More by Carla Cassidy
No self-respecting cowboy wants to be a rich girl's dirty little secret. That's why Nick Benson left Grady Gulch, looking for greener pastures even as his heart was breaking. Little did he know that the beauty he left behind was carrying his child, a son. Or that his wealthy lover would be abandoned by her family because of their forbidden affair.
Now Nick has returned, and he wants to be a father to little Garrett. But Courtney Chambers has been taking care of herself long enough to distrust their renewed passion. Her little boy is her life now. Only when he disappears, does she realize how dangerous love can be….
FBI profiler Sam Connelly had come to Daniella Butler's remote Louisiana bed-and-breakfast to escape the consuming horrors of his job—and the dark demons he fears lurk in his own soul. But finding a dead body on her property changes everything. There's no room in his life—in his heart—for a family. Or so he thinks, until a killer's threat places his irresistible innkeeper and her young daughter under his protection. Now, as the obsessed psychopath inches closer to possessing Daniella, Sam must call upon his elite skills to track his target and keep the beautiful blonde and her child safe. Defending them becomes his greatest challenge. Losing them is not even an option.
FBI agent Seth Hawkins was on a mission to catch a serial killer. Yet his only lead—a mysterious azure-eyed beauty found buried alive in the local sand dunes—had no memory of how she'd been abducted. Or anything else about her identity.
The only thing Tamara Jennings knew for sure was the undeniable attraction she felt for the strong, handsome man who saved her life. It wasn't long before their passion flared out of control. But as memories of her forgotten past returned, would they lead her to the killer—and to a life she could share with Seth?
The Price of Deadly Secrets…
Someone is killing waitresses at the Cowboy Café. Three women are dead, and Sheriff Cameron Evans means to find out why. But as he works to solve the case, the hunky sheriï¬€ must push beyond his feelings for the café's owner. There's a murderer on the loose. Passion has no place here.
For Mary Mathis, the crime is personal. Not only are the victims her employees, they may be a sign of something deeper. Eight years ago she came to Grady Gulch fleeing a violent past that has scarred her for life. Now she has to discover if that history is dooming the women who work for her. She already knows it has made new love impossible—no matter what she may secretly desire.
The town of Black Rock is under a dark cloud. Four single women have disappeared, and there are no leads as to their whereabouts. Until one evening after work, pretty real-estate broker Layla West fends off an attacker, and becomes the newest obsession of a deranged serial killer….
Desperate for protection, Layla seeks refuge at the remote cabin of Jacob Grayson, the brother of the local sheriff. A former FBI agent, Jacob still bears the guilt of a similar case gone fatally wrong. Now Jacob's growing desire for Layla could tempt him into letting his guard down…with potentially deadly results.
There were whispers about Sawyer Bennett, locked up behind his estate's stone walls. Untouchable. The only chink in his armor--his mute daughter. But not even his wealth and influence could silence the rumors since the suspicious death of his socialite wife.
So why did new nanny Amanda Rockport think she could penetrate the fortress around Sawyer? Because she could help the little girl, who hadn't spoken since witnessing her mother's murder. Somewhere a murderer was scot-free--watching and waiting. The little girl needed her father back, and the nanny--what did she need? Her boss to take charge, even if rousing his anger got the town talking again!
"You need to trust me."
Dora Martin had escaped her past, been given a second chance. She wasn't going to waste it. A good education, a job she loved—all she had to do was stay on the straight and narrow. That meant no more disastrous relationships. No more men, period. Not even the oh-so-appealing Mark Flynn.
FBI Agent Mark Flynn is in Vengeance, Texas, to help solve three brutal murders. Dora Martin was a source of information, that's all. Instead, he couldn't stop thinking about her. But the gentle, gray-eyed beauty is hiding a secret that might solve the murders—or get her killed. He won't let that happen. For his case—and his heart—he will protect her….
Ranch foreman Gray Stark and heiress Catherine Colton may live together on Dead River Ranch, but they're from different worlds. She made that clear when she broke his heart years ago. With their passionate, complicated past, marriage is not an option. Until he finds out that she—and her unborn baby—are targets.
Making Catherine his wife is the best way to ensure her safety. But as desire resurfaces, it wars with the danger that hovers close. Is Gray ready to face his biggest threat yet to keep Catherine safe…and by his side…forever?
