Isabella Walsh was alone in the world. Working full-time and attending the local college, her life was difficult but happy. Until the night she witnessed a police officer execute her boss, forcing her to leave the only place she called home in order to save her own life. Finally, exhausted from months of running, Isabella settles in a small town, but soon realizes the men searching for her have found her once again. Gathering what strength she has left, she fights back, only to collapse in a wooded area, cold, exhausted, and alone. Ethan Shay, a former member of the army’s elite Special Forces unit, is happy with the quiet life he has chosen to lead. Finding a broken and bleeding unconscious woman was not something he anticipated, but finding her in the woods and knowing that someone had badly beaten her brings out his natural instinct to protect. Shocked at her vehemence that he not call the police, Ethan takes her home to give her time to recover. When she finally tells him her story, it quickly becomes clear that it will take more than just his resources to help her. As they work together to uncover the mystery surrounding Isabella, they learn that the political ramifications of what she witnessed were only the beginning of what was truly happening. To stay alive, Isabella and Ethan will have to figure out how deeply her secrets go and whom, if anyone, they can trust. The decisions they make going forward could be costly, including whether or not they should stay together and forge a relationship they both desperately want. It’s only when the bullets start to fly that their true relationship is put to the test.
Brenna Harris was a nurturer at heart. Having lost her sister at a young age, then having to watch her parents’ marriage fall apart, she quickly learned that it was up to her to take on the responsibility to care for and protect the people around her. Grant Warner preferred a solitary existence. As a police detective, he often found himself sitting in his car watching a suspect or going under cover with only himself as company. After the falling out he had with his family, the solitude suited him. He didn’t need, nor did he want the responsibility of having to make anyone else happy. Then one fateful day, while working undercover to solve a murder case, Grant watched helplessly as a beautiful stranger stepped forward to protect him, putting her own life at risk. From that moment on, their lives became inherently entwined. As Grant works with his department to help solve a series of murders, he fights equally hard against his attraction to Brenna. When she comes under threat from some unknown assailant, he has no choice but to step in to protect her. As much as he wants her safe, being with her goes against the self-imposed, singular existence that he prefers. Can Brenna show Grant that a life with her is worth the risk? Will Grant allow her in or will he walk away from her like he did his own family?
Christine Marshall endured a childhood of abuse and neglect. If not for the friendship of her two best friends, her life would have been unbearable. Years later, seeing the happiness that her friends had finally found with two wonderful men made Christine happy. She still didn’t question her own stance to remain alone though, especially given her past. Until one night and too many martinis, she makes a decision that would change her life completely. Jonas Wade was a confident, no nonsense guy who grew up surrounded by his family’s love. He worked hard and at a young age, started his own company, enjoying much success. A success he thought completed his life until he met the one woman who made him realize that he wasn’t as content as he had thought. Unfortunately, convincing her they were meant to be together proved to be an uphill battle. Getting past whatever demons plagued Christine from her past was difficult enough, but there was also a threat to his company that involved the very woman he loved. Until Jonas could solve the mystery, both he and Christine were in danger. As the CEO of his own company, Jonas isn’t a stranger to hard work. He takes his job seriously and protecting those he loves even more so. Sadly, and to his utter frustration, Christine continually places herself in harm’s way in her efforts to help him. Can he keep her safe from what threatens them both? And more importantly, can he break through the barriers that Christine built round herself to give them both a chance at happiness?
Grace Munro’s world was turned upside down in a matter of minutes. Facing the loss of her husband and son was difficult enough, but the media storm that surrounded her in the aftermath left her devastated—all because the man who killed her family was a hometown football hero turned politician. Logan and Gavin Caldwell, brothers by choice rather than blood, watched for days as the media continually hounded Grace Munro. When it appeared that no one would step in to help, they sent two men from their security company in to protect her. Just as Grace’s life begins to get back to normal, news of a settlement comes out, and once again the media begins to circle. This time, instead of sending in other men to help her, the brothers take the job themselves, setting into motion a night that changes Grace forever. Confused by her desire for the brothers and the memory of her night with them, Grace struggles to understand how these two men came to mean so much to her in such a short time. More importantly though, why have they disappeared from her life as quickly as they entered? Then, hit with another loss, Grace’s life spins out of control, and she disappears. It’s up to Logan and Gavin to find her, but can they get to her in time? More importantly, if they do find her, can they convince her that her life should be with them?
Losing a friend is never easy. But losing a friend and knowing the blame resides entirely on your shoulders is something else entirely. Tessa Shay had spent her life surrounded by a father and two brothers who loved and protected her. Having lost her mother at a young age, Tessa quickly learned that to survive growing up in an all male household she had to become strong and fiercely independent. It was easy to do, knowing that they always had her back. Then one day her youngest brother came home on leave from the military and brought with him a man she quickly fell in love with. Having no family of his own, Jack Sanders was more than happy to accept his friend’s invitation to go home with him between missions. He looked forward to being around a family, even if it couldn’t be his own, to recharge and get ready for the next deployment. At least he had been, until he walked into the Shay residence and was introduced to Tessa. From that moment on he was lost. Not wanting to betray his friend, he heeded the warning to steer clear of Tessa, but watched and protected her from a distance as she grew from an immature adolescent to a beautiful young woman. But now, as he watched her from across a crowded room, he knew without a doubt that something was terribly wrong. Tessa tried valiantly to avoid Jack, knowing he would only dig until he learned her secrets. If he knew the truth of what happened to her, she would lose him forever. Tessa didn’t want anyone involved with the violence that had touched her. Nor did she want to be responsible for the harm that could come to those she loved most. Jack, however, had other ideas...
Madison Bowman had a wonderful family and two best friends that meant everything to her. She was working hard in the world of fashion, hoping to someday become the newest and most influential designer in the field. Then one day, in a chance meeting, Maddy met the one man she knew she was destined to be with. Zander Cole had his life mapped out. Losing his father at a young age and helping his mother through the ordeal taught him many lessons. The most important one was that it was best to not get involved in a relationship that would require more than he was willing to give. Then one day, Maddy appeared on his horizon, and he couldn’t seem to get the feisty, auburn-haired woman out of his mind. Realizing he was wasting time denying his attraction, Zander decided he needed to face his fears and talk to Maddy. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, and he stood helplessly by as the woman he loved ran out the door. Knowing he needed to give her space, Zander waited patiently until he learned that she was involved in a tragic accident, and he rushed to be with her. Not sure if she’d recover, he stayed by her side, hoping and praying for her to get well. Maddy was touched that he was there but uncertain whether his presence was truly out of love, as he says, or misplaced guilt, as she suspects. Can Zander convince Maddy that his love is true? More importantly, will Maddy take that next step in their relationship and place her heart and soul in his keeping?