Ex-lawman Wyatt Ledger came back home to find his mother's killer…even if it was his father. The truth had haunted him nearly twenty years, but now nothing would come between them—except a damsel and her daughter in distress.
Kelly Burger sought a fresh start in the Hill Country, but when her dangerous past followed, she turned to the safe arms of her cowboy protector. Though he now battled two killers by day, at night Wyatt was defenseless against her seductive touch. Secrets of their past lurked in town—unspeakable and deadly. Once he uncovered them, could Wyatt save himself, his family and the woman he loved?
The Silver Spurs Ranch was hotly contested and highly coveted. And Kali Cooper had just inherited it, alongside a passel of troubles. Like any good neighbor—and true cowboy—Zach Collingsworth offered Kali his protection. And that's when things really got dangerous….
The devil-may-care scion of the Collingsworth empire was the full measure of a man. More than Kali dreamed she could handle, but he made it clear he'd be handling her. Brash, but determined, Zach found his true calling at her side—and wouldn't leave it till she was safe and sound in his arms. Somehow "safe in his arms" was the biggest risk Kali Cooper had ever taken.
A haunting beauty with mesmerizing brown eyes is in desperate need of Dallas homicide detective Travis Dalton's help. Faith Ashburn's troubled teenage son is missing…and may be hiding secrets that could get him—and his mother—killed.
Faith will do whatever it takes to find her boy, even if it means turning to the rugged detective, a man shadowed by his own painful past. When the search reveals a shocking connection to the dangerous criminal Travis has sworn to bring down, Faith has to trust him with her life. And when passion flares, she has to trust him with something she vowed never again to give: her heart.
It happened innocently enough--a young girl needing his help. But her mother was none other than Trish Edwards--Langston's high school sweetheart. Trish and her daughter were trapped in a blackmail and murder investigation and had been on the run since the day Trish gave birth to a Collingsworth heir.
Could Langston trust Trish after the years of deception? He had no choice if he wanted to protect her child--his child--and face down the trouble headed their way.
When Jade Dalton escapes a ruthless kidnapper on the trail of a multimillion-dollar necklace, she flees to the one place no one will find her: her estranged father's Texas ranch. Booker Knox is also on his way to Dry Gulch. After a potentially dangerous situation thrusts her into his arms, the navy SEAL appoints himself Jade's personal bodyguard.
It isn't every day Booker finds himself being kissed by a gorgeous stranger. Except Jade's a fugitive from justice who's also being hunted by a determined killer. Now Booker will do whatever it takes to protect the beautiful big-city event planner. Failure isn't an option. Neither is walking away when this is all over.
Alexis Beranger never could have anticipated the shock of being carjacked with her son still in the backseat. Or that Tague Lambert, part of the rich and famous Lamberts of Dallas, would be there to help. But most earthshattering of all was learning that the attack wasn't random—only a prelude to the danger stalking her every move.
While their chance meeting occurred under the gravest of circumstances, Tague felt an instant attraction with Alexis that he just couldn't shake. Through with playing it safe, Tague vowed to protect this beautiful stranger and her vulnerable little boy, no matter how high the stakes. After all, a cowboy never ignored an innocent in distress—especially a cowboy who carried the Lambert name.
Of the five brothers only Dylan Ledger returned to their hometown of Mustang Run. But he was met by bad memories and hostile neighbors—except for Collette McGuire. The daughter of the sheriff was the last person he expected to have on his side—and the one who needed him most.
Collette had nowhere to go when her secret admirer turned violent stalker—except to Dylan. His arms became her haven, his lips her salvation. As old family secrets and feuds threatened to erupt, they knew they were both in for a wild ride. But this cowboy wasn't about to let anything throw him off course… or keep Collette out of his bed….
Former navy SEAL Hawk Taylor never knew fear—until he met Alonsa Salatoya. Her young daughter had been kidnapped, and after two years the trail had grown cold. Hawk was certain he'd find the girl, but the sensual woman with a fragile heart scared him. She made the Texas loner yearn to belong where he never could—in her life and her bed.
