Flirting With Freedom by Kaye Kennedy
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“Not all boys make you cry, Leila.”
When my reality became scarier than my nightmares, I somehow found the strength to seek help. My salvation came in the form of a blue-eyed detective who makes me feel safe–well, as safe as I’m capable of feeling.
When my heart begins to beat excitedly in his presence, I know I’m in trouble because a girl like me isn’t lovable. For some reason, he’s determined to prove otherwise, but I already know how this story ends, and it’s not with us riding off into the sunset while the narrator says, “And they lived happily ever after.” Because real life isn’t a fairytale, it’s a horror movie, and I’m the star.
My childhood friend was murdered by her abusive ex when I was a rookie cop. She’s why I became a detective and why I’ve dedicated my career to catching p.o.s. men who hurt women.
So, when I encountered a woman pacing outside the precinct one day, I couldn’t ignore the obvious: someone was hurting her. Leila asked for my protection, and I couldn’t say no. The harder I work to help her escape, the more perilous the case becomes, and I find myself struggling to honor my promise.
One thing Leila has taught me is that justice doesn’t equal freedom. I’m determined to give her both, though, because somewhere along the way, I’ve fallen for her. While I’m an expert at getting justice, I don’t know the first thing about healing her battered heart, but that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna try.
Will Cooper and Leila overcome the scars of her past, or will her demons consume them both?
Flirting with Freedom is a romantic suspense that is loosely based on the author’s personal experience with domestic violence. This is book four in the Flirting with the Finest Series and, while interconnected, it can be read as a standalone.