Marlene Marcoli made the mistake of falling in love and almost lost her life. Hoping to put her abusive marriage behind her, Marlene moves to Wolf Creek, Pennsylvania. But danger follows her once again when her apartment is vandalized. To make matters worse, the sexy detective working the case is distracting her beyond reason.
Detective Frank Delaney hasn't been interested in dating since his wife died—until Marlene comes to town. Irresistibly drawn to the blonde, he's got to find a way to make her trust him. And when Marlene's life is threatened, Frank must race to protect her—if they both hope to have a second chance at love.
When Sheriff Matt Buchanan discovers FBI profiler Jenna Taylor snooping around his crime scene, he isn't pleased. The last thing he needs is the FBI meddling. But Jenna is determined to find her best friend's murderer, and she won't be bullied out of town. Then the madman strikes again. His calling card? A red rose.
Realizing they're dealing with a serial killer, Matt accepts Jenna's help. But when Jenna becomes the madman's target, the danger—and their unrelenting attraction—is imminent. Will Jenna find safety in Matt's arms—or will the next rose she receives be her last?
When Debra Prentice discovers she's pregnant, she knows two things are true: that she can't wait to become a mother…and that she can never reveal the father's identity to anyone. Because not only is Trey Winston her boss's son, he's also got his eye on the North Carolina senator's seat—and he doesn't need a scandal.
But when Debra must work with Trey in organizing his fund-raising dinner, the sparks from their one night of passion still sizzle. Trey knows he should stay away from Debra, but it soon becomes impossible. And as Debra's life is threatened, Trey promises to keep her—and, unknowingly, the baby she carries—safe.
Special Agent Riley Kincaid was fearless when it came to hunting ruthless criminals. But he was clueless when it came to marriage. Even a pretend one. Now, faced with a gorgeous single mother who needed protection from the killer next door, Riley was forced to play the doting husband and loving father…then walk away when the danger had passed. Too bad nobody warned him that Lana Tyler and her little girl could stir up feelings Riley had firmly avoided all his life. Claiming the key to everyone's survival meant having razor-sharp focus on the mission, Riley did everything he could not to be alone with his temporary wife. Which was turning out to be his toughest assignment yet….
Dancer Melanie Brooks had escaped small-town Oklahoma, giving up the country for Broadway's bright lights. Yet after her mother's funeral called her back, her own health issues forced her to stay. Now her tenant, too-hot-for-his-own-good Adam Benson, is giving her a reason to dance again. But has a killer set his sights on her, too?
Adam knows a little something about fresh starts. As for his beautiful neighbor, he doesn't see a wheelchair—he sees a woman who understands. But as the heat grows between them, he can't avoid the feeling that more than her big-city past haunts her—and that danger has been lurking, waiting to strike….
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Roxy Marcoli cares about three things—her restaurant, her sisters and her aunt Liz. When Liz disappears, she's forced to turn to shameless playboy cop Steve Kincaid. Every time the sexy detective turns on the charm, he gets Roxy's hackles up.
Despite his reputation, Steve is no ladies' man. His casual flirting hides the pain of an unbearable loss. As they search for clues, he discovers what lies beneath Roxy's prickly exterior and sharp tongue. As his desire grows, so does his fear. Because it's not just Aunt Liz the killer wants—but Roxy, too.
After years in hiding, Josie Colton has her life back. But to settle a family promise, she must find an old clue buried at the Colton Valley Ranch. She enlists the help of ranch foreman Tanner Grange—in exchange for working as his twin toddlers' new nanny. On their search, the single dad soon begins to lasso Josie's heart.
Tanner agrees to assist Josie and is alarmed by how the Colton beauty fits so perfectly into his life. He's got his hands full investigating the disappearance of his boss and caring for his little girls. When it's clear someone will kill to stop Josie from uncovering the clue, Tanner vows to protect her…for life!
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COLTON’S SECRET SON
The Coltons of Shadow Creek
by Carla Cassidy
After his notorious mother escapes from prison, Knox Colton is temporarily placed on leave from his job as a Texas Ranger. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his hometown of Shadow Creek, Texas, and there discovers he’s the father of a nine-year-old boy with the woman he’s never been able to forget.
by Lisa Childs
Lars Ecklund is on a mission to safeguard his nephew and rescue his missing sister. He finds help in the tiny but tough Nikki Payne, a fellow bodyguard at Payne Protection Agency, who is as wary with her heart as she is good with a gun. But when faced with a sleazy adoption lawyer, assassins and a baby, they must also contend with their feelings for each other or risk losing their hearts—and lives!
by Justine Davis
When teacher Ria Connelly comes to Foxworth about a troubled student, operative Liam Burnett doesn’t know what he’s in for. But Ria refuses to back down and leave him to his lonely exsistence, even when the secrets they uncover threaten them both.