Exhuming long-buried clues led only to dead ends—until the kidnapper turned his sights on Alonsa. Now, with a taste of fear, Hawk knew what he had to do: find the child, keep Alonsa alive and then walk away from the one woman he'd never be able to forget….
Houston homicide detective Brittany Garner just got hit with a one-two punch. The twin sister she never knew existed has been found dead, leaving behind a three-month-old daughter. Brittany's vow to find her sister's murderer, as well as the father of the orphaned infant, leads straight to Cannon Dalton. A bull rider who spends his life roaming from rodeo to rodeo, Cannon has only one mission now: protect the beautiful cop and the child who could be his. Caught in the crosshairs of escalating danger—and his powerful desire for Brittany—Cannon races to stop a desperate killer…and a revenge that's been a long time coming.
Jaci Matlock went to Cape Diablo to solve the thirty-year-old Santiago murders. And though the remote island had a haunting reputation, the forensics novice was determined to expose the reality behind the mysterious events that plagued her arrival.
Now in order to uncover an age-old murderous conspiracy, Jaci had to team up with her only ally: Raoul Lazario. But trusting the ruggedly sensual adventure seeker proved to be a distraction she couldn't afford….
Solving the cold case would secure Jaci's lifelong dreams, but with Raoul she faced an even more confounding mystery…. Would falling in love have life threatening implications?
When a mother's love meets a father's instinct…
Ex-marine Adam Dalton once dreamed of a life with Hadley O'Sullivan, but war and a near-fatal injury cost him dearly. Now he returns to Dallas to discover the unthinkable—Hadley is the prime suspect in the disappearance of her twin baby girls…the daughters he never knew he had.
Beyond Hadley's terror of having her children kidnapped is the shock of seeing Adam. Yes, she had kept him from his daughters, but now, when he insists they work together as a united front, she knows she is still in love with him. Despite their past, finding their children is their only hope to finally becoming a family—if time doesn't run out first.
Dakota Ledger is a bull rider at heart and a loner by choice…until fate has him rescuing Viviana Mancini. He's never forgotten the passion they shared, but now she's in trouble…and so is the baby she never told him they'd had. Dakota will do whatever necessary to protect the pair. But can he protect himself from the killer on their trail and the would-be family he's fallen for?
TOMAS: COWBOY HOMECOMING
Marine staff sergeant Tomas "Tuf" Hart is still grappling with the mental scars of battle when he learns his family's ranch is in trouble and they're banking everything on him to win the National Finals Rodeo. So far the easiest part of Tuf's homecoming is falling for his high school crush, Cheyenne Sundell. Maybe with a little hope and a lot of love they can find their way back to each other.
He'd been solitary for so long—his own man. Then suddenly a single father doing his best. But above all, the Montana lawman did what was right no matter the cost. Until he met Chrysie Atwater and her two girls.
She had a fake name, a fake past and few details in between. And for some reason Josh found her totally irresistible. Was it the spirit of Christmas that had him breaking the rules, or his own loneliness? More likely it was the fierce determination he saw in Chrysie's eyes. She went to considerable trouble to protect her daughters, and Josh was resolved to fi nd out why. But he'd do it on his terms before he'd reveal her secrets to the authorities, who he suspected were involved in setting her up.
It would take a Christmas miracle and then some to do that and still celebrate Christmas as a family….
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Protecting the innocent is second nature for Dallas defense attorney Leif Dalton. So when his teenage daughter insists on visiting the Dry Gulch Ranch—and forging a relationship with Leif's estranged father—he's ready to do what it takes to keep her safe. And although he doesn't want another connection to the ranch, after sexy veterinarian Joni Griffin lands in a stalker's crosshairs, staying close becomes his only option.
With a serial killer in pursuit, Joni will take any measures to survive. But joining forces with Leif puts her heart at risk. As the danger rises, so does the passion flaring between them. Now trust may make the difference between life and death.
