Author: Lila Rose
Release: July 30, 2019
Cover Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Cover Designer: RBA Designs
Death and pain.
They surround me. Hold me hostage, refusing to let go.
But I want to survive. Want to fight. I just don’t know if I have it in me.
Maybe dying would be better.
It’s the break in the shadows that gives me hope.
When I look at him, all I can see is light.
So now I’m out to find freedom.
Private investigator Ryan Warden doesn’t know he’s moved next door to people he would put behind bars in an instant. Nor does he realize a sleepless night could lead him on the right track with the case he’s working on.
He certainly doesn’t expect Emerson Spence.
What he does know is he has to stay away from her. She’s been beaten and broken. She deserves to live freely while learning and experiencing things in life like any young woman should.
He’s too old for her. It’s better to stay away.
If he can.
I’ve read almost all of Lila Rose’s books, but I can wholeheartedly say that I wasn’t prepared for what happens in her newest release, Out to Find Freedom, and the main reason is due to the horrific existence Emmie found herself in after the death of her father and the mistreatment and neglect from her stepmother.
Emmie is a strong, determined, and selfless heroine. Despite everything that happened to her at the hands of sadistic people who would do anything for money, she didn’t want anyone else to get hurt and she protected others by staying silent, by accepting her situation for what it was, and no matter how many scars or marks plagued her body, she endured because she had no other choice.
Warden is extremely intelligent and protective and those characteristics shine through when Emmie first begins communicating with him, and while I could have throttled him for steering clear of Emmie despite his attraction and feelings for her, I understood the position that he was in and why he saw things that way, but I’m glad he got out of his own head and went for it.
There was nothing normal about the way that Emmie and Warden met, but without that line of communication to the outside world, Emmie would not have survived, so while the circumstances surrounding their initial interactions are unusual and lead Warden to question his attraction to her and his feelings for her, it’s clear that what they share is special and unique and something that they both seem to need after everything they both went through to be able to see each other in person.
Julian, once again, shows why he can be as diva as he wants to be around these alpha bikers and their old ladies. He’s earned their trust, love, and respect in how he handles out of control situations, and he and Mattie are there for Emmie in the way only they can be. Julian may be loud, eccentric, and overly flirtatious, but his heart is huge and when somebody is in need of help, either with kind words, warm huggable arms, or a safe place to stay, he comes through every single time.
I’ll never tire of Lila Rose’s biker worlds; the Hawks are one of the first MC clubs I read when I started reading romance stories, which means they’ll stay with me always.
4 Poison Apples