Blue-blood Emmaline Gregson survived one of the most brutal mining accidents ever recorded in the Republic, but she's never been in a firefight. So when unknown assailants circle the family estate, the only man she can rely on is Peirce Taggart. A former Lawman turned mercenary, Peirce has a simple job: protect Emmaline until her father can collect her and sell her to sex trafficker Richard Stone to pay off his debts. But when Arthur Gregson tries to cheat his way out of the contract, Emmaline seizes the opportunity to hire Peirce for herself, regardless of how crude, dangerous, or appealing he may be. Given the chance for redemption, he promises to help her escape both her father and Stone. But Peirce soon realises that hiding her in his apartment until the storm has passed may be more dangerous than looking down the barrel of a gun...
In this short story we are introduced to Emmaline Gregson, a young woman classed as a Blueblood and therefore protected and cosseted at every turn. She finds herself in danger and her father has arranged for retired Lawman Pierce Taggert and his crew to protect her. Pierce finds the young woman to be strange contradiction as she's unlike any female Blueblood he's ever encountered but can't help finding her attractive. Emmaline has faced danger and survived before but this time the danger is closer to home.
They find themselves cruelly betrayed by Emmaline's cowardly father and need to escape in a hurry. On the run, Pierce's job is to protect Emmaline and help her find safety. Unfortunately, a cruel sex trafficker, Richard Stone, is trying to find Emmaline and take revenge. Deciding to hide Emmaline in his own apartment, Pierce begins to see a side of her that calls to him. This attraction is mutual and together they have to face both the danger following Emmaline and also the demons haunting Pierce.
I really enjoyed Lace and Lead. It starts with a bang and continues to move at a fast pace. I liked that Ms Grant sought to keep up the tension and her depiction of a futuristic society felt bleak and realistic. A tense feeling permeated the writing and there was enough action to keep me turning the pages. Sizzling chemistry between the two leads and I would love to read more from Ms Grant.