LAST CHANCE HERO
by Melinda Di Lorenzo
Ten years ago, Donovan Grady died in a car accident. Or so Jordynn Flannigan believed. Now he’s back from the dead, and his only goal is to keep her alive and safe from the people who forced him to fake his own death all those years before…
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A cowboy cop tracks down a perilous passion in New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy's explosive new thriller!
For Cassie Peterson, finding out her new ranch was the site of a cold case is horrifying. But now one of her cowboys has been murdered, just like the previous victims! Cassie will do whatever it takes to help Chief of Police Dillon Bowie find the killer, but will getting close to the handsome lawman put more than her home at risk?
Dillon’s been working hard to crack the original case—and keep feisty Cassie out of his thoughts. But when disturbing new clues prove the murderer is obsessed with Cassie, Dillon will tempt fate to guard the beauty and solve a terrifying mystery.
Cowboys of Holiday Ranch: Where sun, earth and hard work turn men into rugged cowboys…and irresistible heroes!
Discover the full miniseries below:
Book 1: A Real Cowboy
Book 2: Cowboy of Interest
Book 3: Cowboy Under Fire
Book 4: Cowboy At Arms
Book 5: Operation Cowboy Daddy
“Good conflict and emotion infused into the plot will keep readers turning the pages of this Cowboys of Holiday Ranch novel.”—RT Book Reviews on Cowboy Under Fire, 4½ stars, Top Pick!
Maybe it's just her imagination, but Sheri Marcoli's convinced she's being watched. With the disappearance of her aunt still unsolved, Detective Jimmy Carmani's not taking any chances. But sticking close to the vulnerable beauty isn't just a job. For the first time in his life, Jimmy's discovering feelings he thought himself incapable of.
But the powerful attraction Sheri feels toward Jimmy is scaring her almost as much as her stalker. The swarthy, dark-eyed detective is nothing like the golden-haired prince she's waited for all her life. But as Sheri struggles to resist her overpowering desire, an evil madman is closing in…on both of them.
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When criminal mastermind Livia Colton escapes from prison, her son, Texas Ranger Knox Colton, is suspended from his job. Embittered, the loner lawman heads home to Shadow Creek, Texas, a town full of unsettling memories for him. But Knox is floored when he discovers that the woman he loved and lost has a son that looks just like him.
Allison Rafferty thought she was doing the right thing by not telling Knox about young Cody all those years ago. Now the man she still loves insists on getting to know his son. And as a threat looms over Shadow Creek, they'll both discover just how far a Colton will go to protect what's theirs.
An unknown darkness walks the streets of Black Rock. With a killer at large, Deputy Benjamin Grayson knows that an elderly man's claims of a supernatural phenomenon won't help matters. Yet what he doesn't know is that summoning the man's only relative will make her a target…one in need of his protection.
Edie Burnett comes to the sleepy Kansas town for her grandfather's sake—not to let down her guard for a handsome lawman. But Benjamin seems determined to prove that her hard-knock life has been void of friendship, passion and security for too long. She wants to be safe in his arms, but when danger closes in she may not get the chance….
Under the guise of needing a vacation, disturbingly handsome investigator Chase McCall arrived in Cotter Creek, Oklahoma. The purpose of his trip was complex—and a conflict of interest given his sizzling reaction to Meredith. Not only did she need his protection, but she was also a potential link to solving his top-secret case—and the potential key to his happiness.
One cold December night, Henry James Randolf III wanted to escape. His money, his heritage, his lonely life. But when the blizzard drove the sexy Melissa Monroe into his arms he made sure to avoid that trap, too.
A year later, when she shows up at his Texas ranch with adorable twin boys, he can't believe his eyes. The boys look just like him. Was their night of passion a premeditated snare or a Christmas surprise? But when shots ring out, his instincts take over. He'll stop at nothing to keep Melissa and the boys safe. And he just may recognize where his true wealth lies, if it isn't too late for them all.
Lexie Forbes had come to Kansas looking for answers, but all she uncovered was a killer on her trail. Still, the FBI agent wasn't about to give up on her desperate search for the truth behind the suspicious death that sent her reeling…even if no one in the small, eerie town was talking. No one except sexy rancher Nick Walker.
