Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery
Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all.
Heal (verb): to make sound or whole
Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.
Phebe Lawson is found after being sold as a sex slave. She is withdrawn and distrustful, but she is willing to testify against her former boyfriend for his part in her abduction. She is put into witness protection, and is left to heal, with the only contact being that of Donovan Jeffries, the attorney in charge of prosecuting. Donovan can't help but be drawn to Phebe's strength and spirit. As a Dom, he feels the need to take care of her and protect her, but he was betrayed by his last submissive and is not willing to trust Phebe completely. And Phebe isn't ready to trust him either.
This is a dark expansion for LK Shaw, and she really shows her writing abilities. Secrets of Betrayal is not rushed in its treatment of Phebe's abuse and gradual progression for healing and trusting; and Donovan's understanding and gentleness had me falling in love with him. 5-stars!