When girl next door Beth Rogers pounded on Detective Kevin Grove's door in the middle of the night, she awakened not only the cop, but also the die-hard protector. His spunky neighbor had uncovered scandalous secrets about a murder and someone was threatening to silence her…permanently.
After one heartbreak too many, Kevin was ready to call it quits. With his brawn and tough-guy looks, no woman had been able to see the caring soul that lurked beneath. But with one look into Beth's frightened eyes, the true-blue hero couldn't turn her away. Now, with every step leading them closer to danger, the safest place was in each other's arms.
A ruthless killer…an expectant mother…one determined cop.
Rafe Delgado had been there for Josie Nichols her entire life. So when he turned to her one night, emotionally drained thanks to a heartbreaking case, her longtime crush on the brooding cop reached a whole new level. But afterward, Rafe went back to being untouchable and Josie didn't know how to break through his shell…even to tell him she was pregnant.
Everything Rafe did was by the book and so his moment of weakness could never be repeated. He didn't deserve someone like Josie.even if it was a daily struggle to keep his hands off her. But learning she could ID a cold–blooded killer changed everything. Now she was in his protective custody and caring about her only made his job harder. And learning about his unborn child made it nearly impossible.
Kansas City Hero
Scarred inside and out by a past he can't remember, Jake Lonergan doesn't know if he's a heroic undercover DEA agent or the hit man who killed him and assumed his identity. While he is determined to remain in the shadows, it's Robin Carter and her baby girl who force him back into the light. When the gorgeous single mom is attacked, Jake comes to her rescue…and finds it impossible to walk away from this fragile little family. Now, with a dangerous stalker determined to get his hands on the only woman who got away, protecting Robin and her daughter becomes Jake's priority. But with his memories still in question, Jake fears what will happen when the bad guy comes calling. Can he prove he's the good guy Robin is convinced he must be?
SWAT team member Miranda Murdock can't bake, or get a three-year-old to eat. But she can shoot the wings off a fl y. Which is why she's protecting millionaire Quinn Gallagher's daughter. But the little girl is soon tugging at Miranda's heartstrings. And Quinn is doing other things to her—exciting, forbidden, bedroom things—making her job riskier each day.…
Quinn is determined to find the killer threatening his daughter's life. Despite the danger, he wants Miranda with shocking intensity. The elite cop is a puzzle he can't figure out, and desire between them builds with each heartbeat. Yet with New Year's Eve and the killer's deadline approaching, even a single kiss could spell disaster.…
Maggie Wheeler never stopped looking over her shoulder. It was a habit she'd learned from being a cop…and from a devastating event in her past. So when John Murdock moved in next door, Maggie didn't know what to make of the sexy marine. But once her son formed a bond with the mysterious stranger, Maggie knew that past might not remain hidden much longer….
With his unwavering sense of duty, John would never let a call for help go unanswered. Especially from the beautiful wounded warrior who refused to give up her secrets. Although she likely knew more about who was after her than she'd ever let on, John vowed to protect those in need. Only then could he find peace, maybe even a door away.…
Mitch Taylor had faith in his gun, his badge and his years of experience. But he knew society gal Casey Maynard was trouble, and protecting her would be hell. Twenty years on the force had toned Mitch’s body and honed his senses-keeping Casey safe from her stalker wasn’t the issue. Keeping himself from falling for her was. She’d been alone, scared for so long. But in Mitch’s arms Casey felt things she thought she’d lost forever: safety, trust…passion. She needed him there as a cop, to serve and protect. But she wanted him there as a man, to give her something worth living for….
As the lone surviving victim who can put her attacker away in prison, heiress Bailey Austin becomes the key to the D.A.'s case against a notorious criminal. As lead detective, Spencer Montgomery must prep her for trial. But he becomes her personal protector when she starts receiving terrifying "gifts" meant to scare her away from testifying.
Spencer is a cop on the fast track to making captain one day, if he can keep his emotions in check. But as the stalker's threats escalate, he can't deny that Bailey has thawed his icy heart. Her courage touches him in ways no other woman has, and reminds him that she's more important to him than any investigation.
