Breaking Free

Steele Ridge

Book 4
Steele Ridge Publishing
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As the black sheep of the Steele brood, Micki Steele craves one thing: the love of her family. Working as a hacker for a ruthless fixer, Micki has done things she'll never be proud of. When she flees Vegas and returns to her hometown, she brings along her boss’s secrets and plenty of danger. At least until he arrives in Steele Ridge, intent on hauling her back to Vegas—or burying her in North Carolina.


Former Green Beret and family friend Gage Barber has been Mr. Fix-It his entire life, but now a war wound leaves him struggling with simple tasks. And when the mysterious and sexy Micki shows up and pulls him into the middle of her family drama, his loyalty to the Steele family is tested. Although he’s sworn off his need to play hero, his undeniable attraction to Micki leaves him with only one option—convincing her to break free of her ruthless boss.


Torn over protecting the man she’s falling in love with and her yearning for a normal life, Micki must choose between staying trapped in Vegas or a life of freedom in Steele Ridge. Even if breaking free leads straight to heartbreak…and prison. 


If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.


The Beginning - The Steeles

Going Hard - The Steeles

Living Fast - The Steeles

Loving Deep - The Steeles

Breaking Free - The Steeles

Roaming Wild - The Steeles

Stripping Bare - The Steeles

Enduring Love - The Steeles

Craving Heat - The Kingstons

Tasting Fire - The Kingstons

Searing Need - The Kingstons

Vowing Love - The Steeles

Striking Edge - The Kingstons

Burning Ache - The Kingstons


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About the author

 Adrienne Giordano is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty romantic suspense and mystery novels. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports-obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a cofounder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. For more information on Adrienne’s books, please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor, Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano and Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/AdrienneGiordano. 

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Steele Ridge Publishing
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Published on
Apr 25, 2017
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312
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9781944898120
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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Military
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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She’s loved him forever…



The last thing traveling nurse Evie Steele expects to find aboard the RV housing her mobile health clinic is her brother’s best friend. As always, Deke’s close proximity stirs her forbidden desires and long-suppressed dreams. But his sudden reappearance in her life and curious interest in her patients makes Evie wonder what he’s hiding.



…but now his secrets could destroy them both.



Special agent Deke Conrad is in big trouble. Not only does he have a thing for his friend’s little sister, but what should be a routine mission is turning into a tour of temptation and survival. He fooled himself into thinking he could keep the beautiful and dynamic Evie in the dark while he used the cover of her Med Mobile to track down a merciless wildlife trafficker. But he didn't anticipate the lure of her scent or the warmth of her smile…or the string of dead bodies littering their path.



When Evie winds up in his enemy’s crosshairs, Deke must unleash every weapon in his arsenal to save her, including his heart. But will he be too late? 


If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.


The Beginning - The Steeles

Going Hard - The Steeles

Living Fast - The Steeles

Loving Deep - The Steeles

Breaking Free - The Steeles

Roaming Wild - The Steeles

Stripping Bare - The Steeles

Enduring Love - The Steeles

Craving Heat - The Kingstons

Tasting Fire - The Kingstons

Searing Need - The Kingstons

Vowing Love - The Steeles

Striking Edge - The Kingstons

Burning Ache - The Kingstons


Bad Boy...

Billionaire...

Baby Brother...

Who is the real Jonah Steele?


Video game mogul Jonah Steele may be a billionaire, but as the youngest brother in a family of alphas, his struggle to prove his worth is all-consuming. Although he saved his hometown from ruin, he can’t forgive himself for the biggest failure of his life.


As a teenager, Tessa Martin survived one of the most devastating nights of her life. Now, she’s a corporate psychologist and stronger than ever. She also has her sights set on Jonah Steele, her former boss and the only man who can track down the hacker who compromised her confidential client files. But can she confess that Jonah’s deepest secrets were exposed as well?


As the threat distorts into a real-life version of Jonah’s legendary video game, his and Tessa’s complicated emotional past—and the secrets buried there—could prove fatal. Will they strip away the past and reveal their feelings for one another, or allow it to blind them to a killer’s twisted game of revenge?

 

If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.


