Beautiful heiress Dalilah Gallagher is a child artistic prodigy who has lost her way. Because of harsh criticism in her formative years, she found that she had lost her artistic voice, and, now age 20, she has spent 9 years trying to get it back.
Her struggles leads her to nude modeling gigs in New York City. These gigs hopefully will help her find her passion for art once more. What she does not expect is that they will also help her find the one person who might be able to help her regain her artistic voice.
Luke Roberts has the opposite background from Dalilah. Raised by a solidly working class fisherman, Luke is a broke and brilliant artist who has yet to get his big break. His gifts attract the attention of a wealthy benefactor, Blake Nottingham, whose own fascination with Dalilah leads him to commission Luke to present him with a painting of her.
As Luke and Dalilah's professional relationship gradually leads to love, Dalilah finds herself playing a dangerous game of deceit. Her motivation is to help Luke gain a platform for his work, so she attempts to manipulate Nottingham into giving him this.
But when the manipulated becomes the manipulator, Dalilah finds that she has gone too far.
What happens next may spell the end of Dalilah's relationship with the man of her dreams, and the beginning of her worst nightmare.
SECRETS AND LIES
Dalilah Gallagher had to make the most painful decision of her life - say goodbye to the guy that she loved, in order to save his career. For she knew that Nottingham would stop at nothing to ensure her loyalty to him. And she also knew that her continued loyalty to Nottingham was the only thing stopping him from destroying Luke’s artistic career, before it ever got started.
Living a loveless and destructive marriage to a cruel man seemed to be Dalilah’s fate. But, as long as Luke could achieve his dreams of artistic success, her sacrifice was worth it.
Indeed, Luke’s career took off due to Nottingham’s largesse and connections, so that he became a critical darling and budding international superstar. But none of that made him happy, because he lost the one thing that meant the most to him - Dalilah.
Can the star-crossed lovers find a way out of the trap that was of Dalilah’s making?
Or will the secrets and lies continue to keep them apart?
Dalilah Gallagher is finally trapped by Nottingham. Pregnant and still married to Nottingham, Dalilah foresees that he will have custody of the child, an outcome which is untenable to Dalilah and Luke.
In desperation, Luke and Dalilah flee, in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the wily and sadistic Nottingham. However, Nottingham knows information about Dalilah’s family, which enables him to blackmail her into doing whatever he wants.
Will Dalilah find a way out of her latest dilemma, or will she remain trapped in Nottingham’s clutches forever?
As long as she doesn't get too close to the truth, we can get along. But if she learns the truth, all bets are off. And that would be too bad, because she's sexy as hell. I've been running, though, and I have to keep running. Because if the world knew the truth about me, I'd be done.