Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.
Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can't get distracted by romance.
Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.
I loved Cain and Charlie's story. Cain is an anomaly. A strip club owner who wants the girl's in his club to not strip and to make something of themselves. Something happened in Cain's past that has him seeking atonement. And that atonement lies in the form of helping the girls that work for him. That's why he can't say no to Charlie when she walks into his club even though everything in him tells him to run the other way. Charlie pushes all of his buttons and causes ghosts from his past to resurrect. Fate shakes her cruel head though and there is nothing that Cain can do to protect his heart.
Charlie on the other hand is fighting demons of her own. Her demons are still very much in her present. The things haunting her are dangerous beyond measure, and she is bringing something into Cain's club that no one ever saw coming. No one is safe with Charlie around.
Cain is trying to run from his past while Charlie is trying to escape her future. This book is full of twists and turns. Be prepared for a heart-pounding, suspenseful ride full of great romance that will give you no peace until you finish the book! It's a perfect escape that I wish I could read again for the first time!