PRIVATE S.W.A.T. TAKEOVER
Holden Kincaid is KCPD's number one sharpshooter, and he wants answers regarding his father's murder. He's denied access to their irresistible material witness…until her safety is compromised. The police are determined to keep her traumatic amnesia a secret, so there's only one solution: Holden takes Liza Parrish into his very personal custody.
S.W.A.T. Captain Michael Cutler can't keep his mind off Jillian Masterson, who has come to him for protection from an obsessive stalker. Michael isn't looking for love, especially with someone younger. But their chemistry is undeniable. As the stalker's threats intensify, Michael knows he'll go to any lengths to bring him down…and keep Jillian safe.
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR JULIE MILLER'S THE PRECINCT: TASK FORCE SERIES HEATS UP WHEN A PLAIN JANE AND AN EXPERIENCED COP POSE AS AN ENGAGED COUPLE.
Something about Hope Lockhart fascinated Officer Pike Taylor. The cop and his canine companion had been patrolling the neighborhood around Hope's bridal shop for months, trying to capture the criminal who targeted her. Was it the way she hid her voluptuous beauty beneath a plain Jane exterior?
Hope bore the scars of a troubling past. And despite a profession steeped in romance, she'd never known the love of a man. But when Pike is assigned to protect her by posing as her live-in fiancé, his tenderness may give Hope the courage to open her heart for the very first time.
SWAT Captain Michael Cutler's pulse was racing. He should have been thinking about the intense hostage crisis he'd just diffused. But he couldn't keep his mind off of her—Jillian Masterson, the leggy brunette who had come to him for protection from an obsessive stalker. He certainly hadn't been looking for love, especially with someone fifteen years his junior. But their chemistry was undeniable. As the stalker's threats intensified, Michael knew he'd go to any lengths to bring him down. Even if that entailed giving Jillian some very personal security….
With his life bleeding out from bullet wounds and a car crash, Charles Nash's best option is to kidnap the innocent nurse who stops to help him. At gunpoint, the jaded DEA undercover agent offers Teresa Rodriguez a desperate deal: if she keeps him alive long enough to find out who's blown his cover and set him up to die, she'll be home for Christmas.
As the two go on the run from an unknown killer, the Good Samaritan gives Nash a bad case of unprofessional desire. He's drawn to the sexy little spitfire for her bravery, boldness and attitude. But how can he count on kissing her under the mistletoe when so many enemies are working to ensure they don't make it to the holidays?
This Christmas, the McCabe brothers are coming home to Texas…
Virgil by USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Miller
Detective Virgil "Bull" McCabe hadn't been back on the J-Bar-J Ranch in more than a decade. What he finds is his family in turmoil and his childhood friend, Tracy Cobb, all grown up…and more beautiful than ever.
Morgan by Dana Marton
It took a lot to bring ex-soldier Morgan McCabe home. But when his brothers sent out a call for help, that was all the incentive he needed. Once there, though, it's his former flame, Dakota Dayton, and her toddler son who might just convince him to stay.
Wyatt by Paula Graves
Sheriff Wyatt McCabe has faced a lot of criminals, but none as ruthless as the one holding his sister hostage. Now, forced to work with Elena Vargas, Wyatt has to ensure his family's safety without giving in to his burning attraction to the gorgeous agent.
His only job was to protect her—not to get her into bed
When his coinvestigator was attacked just moments after Detective Nick Fensom left the scene, he swore he'd never let her get hurt again. Thanks to their tense relationship, criminologist Annie Hermann wasn't happy to have Nick as her newly appointed protector. And although Nick couldn't blame her, being together 24/7 caused him to see Annie in a whole new light. Before long, he couldn't stop picturing the beautiful brunette wrapped up in his arms—and in his sheets. But allowing unfamiliar feelings to get in the way of the job was completely unprofessional…especially once Annie discovered the evidence that could cost her her life.
