that stings, yet leaves an unforgettable mark on your heart
Avery used to have high hopes for her future until one traumatic night shattered her into a million pieces. Time went on, scabbing her wounds, and Avery learned how to live within the shadows of her mind while keeping her struggles to herself.
Now in Toronto, the place she has called home for the last three years, Avery’s world abruptly capsizes. With no roof over her head, she decides to fly across the ocean to find solace in the rugged hills of the Scottish Highlands.
What she doesn’t expect to find is an unlikely connection with Lachlan—a brooding, local Scotsman in the small town of Corran—who seems to be navigating through his own darkness. While Lachlan anxiously anticipates Avery's departure, she relishes the opportunity to evade her mysterious and sullen Scottish neighbour. Immersed in the captivating splendor of the mountains and valleys, Avery directs her attention towards self-discovery, immortalizing the breathtaking scenery within the pages of her sketchbook.
But the bond between Lachlan and Avery is magnetic, pulling them closer together with each passing day. Yet time is running against them, and what Avery doesn’t know is that Corran is protecting something that is meant to stay hidden: a secret that could end in devastation and heartbreak.
For 18+ readers
This book deals with some topics that might be triggering for some readers. Including, mental health struggles, depression, anxiety, mention of previous sexual assault (in memory), stalking, and manipulation. This book is steamy and has consensual explicit sexual content. Both characters deal with trauma and PTSD caused from their past.
He’s a hockey God and her brother’s best friend.
She’s starting over in NYC and helping clear his name.
They’re navigating a dangerous game, torn between loyalty, love, and a life-changing secret from the past.
Everything in life is temporary; and eventually everyone leaves. Everyone except for my older brother Aaron, who is a billionaire realtor residing in New York City. We haven't seen each other in a while but that’s about to change. Thanks to my PR company relocating me to our NYC office, which means I will be moving in with Aaron.
And guess who lives in the same building? His best friend, Dominik Lewis, the captain of the NY Slashers pro hockey team and the guy who has had a grudge against me forever. To make matters worse, Dominik recently got himself into some trouble for being a notorious player, and I’ve been reluctantly assigned to help clear his name.
But how do you pretend to date someone who can’t even stand to be in the same room as you?
She is the sole object of all my pain and desire.
I’ve spent years trying to let go of my obsession with my best friend’s sister. Especially after that night in Boston, at a masquerade ball where a terrible secret was born. I’ve pushed everything aside and focused on what truly matters: hockey.
It was all going well until Zoe showed up out of the blue, throwing my life into complete disarray. The past and present are intertwining, but I need to forget the night she unknowingly revealed her darkest fantasies to me.
Graphic sexual content, which include, voyeurism, exhibitionism, rough sex, choking, bondage, degradation, praise kink, adult toys, dual masturbation, orgasm control, orgasm denial, cum play, and more.
- BDSM (dom/ sub interactions)
- Consensual non-consent
- Primal play
- Mask kink
- Mentions of parental abuse and childhood neglect
- Mention of past thoughts of abortion (not FMC)
- Mental illness (depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations)
I’m so happy you’re here! I write Dark and Contemporary romance, featuring flawed characters who ultimately discover themselves and each other through the power of love. If you like messy, imperfect romance that truly evokes emotions, with plenty of steam, then you’ve come to the right place.
My love for the written word compelled me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Communications, with the dream of becoming an author one day. When I’m not writing and agonizing over my fictional characters, I enjoy working through my endless TBR, spending time with my family, traveling, and attempting the seemingly impossible task of getting some rest.
Check out these sweet reviews from readers! I am so grateful for each and every one of you.
If you are a dark romance or sports romance fan, then this book is FOR YOU! This book is spicy, heart breaking, exhilarating, and heartwarming in so many ways. Tina Spencer is truly a master at her craft. She absolutely created a story that is so easy to immerse yourself in and fall in love with not just the main characters but the supporting ones as well! As a first time sports romance reader this book hit all the marks for me and frankly surpassed so many of my expectations.”
With this being a dark hockey romance, I wasn’t expecting this high level of prose, but I don’t think I have ever saved or highlighted so many eloquent quotes or paragraphs in a dark romance novel. This story is BEAUTIFULLY written and I found myself getting totally immersed in these characters. Especially Zoe. Her trauma and personality resonated with me in a way that I will never get over.”
I can see she has a brilliant career in romance writing ahead of her. This book was a true romance. Of two injured souls who have their fair share of secrets. But slowly heal their broken hearts with one another help and support. Two people who have entirely different forms of trauma. The author leaves you guessing until almost the end of the book what the male character was hiding from. As much as it frustrated me to not know she truly wrote it for a purpose. I love a true romance with the thrill of a great hea and this author delivers it all. It was an awesome read.”
I loved this.
It was beautiful, it was raw emotion, it was spicy, it was everything in a book that I love.”
This book healed parts of me that I didn't realize needed healing, made me feel confident and inspired me to live in the moment, to enjoy the sunsets and eat the ice cream because why not but most of all it made me believe that love is out there and it will find me, one day.”
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