Lance Bass is 25 and on the rise to the top of the business ladder as CEO of A Happy Place Productions when his world is rocked - he's handed over four-year-old Kayleigh, the daughter he didn't know he had, after her mother dies tragically in a car accident. Daycare teacher Rayne Parker is the only one that can reach Kayleigh and teach Lance the tools he needs to become a parent unexpectedly.
But when someone comes along and threatens to take it all away from him, Lance won't let go of the person who has become the light of his life...not without a fight.
After a nasty break up, Lance is left feeling both completely powerless and useless. Unable to force himself to move on, he is convinced the only thing he can do is walk back into the relationship. That is, until he meets someone that can turn his entire life upside down. She's quirky and fun, but she's hiding something: a dark past, an uncertain present, and a doomed future. When she ends up feeling ways she never expected, secrets unravel. And she's not exactly who Lance was thought she was...
Layla showed up on Lance's doorstep one night with bruises, cuts, broken ribs...and a shattered soul from being in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Lucas. Secretly in love with her since they were kids growing up in Mississippi together, he vows that he will heal not only the physical injuries but the soul beneath them. When they start dating and she enters therapy to repair what Lucas took away from her, she thinks she's on the road to recovery.
But she finds herself left with zero self-esteem and respect for herself and the body that still has scars from years of abuse. The only thing that makes her feel good about herself is dancing – especially when her teacher tells her she's the best pole dancer in the entire class. When an opportunity presents itself to dance for money, she takes it, knowing that it's the only thing that will make her feel worth her salt again.
But she knows she can't tell her new boyfriend. And she has yet to learn that the cycle of abuse doesn't always stop when you get out of the relationship...especially if you don't learn to love yourself.