Stranger. Out of nowhere, Nick Bruno arrived at the once opulent, now decaying New Orleans mansion Jacinth Villaré had inherited.
Seducer. The sexy P.I. touched a part of her she'd never known existed.
Protector. When a gruesome crime was discovered in the walls of the Villaré mansion, Nick vowed to keep her safe.
As Jacinth uncovered the long-dead secrets of her newly discovered family, she was haunted by their spirits—and stalked by a very real killer. Though dark and menacing, her family secrets couldn't rival the one Nick kept hidden. He'd vowed to protect her, but could he save her from the truth about himself?
Fate brought Texas rancher Durk Lambert face-to-face with his ex-lover, Meghan Sinclair. The reckless but gorgeous P.I. had been beaten and left for dead, with no memory of her attacker, of Durk…or herself. Years ago she'd broken his heart, but no cowboy walked away from a woman in need.
While Durk kept her safe on his Bent Pine Ranch, his own memories threatened him—laughing with Meghan, making love. He still wanted her, but he feared Meghan was the one woman he could never have—and the one he'd lay down his life to protect. Because while Durk wanted her to remember, a killer needed her to forget.…
Miles from home Jaclyn Macgregor was left for dead. Right square in Collingsworth country. She was a Louisiana spitfire--and her tenacity was all that kept her alive. Targeted by the most powerful mavens of Texas society, Jaclyn encountered the one man who had all the resources to play their games.
Bart Collingsworth had an oil-rich empire to command, but he'd never met a girl like Jaclyn, let alone brought one back to the ol' homestead. As much as she resisted his help, cowboy honor was an inescapable fact of life in Texas. One too many girls had disappeared recently--victims of too much money and too much influence--and Bart wouldn't let this one slip through his fingers. And he'd do just about anything to make Jaclyn a permanent part of his world...
Mustang Run, Texas, was nothing but trouble…
But still, Sean Ledger was coming home—to bad memories and an estranged father. And surprisingly, to a beautiful widow and her son in need of a haven. A loner, Sean didn't do family or forever, but protecting women was his cowboy code.
With a vengeful escaped convict on her tail, Eve Worthington had nowhere else to turn. Sean was fiercely loyal…but dangerously sexy. He'd guard her life, but he'd already stolen her heart. As the killer neared, Eve realized her fatal error in coming to the ranch. Now she either had to run again…or put her bodyguard lover in the line of fire.
Rumor had it that the secretive owner of the castle on the cliffs, Dr. David Bryson, had been hideously scarred in the accident that killed his fiancee. Now designer Becca Smith had been summoned to work in his home. Though she received mysterious warnings to stay away, nothing could keep Becca from meeting the man whose seductive voice made her burn for his touch.She was too young, too beautiful, too familiar. She awakened memories in David long buried…emotions that teetered on the edge of insanity. But he vowed to see Becca only from the shadows. Except when a killer attacked, David stepped from behind the veil of darkness to save the woman who was his only hope of salvation.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS…WITH A TALL, DARK, SEXY STRANGER
Surrogate mother Megan Lancaster had been prepared for what pregnancy would bring—only, an FBI hunk stringing lights on her Christmas tree wasn't one of those things! But her life was in danger, and agent Bart Cromwell, masquerading as her adoring lover, would protect her and her baby.
Her baby.The child she carried no longer had parents…unless Megan and the sexy stranger who kept kissing her under the mistletoe were willing to put their hearts on the line and welcome the newborn as a family…for Christmas and forever.
He held her captive—in more ways than one
Ex-cop turned security expert Cagan Hall was some kind of man. The secretive type of a woman like Merissa Thomas should stay away from. But with a killer and the cops hard on her heels in the bayou, Cagan was her only protection. Until his embrace became her prison….
Only extreme measures would keep Merissa safe—alive. There was more than one bounty for the Cajun beauty's head. But for Cagan, working undercover to hunt her down, a long, deep kiss from her lips would be the ultimate reward.
LAWMAN—There's nothing sexier than the strong arms of the law!
