When dog trainer Kaitlin Mathers is attacked, Texas K-9 Unit captain Slade McNeal is determined to keep her—and what's left of his family—safe from harm. But soon Slade realizes nothing's safe, including his dogs, his son or the beautiful woman who's opening his heart. When Slade realizes the enemy might be closer than he ever dreamed possible, he vows to see justice served. But can he save Kaitlin before it's too late to tell her he loves her?
As a novice FBI agent, Jackson McGraw was deeply touched by the young single mother—a murder witness—in his protective custody. When her baby girl was almost killed, Eloise fled—selflessly leaving her child in his care with a note to find her a good Christian home. Now, twenty years later, the mob is obsessed with retaliation against the woman whose testimony imprisoned their late don. Jackson is determined to track Eloise down to protect her—and reclaim two decades' worth of love.
When Texas Ranger Anderson Michaels goes undercover at an animal rescue farm in Texas Hill Country, he lands right in owner Jennifer Rodgers's path. Before long, he realizes that tracking down his target—a deadly drug-trafficking ring that was responsible for the murder of his captain—may be easier than winning this jaded woman's trust. Experience has taught Jennifer to keep her distance from adventure seekers. But her life will depend on her ability to push aside her fears—and trust Anderson to keep her safe.
Protecting Virginia by Shirlee McCoy
When foster care worker Virginia Johnson inherits her abusive late husband's family home, she's desperate to sell it before Christmas. But a mysterious intruder doesn't want her in the house. Terrified, Virginia turns to her neighbor, Capitol K-9 Unit officer John Forrester, and his four-legged partner, to keep her alive to see the New Year.
Guarding Abigail by Lenora Worth
Capitol K-9 Unit officer Dylan Ralsey's new mission: protect a murdered diplomat's daughter while she's in the nation's capitol. But when an attempt is made on Abigail Wheaton's life, Dylan and his trusty canine partner must keep her safe from a murderer who wants to ruin everyone's holiday.
Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners.
Her father will accept only the best for Kit Atkins's protection. So when Kit is threatened, he calls on Shane Warwick, a CHAIM agent. Shane is calm, capable, protective—and way too charming for Kit's peace of mind. Yet despite her protests, Shane refuses to leave her side. As they hide out at a remote Texas ranch, a powerful bond grows between them, even as danger rises. Connections to the mysterious death of Kit's late husband reveal old betrayals. Suddenly, Kit's assigned bodyguard is the only person she can trust.
When could she stop running?
A thug attempted to abduct Julia Daniels at gunpoint in broad daylight. In the very diner where the waitress worked—and across from the sheriff's offi ce. Which meant that whoever was after the widowed mother would stop at nothing. Including shooting a police offi cer. The handsome deputy sheriff who'd taken a bullet for Julia and saved her life vowed to protect her and her traumatized daughter.
First, though, Eric Butler needed the truth about why she'd sought refuge in Wildfl ower, Texas. But how could Julia tell him when it meant putting all their lives in grave danger?
Secret agent Eli Trudeau grieved the loss of his wife and baby. Then he discovers his son is alive—and living with an adoptive mother, Gena Malone. Despite the secrets and lies, Eli can't deny the truth: Gena loves the boy. Yet Eli grew up without a father and won't do that to his own child. When someone dangerous comes after them, Eli takes Gena and his son deep into hiding. As he grows closer to them, he discovers that he's more than just a maverick operative. After his dark, troubled past, he's finally found faith and family. And he'll do anything to protect both.
Erin Eagleton has been on the run for months after her ex-boyfriend was killed in front of her. She escaped from the killer once, but the police consider her a prime suspect. She is determined to prove her innocence and bring down the real criminal…before he finishes the job. Her high school sweetheart, Capitol K-9 officer Chase Zachary, has been searching for her with his trusty police dog. Now that he's found her, he vows to keep her safe at all costs. He'll stop at nothing to reveal the truth—and to protect the woman he's never forgotten.
Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners.
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…hears wealthy newspaper tycoon Wallace Hamilton may finally be released from the hospital, after recurring visits following his bone-marrow transplant.
But the juiciest Hamilton news is that Jeremy—who is not Wallace's son—has been in contact with his family again…and he might rejoin Hamilton Media. A certain lovely single mom has been spotted doing holiday volunteer work with the former business tycoon. Perhaps the charms and strong spiritual life of Gabi Valencia helped create this Christmas homecoming for Jeremy.
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Saying goodbye to Fleur, Louisiana, was all part of Brenna Blanchard's grand plan. Coming back to the quaint tiny town after a failed art career and broken wedding engagement, however, was not. When architect Nick Santiago recruits her to help restore a beautiful old mansion, it's just the distraction she needs—and growing close to handsome Nick is an unexpected bonus. Except, he has a heart in need of restoration, too. All business, the only thing Nick can't manage to construct is a life outside work. Unless Brenna can finally help him arrange his priorities—with love as number one.
Get in, save the girl and get back out. That was CHAIM agent Brice Whelan's mission. But saving missionary/nurse Selena Carter might be more difficult than expected. Selena's run-in with a drug cartel put the people in her care in danger. Yet the danger doesn't end when Brice brings her home. The counterfeit drugs have entered Georgia, and this time Selena isn't about to run away. Brice's mission hasn't changed; he still needs to keep her safe. And that means staying by her side—whether she wants him there or not.
As the kind, gentle pastor started leading her around corners and through dark alleys, Lydia wondered how she'd get through this. Sure, the stakes were high—and then there was the fact that she was head over heels in love with her secret agent minister.
For landscaper Callie Moreau, working in the gardens of Fleur House is a dream come true. Then she meets the owner, a mysterious millionaire with rumors following him wherever he goes. Callie finds herself drawn to Tomas Delacorte in spite of the darkness in his eyes. And Tomas can't resist the joy that Callie brings to his days. He could be the man Callie's always prayed for. But when Tomas's secrets come to light, and the people she's known all her life are threatened, Callie must decide if she can stand by the man who's stealing her heart.
Producer Victoria Calhoun couldn't care less that famous cowboy Clint Griffin doesn't even remember it. The kiss meant that much to her, too. And all that baggage doesn't mean she has to like working with him—if you can call it work, watching him parade around on her reality TV show. She won't fall for his charms again, even if Clint is trying to convince her he's much more than his swagger. Even if the way he looks at her makes her want to believe him. She'll do her job and get out with her heart intact. Her heart, though, seems to have its own ideas….
Small-town church secretary Lydia Cantrell has loved her boss, handsome pastor Devon Malone, from afar for years. But her feelings are put to the test when murder—and his past as a Christian secret agent—shake her faith.
DEADLY TEXAS ROSE
How much did a little girl see and hear of her secretive father's murder? No one knows. So widow Julia Daniels takes her silent daughter and flees to the tiny Texas town of Wildflower. Sheriff Eric Butler makes her feel safe…until danger trails her.
Counseling is more than Laura Walton's job—it's her calling. So when Luke Martinez hangs up abruptly after calling the hotline where she works, Laura won't let it go. She tracks Luke to the Grand Canyon, little knowing she's walking into a heap of trouble. Laura's not the only one tracking Luke, and while she came to help him heal, his other pursuer has murder in mind. Luke thinks he has nothing left to lose until Laura makes him believe—and love—again. Just in time, too, since he'll need all his faith to face this last enemy.
While investigating a murder at Rikki Allen's house, detective Blain Kent realizes the victim looks a lot like Rikki. Could the secretive widow have been the target? He wants answers, but Rikki is unusually cagey. When the killer comes after Rikki at a safe location, Blain finally gets the truth out of her: she's the daughter of Franco Alvanetti—the notorious crime kingpin. A by-the-book former marine, Blain has made it his life mission to put the Alvanetti family out of business. Yet he has to trust Rikki to protect her from a killer who wants her dead by Christmas.