The Beginning - The Steeles

Going Hard - The Steeles

Living Fast - The Steeles

Loving Deep - The Steeles

Breaking Free - The Steeles

Roaming Wild - The Steeles

Stripping Bare - The Steeles

Enduring Love - The Steeles

Craving Heat - The Kingstons

Tasting Fire - The Kingstons

Searing Need - The Kingstons

Vowing Love - The Steeles

Striking Edge - The Kingstons

Burning Ache - The Kingstons


Maggie Kingston is a woman working in a man’s world…and doing a damn good job. Being Steele Ridge’s first female sheriff isn’t easy. Especially when your cousins are magnets for trouble. The Steeles do everything the hard way, but Maggie’s tougher than she looks. Nothing shakes this sheriff until her cousin brings one of his superstar players—and the accompanying media circus—to town. The press can’t get enough of the sexy quarterback. And neither can Maggie…


Jayson Tucker devoted his whole career to the New York Knights. So when the team takes a rookie’s side over his after a locker room brawl, he takes refuge from the spotlight. Except reporters aren’t the only ones after him. Someone wants Jayson benched. Permanently. When the threat becomes deadly, hiding won’t be enough. And in Steele Ridge, security comes in the luscious form of its gorgeous, no-nonsense sheriff.


Jayson’s always fought his own battles. The closer he gets to Maggie, the less he’s willing to risk her being caught in the crossfire. Yet Maggie is no damsel in distress. She’s more than capable of keeping her town—and her man—safe. But can she say the same about her heart?


If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.


The Beginning - The Steeles

Going Hard - The Steeles

Living Fast - The Steeles

Loving Deep - The Steeles

Breaking Free - The Steeles

Roaming Wild - The Steeles

Stripping Bare - The Steeles

Enduring Love - The Steeles

Craving Heat - The Kingstons

Tasting Fire - The Kingstons

Searing Need - The Kingstons

Vowing Love - The Steeles

Striking Edge - The Kingstons

Burning Ache - The Kingstons


Fire in one hand, ashes in the other...


Studious tutor Emmy McKay fell in love with Cash Kingston over a biology textbook, never expecting the high school football hero to give her a second thought. But his feelings for her burned just as hot. All too soon, Emmy’s choices destroyed their youthful relationship, reducing it to a pile of ash. Years later, she has landed her dream job as an ER doctor in her hometown. Now it’s time to win back her dream man.


As a firefighter and tactical medic, Cash Kingston is no stranger to white-knuckle situations. But when he learns his beautiful—and brilliant—ex-girlfriend has returned to Steele Ridge, he feels as if he’s standing on the roof of a blazing building. With no escape route in sight. Emmy is the only woman who’s ever had the power to build him up one minute and burn him down the next.


But when someone targets Emmy and they begin to suspect the danger stems from their past relationship, it’s impossible for Cash to stay detached. Will the struggle to untangle a web of half-truths bring them closer together, or will it tear them apart for good?


If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.


The Beginning - The Steeles

Going Hard - The Steeles

Living Fast - The Steeles

Loving Deep - The Steeles

Breaking Free - The Steeles

Roaming Wild - The Steeles

Stripping Bare - The Steeles

Enduring Love - The Steeles

Craving Heat - The Kingstons

Tasting Fire - The Kingstons

Searing Need - The Kingstons

Vowing Love - The Steeles

Striking Edge - The Kingstons

Burning Ache - The Kingstons


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Reid Becker was the best of the best, an elite soldier whose career ended abruptly in a mission gone awry. Derailed after a decade of intense focus, Reid is spending far too much time in his best friend's bar. Then Shayla Callaway walks into his life with a desperate plea for help. How can he resist a beautiful blonde?  


The last thing Shayla Callaway was looking for was trouble. After years of medical school, she is months away from finishing her residency when a stint with a research team lands her in the middle of a game of drugs and money, and the only person who can help her is a burned-out ex-soldier with a hot body and a cocky attitude. 


Reid and Shayla have always put duty and career first. But as the danger heats up, so do the summer nights. Suddenly, it's not just about saving the world but about saving each other and a love they never expected … 


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So This Is Love #2

Falling For a Stranger #3

Between Now and Forever #4

Nobody But You #5 – (Novella)

All A Heart Needs #6

That Summer Night #7

When Shadows Fall #8

Somewhere Only We Know #9


The Callaway Cousins

If I Didn't Know Better #1

Tender Is The Night #2

Take Me Home #3 (Novella) 

Closer To You #4

Once You're Mine #5

Can't Let Go #6

Secrets We Keep #7


Whisper Lake Spin-Off Series

Always With Me #1

My Wildest Dream #2

Can't Fight The Moonlight #3

Just One Kiss #4

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George is a mystery. Tall. Dark. Intense.
And she'll need him by her side if she wants to survive.

George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He's the best survival expert Search & Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There's just one problem-Ellie's everything George isn't. She's a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

Ellie's determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey...