Tyler Ledger was as unsure of Julie Gillespie's motives for being at his family's Texas ranch as he was of the reception he'd receive when he came face-to-face with his estranged father. Still, he agreed to help the enticing reporter solve a murder if she agreed to stay out of trouble. Julie was on a mission, and she wasn't going to be sidetracked by romantic entanglements—even if Tyler was proving more irresistible by the minute. But with his leave of absence over soon, the soldier's time in Texas was coming to an end…and Julie's would, too, if they didn't find the killer before she became the next target….
As a former navy SEAL, Marcus Abbot relied on his instincts. And the moment he saw the shadows haunting Dani Baxter's big brown eyes, the private investigator knew she was in trouble…and so was he. Even though she came to him with a crazy story about a murder she'd seen in a vision, he couldn't stop the instantaneous attraction that sparked between them.
Never one to ignore a woman in need, he accepted her case. But as they traveled down a sensual path of danger and desire, Marcus discovered Dani's dreams may have been a bit too real. And the closer he got to the truth, the nearer she came to living her nightmare….
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Amid a freak snowstorm, Texas rancher Damien Lambert made the unlikeliest find on his Bent Pine Ranch—a bloodied woman and her infant daughter in hiding. Though her story was transparent as ice, the heat he saw in her eyes made him offer her refuge.
After a ruthless kidnapping and a harrowing escape, Emma Muran needed a hero…and the baby needed a home. She'd found both in Damien—the perfect man with a cowboy's swagger and a lover's touch—until he learned about the incredible danger they faced. After that, Emma knew it would take all the cowboy Damien had to keep her and the child alive.
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Eight years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, three men lost everything. Now it's time to reclaim what is theirs.…
Bayou Payback by Joanna Wayne
Detective Remy Comeaux never got over the loss of his beloved fiancée. But when he returns to New Orleans to expose ongoing corruption and meets Nicole Worthington, something about this beauty seems all too familiar.
Bayou Jeopardy by Rita Herron
He lost his job and the love of his life when the storm hit, but Mack Rivet never gave up searching for answers. His passionate reunion with Lily Landry forces him to confront what really happened that fateful night. And then he learns about the son he never knew existed.…
Bayou Justice by Mallory Kane
In order to bring justice back to New Orleans, FBI agent Ray Storm must once again turn to Molly Hennessey for help. This time, though, convincing the gorgeous attorney to believe in him is going to take more than just one night of seduction.
John Robicheaux lived the simple life in Cajun country—that was until his brother turned up dead in the bayou. He'd be damned before he'd let that crime go unpunished. And John's suspicions about the sudden death were pointing to a medical clinic and a powerful plastic surgeon who stood accused of "losing" a high-profile patient on the operating table.
Local magazine reporter Cassie Havelin had been in Beau Pierre to look into the story. Except, when her investigation became entangled with her mother's disappearance, Cassie was thrown straight into the strong arms of John Robicheaux. Together they had to shadow a sinister killer slithering in the murky waters…unless they were consumed by the darkness first.
On navy SEAL missions Cutter Martin had been a warrior. But when it came to Linney Kingston, he was just a red-blooded Texas cowboy with bad luck at love. Linney had walked out on him six years ago. Now she was back—with a motherless child and a crazy story.
Linney's theory of murder and scandal was as preposterous as her body's traitorous response to Cutter. Still, when she was shot at, the cowboy came to her rescue. Cutter—her hero. And the only man who could break her heart again. Trusting him a second time was more frightening than the killers stalking her every move….
AMBUSH AT DRY GULCH
Big "D" Dads: The Daltons
by Joanna Wayne
The last person widowed Carolina Lambert would consider falling in love with is Jake Dalton. But when danger forces her to trust the rancher to stay alive, she realizes only a fool would walk away from a second chance at happiness…
LAWMAN ON THE HUNT
The Men of Search Team Seven
by Cindi Myers
Shocked and angry to find his ex-fiancée with a domestic terrorist, Special Agent Travis Steadman rescues Leah Carlisle—and then arrests her as an accomplice! Can the sexy lawman trust her innocence…or her offer to help capture the killer?
by Cassie Miles
Professional bodyguard Mason Steele could handle a dozen armed thugs, but Lexie DeMille, the nanny, could easily knock him out…not with her karate skills but with her smile.
