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A woman on the run from her violent husband settles into a trailer in a North Carolina park and answers a cellphone left by the previous tenant, leading her into an erotic journey with the enigmatic man on the other end of the line.

Annie McKay has escaped her abusive husband and her troubled past, but now that she's met the bare necessities for survival, she’s not sure what to do next. Ensconced in a ratty trailer park in North Carolina, far from her Oklahoma farm, she agrees to do some odd jobs in exchange for rent and a minuscule salary, but being on her own for the first time in her life is both terrifying and liberating. Answering a cellphone abandoned in her trailer, Annie is intrigued by the seductive voice on the other end and, for the first time in her life, has a flirtatious conversation that quickly turns erotic, leaving both Annie and the man on the other end stunned and craving more. Sheltered and ground down, Annie uses her sizzling conversations with the mysterious Dylan as an excuse to try on a new, sexual skin buffered by the relative safety of a phone connection, yet as their bond strengthens, Annie and Dylan become more entwined, and an actual meeting becomes inevitable. When a volatile situation in the park flares up and endangers Annie, Dylan whisks her to his estate, with every intention of keeping his distance, but Annie will have none of it and demands to meet him. Not surprisingly, that decision leads to a passionate encounter that ends with Annie breaking down in guilt, since she is still technically married, and determined to get free. But her husband isn’t inclined to let her go easily. O’Keefe is one of the best contemporary romance authors writing today, and her foray into erotic romance is an unqualified success. Elegantly sensual and blisteringly sexual, the story immediately hooks readers and keeps them captivated with help from beautiful writing, complex characters, and a healthy dose of secrets, while a cliffhanger ending will have them eagerly awaiting Book 2.

Breathtaking and passionately intense—a must-read for erotic romance fans.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-101-88448-5
Page count: 366pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2015


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