But Redstone employee Kate Crawford was also the most captivating woman securities expert Rand Singleton had ever known. Despite the protective feelings she stirred, he couldn't reveal his true identity. He'd been sent to do a job. Getting emotionally involved with the vulnerable beauty wasn't an option.
Kate could think of only one reason why an enigmatic, charm-oozing man like Rand was in town--he was up to something. And she had too much at stake--professionally and emotionally--to fall prey to a seductive stranger's schemes. Still, with Rand's knee-weakening caresses wreaking havoc on her heartstrings, would she be able to expose his secrets before he uncovered hers?
Horse trainer Victoria Flynn had learned the hard way that good-looking men just plain couldn't be trusted. But she was in big trouble, and she had nobody to turn to but a man who was too damn handsome for her own good—a long, lean Texan with a lazy smile, and strangely haunted eyes.
A lifetime's worth of hard lessons had taught Cole Bannister never to let anybody get too close—but Tory Flynn wasn't making it easy. The rodeo-star-turned-private-investigator was ready to help her find out who was out to destroy her ranch—but he wasn't ready for the way she made him dream of changing his solitary ways….
Proof by Justine Davis:
Top-notch forensic scientist Alexandra Forsythe returned to Athena to prove that the death of her dearest friend had been no accident. Armed with only her razor-sharp mind and coolness under fire--and the memory of a desperate call for help--Alex set out to uncover a truth that could shake the foundations of the academy that had trained her. Her digging provoked deadly retaliation and the attentions of a stranger who might lead her toward the truth--or her death. Because in the race for final proof, only the most determined would survive....
Alias by Amy J. Fetzer:
In school, she was everyone's best friend. But these days, Darcy Steele was a single mother living in the shadows following a marriage gone dangerously wrong. Not even her closest friends knew her whereabouts--until one of those friends was murdered. Now Darcy was back to find answers about her friend's death, even if it meant jeopardizing the cover she'd so carefully constructed--and discovering that the one man she trusted might not be what he seemed. Because risking her own life was a small price to pay when the lives of those she loved were at stake...
Exposed by Katherine Garbera:
A little danger couldn't keep hotshot reporter Tory Patton from the story of a lifetime. Plus, an exclusive with the navy SEAL Tom King held hostage in war-torn Central America would put her in the big leagues. But an assassination attempt on the wounded soldier suddenly turned Tory's interview into a rescue mission. With the help of a mysterious operative who seemed to shadow her every move, Tory summoned her well-trained survival skills to get them to safety. But would she live long enough to discover more about her sexy guardian angel, and expose a shocking scandal that could implicate everyone from the top levels of the White House to the very people she trusted most?
Double-Cross by Meredith Fletcher:
An orphan with an unknown past, CIA operative Samantha St. John used her quick speed and sharp mind to make up for her small size. Sam was about to go AWOL on a mission for vengeance -- bringing down the legendary killer she believed was responsible for a dear friend's death -- when she was detained and accused of betraying her country. Now, to clear her name and get back to business, the fearless agent had to face down an enemy who bore an uncanny resemblance to Sam herself....
Pursued by Catherine Mann:
Air force captain Josie Lockworth came from a long line of American patriots and was expected to follow her family's example. But after a good friend's death, the usually savvy Athena Academy graduate wasn't performing at her best. Still, when the project she'd been working on for months crashed and burned, she knew it wasn't due to her negligence. Someone was trying to sabotage her career. With the authorities after her head and an unsettling inspector looking over her shoulder, Josie raced to clear her name before she became the next casualty of war....
Justice by Debra Webb:
Her best friend's killer was dead, and so was Kayla Ryan's best lead to find her friend's missing child. But the determined police lieutenant didn't have it in her to give up. Now she would join forces with a secretive detective to find the people who'd sent the assassin and bring them to justice. Her life--and all those she loved--depended on exposing a chilling conspiracy. And she couldn't shake the feeling that someone was watching her every move. Could the enemy be closer than Kayla had ever suspected?
