A false reality of lust, love, and lies.
Morgan Steel is a rising-star ADA from LA. When her half-sister is brutally murdered her world spins off course, tilts off its axis. Seeking justice, she commits the unthinkable and finds herself no longer living in a world of right or wrong, black or white. She finds herself living in a reality within a false reality of love, lust, betrayal, and murder.
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He looks into my amber eyes, and I wonder what he sees in them. They are my eye, but she's the woman he’s falling in love with. He’s falling for a woman who isn’t real. She’s a script, a character I play. I don’t want to accept this. I want to continue to bathe in my temperate pool of false reality, a false reality within a reality that is beginning to slip away from me.
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
She needs the legendary freedom fighter to rescue her imprisoned brother. Instead, she is forced into an arranged marriage of political expediency. Her bridegroom is Rory Forbes, an aristocrat loyal to the crown. A coward at the Battle of Culloden. A traitor to his own people.
To the world he is a fop and wastrel who lives solely for his own pleasure. But the new Marquis of Braemoor harbors a dangerous secret he must keep hidden at all costs. Bethia is the wild card, arousing treacherous desire that could doom Rory’s mission and imperil her life. Sworn to protect her, the most wanted man in Scotland must fight his greatest battle to win the heart of the one woman he desires above all others: his wife.
Named “Storyteller of the Year” by the Romantic Times, Patricia Potter introduces one of her most irresistible heroes, and offers “well-drawn, memorable characters [and] compelling action,” in the first book in her enthralling Scottish trilogy that continues with The Heart Queen and The Diamond King (Library Journal).
Marjorie Steel is still healing from the events of the past year, and she’s happy to put her plans to study culinary arts on hold to help her best friend deal with a difficult pregnancy and two recently adopted troubled boys. The fact that Bryce Simpson spends a lot of time at the Steel Ranch is a benefit, and she’s ready to see if her attraction to him might be something more.
Bryce wants to do a hard day’s work on the ranch. Once his muscles give out and he collapses from exhaustion, maybe he’ll stop torturing himself over his late father’s horrific double life. The Steels have a different idea. They ask Bryce to take an executive position complete with a profit share. As he has a young son and widowed mother to support, it’s an offer he can’t refuse. The only catch is Marjorie. She’s beautiful, smart, feisty, and her kisses set him on fire. But he’s an empty shell with nothing to offer her, and she deserves the world.
As the sins of his father continue to haunt him, Bryce learns the horrors of the past may not yet be buried.