Jillian Limové se během několika hodin obrátil život vzhůru nohama. Ve stejný večer, kdy jí zlomila srdce její dětská láska Brock Mitchell, se její svět neodvolatelně změnil vinou cizince se zbraní v ruce. Trvá šest let, než Jillian pomalu slepí roztříštěné kousky svého života dohromady a než je konečně připravená přestat žít v minulosti plné bolesti a žalu. Přijme práci v otcově akademii bojových umění a jde na první rande po ztroskotaném vztahu. Jillian je odhodlaná začít znovu žít.Nečekala ovšem, že součástí jejího nového života bude zase Brock. Jenže dřív, než se naděje, je zpět. Nejenom starší, ale neskutečně hezčí, škádlivější a tak vůbec. A když se dívá na Jillian, už nevidí tu malou holku, která byla během dospívání jeho stínem, a dceru muže, jenž mu dal druhou šanci. Vidí v ní ženu, která tu pro něj vždycky byla, jedinou osobu, jež v něj navzdory všemu věřila.Brock ví, že ona je ta, kterou by měl učinit svou, a co začne jako opatrné přátelství, se rychle promění díky silné přitažlivosti, která zažehne plamen jasnější než vášeň. Zamilovat se opět do Brocka znamená však víc než jen riskovat vlastní srdce. Když vyplave na povrch smutkem a vinou naplněná minulost a hrozí, že je roztrhá pavučina lží, důsledky mohou rozbít všechno, co se společně snažili vybudovat, a zničit sny těch, na kterých jim nejvíc záleží.
Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.
Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.
The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .
Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.
Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She's been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She's sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.
Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She's not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.
But Reece isn't convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn't believe him, he's not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He's already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he's not going to let history repeat itself.
At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.
But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought shed left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.
Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from they moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.