One look at Layla Laraway and CEO Ethan Winslow knew he'd found a princess. Layla was more woman than any he'd ever met, and he desired her far more than all those 34-24-34s he used to date. And suddenly this far-from-marriage-minded man was seeking to sweep Layla off her feet-and convince her that happily-ever-afters could come true....
From that first moment, Emma Purcell was entranced by this mysterious stranger with the haunted eyes and the shadowed past. But she couldn't let herself be distracted from her desperate search--even as she ached to give herself to a man who could be the key to the secrets that had brought her here....
A tropical island might be a relaxing vacation spot for some, but not for John Draven. Not if Grace O'Conner, the stubborn beauty he'd never been able to forget, was there. Haunted by his role in the tragic event that had inalterably changed Grace's life, Draven was granted one last chance to protect the woman who should have been his. And this time, he would never let her go.
He makes her uncomfortable. Edgy. But as strange accidents befall Lilith Mercer and Tony Alvera becomes her bodyguard, she realizes that her wariness of the street-rough, enigmatic, younger Redstone operative covers an all-consuming attraction. Soon, hiding her feelings becomes next to impossible.
No one could protect Lilith better than Tony. Maybe he'll never be good enough for the classy executive, but he trusts her safety to no other. Then one explosive night changes everything between them—and to save Lilith, Tony must go back to the streets and expose secrets that may forever set them apart.
Gabriel Taggert. Former naval officer, man of honor—and her best friend's husband. Cara Thorpe's feelings for the one man she could never have had always been her own shameful secret. And when her best friend disappeared without a trace, she lost them both. Until a postcard arrived, eight years late.…
Receiving an eight-year-old message from her best friend was disturbing enough. Now Cara had to face the man she'd quietly loved for years. Would teaming up with Gabe on a dangerous hunt for the truth jeopardize their own lives…and the chance for a future together?
Redstone, Inc., pilot Tess Machado is awaiting her boss when two armed men muscle their way onto her plane in the middle of the California wilderness. It's Josh Redstone—of the Redstone empire—they want. But Tess isn't giving up the man she secretly loves—not without a fight.
Josh always knew this day would come. Being the head of Redstone put a giant target on his back. The kidnappers on board the Hawk V are armed and dangerous, but they're forgetting one glaring detail. No one—no one—puts his Tess in harm's way and gets away with it.
Will Tess and Josh admit what's been so obvious to others…before they're silenced forever?
Joe Kilcoyne is in a desperate place. He guards his secrets and hides from the world for a reason. He's the hottest topic of speculation around Whiskey River, but no one has ever dared to get close to him. That is, until fiery Kelsey comes barging straight into his life.
The last thing Joe needs is for Kelsey to breach his defenses and make him confront his past. But when her sunny, open, and determined personality collide with a haunted man with no idea how to reconnect with the world, the sparks that ignite shock them both.
Nighthawk by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Rachel Lee
Esther Jackson needed Craig Nighthawk's protection—the father she'd helped put away for murder was now seeking her out. So against her reclusive nature, she welcomed the darkly handsome Nighthawk into her home, hoping he could keep her safe. Craig knew all about fear and isolation. After all, he was still being tried and convicted by the people of Conard County for a crime he hadn't committed. All he wanted was to be left alone. Until he met Esther and discovered in her loving arms a peace he would safeguard at any cost….
The Return of Luke McGuire by USA TODAY bestselling author Justine Davis
Luke McGuire was everything shy Amelia Blair had been fascinated by as a girl but too terrified to go near. And now here she was, the only person in the whole town decent enough to give him the time of day, caring enough to stand up for him…. For his part, Luke didn't need the town's nasty stares to know that Amelia was off-limits. But then, reformed or not, he'd never been one to abide by the rules. He only hoped that the quiet beauty would fall for the man he had become instead of the one he used to be.
