My fake girlfriend has turned into a real nightmare.
Kelly and I are completely incompatible.
We don’t even like each other.
The plan was simple.
Hire her as my fake girlfriend, and get a bunny boiling stalker off my back.
But her charm got to me.
I’m obsessed with running my fingers over her soft skin.
Her dark brown eyes beg for me to take her.
The lines have gotten blurry, and it’s no longer fake.
But you know what else is real?
Turns out, I don’t know her at all.
Can we survive this storm of lies and danger?
Or will this relationship never see the light of day?
Brenda Ford’s new romance evolves out of the darkness of abuse and bravely shines a light into that darkness. And, she uniquely exposes an even less addressed concept—that men can also be the recipient of abuse.
In Not Without You, Ford allows the reader into the world of a woman, Kelly Ford, and her young daughter Bronwyn, as they try to escape the control of an abuser to build a new safe life. Starting over means a new location and a new job and a new residence and new friends and always expecting to be discovered—this is what Kelly accepts if she and her child are to live in peace and safety. Kelly has relocated from Colorado where she had moved, lured by her ex with false words of love and separating from her family and friends back in Nevada. When her young daughter became the target of the physical and emotional abuse with which Kelly had lived, she found the courage to leave. Now, with a new job at Stansford University she starts over, trying to balance her wariness and fear with the need to be open and trusting of her new associates.
Noah Holden does not want a relationship ever again, He has been there and still suffers from the emotional scars of being dumped. But, he is not a player. He is honest with any hook up—the encounter is just this moment in time; it is going nowhere; it is over when the sun comes up. Now, Noah has hooked up and can’t unhook from a crazy one-night stand named Liv. She stalks him—phoning and texting him from new numbers, circumventing his attempt to block the contacts. She shows up when he is on a date, or at work, or anywhere demanding his attention and threatening to expose his abuse of her affections—to ruin his personal and professional reputation if he does not acknowledge his love and need of her in his life.