When Jay Cooper has to hire a new black belt instructor for his karate studio, he doesn’t expect the most promising applicant to come with a huge chip on her shoulder. He knows there must be a story behind those tortured brown eyes, if only she would let him get close enough to find out why she seems so determined to keep her past a secret.
Victoria Pierce grew up in the foster care system. For her, martial arts was more than a hobby, it was her best hope of survival. She learned at an early age that the only person she could count on was herself. She doesn’t let anyone get close enough to hurt her, not friends, boyfriends, and definitely not her new boss. She shuts Jay down at every opportunity, so why does he keep coming back for more?
Victoria was passed from foster home to foster home after being abandoned as a baby. She’s never let anyone close. No one’s ever loved her. After her cancer, she can’t let anyone close, because she doesn’t want to abandon them like she was abandoned.
Jay hires Victoria to manage his new studio. Even if he can’t put together a sentence when she walks in the room. That will make it so he can’t date her. He doesn’t date employees. What Jay doesn’t count on is watching her with his brother, slowly killing him.
This couple had some big issues to get through. I can’t imagine living the life Victoria has. I was so proud of her in the end. For her to face up to her fears. She is truly, an amazing woman.