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Chrissie Laursen doesn’t date models. Having barely survived her battle with alcoholism and just out of a ten-year marriage that lasted nine years too long, she’s laser focused on her thriving Miami Beach business: promoting erotic photographers in local galleries. She has no time for the ego driven pretty boys that proliferate in that business. For so long she’s wondered if life and love would ever truly touch her that she decides to go it alone. Then she sees the glacial blue eyes and rugged, animal intensity of Nick Jessup, and her resolve begins to fracture.
Irresistibly drawn to him, she begins a relationship with Nick and soon becomes obsessed with his dominant, controlling personality. Even his dangerous past doesn’t scare her. But before their charged sexual energy culminates in passion, the peril of Nick’s past explodes into the present and he is sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for a horrific crime. Faced with the reality that her life can either return to the empty normalcy she’s always known or continue through the terrifying and exhilarating doorway that Nick’s arrival has opened…she makes a decision to do something that will never allow her to go back to the fragile life she’s just rebuilt.
A wild, erotic, and powerful journey of self-discovery, The Outmate shimmers with the intensity of what it means to be human-and the clarity that comes with finding your truth before it’s too late.
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What a rush! This was one exhilarating ride that left me on a high for hours after finishing it. It also left me in stunned silence to reflect on everything that had taken place between the pages of this book.
I must be crazy, because I was as enamored with Nick as Chrissie was. Was he a sociopath? A little twisted and crazy (make that a lot)? Was he a sick, sadist murdering freak? It really didn't matter. All I wanted to do was peel away his layers to discover more about the man whose anger snapped into place without prior warning. But, Nick Jessup wasn't all brute strength and violence. He showed his softer side. And even though I never got a real look inside his mind, I could tell that there was so much love and emotion in him, he just didn't know how to let it out. All he knew was anger and pain.
Chrissie was an addict. A recovering alcoholic. And I believe that Nick just became her new addiction. Yes, she truly loved him, and she accepted him for all that he was and all that he'd done, but everything he represented only fed her addiction to the point of no return. Her actions in this story were what shocked me most. I could not believe the lengths she'd go to for the love of this man. She became a prisoner to her own feelings, and then she started doing things that made me question her sanity. I could say that I'd never do the things she did, but I won't, because as shocked as I was, I couldn't judge Chrissie; until I found myself in her shoes and was faced with the decisions she had to make, I'd never know just how far I could be pushed. There's a darkness in all of us; most people keep it hidden safely behind lock and key, but Chrissie was a little more open to her darkness, and it leaked into her life the deeper and deeper she fell.
This book shocked me, it seduced me, and it thrilled me. It was beauty amongst chaos. It was perfection.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Victoria L Trenton is an author, freelance writer, and a self-professed dreamer. She is a dedicated student of the BDSM arts, and is highly interested in the inner workings of the criminal mind.
Her tamer pursuits include sailing, horseback riding, traveling, and cooking.
She currently resides in Miami, Florida with her beloved Muse, Mentor, and long time Life Partner, along with her furry feline best friend Z.