Nick had experienced his own share of tragedy and all he wanted was to be left alone. But refusing the gorgeous and persistent Lexie was tougher than roping cattle—especially once he realized they shared a very dangerous connection. Before long, Nick went from trying his best to ignore the sizzling tension between them to doing whatever he could to ensure Lexie didn't become the town's latest victim.
But the only man who could keep proudly independent Tamara Greystone safe was brooding crime scene investigator Clay James, who insisted she do things his way if she wanted to see tomorrow. Terrified by a crazed stalker, the Native American teacher had no choice but to move in with her stubborn, sexy protector. But who would come to her heart's rescue? Because living with this man, touching him, kissing him, was the last thing she needed. And the very thing she wanted.
Seven people have disappeared and it's up to FBI agent Alexander Harkins and his team to bring them all home safely. But when he discovers his ex-wife, Georgina Beaumont, is part of that team, he's forced to make peace with his past in order to stay focused on the mission. Georgina is a stark reminder of the life he once had, and working together will mean trying to forget the woman he still loves. Then the killer shifts focus onto Georgina—forcing them to seek solace in one another—and Alexander is reminded just how much he stands to lose.
"The crib is empty."
Peyton Wilkerson's world is shattered when her baby is taken from her very own home. Distraught, she finds comfort—and a growing attraction—in Sheriff Tom Grayson's arms. But knocking down the wall that Tom has erected around his heart will be tough….
Tom knows the heartbreak of losing a child. He aches for Peyton, but refuses to give in to desires he thought long dead. When her life is threatened, Tom discovers that resistance is futile—he'd move mountains to keep mother and baby safe.
Only a life-and-death mission could make FBI special agent Jackson Revannaugh leave Louisiana for Kansas. But a husband and wife have gone missing in a case with disturbing similarities to an unsolved one, and Jackson's desperate for answers. And the trick is keeping his taboo desire for his gorgeous new partner from compromising the operation.
Marjorie Clinton knows Jackson's type only too well. But with passion—and the case—heating up, she soon has to trust the Southern charmer with her life. Because someone in this friendly lakeside town is a killer. Someone who's made Marjorie a target and could expose the secret Jackson hoped would stay buried forever.
She'd been watching the handsome rancher for a while, just a lone cowboy eating pie with an empty chair beside him. One night, Lizzie Wiles, Cowboy Café's feisty new waitress, went over and dared to interrupt his tortured solitude. Daniel Jefferson seemed shocked by her boldness as he buried himself in guilt over his wife's mysterious death. Lizzie tried to penetrate his gloom, but in the end, found herself falling in love. Having plans to leave town, she didn't want to think of these consequences. Worse, someone really wanted her to disappear—now! Attacked and warned to leave, Lizzie had every reason to go…but she had one undeniable reason to stay.
FBI agent Ryan Burton spent his days investigating every sinister secret in the fog-shrouded village of Raven's Cliff…his nights he spent protecting a beautiful material witness with no memory. At one time Ryan had been her defender and her lover, but Britta Jakobsen had no recollection of either. Now, as a curse that enshrouded this seaside town began taking its toll on the locals,
Britta became the focus of a madman's attention.
For Ryan, safeguarding Britta brought back the past—and the passion—they'd once shared. This time, though, their reunion was no match for the unpredictable danger that hovered just outside the safehouse door….
DEFENDING THE RANCHER'S DAUGHTER
Kate Sampson is lucky to be alive after nearly being trampled by a stampeding cattle herd—she has to be on alert every second. Professional bodyguard Zack West offers protection…and something a lot more dangerous. The sensual cowboy had branded her with his passion years ago. Now he's back, ready to claim her love all over again.
THE RANCHER BODYGUARD
Grace Covington had vowed never again to lay eyes on the hotshot defense attorney who'd broken her heart. But when her stepfather is murdered, her sister found holding the bloody knife, Charlie Black is the only one who can help. And he seems determined to prove he's a changed man, too, capable of protecting her—body and soul.
Former navy SEAL Lucas Washington was an expert at tackling impossible missions. But when a striking—and very pregnant—woman turned up in a car he was repossessing, suddenly he was in over his head. Shaken and bruised, she couldn't remember what had happened to her or why she was terrified of going to the police. Lucas made it clear he could be trusted, and vowed to protect her until she was safe. Hours turned to days as they searched for clues to her hidden past. Then a family came to claim her, and a happy ending seemed imminent. But had he just delivered his Jane Doe to safety…or into the hands of a killer?