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Prescott Personal Securities provided the best bodyguards money could buy. New client Kelly Warner had trouble she couldn't escape. Trapped in controversy, Kelly and her young daughter had the whole world watching them. But only one man was hired to look out for their best interests: Jack Sanders.
Kelly had secrets that people would kill for—and someone was trying real hard. But now she had Jack, and he would never take his eyes off her, no matter their past together. Caught under the gun, the all-American bodyguard had a message to send—Denver was under the protection of PPS, and there just wasn't room for anyone else.
He might be irritating, and more intimidating than handsome, but rugged, brawny detective Sam Turner wasn't the kind of man a woman could forget. He got in reporter Caroline Kimberly's way at every turn. But when she became the obsession of a killer, it was Sam she wanted by her side as darkness fell.
She made him ache for something elusive—something that could never be. The nosy, sexy reporter with the smart, kissable mouth was trouble, and Sam had to keep his distance. But he couldn't once Caroline became his only link to the depraved killer who lured his prey into the unrelenting night….
The last thing this hard-boiled Confidential operative wanted was to become entangled with junior prosecutor Georgette Delacroix, but he'd reached a dead end in his frantic search for his kidnapped daughter. So the clairvoyant Cajun beauty was Tanner Harrison's only recourse. When Georgette's disturbing visions of his daughter intensified, Tanner stumbled upon the key to finally shutting down the slimy crime network his topsecret agency had been pursuing for months. As Crescent City's paralyzing heat wave unleashed Tanner and Georgette's smoldering attraction, they breathlessly raced against time to triumph over evil!
Any chance Kyle Blackstone might have of a relationship with his gorgeous neighbor Ashley Garrett. He kept flirting, but she just wasn't buying.
One baby girl. By Ashley Garrett. Outside Kyle's apartment. He'd actually fathered a baby and didn't know it? Or he'd unintentionally hit on a surefire plan to involve Ashley in his life? She had a career…standards…rules! But the baby was irresistible. Unfortunately, despite everything, so was Kyle!
bringing families together
Bart Finnegan had come to the Fernhaven Hotel to investigate a murder. But from the moment the dedicated cop spied her across a crowded ballroom, he was a man obsessed.
She is Katrina O'Malley, a woman whose past is cloaked in mystery. Like the mists that conceal a cunning killer, she must guard her secrets from this man who tempts her to a passion she must resist at all costs.
Somehow he knew he'd see her again….
Her gruff neighbor unsettled Sara Murdoch with his mesmerizing stare. But when escalating threats proved Sara's childhood nightmares were only too real, Nat Sanderson took action. Why a reclusive mountain man knew how to secure a perimeter and soothe a woman's fears was a mystery Sara swore to solve once she and her daughter were safe.
The past he'd thought buried should have kept him away from a woman and child in danger. But when Nat held a shaken Sara in his arms, he knew his own worst nightmare had returned. He could no more refuse to protect them than he could deny that he and Sara would be lovers. Not with evil poised to strike…just before dawn.
A pattern emerges in a string of "accidental deaths" involving criminals who've escaped the law. Police chief Max Zirinsky suspects that someone is doling out their own form of justice…murder.
Police chief Max Zirinsky's hunt for a serial killer leads him to the rareifed circles of Courage Bay's social elite. He needs a way to infiltrate their ranks, and turns to socially prominent hospital chief of staff Callie Baker. Her solution: pretend their dating. But the attraction is all too real, and neither of them can "pretend" for long. Then the killer sees through their relationship. Callie is helping Max's investigation. And for that, she'll have to die….
Jake Dalton believes in worthy causes—like opening his Texas ranch to inner-city kids for the summer. But there's a catch…that involves a woman. Dedicated do-gooder Carolina Lambert can hold her own against any man…Jake included. Except now someone with a nasty grudge who's been waiting for the perfect moment to strike has the beautiful widow in his sights.
