Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she's broken. She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans. But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she's perfect, much more than the usual hook-up. While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can't deny the obvious heat between them. With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own -- a dark past he can't possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she's endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.
Peyton Mayfield, who runs a New Orleans pie shop, plans to stay out of the dating scene forever; ever since she was raped several years before, she's felt fundamentally broken and uncomfortable with the idea of intimacy. Not knowing why the lovely young woman is so reluctant, architect Reed Langston is determined to coax her out of her shell. His sometimes alarming persistence pays off, and their relationship deepens steadily. Reed, always quick to move on to the next liaison, is surprised to realize he wants to stay with Peyton, while she finally decides she's ready to open up again. However, their relationship is thrown into jeopardy by jealousy, clingy exes, and friends who would rather be lovers. Lane (First Position) piles on the drama in this overly long soap opera, relying on too many external obstacles to slow down the obvious happy ending. Reed comes off as a possessive and possibly dangerous stalker, while Peyton jumps to conclusions with too little information. However, the underlying message of a survivor's hope, healing, and inner strength is welcome and well written. (BookLife)