Witnessing a murder plunges Nina Owens into nerve-shattering danger. Police chief Flint Colton is sure the perp is taking down witnesses, so the handsome cop orders Nina into protective custody…in his home! And while she's grateful to him, Nina just can't shake her deep distrust of police. But all that falls away when Flint's scintillating kiss awakens something deep within her.
As Thanksgiving approaches with Dead River quarantined, the search for a missing child puts Nina and the killer on a collision course. She knows Flint is haunted by a past failure to save a witness…and that he'll put himself in the line of fire before he ever lets her down.
Wrongly imprisoned for murder, renowned horse trainer Greta Colton gets sprung by Tyler Stanton's falsified alibi. The incredibly handsome oil tycoon's desire has been burning for Greta ever since they met. Now that she's no longer his brother's fiancée, he wants her in his bed and working in his corral. In that order.
Throwing caution to the wind, Greta accepts Tyler's brazen invitations. And with danger mounting, they reluctantly risk their hearts. But when a shocking Colton secret surfaces, can Tyler protect Greta from a treacherous family reunion? Someone means to kill her…and take all that's hers!
Fiercely independent, determined, driven and…betrayed. Grace Covington vowed never again to lay eyes on the arrogant, hotshot defense attorney who'd broken her heart. But everything changed when her stepfather was murdered, her sister found holding the bloody knife. Charlie Black was the only one who could help.
Accepting the case would shatter the simple life Charlie established after taking charge of the family ranch in Cotter Creek, but he couldn't deny Grace's pleas. Discovering who was bent on destroying the Covington clan might be the only way to prove he was a changed man capable of protecting her—body and soul.
When irresistible Hank Riverton said he needed Angela Samuels's help, how was the virginal secretary to know he'd be talking about marriage? Now she was on her way to Mustang, Montana, to play wife for a week to the most unmarried man in town!
Angela was pretty, prim, and best of all, she posed no threat to Hank's single life. For Hank would rather be dead than wed. But seeing Angela in action had this hardened bachelor's mind wondering about home and hearth. Was it time for Hank to promote his secretary…to full-time bride?
A lively little town with secrets, scandal, gossip—and unexpected romance at ever turn(of the page)!
Snowbound with the Bodyguard
Dalton West has no time for love and family. But protecting is in his blood. When Janette Black and her baby show up in the midst of a snowstorm, Dalton can tell she has plenty to hide. Still, he takes the pair in to wait out the storm, and bars the door from any danger. But that danger shows up sooner than they expect.
The Cowboy's Secret Twins
One cold December night, Henry James Randolf III wanted to escape, and ended up with the sexy Melissa Monroe in his arms. Now, a year later, she shows up at his Texas ranch with adorable twin boys. Was their night of passion a premeditated snare, or a Christmas surprise? But when shots ring out, his instincts take over. He'll stop at nothing to keep Melissa and the boys safe.
When FBI profiler Amberly Nightsong is sent to Mystic Lake to consult with local cops about three ritualistic murders, the last thing she expects is to be a piece in a madman's sick puzzle. Luckily, she has a sexy lawman on her side.
Sheriff Cole Caldwell offers his protection—and stirs an awareness that leaves her breathless.
Cole, a widower, had shut himself off from the possibility of loving again. But as he works side by side with the single mom, he's drawn to Amberly and will do anything to erase the fear in her eyes. And as the danger intensifies in the form of a killer's twisted calling card, his vow to keep her and her young son safe will be put to the ultimate test.…
From the night he heard her scream, Quinn Logan sensed that something haunted Jewel Mayfair. The beautiful psychologist ran a ranch for troubled kids, but her own life seemed marked by grievous loss. Quinn had also known sorrow. Now he wanted to help Jewel move on…beginning with a mutual attraction that was impossible to ignore.
Her days at Hopechest Ranch were filled with the joy of helping others. But Jewel's nights were plagued by fear…and dreams that seemed all too real. Until the handsome vet chased away the terror. Could she trust Quinn and the passion he offered? Or was she falling in love with a man out to destroy her sanity and her life?
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Cowboys of Holiday Ranch
by Carla Cassidy
When a serial killer sets his sights on ranch owner Cassie Peterson, it’s up to Chief of Police Dillon Bowie to keep her safe…and keep his own heart from getting broken!
