Riptide Publishing / December 22, 2014 / $4.99, digital
Two women. One terrible crime. Zero allies.
After being raped by a superior officer, MA3 Kim Lockhoff wants to leave the whole thing in the past. A cop herself, she knows all too well that it’s her word—and slutty reputation—against that of a respected Navy officer.
MA2 Reese Marion, a tough cop hiding her own trauma behind a hard-as-nails exterior, has no patience for pretty little princesses who use their cleavage to win favor with the guys. But when Reese is partnered with Kim, she slowly realizes that reputations can lie. Kim is whip-smart, ambitious—and scared. The man who attacked her won’t let anything damage his career, least of all Kim . . . or the baby she’s carrying as a result.
Isolated on Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home, the two women lean hard on each other. But when Kim confides in Reese, she unwittingly puts her new lover—and both of their careers—in the line of fire. Now her attacker just might have the leverage he needs to keep her quiet for good.
Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher is an intense book. Though it’s definitely a romance between the two women who are the main characters, and has a happy ending, the main focus of the plot is the seemingly insurmountable problem facing Kim Lockhoff, a problem that could ruin the career that is all she’s ever wanted. It’s one of the most unusual romances I’ve ever read, using a deep exploration of the characters to address the extensive and painful fallout from a rape, realistically and without becoming didactic, and suspenseful as well.