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"Gripping suspense, unique heroines, sexy heroes." —CHRISTINE FEEHAN, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Search and Rescue Series:
On His Watch (FREE novella)
Hold Your Breath (Book 1)
Fan the Flames (Book 2)
Gone too Deep (Book 3)
In Safe Hands (Book 4)
After the End (FREE novella)

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"Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice."—D.D. AYRES, author of the K-9 Rescue Series for Hold Your Breath

"Vivid and charming."—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

He lost his mentor. He lost his K9 partner. He almost lost his will to live.
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Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

"Gripping suspense, unique heroines, sexy heroes." —CHRISTINE FEEHAN, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit Series:
Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)
Survive the Night (Book 3)
Through the Fire (Book 4)

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"I love Ruggle's characters. They're sharply drawn, and vividly alive. I'm happy when they find each other. These are wonderful escapist books."—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
"Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—JULIE ANN WALKER, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author for Hold Your Breath
"Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice."—D.D. AYRES, author of the K-9 Rescue Series for Hold Your Breath

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Smokejumper Aiden Callaway never questioned his job until a fire took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind.


Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought their teenage relationship crashing down. But the sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on the man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be.


As teenagers they weren't ready for each other. Are they ready now? Or will secrets derail their second chance at love? 


Don't miss this breathtaking and emotional second-chance romance and the first book in the NYT Bestselling Series: The Callaways!


Also Available:

The Callaways

On A Night Like This (#1) 

So This Is Love (#2) 

Falling For A Stranger (#3) 

Between Now And Forever (#4) 

Nobody But You (#5) A Callaway Wedding Novella)

All A Heart Needs (#6) 

That Summer Night (#7) 

When Shadows Fall (#8) 

Somewhere Only We Know (#9)


Callaway Cousins

If I Didn't Know Better (#1)

Tender Is The Night (#2)

Take Me Home (#3)(Callaway Novella)

Closer To You (#4)

Once You're Mine (#5)

Can't Let Go (#6)

Secrets We Keep (#7)


Spin-Off Series – Whisper Lake

Always With Me (#1)

My Wildest Dream (#2)

Can't Fight The Moonlight (#3)

Just One Kiss (#4)


What the readers are saying…


"I love the Callaways! Heartwarming romance, intriguing suspense and sexy alpha heroes. What more could you want?" — NYT Bestselling Author Bella Andre 


"I adore the Callaways, a family we'd all love to have. Each new book is a deft combination of emotion, suspense and family dynamics. A remarkable, compelling series!" — Barbara O'Neal, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life. 


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"Vivid and charming."—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

He was her hero, but one wrong move ended their future before it could begin.
Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if that means turning against one of his own.

As a member of the Field County Sheriff's Department, Chris Jennings is used to having it rough. The Colorado Rockies aren't for the weak-of-spirit, but he's devoted his life to upholding the law—and to protecting the one woman he knows he can never have. He'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search & Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...

"Gripping suspense, unique heroines, sexy heroes." —CHRISTINE FEEHAN, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Search and Rescue Series:
On His Watch (FREE novella)
Hold Your Breath (Book 1)
Fan the Flames (Book 2)
Gone too Deep (Book 3)
In Safe Hands (Book 4)
After the End (FREE novella)

What People Are Saying:
"I love Ruggle's characters. They're sharply drawn, and vividly alive. I'm happy when they find each other. These are wonderful escapist books."—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
"Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—JULIE ANN WALKER, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author for Hold Your Breath
"Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice."—D.D. AYRES, author of the K-9 Rescue Series for Hold Your Breath

She’s loved him forever…



The last thing traveling nurse Evie Steele expects to find aboard the RV housing her mobile health clinic is her brother’s best friend. As always, Deke’s close proximity stirs her forbidden desires and long-suppressed dreams. But his sudden reappearance in her life and curious interest in her patients makes Evie wonder what he’s hiding.



…but now his secrets could destroy them both.



Special agent Deke Conrad is in big trouble. Not only does he have a thing for his friend’s little sister, but what should be a routine mission is turning into a tour of temptation and survival. He fooled himself into thinking he could keep the beautiful and dynamic Evie in the dark while he used the cover of her Med Mobile to track down a merciless wildlife trafficker. But he didn't anticipate the lure of her scent or the warmth of her smile…or the string of dead bodies littering their path.



When Evie winds up in his enemy’s crosshairs, Deke must unleash every weapon in his arsenal to save her, including his heart. But will he be too late? 


If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.


The Beginning - The Steeles

Going Hard - The Steeles

Living Fast - The Steeles

Loving Deep - The Steeles

Breaking Free - The Steeles

Roaming Wild - The Steeles

Stripping Bare - The Steeles

Enduring Love - The Steeles

Craving Heat - The Kingstons

Tasting Fire - The Kingstons

Searing Need - The Kingstons

Vowing Love - The Steeles

Striking Edge - The Kingstons

Burning Ache - The Kingstons


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