COLD CASE COLTON
The Coltons of Shadow Creek
by Addison Fox
Claudia Colton never thought returning to Shadow Creek would unlock the secrets of her past, but when PI Hawk Hunltley shows up on her doorstep, he brings more than answers. Danger—and love—is hot on his heels!
ESCORTED BY THE RANGER
by C.J. Miller
Supermodel Marissa Walker’s best frenemy is found murdered backstage, and everyone is convinced Marissa did it. When the attacker targets her as well, Jack Larson, a former army ranger, is called in to protect her. But as the attraction sizzles between them, the killer is trying to get closer than they ever imagined…
by Melinda Di Lorenzo
Detective Brooks Small is on forced vacation in Quebec. He’s cold, miserable and wants to go home. Until he spots a frightened woman held at gunpoint. Soon, he’s convincing the woman—Maryse LePrieur—to let him help her save her kidnapped daughter. It doesn’t take long for the attraction he feels to ignite, and the rescue mission quickly becomes personal.
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A family tragedy brings Bo McBride to his Mississippi town two years after a devastating loss made him leave. Now he's back and only Claire Silver is ready to welcome him home. The sassy blonde teacher wants his help in finding a killer who has plagued the town…
Although she could only admire him from afar, Claire was always drawn to Bo. Their unofficial investigation is complicated by the passion igniting between them. And by the obsessed stalker who has targeted Claire. With the threat escalating, Bo vows he'll do whatever it takes to protect her. And Claire vows to put her faith in the man ready to risk everything to safeguard her future.
And yet, as Clay witnessed a mother's vulnerability and discovered the heart beneath Libby's smooth facade, this born-and-bred cowboy rethought his mission. This could be more than a life-and-death assignment for Clay. This could be his destiny.
Who should raise the twins?
"Me, their godfather. Just because I'm a man doesn't mean I can't warm up formula or read bedtime stories. Besides, I love those two little rascals—and love doesn't come so easily to me."—Beau Randolf
"Me, their godmother. Those poor kids need a stable parental figure, and what could a carefree bachelor know about raising babies?"—Carolyn Baker
"Both. After all, there are two of us who need constant amusement and feedings at three in the morning. We'll just cry until they give us what we want—two parents!"—the twins
When single mom Trisha Cahill fled her deadly ex, she never expected to feel safe again. Yet Dusty Crawford is the protector she's always yearned for. She can't deny her attraction to the rugged cowboy, but how can she start a new beginning with evil lurking in her past?
Dusty has been intrigued by Trisha since she and her infant son arrived in Bitterroot, Oklahoma. When her life is threatened by a stalker, he won't hesitate to act as guardian. Trisha may be running from more than her bloody past, but Dusty will go to extremes to keep the vulnerable beauty safe.
Determined to see ranch hand Nick Coleman jailed for her sister's murder, Adrienne Bailey introduces herself with a quick jab that leaves him black-eyed and bewildered. Still, the injured cowboy wants to prove his innocence and suggests they work together to find the real killer. Reluctantly, the grieving sister agrees.
As other credible suspects emerge, Adrienne's distrust of Nick turns to a surprising attraction. He's too handsome, and one night of passion awakens unfamiliar emotions for them both. But until they catch the killer plaguing the ranch, neither she nor Nick is safe.
"I ride alone," cowboy Lucas Taylor warns New Yorker Nicolette Kendall. But when she and her son, Sammy, settle into Holiday Ranch, things are about to change for the sexy straight-shooting loner. After a frightening kidnapping attempt, Lucas becomes six-year-old Sammy's beloved bodyguard…while trying—in vain—to resist white-hot sparks between him and the boy's gorgeous city-slicker mom.
Nicolette can't deny the attraction either. But she's been heartbroken once too often and won't hitch her star to a cowboy interested only in a fling. Until there's a real danger to her own life…and heart! Then will she trade her high heels for cowboy boots?
The kids at Portia Perez's day-care center are everything to her. She tried love once, but was badly bitten. Then in walks Deputy Caleb Grayson. Though Caleb hurt her once, she can't deny that seeing him still makes her ache for his touch.
Caleb's heart skips a beat when Portia enters the sheriff 's office. Suddenly, memories come rushing back. Portia didn't trust him then. Why should she now? But someone's out to harm her and Caleb can't walk away. Nor can he deny the claim she still has on his heart. Will Portia's stalker extinguish any chance of a happy reunion between these old flames?