Six years ago Rosie March's fiancé was murdered. Now someone is stalking her, intent on stopping her memories of the murder from being revealed. And Detective Max Krolikowski, her protector, only wants her alive for the truth she might be hiding.
But Max is hiding his own secrets, such as the acute PTSD the ex-solder lives with. As part of Kansas City's Cold Case Squad, the officer's work should have been simply investigative. But with his potential key witness's life jeopardized, he must keep her safe at any cost. And keep himself from falling for a woman who could be a true innocent…or a killer waiting to strike again.
Liza Parrish was nobody special—until she witnessed a murder that had the entire police department reeling. Only traumatic amnesia kept her from remembering the killer's identity. With the city's finest at her disposal, she needed the bravest man to provide top-notch protection.
Holden Kincaid was KCPD's number one sharpshooter, and he was desperate for answers regarding his father's murder. Unfortunately, being so close to the case, he was denied access to their irresistible material witness…until the security of her whereabouts was compromised. Taking Liza into his very personal custody would definitely keep her safe—from everyone but himself.
When did plain, mousy personal assistant Brooke Hanford sprout miles of long, smooth, creamy legs? And more important, why did Detective Atticus Kincaid suddenly notice? Their relationship had always been the "good friend" variety. But now Brooke was in his thoughts and under his skin. The fact that she was receiving unwanted male attention in the form of some creep's anonymous psychological terror brought out all of Atticus's protective instincts.
Now Brooke found herself virtually surrounded by the badge and broad shoulders of Atticus. Her awkward affection for him erupted into a raw need that she'd never known. But would the fuel of newfound passion ignite a killer's revenge…?
After several years, investigative reporter Rebecca Page was fi nally getting her chance to uncover the truth behind her father's death—if she could swing Seth to her side.
There was no debating that Seth ignited her temper, along with something else at her core. He said he was no longer a cop, though Rebecca suspected there was more to Seth than met the eye. And awaiting them was a deadly secret that KC's most ruthless criminal minds will do anything to keep buried deep forever.
As the Kansas City Police Department's archenemy, reporter Gabriel Knight never expected to need its help. But the sexy journalist suspects the death of a politician's aide will shed light on the long-unsolved murder of his fiancée. He demands to team up with tough, beautiful detective Olivia Watson. Sharing a mutual distrust—and a disturbingly mutual attraction—Gabe and Olivia discover that someone's working hard to keep old secrets buried and stop their investigation dead. But as they come closer to the truth they edge closer to each other. Until now, neither has had room in their lives—or hearts—for a relationship. Yet all that could change…if Gabe can prevent them from becoming tomorrow's headline.
His protection instincts on high alert, KCPD detective Trent Dixon knew something was wrong with Katie Rinaldi. The special investigator had obviously uncovered a dangerous piece of evidence while looking into a cold case. So dangerous, in fact, that the single mother's life was now in jeopardy. But as much as Trent told himself he was keeping tabs on Katie and her young son as part of his job, he couldn't ignore the very real feelings he had for her. Still, as a professional, he was bound to the badge and would give Katie all the security she deserved. And not give in to the attraction he was having trouble containing…
There was no way Deputy Commissioner George Madigan was going to let his beautiful assistant fall prey to a stalker. Because Elise Brown wasn't just another employee. Her vulnerable blue eyes triggered all of George's protective instincts…and now her life was in jeopardy.
Working together almost 24/7 to bring the perp to justice—and sharing kisses passionate enough to ignite a Kansas City heat wave—George and Elise had forged the kind of partnership that could keep her out of harm's way and potentially lead to happily ever after.
Until a deadly tornado struck and Elise was taken hostage….
Ten years ago quiet heiress Charlotte Maywether was abducted and held for ransom…but when she was targeted a second time, SWAT officer Trip Jones vowed to protect her. The damaged beauty was slow to trust, but even she couldn't deny the tender bond forming between her and her handsome bodyguard. Trip was determined to keep Charlotte alive and help her face her life-altering fears. But with a serial killer on the loose and Charlotte willing to play bait, it would take every skill he had to keep his beautiful ward from facing dire consequences….