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COLTON’S SECRET SON
The Coltons of Shadow Creek
by Carla Cassidy
After his notorious mother escapes from prison, Knox Colton is temporarily placed on leave from his job as a Texas Ranger. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his hometown of Shadow Creek, Texas, and there discovers he’s the father of a nine-year-old boy with the woman he’s never been able to forget.
by Lisa Childs
Lars Ecklund is on a mission to safeguard his nephew and rescue his missing sister. He finds help in the tiny but tough Nikki Payne, a fellow bodyguard at Payne Protection Agency, who is as wary with her heart as she is good with a gun. But when faced with a sleazy adoption lawyer, assassins and a baby, they must also contend with their feelings for each other or risk losing their hearts—and lives!
by Justine Davis
When teacher Ria Connelly comes to Foxworth about a troubled student, operative Liam Burnett doesn’t know what he’s in for. But Ria refuses to back down and leave him to his lonely exsistence, even when the secrets they uncover threaten them both.
LAST CHANCE HERO
by Melinda Di Lorenzo
Ten years ago, Donovan Grady died in a car accident. Or so Jordynn Flannigan believed. Now he’s back from the dead, and his only goal is to keep her alive and safe from the people who forced him to fake his own death all those years before…
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"I thought you were through with me."
What does the dog know? When Kayla meets Cutter, the big, brown Belgian, she's at a crossroads. She's certain she's about to clear her brother of her parents' murder. But Dane, her longtime love, is just as sure that she's wasting her life. One man needs her. The other, apparently, doesn't… Although it breaks her heart, the choice is made.
Only, Dane Burdette isn't going anywhere. As loyal as that dog, he still loves the beautiful girl next door, even if her life has been derailed. And when danger comes back to their small town, he knows she—and their love—is at risk. Kayla has made her quest her life. Neither Dane nor Cutter will let it take her life, too.
Being spirited away—with her dog, Cutter—by armed men in a black helicopter is the last thing Hayley Cole ever expects. And why is her usually savvy dog so friendly toward their lean, dark-haired leader? She's determined to escape. Unfortunately, Quinn with his intense, searching gaze is always three steps ahead—and much, much too close….
For Quinn Foxworth, control equals safety. Taking Hayley is the only way his undercover witness-protection team can protect her and their client. But convincing her he's one of the good guys is easier than guarding himself from her innocent courage. And with danger closing in, can he risk letting Hayley into his heart for good?
A brief, fated moment at a wedding, and Cassie Cameron was hooked. She'd been unable to forget Dar Cordell, though months had passed. Who could explain it? She was surrounded by handsome, glamorous men every day, and yet somehow Dar had touched her soul…in a once-in-a-lifetime way.
Meanwhile, someone was watching. Someone else had his eye on Cassie, and time was running out when fate cruelly chose to reunite her with Dar. Suddenly the obstacles they faced were greater than ever—their very lives were on the line. Would one moment of passion have to last them a lifetime?
AWOL in times of family tragedy, Walker Cole doesn't expect a warm welcome home. Nor does he expect to see Amy Clark—his sister's nerdy friend who had a mad teen crush on him—now a smart, sexy woman.
Though Walker knows he's caused Amy pain and hatred, his own pain is worse. He can never tell the truth about his hellish years away. But when Amy's paralegal work endangers her, Walker jumps at the chance to guard her irresistible body and prove himself worthy of trust and forgiveness. Even Cutter, the Foxworth dog with a nose for trouble, has his back when trouble explodes!
Being rich and powerful didn't save T. C. Colton from painful betrayal. His beloved Jolie Peters walked out on him for cold, hard cash offered by his controlling mother…or so he believed at the time. Now, with a killer hunting down her young daughter—a witness to a murder—Jolie turns to T.C. to keep them safe.
But trusting her again isn't easy for T.C. at first…although their attraction is still hotter than a Texas summer and he's crazy about little Emma. For a short time in a remote cabin hideout, T.C., Jolie and Emma feel like family, until the killer closes in, threatening every dream they're building together…
Bad boy turned undercover agent Ryder Colton had come home to Texas to bust a baby-smuggling ring—not deliver a baby! But he couldn't turn his back on the pregnant woman he found at Hopechest Ranch—a woman whose smoldering beauty haunted him long after he'd left. A woman he thought he'd never see again.
Then her child was kidnapped.
Ana Morales never forgot the handsome stranger who'd helped her only to vanish into the night. Now he was her last hope. As danger and desire rocked Ana's world, her only safe haven was Ryder's arms, where she'd fight for a love that had blossomed against all odds.