Giveaway and Review – NOWHERE TO HIDE by Lindsay McKenna

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NOWHERE TO HIDE
DELOS #1
Lindsay McKenna
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
Blue Turtle Publishing
Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that provides
schooling for children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her.
Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly
chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.
 
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Cav cursed softly. “Then he was the second man to show interest in you after your injuries?”

“Yes.” Lia fought against the burn of tears in the back of her eyes, giving him a sad, broken smile. “I thought wrongly that he liked me, my personality, that the scars didn’t bother him.” Her lips tightened. “In all fairness to Manuel, I never prepared him for the extent of my wounds, or where they were at. I’m sure it was a shock to him…”

“What did he do?” Cav demanded.
“He reared back. He wouldn’t touch me. All he could do was stare at them…”
Cav sat unmoving. He could see how fragile Lia really was in that moment. “Then,” he said, his voice harsh and low, “he wanted you for only one thing…sex. He never cared about you as a person, Lia. You realize that now, don’t you?”

Cav was desperate for her to see that. It could mean she could finally see both of those men in a different light. He knew very few women could have a night of sex for sex’s sake and then walk away without any emotional attachment. And Lia wasn’t one of those women. Jerry had cut her to her soul with the way he’d handled the situation. Manuel had burned it into her soul that she was some kind of freak of nature and therefore, undesirable.

“I try to tell myself that,” she said wryly. “On some days it actually works. On others, it doesn’t.”

“You can’t carry their immaturity and his selfishness around with you and make it your own, Lia. How they reacted to you, is on them, not you.”

The psychic damage he’d done to Lia was major, and Cav began to understand her shyness, her need to hide her scars beneath her clothing. Jerry had, for all intents and purpose, carved her up with the invisible blade of rejection. The second man had destroyed her confidence in herself as a woman. He watched her feelings play out across her desolate looking expression.

Nodding, Lia whispered, “I know that, logically. I’ve had therapy off and on over the years, trying to deal with their rejection and disgust. It’s one thing to know something mentally, Cav. It’s another to know it here,” and she pressed her hand to her heart. “I’ve just felt so shattered and unsure of myself since then. I came to realize I would never have someone who wanted me for the person I am, not the scars I wear.”

Cav had to be careful. He could feel her frailness. “Have you ever talked to anyone else about this other than your therapist?”

“No… I-I just didn’t have the strength to do it.”

He reached over, grazing her hair. “You’ve told me. That’s an important step, Lia. You’re a lot stronger than you think you are.” He searched her mournful eyes, feeling her yearning for intimacy, and her resistance to scaling the wall she’d built to keep it away.

Lia slowly stood up and moved her palms down the sides of her pants. “Since you’ve walked into my life, Cav, I feel stronger. I guess my confessing all this to you proves that, doesn’t it?”

Calmly, he said, “Not every man is like those two, Lia. I have my issues, but your scars don’t turn me off. I see you. I see your heart, your smile and your laughter. I watch you build those kids esteem. You value them and they know that.”

“I guess you see me differently, then.”

Cav nodded, watching her walk out toward the edge of the cliff. He drank in the shape of her lean, graceful body, understanding why she was underweight. Don’t eat and you’ll disappear. Just another way to hide, isn’t it?

“You,” he told her proudly, “have made a very brave step forward in sharing it all with me.”

Turning, she looked down at him. “And you’re not disgusted by it?”

“No. I’m pissed off as hell at the two men scarred you up. If I ever find them, they’re dead men walking.”

“They’re out of prison now. I don’t know where they are, and I don’t care.”

“They didn’t get long enough sentences,” he ground out. “They should be put away for life because they altered your life forever.”

She nodded. “Isn’t that the truth? I feel like I live in a prison within my own body. That the scars define me not who I am or what I can do. It’s a special prison all of its own.”

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As a longtime Lindsay McKenna fan, I was thrilled to see a new series available.  I anxiously started Nowhere to Hide and didn’t put it down until I reached the last page.
I know when I start reading Lindsay McKenna, I can expect action and characters that pull me into their story.  Nowhere to Hide deliver both.  I immediately became engrossed in Lia and Cav’s story.  I wanted to know everything.  Both have history that have left them damaged and I couldn’t help but want to know how they would move forward.
I’m looking forward to more in the Delos series and more from Lindsay McKenna.
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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write:
romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!
 
 
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LAST CHANCE
The Prequel Novella to NOWHERE TO HIDE
 

2 thoughts on “Giveaway and Review – NOWHERE TO HIDE by Lindsay McKenna

  1. Hi Readers! It’s so great to meet all of you here at this wonderful blog website! I sincerely hope you enjoy Delos series, Book 1, Nowhere to Hide. If you have questions? Please ask me. 🙂 Warmly, Lindsay McKenna

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