Enemies and Playmates by Darcia Helle
As others have mentioned, this book deals with very dark subject matter. Alex Covington is a man obsessed with power. He is violent, sadistic and controlling, in business as well as in play. His daughter Lauren is desperate to get out from under his thumb, but even she has no idea the lengths to which her father will go to keep her boyfriend, private investigator Jesse Ryder, from helping her.
This book is completely unlike anything I usually read. I don’t consider this to be romance, although it does have some romantic angles to it. Rather, I put it in the same category as Pelican Brief or even Silence of the Lambs if you turn up the sexual tension between Hannibal and Starling. And perhaps the darkness is on par with the latter of these comparisons. The abuse described in this story is stark and in your face, and yet I just kept turning the page. Darcia Helle took me way out of my comfort zone, but I don’t regret taking the trip with her. The only reason this book got 4 stars instead of 5 was because of all the formatting problems throughout the book.