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?
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
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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.
The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.
The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.
Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know...
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….
After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst.
When the king’s own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement. He decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it. The catch? America can’t be seen moving against an ally. Rapp will be on his own. Forced to make a decision that will change his life forever, Rapp quits the CIA and assembles a group of independent contractors to help him complete the mission.
They’ve barely begun unraveling the connections between the Saudi government and ISIS when the brilliant new head of the intelligence directorate discovers their efforts. With Rapp getting too close, he threatens to go public with the details of the post-9/11 agreement between the two countries.
Facing an international incident that could end his political career, the President orders America’s intelligence agencies to join the Saudis’ effort to hunt the former CIA man down.
Rapp, supported only by a team of mercenaries with dubious allegiances, finds himself at the center of the most elaborate manhunt in history. It’s only a matter of time before he’s caught or killed. Will it be enough to turn the tables on the Saudis and clear his name?
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.
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl
“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)
"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.
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.
But I keep thinking of the one that got away. The one I let get away. A scorching hot one-night-stand, and suddenly Rebecca is in my blood. When my best friend dies in the line of duty, I realize I gotta get out if I want any hope of having a family. If I want to have a future.
So I find her. I need her to give me a second chance. When she tells me our tryst started a family for us, though? I can hardly believe my good luck.
I never expected the war to follow me home. I never expected to have to be this man again. Rebecca and our daughter shouldn’t have to see this side of me. But I can’t be just a daddy, or just a lover any more.
To protect the ones I love I need to be a cold-hearted killer, and make everyone threatening my family pay in blood.
A full length Standalone Romantic Suspense novel. No Cliffhangers. Safe from cheating. Explicit language & swearing.
Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world…and then tragedy struck. Terrorists attacked innocent American citizens, and Rapp’s girlfriend was among the murdered. Two hundred and seventy souls perished on that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. Now he wants retribution.
Two decades of cutthroat partisan politics have left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. America must confront Islamic terrorism with full force. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of command—men who do not exist.
What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Six months of intense training have prepared him to take the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the terrorist attack. Rapp then moves on to Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesn't know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.
Behind the steely gaze of the nation's ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American assassin.
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….
Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them.
The photograph—along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement—hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.
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...
Depressed and broke, plus size Amelia learns that getting older means making choices to please everyone else, even if it makes her unhappy. She scrapes the bottom of the barrel when it comes to boyfriends because she's dying to have a baby as soon as possible.
Her best friend's upcoming wedding and the fact that she's taking care of her sick grandmother makes her think twice about what she is doing with her own life, which is not much. When a chance meeting comes her way in the form of arrogant billionaire Jacob Montgomery, she is intrigued, but cautious.
Amelia is all curves and spunk – a tantalizing combination that Jacob, the reluctant heir to a billion dollar manufacturing conglomerate is itching to get his hands on.
She’s not like the skinny gorgeous models he's used to dating, but there's something about her that he can't resist. There's only one problem: he's cocky, condescending, and a little crazy. While this is a combination Amelia really doesn't have time for, she's game for anything, seeing that she's in a financial hole and she's going deaf listening to her biological clock ticking away loudly.
Is Jacob truly falling for plus size Amelia, or is he just obsessed with conquering her curves in the bedroom for a mind-blowing one night stand?
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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.
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville's notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.
Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever…
Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.
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.
Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.
Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.
But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.
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.
Town Haunts is the second novel in the award-winning Anna Nolan series.
Tags: mystery, suspense, thriller, small town, Halloween holiday, paranormal, ghost and witch, female amateur sleuth
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.…
Bull riding is all Wyatt Parker has of the father who betrayed him, so when it's stripped from him by an attempted murder, Wyatt will stop at nothing to clear his name and reclaim the only thing that matters to him. But when a charming widow ruins his plans, he has to decide if he has been wrong all along about what really matters.
Mystery writer Noelle Wilder wants only one thing: to recover her equilibrium and find the creative spark inside her that died the day her life fell apart. The last thing she wants or needs is to get involved with a man, but when a rugged cowboy saves her from an Oregon flash flood, she discovers that her heart needs more healing than she realized.
Sparks fly when city girl meets rugged cowboy, but it takes a murder to make them both realize what they really want, and what they're willing to risk to get it.
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.
Coming to a woman's rescue was all in a day's work for the billionaire rancher. Little did Matt know that the woman in jeopardy he'd jumped off his horse to save was working undercover, investigating him.
By way of his mother, no less!
Trouble had never looked so good to "Shelly Lane." Exposing the Collingsworths was a golden opportunity to prove she had what it took to be a real agent. But she could not let Matt Collingsworth distract her. Even though the man could fi ll out a pair of jeans—oh my!
What Shelly had to do involved the highest national security and would in the end devastate the Collingsworth empire…and surely destroy her chances for a date with Matt.
The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…
With blood still drying on the front lines at Waterloo, Lady Grace Carrington helps an injured soldier to a British medical tent. Though she believes she’s pulled him to safety, in fact she has put them both in grave danger: Because when his brilliant blue eyes meet hers, the passionate Scottish sergeant kisses her in a way that leaves her breathless and trembling. As the obedient daughter of an earl, Grace shouldn’t be tempted by someone so far below her station. But as a red-blooded woman, she longs for so much more.
