The related novella NEEDING NITA is still available independently for free.
Family obligations have left Titus Standish stuck in Harkness. While his younger siblings went off into the world, he stayed, working the farm and running the local search and rescue. He was there when Lacey fell to her death and blames himself. He dreads the day another mission takes him up there again. But when Ocean’s mother calls, concerned that her daughter is wandering the mountain, he leaps into action.
Ocean is thrilled to be found…until she sees her savior. She’s known Titus Standish all her life, and has loved him almost that long. But at four years his junior, she was just a kid with a crush. When Titus finds her, he’s determined to march her back down the mountain to safety. But Ocean has other plans; she’ll be damned if she’ll give up this trek. Yet all trails seem to lead to one place…straight into Titus’s arms.
Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances...
Black Cipher Files Box Set (features Blowback, Betrayals, and Burned): The Black Cipher Files is a fast-paced, edgy romance and espionage series that features hot, alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines, working to uncover long-buried secrets from the past so they can save their future.
Blowback: a deadly unintended consequence of a covert operation
Thirteen years ago, Jamie Hunt sacrificed everything to keep her sister protected and safe. Now she lives alone, works alone, survives alone. When a covert mission goes horribly wrong, suddenly she can trust no one. Not her boss, not her agency, not even herself.
Lucas Goodman, former FBI agent turned PI, is on the trail of a missing teenager when his investigation leads him to Jamie. Despite her attempts to ditch him, Lucas tenaciously continues to shadow Jamie, realizing he doesn’t just want information...he wants her.
When their investigations collide and her sister is in danger, Jamie is forced to team up with Lucas. Together they must expose the connection between agents’ murders, a missing teenager, and a sixty-year-old government conspiracy. But can she open her heart to find the truth within the lies?
STACI GRANT IS DEAD--OR IS SHE?
He saw the photographs from Afghanistan, but Jordan Ramirez refuses to believe. His missing lover was the best CIA officer in the field. If anyone could find a way to stay alive, it was Staci. Now Jordan has to do the impossible: find Staci and convince her that trusting him means the difference between staying alive or staying dead.
SOMEONE STILL WANTS HER DEAD...
Staci Grant has been betrayed. Captured, imprisoned and tortured, it took all her skills to escape. Now she is determined to uncover who set her up and why, a mission that leaves no room for trust. Not even her lover.
...AND WON’T STOP UNTIL SHE IS.
When Jordan finds her, he won’t take no for an answer, and together they enter a desperate race to unravel the truths behind a decades old secret. But each revelation brings fresh betrayals that threaten their love and their lives.
Betrayals is the story of a CIA NOC officer and a former HRT/FBI agent in a desperate race to discover who wants Staci Grant dead. Betrayals is a fast-paced, edgy romantic suspense.
BURNED is the third and final installment in the Black Cipher Files trilogy.
Zeke Hawthorne, a programmer and hacker at the NSA, is in trouble. Red-badged and under investigation to make sure had hasn’t divulged national secrets, he’s sent on a boondoggle. All he has to do is keep an eye on Sunshine, from afar, and make sure she’s safe.
Sunshine Smith’s entire world was blown apart thirteen years ago when her obsessive stepfather killed her grandparents. She and her mother changed their names and went into hiding to escape. For years they’ve been safe…until now.
When Sunshine is threatened, Zeke cannot keep his distance. Only danger and betrayal are coming for Zeke too. Zeke and Sunshine must combine forces to stay one step ahead of the peril that stalks them, but trust between two people who grew up without faith is a difficult bond to form. Will fears from the past steal their future?