Sara’s emotionally abusive husband dies unexpectedly. She’s struggling to reclaim the intelligent, independent person she was before she married. She vows never to let a man take over her life again. Now she’s part of a special team, training to help other women.
Mac is has been responsible for training women in special ops techniques so they are prepared when they are challenged to save other women. When he meets Sara sparks fly between them. He wants her to quit the training and let him take care of her.
Sara graduates and now she and her team have to save Sara’s daughter from a serial killer. Can Mac step back and trust her in a dangerous situation? Can Sara and Mac resolve their issues, or will they go in opposite directions?
Murder, mystery and romance fills award-winning, Canadian author, Beverley Bateman's life. She loves to plot, kill and hopefully baffle the reader. Her nursing and public health nursing background helps with some details, and administering a community care facility program had her investigating and directing investigations into irregularities and sometimes a death. She even has court experience.
She began writing in her preteens and loved to write locked room mysteries. Reading Nancy Drew helped her figure out plots. Facing breast cancer she decided she needed to do what she’d always wanted and began to write. She completed her first romantic suspense novel and hasn’t stopped writing since. She recently moved and now lives among ranches and wheat fields in southern Alberta, with her husband and Shiba Inu dog.
Raped as a child Sam has always blamed her parents for not protecting her. Even with counseling, she’s been unable to move past her experience. The emotional scars have left her hating to be physically touched by anyone. It's also prevented her from forming any relationships with men--until now. She’s a strong, dedicated detective whose specialty is the internet chatrooms and stopping young girls from becoming potential rape victims. She works to prevent them from going through the same trauma she’s still struggling with.
Reno Police Department Lieutenant Devlin O’Reilly is a loose canon who works alone. Devlin is a renegade cop who prefers to work undercover and catch bad guys. A gun in the perp’s mouth gives him a real rush. For several years previously he worked in the missing children division but his attitude irritated parents, and he also burned out because they seldom found the children alive. Off duty he likes to drink and pick up surgically enhanced, brainless bimbos, so he’s always in control. A relationship to him is a long weekend. This cavalier attitude toward women results from a bad marriage when he first became a cop. The woman lied and said she was pregnant. After the marriage, she said she lost the baby. When she realized that a cop didn’t make that much money, she cheated on Devlin, sometimes with other cops in his division. This embarrassed him in front of his peers. When she found a sugar daddy she walked out on him. Devlin blames himself for his marriage failure and has vowed never to let any woman do that to him again. He wants respect from his buddies and recognition for the work he does and the perps he takes off the street. But what he doesn’t realize is his cavalier, work alone, attitude works against this. It prevents him from advancing his career.
Forced to work together when a fourteen year old girl leaves home to meet a ‘boy’ from a chatroom, Sam and Devlin have to overcome many of their personal feelings. They both know that the girl is not going to find a peer who understands her, but a man who will terrorize and rape her.
As Sam and Devlin gather information, sift and sort through it, they come to the realization that this is not the first time this pedophile has lured a young girl to meet him. Devlin pulls statistics from five years back. The information indicates a pattern that shows the internet pedophile has been doing this for several years and in different locations. He finds his victims online, meets them and disposes of them. They never return home and bodies are never found. It's looking like he might not be just a pedophile, but a serial killer.
Sam and Devlin work to figure out how to outsmart a pedophile and possible serial killer, but he’s always one step ahead of them. They work his profile, to try and catch him before he finds, rapes and kills his next victim. Devlin hasn’t has time to take a drink since the case started and his skills are becoming sharper, so is his interest in Sam. He finds he is working well with her. She works hard and shares information easily. Plus, she's very sexy and becoming more approachable.
Sam is learning to trust Devlin. She’s becoming more comfortable with being touched. She’s also more open to other people and physical contact. Sam wonders if the professional relationship with Devlin might become something more after the case is over. They follow the killers trail to Sacramento and work with the local police. Just when they think they have the pedophile--it turns out the killer has set up another man to take the fall. He’s still one step ahead of them and there’s another girl in danger.
