Big Falls and Dax Russell will never be the same.
Con-artist Kendra is back in small-town Big Falls for one reason only: to save her father's life. Jack is dead unless Kendra can get his kingpin captor what he wants. And what he wants is for Dax Russell, Kendra's ex-lover and the only mark she ever regretted conning, to take over his father's thoroughbred racetrack, Aurora Downs.
Dax is the sole heir to a legacy he doesn't want, from a hateful father who never showed love. All the other tracks in Aurora Springs NY belong to the State Racing Association. When there are no more relatives to inherit it, Aurora Downs becomes their property as well.
And that's fine with Dax.
Sadly, it's not fine with Kendra. If Dax refuses his inheritance it will spell her father's end. So she has to con the sweetest, sexiest man she's ever known. Again. And that means spending Thanksgiving with the most honest family in Oklahoma.
For Dax, Kendra’s return means a second chance with the only woman he’s ever loved.
For Kendra, it’s a life and death game of deception.
Fooling a man who knows her so well is a challenge.
Trying not to fall in love with him is impossible.
Sophie McIntyre’s life was blown apart by a drug dealing ex who cost her her job and nearly her medical license. She comes to Big Falls because she has nowhere else to go. And the minute she gets there, things start to get better.
Is it because of that letter to Santa her Aunt Vidalia convinced her to write?
Within days she meets a beautiful man with a deeply wounded soul. And oddly, she finds herself giving him the same advice the town Santa gave to her—try believing again, and if it’s too much to believe, then just try hoping.
Love, magic, and miracles ensue.
Because this is Big Falls, Oklahoma. Miracles are an everyday occurrence around here. Especially at Christmastime.
BELIEVE AGAIN with MAGGIE SHAYNE
An expanded author’s cut edition of the story previously published in Buckles, Boots and Mistletoe.
“Shay writes an emotion-packed story that presents a realistic view of the romantic and social problems faced by female firefighters. With angst and some hot sex, this dramatic tale also has a nice touch of humor.” RT Book Reviews
Liam O’Neil simply wants to make it through the day. His son is depressed, his beloved wife died three years ago and he’s lonely! Enter, Sophie Tyler, a firefighter who lives on the edge and likes it that way. Though she carries some of her own baggage, she’s the total opposite of Liam. However, when she begins work at the family pub, they’re drawn to each. Then they fall in love. But nothing can erase the biting fear Liam—and his kids—feel about the danger Sophie is in every day. Eventually, an arsonist upsets the delicate balance of their relationship and they realize they can’t be together. Or can they?
“This is an enjoyable second chance at love romantic suspense thriller. The story line is action-packed in terms of the arsonist subplot and filled with angst re the relationship between Liam and Sophie. Although TAKING THE HEAT stands alone, with the O'Neil family playing major roles, reading the previous tales (see CLOSE TO YOU and SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN) enhances the experience. Once again Kathryn Shay pays homage to the brave firefighters.” Harriet Klausner
“TAKING THE HEAT is an emotional roller coaster ride that hits so many real life issues facing career women in today's world. As each O'Neil book comes out, I find myself drawn more and more into their world. I'll be waiting very impatiently for the last two brothers' books.” Joyfully Reviewed
Her name says it all…
Sunny is the kindest, sunniest woman in small-town Big Falls, Oklahoma. She owns a bakery where she shares her sweetness in the form of mouth-watering treats, and sends weekly crates of them to the nearest homeless shelter.
Everybody loves her, including Jason McIntyre, and most think that’s a match made in heaven. The 2 most eligible, likable, single folks in town belong together, and Sunny is the living, breathing essence of her name.
But her name is a lie…
Sunny cracks her head, and Jason stays by her side while she’s treated, still unconscious. But when the injured area is shaved, it reveals an ugly hate symbol tattooed beneath her golden hair, and his entire world turns inside out.
She thought she’d found a safe haven…
Sunny’s violent past has caught up with her in the pretty small town where she’s been hiding for the past 6 years. She doesn’t want to leave her country life, her adopted home, or the tall, handsome Texan with the heart-melting kisses. Especially right before Valentine’s Day.
But running is the only way to keep her toxic history from poisoning Jason, his huge, loyal, meddling family, and the entire town.
He thought he’d found his soulmate…
Jason wonders if he ever really knew Sunny at all. But even so, he can’t let her face this trouble alone. He’s just not that kind of man.
Cookie “Hunter” Knox was good at his job, infiltrating behind enemy lines was one of his specialties. His SEAL team relied on him to do his job, just as he relied on them to do theirs. Ever since two of his teammates found a woman that completed them, their dangerous Ops seemed a bit more intense. Cookie knew if he had a woman who belonged to him, he’d never let her go. Little did he know the SEAL team’s latest mission to Mexico would change his life forever.
Fiona Storme resigned herself to the fact that it was highly unlikely she would make it out of the jungle alive. Kidnapped by human traffickers, abused, and without family or friends looking for her, Fiona knew wishing for rescue was as realistic as having a big, juicy hamburger fall from the sky. Unbeknownst to Fiona, the SEAL team, including Cookie, were on the way, but their assignment didn't consist of rescuing her.
**Protecting Fiona is the 3rd book in the SEAL of Protection Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s recommended you read the books in order to get maximum enjoyment out of the series.
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