Trouble has a way of finding me. This time I'm hunting it down—bartending at After Dark, Kansas City's most exclusive gentleman's club. It's a world I've tried hard to escape. But the plush interior and secluded booths are a front for an illegal sex ring, tied to my sister's disappearance. And before I can locate Megan, I have to get past big, sexy Josiah Kemp.
The usual tricks—flirty smiles, subtle touches—don't seem to be working on Josiah. Something in his dark gaze says he knows my secrets…and has a few of his own. Learning he's an undercover cop posing as a bouncer complicates things, but he's the kind of man you want on your side—and everywhere else. With his help, I know I can get answers. Even if it takes a few rounds between the sheets to get them.
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Kansas City had no better guardian than Sawyer Kincaid. The decorated police officer had a family legacy to uphold and a reputation that none could rival. Until one distress call ignited the most personal case of his career.…
He'd saved Melissa Teague's life once—long before she had a son. The boy would be safe with Sawyer, but she wasn't so sure how she could bear his presence again, not when their feelings endangered them both. A man that powerful— however gentle—scared her, no matter how right Sawyer fi t. But this time her protector would not walk away, not with his family's lives on the line. This was his sworn duty.
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It had been more than ten years since tracker Ethan Bia had seen the woman who'd loved him and left him with no explanation. FBI agent Joanna Rhodes was as beautiful and secretive as ever, but insisted on keeping their past—and their passion—where it belonged. Ethan knew tracking an elusive killer through the mountains was their assignment, but his need for answers was as tempting as his urge to touch Joanna. Unfortunately, resisting both was crucial to surviving this mission. A mission that would determine how long Joanna stuck around once it was over….
Turns out inexperienced Tess wants to explore her sexual side. Travis is happy to comply--she's incredibly desirable and doesn't even know it. But when a fellow marine sets his sights on Travis's new recruit, he realizes that sexually liberating Tess may have been a tactical error. And he'll need all his seductive skills to make sure she's signing up for a permanent post in his bed--and no one else's!
For small-town sheriff Boone Harrison, the investigation into a serial rapist turned killer is painfully personal. Boone's priority is to find the coward who murdered his sister. But to accomplish that, he'll have to work with Dr. Kate Kilpatrick, a secretive woman whose striking beauty and kind heart just may be the lawman's undoing….
Forensic psychologist Kate Kilpatrick was wrong about Sheriff Harrison. He's smarter and more resourceful than she'd given him credit for—and entirely too attractive. In their combined grief, Kate finds something she didn't even know she needed: protection. Because when the Rose Red Rapist sets his sights on Kate, she'll need more than the power of the badge to save her. She'll need her very own cowboy.
Legendary detective Black Jack Riley likes fast cars and faster women. But he's a man on a mission: going undercover at the Dahlia Speedway to avenge a friend.
Enter sexy, unpredictable young mechanic Alexandra Morgan. She's delicious trouble, with a capital T! She's also key to his success…
…if Jack can keep her from blowing his cover.
Their thrilling rides between the sheets are a sweet bonus. Yet no matter how hard and hot Alex revs his motor, vengeance drives Jack. If he loses control, he loses the case.
And even the raciest sex of his life isn't worth that….
The Few. The Proud. The Married.
U.S. Marine Zachariah Clark spent his last furlough between the sheets with voluptuous socialite Becky Owens—a steamy week he never wanted to end. So he proposed. They secretly said their "I do's" and Zachariah shipped out on an eighteen-month tour.
Stateside again—nursing serious war wounds—Zach begins a tough new mission: getting to know his bride. In the bedroom things are perfect, but outside, Zach has plenty to learn about Becky, a steely divorce attorney who's as fierce a warrior in her own way as he is. The question is: who's giving the orders now?
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KANSAS CITY SECRETS
The Precinct: Cold Case
by Julie Miller
With his potential key witness's life jeopardized, detective Max Krolikowski must keep Rosie March safe—and keep himself from falling for a woman who could be a true innocent…or a killer waiting to strike again.
