholic mother’s taunts, trading her body for a roof, food, money, and stealing 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. After years of avoiding emotional intimacy, he's sure as hell not interested in her.
Love is a weakness he will never permit.

Refusing to be labeled a victim, but haunted by PTSD-induced nightmares and ashamed of her illicit desire for Nick, Kayla is desperate to find a way free. When a kidnapper tracks her down, hell-bent on revenge, can she discover the strength to save not only herself, but the one man she may be able to love?

Laney Kaye

Heroes, Heart and Heat

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