Men of Millbrook Lake: Four men find love and family
He's a pirate, an adventurer—and Esther Carlisle has just let him into her New Orleans antiques shop. Cullen Murphy claims he knew Esther's late father…and that her wild-dreaming daddy discovered the true location of the legendary chocolate diamond. Esther knows she should show the handsome treasure hunter the door. And she will. In a minute. Everything changes when gun-wielding thugs barge in and start shooting. Esther may not trust Cullen, yet staying at his side is the only way for her to find the diamond first—and stay alive.
But some treasures can be found only with the heart….
Seven unruly kids have moved next door to Simon Adams's mountain cabin. On a church retreat, these rambunctious rascals and their perky teacher, Shanna White, prove to be too much for one reclusive craftsman to handle. Plus, they're a big reminder of everything Simon lost, especially his chance for marriage and family. All he wants is to be left alone, but soon he's drawn in by the kids' shenanigans—and by Shanna herself. Can a brooding mountain man and a sweet lady live happily ever after?
Former marine Alec Caldwell is happy to return home alive. The scars he carries—inside and out—are a burden he plans to face alone. All he wants is a quiet life devoted to helping wounded veterans. That is, until he meets pastry chef Marla Hamilton—who's just too sweet to resist. But the single mother is fighting her own battles. The last man in Marla's life hurt her and put her daughter in danger, leaving the child frightened of strangers. Alec seems like the thrill-seeking men Marla avoids. But can becoming a family give these wounded hearts a chance to heal?
But there she was. Not only could Dr. Fredrica Hayes rehabilitate Samson, ut she and her adorable son were doing some healing of his own heart. Surprisingly, most of all to himself, Clay realized that Samson might not be the only one to need this woman's tender touch....
Did he kill Josie Skerritt?
Everyone—including the police—suspected Parker Buchanan of the ten-year-old murder. But Kate Brooks knew the brooding loner couldn't have done it. He was her young son's hero, and Kate had fallen hard for the reclusive author. Town gossips demanded Parker explain the incriminating evidence police found with his initials on it. But Parker couldn't. Kate knew proving his innocence would take all their faith—and fast thinking—combined. Because the real killer was setting them up for a double murder—their own.
All Cari Duncan has ever wanted is family. Yet her late father chose his new young wife's children over Cari. Surprised—and hopeful—when he bequeaths her the old house she grew up in, Cari moves to Knotwood Mountain, Georgia. But she and her stepmother clash the minute she arrives. How can Cari make a fresh start in the small town? The handsome businessman next door, who happens to be the most eligible bachelor, claims to know exactly how. But following Rick Adams's time-tested advice means opening her heart…to faith, family and her very own Prince Charming!
Landscaper Mack Riley's heart ached to see someone as caring and beautiful as Summer so confused about her life. He wanted to admit his growing feelings for her. But would she trust him after a secret from his past came back to haunt him—or would their love pass every possible test?
David Ryland's final mission is to fly a Middle Eastern orphan to Texas for lifesaving surgery. Yet, the secret awaiting the brave pilot at home requires courage of a new kind. The father David never knew suddenly has a name. A late war hero confessed his parentage in a deathbed letter—a letter that beautiful charity worker Anna Terenkov knows all about. If David can open his heart to the truth, will he also find room there for Anna?
Texas Ranger Jake Cavanaugh will do anything to rescue his kidnapped daughter from the clutches of a killer. And that means turning to Ella Terrell—his high school sweetheart—for help. The former FBI agent is lucky to be alive after her own encounter with the vengeful madman. And now history seems to be repeating itself this holiday season. Ella needs time to sort through the past—yet time is a luxury they don't have. For the kidnapper is taunting them with misleading clues and a ticking clock. But Ella will bring Jake's child home at all costs—even at the risk of losing her heart and her life….
