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PIERCED by Sydney Landon
Copyright: July 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: Lucian & Lia, Book 1
Source: Amazon Freebie

My name is Lucian Quinn and I own one of the most successful software companies in the world. I’m twenty-nine, rich and single. Impressive right? I’m also a favorite target for every hungry socialite looking to land the uncatchable catch. Maybe it sounds vain, but the fact that I’m a God between the sheets doesn’t hurt my stock any. What these women don’t know though is that I’m completely screwed up and damaged beyond repair by my past. The only part of me I’ll ever willingly give them is the hour it takes to make them scream…several times.

Then I saw her…

I’m Lia Adams and I’m in my last year at St. Claire’s University in North Carolina. I grew up with an abusive mother, and a twisted stepfather who was worse…so much worse. I’m so close to escaping from my past and making my dreams come true. I’ll do anything necessary to survive, even work as an escort to help pay for my college expenses. The men that I accompany to various events as an escort for Date Night are mostly harmless and just want an attractive woman on their arm for an evening. It has never gone further than that…until him…

“I want you to call into work tomorrow and quit your job. I don’t think you need to bother with notice; it’s not likely you will ever use them for a future job reference.”
I nod my head in agreement, fighting the sleep threatening to claim me when his words finally hit me. What the h***? “Wh—What did you say?” Had I imagined the whole thing?
Without looking at me, he repeats his demand. I shake my head, completely confused. “What are you talking about? Why would I quit my job? Oh, no,” I gasp in horror, “are you trying to get me fired because of tonight? It was just cold medicine!”
His eyes are glittering in the darkness. “Baby, if I wanted to have you fired, I would. I want to f*** you, but not when you’re being paid to be my date.”

Circumstances bring two people that should have never crossed paths together and in the days and weeks ahead, they grow close quickly, each seeing a kindred soul in the other. As ghosts from their past rise to haunt them, they cling to each other as their lives start to spiral out of control. Soon, they realize that they’re both damaged possibly beyond repair. Will their love be what saves or destroys them?

A couple things to say about this one:

TSTL heroine. Unprotected sex with hero after only knowing him a couple days? Knowing he’s a man who “has had many women” No THANK YOU.

Even though I’ve never read Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, I’ve read plenty of reviews and seen many comments/discussions about it to know Day’s Gideon is a tortured soul who has lots of nightmares about his past. As does this hero. The first time they were in bed together and he was whimpering in his sleep, Gideon was my first thought. Did the author mean for that to happen? Not sure but…..I can’t help where my mind went when I read that scene.

Hero who has a cocaine habit but can function and make great business decisions while high? I don’t think so. We’re really expected to believe that only he, his supplier, his driver (who put him in touch with the supplier) and his friend are the only ones to know about his habit? That he can go through his day acting just fine while high as a kite? Really??

Huge DNF. Thank God this was a freebie at Amazon.

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