THE PREGNANCY PLOT
Brothers in Arms: Retribution
by Carol Ericson
Assigned to protect Nina Moore and her unborn child, special ops agent Jase Bennett poses as her fiancé. But when the charade begins to feel all too real, Jase will need to risk everything to keep them safe…
The Ranger Brigade
by Cindi Myers
Ranger Rand Knightbridge reluctantly offers to lead Sophie Montgomery on her search for her missing sister. As the mission brings them closer, ensuring a happy ending for Sophie is the only outcome he'll allow…
KANSAS CITY CONFESSIONS
The Precinct: Cold Case
by Julie Miller
Katie Rinaldi's son wants a dad for Christmas—and KCPD detective Trent Dixon is at the top of his list. But a criminal mastermind may destroy all of them before Katie and Trent can put their pasts behind them and come together as a family…
Return to Ravesville
by Beverly Long
Former navy SEAL Cal Hollister has vowed to protect the amnesiac bride he calls Stormy, but can he solve the mystery of her past before the terrorists chasing her can enact their plot to kill thousands?
The Brothers of Hastings Ridge Ranch
by Alice Sharpe
When Lily Kirk's son is abducted, rancher Chance Hastings goes undercover to return him home safe. But once the boy is back in his mother's arms, can Chance convince Lily they belong on his ranch—forever?
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The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue
by Julie Miller
Social worker Lucy McKane will do whatever it takes to protect the infant boy entrusted to her care. The sexy ME next door may be clueless about her feelings for him, but Niall Watson's the only one who can keep them safe.
Return to Ravesville
by Beverly Long
Rafe Roper "died" to protect his wife, Trish, from the criminals he was pursuing. But when Trish's life is put on the line, Rafe has no choice but to expose his lie and hope they don't both wind up dead—for real.
by Jenna Kernan
Apache tribal council member Clyne Cosen needs the FBI's protection. But his custody battle with his personal bodyguard, Agent Cassidy Walker, muddles the line between personal and professional…
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After a near-fatal shootout at his sister's wedding, third-generation lawman Niall Watson comes home to a baby in distress. The abandoned newborn in his neighbor's apartment sends the Kansas City PD criminologist into rescue mode once again.
Social worker Lucy McKane will do whatever it takes to protect the infant boy entrusted to her care. The tall, sexy ME next door may be clueless about her feelings for him, but Niall's the only one who can keep them safe. As a vengeful killer targets them, desire draws Lucy and Niall dangerously closer. Together, can they find justice and safeguard their newly created family?
Heart of the Night
Judge Thorne Barrington had survived a mail bombing, but the relentless hounding of the press changed him from Atlanta's golden boy to a recluse. So when reporter Kate August tried to warn him the bomber was about to try again, he didn't trust her. Not until the killer targeted Kate, too.
And a new novel by Julie Miller
Faith Monroe had been framed for murder and now the killer was after her. She fled into the Wyoming mountains…and found herself at Jonas Beck's remote cabin. Jonas's gruff honesty and raw passion touched her soul. But had Faith found refuge…or a man more dangerous than the one she was fleeing?
The author's article in New York Archives
A letter regarding foundlings in The Riverdale Press
In the nineteenth century, foundlings—children abandoned by their desperately poor, typically unmarried mothers, usually shortly after birth—were commonplace in European society. There were asylums in every major city to house abandoned babies, and writers made them the heroes of their fiction, most notably Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. In American cities before the Civil War the situation was different, with foundlings relegated to the poorhouse instead of institutions designed specifically for their care. By the eve of the Civil War, New York City in particular had an epidemic of foundlings on its hands due to the rapid and often interlinked phenomena of urban development, population growth, immigration, and mass poverty. Only then did the city's leaders begin to worry about the welfare and future of its abandoned children.