The handmade quilt had been stored with care—along with Rosemary Brinson's cherished dreams. The wedding was called off and Rosemary vowed she'd never marry.
Then Kirk Lawrence arrived, hired to renovate the historic town church. The rugged steeplejack had always avoided serious ties, but Rosemary's tender smile touched his very soul. He wondered about the quilt she treasured and why no man had made her his wife.
Kirk knew that by summer's end, he would restore the old church to its former glory. But could he mend Rosemary's heart—and rescue her lost dreams?
Welcome to Love Inspired™—stories that will lift your spirits and gladden your heart. Meet men and women facing the challenges of today's world and learning important lessons about life, faith and love.
By-the-book FBI agent Josie Gilbert has no business falling for her confidential informant, but she can't walk away. She needs this case—her career needs this case. And suave thief turned FBI asset Connor Randall is too deep in the mob syndicate to pull out now. But when the crime boss they are trying to take down becomes a target himself, Josie is forced to take Connor into hiding without blowing his cover. Now, dodging hit men and fighting a perilous attraction, she has to make a life-and-death decision. Can she trust the man who has stolen her heart…or is he working one last con?
War changed everything . . . even their love.
Bride-to-be Stella Carson cannot wait another day to marry her longtime sweetheart, Marshall Henderson. But her plans fall to pieces when she receives the terrible news that Marshall has suffered a near-fatal head wound while serving overseas. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, he asks to recover privately in a D.C. hospital, and Stella gives him space to heal. But when Marshall returns home to Louisiana, it becomes clear to them both that he is not the man he used to be.
Marshall's memories of home have disappeared, and he suffers from violent, vivid nightmares night after night. Struggling to regain their life together, Stella reintroduces him to their town, reminding him of his history and their love story and watching glimpses of recognition dance in his eyes. But there is one dark corner in his memory, one important part he can’t remember: his life with Stella.
With only weeks until the wedding, Stella and Marshall must choose between a marriage built on the past and faith in long-ago love or a very different future than the one Stella imagined.
“As a romance writer, there's nothing more exciting than writing about a wedding. I was a March bride, so writing a wedding set in the same month was perfect." —Rachel Hauck, author of A March Bride
When Michelle Lancaster flees her hometown of Spirit, Louisiana to spend time at a beach retreat in Driftwood Bay, Florida, she only wants to run from the tremendous pain of a tragedy that caused her perfect life to shatter into pieces.
But on the day when the memories become too much, a man steps into her path on the beach and causes her beloved horse Coco to almost throw her. Not to mention this is the one man Michelle has tried to avoid. But laid-back boat captain and artist Brodie Stevens has his eye on Michelle and soon, he is pursuing her with a strong-willed determination. He too is haunted, but believes that together they can heal each other. Now the driftwood cowboy must convince Michelle it’s possible to hope… and to love again.
Rancher Reed Garrison resented April's leaving Texas so long ago, but he loved her still. Now Reed wanted her to succeed, to recapture her joy and love of God. He hoped the tender feelings between them would grow—and that this time, April would be willing to put down roots...with him.
Family, Clayton Style
Raising four-year-old triplets and an abandoned teenager, single mother Arabella Clayton Michaels has her hands full. She loves everything about her big family in tiny Clayton, Colorado. But when a Denver surgeon arrives with the news that her beloved teenager is his long-lost niece, Arabella worries she'll lose the girl—and much more. Jonathan Turner's harrowing past makes her want to open her heart to him. But will the handsome doctor accept a bigger ready-made family than either dreamed was possible?
Princess Lara Kincade returned home to New Orleans to continue her late husband's humanitarian work. She also hopes to force his killer out of hiding. But a priceless painting has put her plans—and life—at risk. Embroiled in a deadly art scandal, Lara must depend on handsome photojournalist Gabriel Murdock to help her expose a murderer. Gabriel's determination to keep her safe has softened her heart to love's possibilities again. Somewhere among his photos lies the identity of the murderer, but can they uncover the killer before this heist turns deadly?