Will they catch him in time? Is there a future for Sam and Dev?
Staying alive wasn’t Maggie McGonagall’s first concern.
Could she convince the man she hadn’t planned on ever seeing again, to accept and protect, a son he didn’t know about? Once she managed that, she’d figure out how to keep herself from getting killed.
Cody Hawkins came running when the woman he wanted to forget called him for help. Could he help her, and walk away?
The Hawkins ranch was Maggie’s second home growing up. She’d been in love with Cody ever since she met him when she was ten years old. Until her late teens Cody never showed interest in her as a person
One night, caught in a cabin in a thunder storm they had made love. Maggie thought Cody finally realized he loved her. He had to leave on a cattle drive the next day and was gone for several weeks.
While he was gone Maggie found out she was pregnant. She planned to tell cod, but when he returned home she found him in the arms of another woman. To prevent embarrassing her family as an unwed mother she left Duster.
Moving to Chicago she worked as a receptionist in an accountant’s office. One night she forgot a book she’d been reading. Returning to the office she opened the door just as shots were fired and the accountant fell to the floor. Two men trained their guns on her. She ran and escaped.
It had been a mafia contract killing. The FBI found her and Maggie testified, sending everyone involved to prison.
After delivering a healthy baby boy, they are both put into the witness protection plan. She’s been living in Seattle, under an assumed name, with her son ever since.
Cody returned from the cattle drive after a disastrous mistake on his part, expecting to find Maggie waiting for him. Instead, she had left town. No one would tell him where she went. He tracked her to Great Falls but then she completely disappeared off the face of the earth. He’s been angry with her for running out on him, ever since.
After seven years someone is trying to kill Maggie. She’s convinced the mafia has finally found her. She contacts Cody. She wants him to protect their son.
He immediately comes to help Maggie. Another attempt on her life occurs. Maggie is shot in her arm. Cody tries to convince Maggie she should return to Duster with him. He’ll protect both her and her son.
She refuses, wanting her son to be as far away from her as possible. Cody decides he’s not taking no for an answer. The doctor treating her arm gives her medication to sleep. While she’s sleeping he kidnaps her. He takes her, and Matt, back to his ranch, locking her in the house so she can’t escape.
Over the next few days Cody teaches the boy how to ride and shows him the ranch. Maggie schemes how to escape and runaway again.
The daughter from a neighboring ranch shows up to welcome Cody home. She is hoping to get Cody to propose. When she finds out about Maggie, and they meet, she tells Maggie that she and Cody are planning on getting married.
Maggie realizes how much she still loves Cody. She finally agrees to stay on the ranch until the killer is caught. There are no further attempts on her life, so they hope the killers haven’t traced her.
She finally tells Cody that Matt is his son. He’s angry at first but he loves the boy. Both sets of parents are thrilled with their grandson.
The Seattle police arrest the person who had tried to kill her there, but it’s not over because he isn’t the one that shot at her. A new, big, black car shows up in town. He’s concerned that they might be after Maggie.
They are professional hit men. Cody and the sheriff plan to have everyone think Maggie has left town and hopefully the hit men will then leave. The plan works. Maggie decided to stay in Duster and find a rental house. The hit men return to town. Will Cody be able to save her? Will Maggie and her son ever be safe? Can there ever be a happily ever after?
Luke Hawkins, one of the Hawkins’ brothers is looking for a doctor to take over half the practice from the retiring doctor. He’s not expecting his temporary replacement to be a young, sexy, single woman from New York. He knows she’s the woman he’s been searching for all his life, but he also knows she won’t stay in Duster. He doesn’t believe the notes are meant for him until his daughter is kidnapped. Now he has to save his daughter and convince the woman he loves that she really is a small town doctor at heart.
The arms dealer, and husband, shows an interest in Holly. He invites her out. Holly is contacted and asked to help them with their case because she looks a little like the man's wife and t he's interested in her. She can get inside the estate and maybe, find out information about when the deal is going down. Holly agrees, even though it could put her life in danger.
All the protection techniques in place go awry. Will Holly survive?