All Alex wanted was to be left alone on his new ranch so he could have a second chance with his daughter, Hallie—to make a better life for them, far away from the city and the senseless shooting that had changed everything. But he can't turn his back on his neighbor Caitlin Kramer, a woman struggling to recover from her own shattered past. It hardly seems possible that any good can come from so much bad.
But for Hallie and for themselves, Alex and Caitlin have to try.
Sure, the cowboy's sexier than ever. And yes, she's flattered that he's determined to win her forgiveness.... But, really, how can she ever trust him again?
While Nikki's sister survived a horrible hit-and-run accident on a secluded mountain highway, the baby she was carrying for Nikki and her husband wasn't so lucky. Devastated, Nikki and Cody struggle to get past the loss of their last chance to have a child and save their strained marriage. If only Cody wasn't with the Deer Creek Police Department.
If only he could give up his all-consuming vendetta to find the drunk responsible—and make him pay.
Widowed rancher Wade Darland freely admits that Tess Vega's way of thinking has him scratching his head. He believes in shipping old barn animals off to auction, whereas she's just set up a sanctuary for abused and abandoned horses. He can't let a day go by without tucking in to some meat, whereas she hears the word and it sends her fleeing.
And then there's the matter of Wade's children—especially Wade's young daughter, whose motherless childhood is so similar to Tess's own.
Tess's interference in the Darland family circle arouses Wade's ire, and he implores her to say no to Macy when the little girl starts hanging around.
But after a few more encounters with the spunky redhead, Wade is soon begging the cowgirl to say yes—not just to Macy but to him, too.
Nothing, not even the beauty of Montana's big-sky country, can make up for the one reckless mistake Derrick made twelve years ago. And so he buries himself in raising his son, his only outlet the poignant country songs he writes and plays at the local bar.
Until he meets Kara Tillman. Widowed at just twentynine and caring for her mother-in-law, Kara teaches him that grief doesn't have to be all-consuming. That tragedy can be overcome and wounds healed. That life is about risk…and happiness is worth the stakes. Too bad Kara hasn't learned that lesson herself.
So maybe it's time for the pupil to become the teacher. Or, in this case, the sexy country singer to show the young widow that love can strike the same person twice.
Amanda Kelly has come to Boone's Crossing, Tennessee, to recover from the loss of her baby. She finds a kindred spirit in Ian Bonner, a man who, in his teens, gave up a son for adoption. Ian is so wonderful, so kind, so handsome, but Amanda won't let herself get emotionally involved. Because the one thing he wants she can never give him—a baby.
What they find—together
With a little luck and some hard work, Ian and Amanda find Ian's son. Years of heartache disappear and Ian forges a new relationship with the boy. Their connection—their new family—warms Amanda to the core. Almost enough to crumble the protective barrier around her heart…
The dead guy's the (late) boyfriend of a friend. And when it becomes apparent that the cops are getting nowhere fast, Lexie and Hailey decide to do some sleuthing of their own. After all, they're both smart, imaginative, and fearless—and nobody runs faster in high heels. But diving deep into Miami's underbelly to confront drug lords, ex-cons, and gun-toting divas may be too much to handle for a couple of South Florida girls who just want to have fun . . .