He'd never met a woman more headstrong than Autumn, or more likely to get under his skin. While Campbell tried to charm her, he knew deep down that this was one special lady who deserved the best. Would the good Lord deem him worthy enough to win her heart?
"Daddy, can we keep her?"
So asks widowed rancher Rory Branagan's six-year-old when they find a pretty stranger sleeping on their sofa. Disoriented after a car accident, Goldie Rios is definitely not staying. It might be Rory's job to rescue wildlife like armadillos and alligators, but damsels in distress are another story. Yet when Goldie's family heirloom locket goes missing, the Branagans spend the holiday season helping her search for it on the farm. And in the process they all find the perfect gift: a family that feels just right.
As holiday pageant coordinator in her tiny Texas hometown, efficient Leandra Flanagan felt obligated to transform three motherless kids and their widowed carpenter dad into angel, shepherd, chorus member and set designer. But everything that happened afterward was purely by chance—or maybe the answer to a little girl's fervent Christmas prayer….
A pregnant woman with a secret must depend on an officer and his bomb detecting Labrador to stay one step ahead of a killer.
After drugs are found at the teen center a female detective runs, she'll have to team up with a K-9 officer and his drug sniffing beagle to find the culprits.
When the team's dog trainer is attacked, it's up to the captain of the Texas K-9 Unit to protect her and take down the crime ring once and for all.
This box set includes:
EXPLOSIVE SECRETS BY VALERIE HANSEN
SCENT OF DANGER BY TERRI REED
LONESTAR PROTECTOR BY LENORA WORTH
Look for more Texas K-9 Unit books sold separately:
TRACKING JUSTICE BY SHIRLEE MCCOY
DETECTION MISSION BY MARGARET DALEY
GUARD DUTY BY SHARON DUNN
And don't miss the bonus novella collection:
TEXAS K-9 UNIT CHRISTMAS BY SHIRLEE MCCOY AND TERRI REED
Honoring a promise to a fallen comrade, former army medic David Evans heads to Arizona to check up on the soldier's sister. But as his train pulls into Desert Valley, David witnesses a drug run gone wrong and narrowly avoids the bullets flying his way. And when the police show up, he discovers the investigating officer is the woman he's supposed to look after. With a fiercely protective K-9 partner and a new badge, Whitney Godwin insists she can take care of herself and her infant daughter. But the criminals want both David and Whitney permanently silenced, so David will stop at nothing to protect the family he yearns to join.
Rookie K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners
Women had been Lucas Dorsette's passion, but one glance at Willa O'Connor, and he knew he would give anything to love and protect her. Yet she was keeping a secret from him, a secret he was afraid she might lose her life to.
There had been too many disappointments in Willa's life for trust. But there was something about Lucas's mischievous grin and warm eyes that made Willa want to trust her deepest secrets—and her heart—to him. But could she help Lucas believe that miracles and love still happen?
Three women who find their heart's desire…IN THE GARDEN
She was the kind of woman who could make Lucas Dorsette change his wild ways. But Willa O'Connor had a life-threatening secret and trust wasn't easy. She needed something more— and Lucas hoped his love was the answer to her prayers.
Running, bleeding and desperate, Gavin Prescott found sanctuary in a New Orleans church and hope in Lacey Dorsette York. Lacey was willing to risk everything, but was Gavin's love a path to danger...or to God's plan?
Stories of faithful love from Lenora Worth
The Carpenter's Wife
Tearoom owner Ana Hanson enjoys independence—until she's put in charge of her nieces. When local preacher and carpenter Rock Dempsey offers to help, she can't refuse. Ana can depend on Rock…but can she learn to love him?
Heart of Stone
Work is widowed mother Tara Parnell's refuge. And with a major real-estate venture in the works, she won't let competitor Stanton "Stone" Dempsey get in her way! Yet the more their paths cross, the more they realize that despite their opposing sides in business, they might be matched for happily ever after.