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Truth in the Lie

Title: Truth in the Lie
Series: The Leonidas Corporation #2
Author: Tarina Deaton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 6, 2020


The Navy has pronounced Addison Foster’s twin brother “Killed in Action.” Except their bond tells her Braedon is still alive – hurt and in danger, but alive. She will go to any lengths to find him. If only someone would believe her.

Not only does Devon Nash, TLC security specialist and her brother’s former SEAL teammate, believe Addison—he has information on where Braedon is.

Joining forces with The Leonidas Corporation to rescue her brother, Addison goes undercover as a Domme in training—with Devon as her sub. In the dark world of human trafficking, their mission depends on convincing a dangerous Mistress they are who they say they are. Pulling off the biggest lie of their lives has unintended consequences and puts them in positions they never expected.

In a battle for dominance, only the truth will determine the winner.

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Sitting two seats down the table from Addison, Devon watched her process the information that her brother was alive and being held captive. Everyone at the table remained quiet, even Angie, whose ADHD usually resulted in her talking to fill the silence. She still shifted from foot to foot, pain and empathy etched on her face, but she stayed quiet.
The urge to push back from the table and gather Addison in his arms was almost overwhelming. It wasn’t his right or his place and she didn’t seem the type to accept such overt, public comfort. Not from a virtual stranger anyway.
Knowing that didn’t help tamp down the rage burning inside him. His palms itched to touch her—had itched to touch her since the moment he’d walked into the conference room. A strand of hair had fallen at her temple, and he wanted nothing more than to cradle her head, push that lock of hair away from her temple, and tell her it would be okay. Take all the hurt and pain she desperately tried to hide and promise her he would make it okay. They were going to help her and get her brother back—whatever it took.
Addison rubbed her hands against her forehead twice before lowering them to the table. Her cheeks puffed out as she blew out a breath before sipping her coffee.
“So, they’re in Crimea?” she asked.
“We believe so, yes,” Graham said softly.
“How did they get there from Syria?”
“We’re not sure how the events in Syria played out, but they were probably moved overland to the Black Sea,” Paige said. “Crimea is a hotbed for black market activity.”
“If the military isn’t going to help, what about the State Department?” Addison asked.
Graham shook his head. “They have no presence in Crimea and they’re prohibited from traveling there, so there’s no help on that front.”
“Then what?” Her voice caught at the end, and Devon clenched his jaw, watching her struggle to stay calm. “What good is knowing he’s alive if there’s no way to get him?”
Searching the room as if looking for an escape, or a lifeline, her gaze found his. If he could only touch her, but he wasn’t close enough. All he could do was convey his support through his gaze and provide a stable anchor.
Paige did what Devon couldn’t—wrapped her hand around Addison’s. “We’re going to get him, Addison—him and Michael.”
“We who?” she asked.
Finally, Devon had something to give her—a promise he swore not to break, no matter the cost. “Us. TLC. We’re going to get him.”

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Author Bio

Tarina is an award winning author who has spent her entire life in and around the military — first as a dependent and then as an enlisted Air Force Member. Her debut novel, Stitched Up Heart, released in September 2016. She draws heavily from her own military experience when crafting stories and characters.

Tarina is still active duty and a single mom of six-year-old twins. She can be found in random places around the world while she tries to get her twins interested in “another castle”.  Her favorite hobby is sleep. She has delusions of retiring from the military and being a stay-at-home mom.

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