The Perfect Liar by Brenda Novak is the 5th book in the “Last Stand” romantic suspense series. Publisher: Mira Books (Harlequin), September 2009

Obsession leads to lies…
When air force captain Luke Trussell opens his door one Sunday morning, he’s shocked to find the police—and even more shocked when they charge him with rape. He knows he made a mistake in judgment the night before, but he certainly didn’t force his attentions on the woman who’s been stalking him for months.

Problem is…Kalyna Harter has the bruises—and the DNA evidence—to make her claim convincing.

And lies can lead to murder.
Determined to isolate Luke, Kalyna goes to victims’ rights advocate Ava Bixby of The Last Stand, hoping Ava will help put Luke behind bars. But Ava soon realizes she’s defending the wrong victim.

Problem is…switching her support to Luke could be dangerous—especially when she falls for him. Because Kalyna won’t tolerate losing the man she wants to anyone. Least of all Ava…

Luke is accused of rape and as he continues to proclaim his innocence, his accuser becomes unraveled at the turn of events that is not going in her favor. No one is safe if they get in her way, no one, not even her mother. This book started out slow but picked up as we see how destructive the accuser is. My rating: 4 stars

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