In Abandoned, Julie Miller offers a fascinating, frustrating, and often heartbreaking history of a once devastating, now forgotten social problem that wracked America's biggest metropolis, New York City. Filled with anecdotes and personal stories, Miller traces the shift in attitudes toward foundlings from ignorance, apathy, and sometimes pity for the children and their mothers to that of recognition of the problem as a sign of urban moral decline and in need of systematic intervention. Assistance came from public officials and religious reformers who constructed four institutions: the Nursery and Child's Hospital's foundling asylum, the New York Infant Asylum, the New York Foundling Asylum, and the public Infant Hospital, located on Randall's Island in the East River.
Ultimately, the foundling asylums were unable to significantly improve children’s lives, and by the early twentieth century, three out of the four foundling asylums had closed, as adoption took the place of abandonment and foster care took the place of institutions. Today the word foundling has been largely forgotten. Fortunately, Abandoned rescues its history from obscurity.
Miranda est furieuse. On l’assigne à la protection rapprochée d’une fillette de trois ans ? Elle est tireur d’élite, bon sang, pas baby-sitter ! Pourtant, lorsqu’elle croise les grands yeux apeurés de la petite Fiona, sa colère s’évanouit... Qui est l’ordure qui, trop lâche pour s’en prendre directement à Quinn Gallagher, le célèbre magnat du pétrole, préfère menacer son enfant ? Révoltée, autant que déterminée à assurer la sécurité de Fiona, Miranda se met à enquêter sur les trop nombreux ennemis de Quinn. Mais sa mission se révèle bientôt très épineuse. Car non seulement Fiona semble la prendre pour la mère qu’elle a perdue, mais Quinn exerce sur elle une attirance folle, à laquelle elle va devoir s’efforcer de résister...
Un troublant allié, Marie Ferrarella
Elle, amoureuse de Josh Youngblood ? Impossible, il est son meilleur ami ! Pourtant, si Bridget analyse objectivement les sentiments qu’elle éprouve pour son coéquipier à la police d’Aurora, elle doit bien s’avouer qu’ils ont récemment changé de nature... Est-ce dû à cette affaire de tueur en série, à cause de laquelle Josh et elle passent près de vingt-quatre heures sur vingt-quatre ensemble ? Non, elle divague ! Comment pourrait-elle avoir succombé au charme de Josh, ce don Juan qui enchaîne les conquêtes et fuit toute idée d’engagement ? Autant faire taire son cœur pour se concentrer sur l’essentiel : arrêter le meurtrier qui menace chaque jour de faire une nouvelle victime...
They may have battled in the courtroom, but KCPD detective Keir Watson isn't going to let their turbulent past stop him from protecting attorney Kenna Parker. She was attacked, escaping with her life but with no memory of who wanted to end it. And the only person she dares trust is Keir.
With the clock ticking, every second grows more precious, each action more important…their feelings more intense. If Keir is going to discover Kenna's would-be killer, he has to keep his mind on the case. But his attraction to Kenna is making this self-declared bachelor reconsider just what his idea of forever could mean.
The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue
The Miller/O'Neill/Hyde author team continues to offer an enlightened approach grounded in the fundamentals of classroom experience in Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 4e. The text reflects the compassion and insight of its experienced author team with features developed to address the specific needs of developmental level students. Throughout the text, the authors communicate to students the very points their instructors are likely to make during lecture, and this helps to reinforce the concepts and provide instruction that leads students to mastery and success. Also included are Problem Recognition Exercises, designed to help students recognize which solution strategies are most appropriate for a given exercise. These types of exercises, along with the number of practice problems and group activities available, permit instructors to choose from a wealth of problems, allowing ample opportunity for students to practice what they learn in lecture to hone their skills. In this way, the book perfectly complements any learning platform, whether traditional lecture or distance-learning; its instruction is so reflective of what comes from lecture, that students will feel as comfortable outside of class as they do inside class with their instructor.
