Gavin "Brick" Malone has seen the worse of relationships, first with his parents and then his friend's lie of a marriage. He now believes love is a lie we tell ourselves to make us feel better about life and relationships. That is, until he meets Sydney Banner. Sydney has been burned before and is still paying for that lapse in judgment, but there's something about Gavin. She's been alone for a long time, so she doesn't know how to take his need to protect her. She was taught by her father to be independent and trust no one. Despite that, she has to admit to herself that it's nice to feel valued and cared for.
The two have learned to be independent and solitary individuals, but they can't stay away from each other. However, Sydney's past isn't finished with her yet. Plus, the Lords still have a target on their backs and they need to find out who's trying to hurt their family and livelihood.
The MC plotline builds from the previous books, so I do recommend reading the series from the beginning. Though, there's brief overview, you may not fully comprehend the conflicts the MC are dealing with. Also, reading the previous books will help understand the relationship dynamics between the characters better. The Lords of Carnage series is a very good series, and I recommend all three books.