R.J. Dalton's estranged son is the last man on earth Carolina wants to trust with her life. But the rugged single father has sworn to keep her safe. As passion ignites—and a killer closes in—Carolina and Jake may lose their chance at a love neither expected to find again.
Bayou Blood Brothers
Their secrets are darker…their passions run deeper.
Tyler: the street-kid-turned-fed. On his last case for the Bureau, Tyler hadn't counted on being sold out—nor on taking the beautiful Gabby Lanier, his dead friend's sister, as his hostage.
Nick: the privileged one. It was hard enough returning to the bayou for the wedding of Nick's only love, Caroline Donovan. Even worse to find himself falsely accused of murdering the groom.
Jules: the bayou bad boy. He tried to bury the past—but passion for his first lover, the wealthy Adrienne Breaux, wouldn't die. Nor would the man who vowed sweet revenge on him and his friends…
A string of murders reunited homicide detective Dallas Mitchell with a woman he'd tried to forget. Years had passed, but the passion was still there. Only, this time it was fraught with danger. Because Nicole Lancaster was a married woman, and Dallas was a cop hunting for the worst serial killer Louisiana had ever seen—a man who just might be her new husband.
Nicole had always been out of the lawman's league, and she had every reason not to trust him, not to forgive him…. But Dallas had precious little time to convince Nicole that she needed to leave her house—before death parted them for good.
A beautiful woman with dangerous secrets was about to become the Randolphs' neighbour. She was a vulnerable stranger who'd make any red-blooded male take notice…and Langley Randolph was no exception.
Dependable, solid and timeless, like the family ranch that had been passed down through generations, Langley couldn't bear to see a desperate woman fighting tears. Danielle needed the strength of the stalwart rancher next door to unlock the mystery of her memories…before a killer caught up with her first.
Jodie Gahagen was content being a single mom to her twin baby boys. But her ordered life was shattered by a stalker whose threat sent her packing home—with her bags and more than a couple of secrets.
She'd told the town her "husband" couldn't make it, that things were fine whenever she overreacted. Except there was no avoiding Ray Kostner—the one man she couldn't deny. He read her instinctively, knew she was hiding the truth…and that she still loved him. But Ray never guessed he was a father.
Now the stalker didn't have a chance.
Brothers by blood, lawmen by choice; the West was always in their soul. Up against the toughest cases—and the strongest passions—they live by…THE COWBOY CODE
Texas lawman Matt McQuaid had his hands full with Heather Lombardi. Her search into her mysterious past incited trouble in his sleepy town—the woman herself excited the man behind the badge.
For the youngest McQuaid, like his brothers, a beautiful woman in danger was an irresistible combination—even for his hard heart. He'd do anthing to wipe away her fears and keep her safe from a killer. But would he have to blur the lines between justice and duty to protect the woman he loved?
As Dillon's bride, Ashley Randolph finally got the family she yearned for. But when a bullet nearly killed Dillon, she was forced into hiding—with her secrets and the best part of Dillon…his baby.
It had taken Dillon almost three years to find Ashley, to learn he was a father. Except the years hadn't prepared him for the sight of his beautiful bride and his toddler son.
Dillon had come to claim his boy and return him to the Texas ranch that was his birthright, but he hadn't bargained on leading the gunman straight back to his family. Would a man bent on misguided revenge send Ashley and his child on the run again?
Though Graham Dufour's ebony eyes lit up her dreams for the past ten years, Lindsey Latham hoped she could come back to New Orleans without seeing the man who'd once stolen her heart. A lot had changed between them—but one touch from the bad-boy-made-good could still ignite her desire.
Then she rode in a Mardi Gras parade and saw someone else's eyes behind a mask. Those of a faceless killer who'd used the masquerade to hide his crime. And he'd seen Lindsey.
Once, she'd been forced to run from Graham; now she had no choice but to run straight into his arms. For passion and for protection…