Où est Katie ? Madeline ne peut s’empêcher d’envisager le pire depuis que sa nièce de dix-sept ans – enceinte –, a disparu. Alors quand le procureur Dwight Powers se présente chez elle avec un nouveau-né – celui de Katie, qu’elle a laissé dans son bureau avec une lettre expliquant qu’elle ne pouvait s’en occuper –, elle se sent plonger en plein cauchemar. Pourquoi Katie a-t-elle décidé d’abandonner son enfant plutôt que de le lui confier ? Et surtout, est-elle toujours vivante ? Terrifiée, elle supplie Dwight de l’aider à retrouver sa nièce. En tant que procureur, il doit avoir de bons contacts dans la police. Et puis, il émane de lui un calme et une assurance qui la réconfortent, et la troublent tout à la fois...
Ensemble, dans la tourmente, de Debra Webb
Décidée à rompre avec lui, Maggie se rend chez Slade. La mascarade qui leur tient lieu de relation n’a que trop duré. Chaque fois qu’il pose les yeux sur elle, Slade fait naître en elle une passion qu’elle n’avait jamais connue avant, et il est un amant merveilleux. Mais il ne veut ni s’engager ni fonder une famille et, au bout de deux ans, Maggie en a assez d’attendre qu’il change d’avis. En sonnant à sa porte, elle est donc loin d’imaginer qu’elle va devoir renoncer à cette rupture. Et pourtant... Slade est poursuivi, lui explique–t-il, et leur seule chance à tous les deux de survivre, c’est de fuir. Ensemble.
Pourquoi est-il venu s’enterrer dans ce trou perdu ? Jake ne cesse de se poser la question à mesure qu’il découvre Wyattville, ce petit village niché en plein cœur du Minnesota où il est arrivé la veille pour y remplacer le shérif. Sitôt sa mission terminée, il repartira. C’est du moins ce dont il est convaincu, jusqu’à ce qu’il rencontre Joanna Travis, qui tient l’unique restaurant de la ville. Car, malgré son envie de quitter la ville au plus vite, cette femme douce, belle et extrêmement discrète réussit à l’intriguer. Comme s’il lisait dans ses grands yeux inquiets qu’elle avait peur de quelque chose. Ou de quelqu’un. Et qu’elle avait besoin de lui pour la protéger...
Dangereuse proximité, Julie Miller
Une lettre. La troisième qu’elle reçoit en quelques jours à peine. Le commissaire Shauna Cartwright est désemparée : se pourrait-il, comme le lui affirme l’auteur anonyme des missives, qu’elle se soit trompée deux ans plus tôt, et qu’elle ait fait emprisonner un innocent dans la sordide affaire de meurtre sur laquelle elle enquêtait alors ? Résolue à en avoir le cœur net, elle demande à Eli Masterson de l’aider à rouvrir le dossier. Solliciter ce flic hors pair n’est pas pour lui déplaire, elle doit bien le reconnaître. Mais elle va devoir faire preuve de sang-froid : Masterson est extrêmement troublant ; or, entre eux, rien n’est possible...
Jamais Noah n’aurait dû accepter la périlleuse mission de protéger Lyssa, la fiancée de Jack, son ami assassiné quelques mois plus tôt. D’abord parce qu’il a toujours été amoureux de Lyssa et que la côtoyer l’emplit d’une insupportable frustration. Ensuite, et surtout, parce que Lyssa, traquée depuis la mort de Jack par le maniaque qui a brisé sa vie, refuse toute protection et prétend piéger seule le tueur. Comme si l’intervention de Noah risquait de mettre en danger une autre vie que la sienne. Comme si son sacrifice importait peu au regard du secret qu’elle garde jalousement...
L’empreinte du doute, Julie Miller
Allez-vous-en, vous n’avez rien à faire ici ! D’un ton ferme, Olivia tente de chasser l’inconnu qui vient de faire irruption sur sa scène de crime. Mais aussitôt il brandit une carte de presse, et elle serre les poings. Car elle connaît de réputation le journaliste qui prétend s’immiscer dans son enquête. Il s’appelle Gabriel Knight et depuis six ans, date à laquelle sa fiancée a été assassinée, il met en doute l’intégrité de la police et dénonce son incapacité à clore le dossier. Un dossier qu’Olivia vient de rouvrir et pour lequel elle n’a pas besoin d’aide. Surtout pas celle d’un gratte-papier au physique de play-boy...