As far as Duncan Mackenzie is concerned, getting stabbed in the arm was the best thing that ever happened to him. When he wakes on the battlefield, the sight of Grace’s lovely face sets his soul aflame. As an enlisted man and a farmer’s son, however, pursuing his guardian angel means facing the wrath of London society, not to mention his own superiors in the British Army. Aye, but he’d risk all that and more just to keep her in his arms.
Praise for Highland Heat
“In this intelligent and exciting new Scottish series, sensuality, passion, and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale.”—USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans
“Highland Heat has it all: suspense, intrigue, a hunky Scottish hero, and a spunky heroine who defies everything to be with the man she loves. Jennifer Haymore’s quick-witted writing style and engaging characters drew me in, and now I can’t wait for the rest of the series.”—Sharon Cullen, author of The Reluctant Duchess
“Readers will respect Grace’s strength when she is sorely tested, while Duncan’s warm, courageous heart will enrapture fans of Scottish rogues. In this first book in her Highland Knights series, Haymore teases readers into craving the next installment, though this work reads well as a stand-alone novel.”—Library Journal
“This story of class difference is the perfect mix of romance and drama. It kept me turning the pages straight through to the end.”—Ashlyn Macnamara, author of What a Lady Requires
“A breathtaking story of forbidden love between a sexy Highland warrior and an engaging English lady who risk scandal at every turn and face insurmountable intrigue, this is a book to savor!”—Pamela Labud, author of To Catch a Lady
“I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book. I can only suggest that you read this book. If you read any historical romance this year, make it Highland Knights.”—Night Owl Reviews
“I really enjoyed the book, because I liked the romance at its core.”—Red Hot Books
“Well written and well paced, this was a good novel, and the epilogue hooked me into wanting to read the next in the series.”—The Romance Factor
“If you are looking for a Regency romance that will pull at your heart strings and bring tears to your eyes, then you need look no further than Highland Heat.”—Romantic Historical Reviews
“This is my first read from author Jennifer Haymore, and I foresee much more from this author on my TBR shelf in the future.”—Bambi Unbridled
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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.
Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the mega-successful, ultra-secretive Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe.
Especially since Jacob and Megan have a dark secret of their own. They're writing a book that will expose the Store--a forbidden book, a dangerous book.
And if the Store finds out, there's only one thing Jacob, Megan and their kids can do--run for their bloody lives. Which is probably impossible, because--
THE STORE IS ALWAYS WATCHING.
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.
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.
Renee Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with. First, a prostitute is brutally beaten and left for dead in a parking lot. All signs point to a crime of premeditation, not passion, by someone with big evil on his mind. Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught up in a nightclub shooting. Though dubbed a peripheral victim, the waitress buys Ballard a way in, and this time she is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations intertwine, Ballard is forced to face her own demons and confront a danger she could never have imagined. To find justice for these victims who can't speak for themselves, she must put not only her career but her life on the line. Propulsive as a jolt of adrenaline and featuring a bold and defiant new heroien, The Late Show is yet more proof that Michael Connelly is "a master of the genre" (Washington Post).
Riley Lawrence is an expert at moving on and not risking his heart. Helping pastry chef Dani Boatman is a onetime deal—she's got her hands full giving her orphaned niece a stable home. But someone with a vicious grudge has a target on the curvaceous redhead's back. And destroying her life is just the start…
Dani doesn't trust easy—a lesson she learned the hard way. This freewheeling cowboy with an irresistible grin insists on putting himself between her and harm's way. But the desire getting hotter between them can't promise anything more than heartbreak. And with unsuspected danger also closing in, Dani and Riley's one chance for love could prove forever lethal.
He’s about to find out … She’s not just one of the guys.
Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling. Now the girls are publicists in their uncle's firm, The Hot Zone.
Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She's naturally drawn to real men—like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.
The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she'd better hold on tight if she doesn't want to lose her heart.
Micki Jordan is a tomboy as much at home on the playing field as in a locker room full of naked guys.
But the star publicist is looking to prove she’s also an irresistible woman in order to get a second shot at professional baseball player and major league playboy, Damian Fuller.
Micki transforms herself into one hot number Damian can’t help but notice and together they burn up the sheets and find themselves falling hard. Until Damian’s past returns, threatening their future.
He'll push all her boundaries and make her realize rules are made to be broken.
Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family's top sports management agency, as long as she gets to stay behind the scenes. But with big sister on maternity leave and little sis on her honeymoon, she's forced to step up to the plate. And a recent media crisis surrounding the disappearance of superagent Spenser Atkins is not going to make the job any easier.
Enter star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash who, for reasons of his own, needs to track down Atkins. Up until now, Sophie has kept a strict no-dating-clients policy, but each day with Riley makes her rule near impossible to follow. With her job and her heart on the line, Sophie will need to make the toughest choice of her life!
Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare.
Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.
Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming.…
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?
"Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will eat up Kimberly Belle's latest novel."—Bookreporter.com
Everyone has secrets…
Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.
Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.
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.
Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major--even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or the Major. Yet Kerra's hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when the interview goes catastrophically awry--with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra--Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he's going to track down the gunmen . . . and finally discover who was responsible for the Dallas bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy--and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
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.
I’m my own woman.
I make smart choices. Usually.
That was before Atlas. He sets my panties on fire.
He’s bad news. A rough and ready, get down and dirty biker. The kind of guy your mother warns you about. The kind of guy I avoid like the plague.
If I give in, everything I’ve worked so hard for will be jeopardized. Our worlds don’t mesh. Our lives…we’re night and day. And yet, I’m drawn to him like a moth to a flame. I need more. I’ve never wanted anything so desperately. Now, if only I could get out of my own way.
I deserve to be happy, right? But, at what cost?
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….
We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity is the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe?
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. It is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.
But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout United States history. And now he wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. When the case is assigned to Lacy, she immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.
Praise for The Whistler
“[A] main character [who’s] a seriously appealing woman . . . a whistle-blower who secretly calls attention to corruption . . . a strong and frightening sense of place . . . [John Grisham’s] on his game.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“[John Grisham is] our guide to the byways and backwaters of our legal system, superb in particular at ferreting out its vulnerabilities and dramatizing their abuse in gripping style.”—USA Today
“Riveting . . . an elaborate conspiracy.”—The New York Times Book Review
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.
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Music headliner, Carter Ryan discovers he needs a nanny for his daughter, Cheyenne. Carter never anticipated his daughter’s defender and escort to be the luscious and utterly breathtaking Dr. Gold. After one look, he decides he doesn’t want just any nanny, he wants Dr. Gold.
Dr. Sylva Ann Gold couldn’t believe the sweet little girl in her emergency room had been dropped off and abandoned. Upon further investigation she discovers the infuriating man, Cheyenne’s father, to be one of the hottest and mouthwatering men she had ever seen, and when he sang on stage, there wasn’t a person in the venue that wasn’t a Carter Ryan fan, Annie included.
When Carter turned out to be a responsible, and loving father Annie’s original opinion of him starts to shatter. When her good deed lands her without a job, Carter offers her the position of Chey’s temporary nanny, along with the full responsibility of hiring a quality nanny for her replacement.
Annie couldn’t turn the offer down she did have college loans to pay back, and three months of suspension from the hospital. She agreed to stay and help Carter find someone to care for Chey.
From the moment they jump on the tour bus, Annie and Carter clash at every bump in the road. The chemistry between them becomes impossible to ignore, but were they victims of circumstance or was there something more?
He was a cowboy first, a former navy SEAL second…and a red-blooded male third…
Until he was forced to kidnap Jaime Collingsworth.
The sexy spitfire almost made Rio Hernandez forget his undercover assignment in a major cartel that threatened to destroy south Texas. Rio didn't know what the cartel wanted with Jaime; he only knew he had to protect her.
Keeping her alive was easy compared to keeping his hands off her. Each moment with Jaime brought him closer to temptation, just as the cartel moved relentlessly closer to its evil plan. With time running out, Rio had no choice but to put Jaime in danger. But at the last second which would he choose—sworn duty or the woman he'd come to love?
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.
Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Series:
Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)
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.
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….
The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book—his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.
Enjoy these suspenseful romances of danger and faith.
SECURITY BREACH Capitol K-9 Unit
by Margaret Daley
A White House trespasser is on the loose, and tour director Selena Barrow teams up with Capitol K-9 Unit member Nicholas Cole and his trusted dog, Max, to track down the intruder…before his destructive plans are brought to fruition.
BACKFIRE Mountain Cove
by Elizabeth Goddard
Since testifying against a gang leader, Tracy Murray's been hiding as an Alaskan search and rescuer. When the crime boss's henchmen find her, Tracy turns to firefighter David Warren—who'll stop at nothing to keep her safe.
by Katy Lee
Television host Colm McCrae doesn't know whether "accidents" keep occurring on set of Gretchen Bauer's B and B restoration because his boss is desperate to boost ratings—or because someone is out for revenge against the beautiful woman.
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.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor.
As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore.
Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.
Where was he headed? What was he planning? And could he be connected to the “spectacular attack” they have been fearing all summer?
In a race against time, the CIA taps an unorthodox source to get answers: Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath.
Hired on a black contract, Harvath will provide the deniability the United States needs, while he breaks every rule along the way.
Packed with pulse-pounding action, fascinating characters, and electrifying intrigue, Brad Thor does it again and proves why he is known around the world as the “Master of Thrillers.”
With his life in shambles and desperate to bond with the five-year-old daughter he barely knows, ex-SEAL Pierce Lawrence returns to his Texas childhood home, the Double K Ranch. There he meets the intriguing Grace Addison, a mystery woman on the run…who is loath to get involved with the ruggedly handsome cowboy.
Pierce, instantly attracted to Grace, would do anything to help her escape her living nightmare…if only she'd let him. But how can she allow him to get close, when she fears the killer targeting her could also endanger Pierce—and his innocent daughter?
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair
“The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times
“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”—USA Today
“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe
“Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
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?