Facing danger was easy for Burke Lonigan - until Callie Severin stepped in danger's path. The only way to protect her was to make her his wife. Then he discovered she was the beautiful stranger he had taken to his bed one passionate night long ago - and the mother of a child he'd never known! Now Burke was determined to defend his family - and damn the consequences to his heart!
After her father's disappearance, Gwen Arnell was desperate to find him-- even follow his route to a legendary island. She would do anything to shield him from harm, but who would protect her from the sensual private investigator who'd just become her unlikely rescuer?Ex-CIA agent Will Pierce came to Puerto Nuevo for a missing-persons case and didn't expect a beautiful partner. The paradise teemed with unseen perils, and Gwen could be the key to both their missions. As mortal danger found them, Will realized just how far he'd go for a love that had become his most passionate obsession....
PASSIONATE SECRETSOne sultry night many years ago, Sheila Vance became a woman in Caleb Bishop's arms. And though he never knew it, Caleb became a father. Now the hard-hearted bachelor was back in town, and Sheila fought the fiery attraction between them. For this time, Caleb had the power to hurt not only her, but also her precious child.When Caleb saw Sheila again, he wanted her back in his life-and in his bed. But he suspected more than passion made her tremble beneath his touch-and Caleb was determined to discover the elusive beauty's every secret....3 Babies for 3 Brothers: There's nothing like a secret baby to bring a brooding bachelor home again!
Hank Bishop had given Susan Redman the greatest gift -- the baby her husband couldn't give her. But soon after Hank became the donor and fulfilled her dreams of family, Susan was suddenly widowed. Now the ruggedlawman felt duty-bound to protect the pregnant beauty.
The last thing Peggy Jo Riley wanted this holiday was a hard-boiled charmer in her house 24/7. But if she wanted to stay alive, she needed Jack Parker. And once she was in Jacks well-muscled arms, she realized just how much she needed him. . . . Up until the moment hed seen desire flicker in her pretty eyes, bodyguard Jack Parker had thought Peggy Jo Riley was just another assignment. But the vulnerability hed glimpsed under this cool beautys armor made him ache to do a whole lot more for Peggy Jo. Like kiss her till she gave him her trust. And love her till she gave him her heart. . .
HER SECRET WAS OUT! They shared a brief, passionate affair, before Agent Frank Latimer moved on to his next mission. Leenie hadn't expected anything more from Frank than those beautiful encounters they shared. Until she gave birth to his child, and wondered about the wisdom of keeping his baby secret. Especially when her son was kidnapped! Frank would have punished Leenie for keeping the truth about his son from him, if he weren't hell-bent on bringing his boy home. And he would. Once he did, he planned on letting independent Leenie know just what he thought about her betrayal. Right after he put out the other fire that still raged passionately between them...
When A Killer Doesnt Want To Get Caught. . . The woman has been waiting impatiently on her satin sheets. Her lover knows exactly how to satisfy her. But this time, he has something else planned. . . something that will really take her breath away. . . Theres Only One Way To Eliminate His Victims. . . In the courtroom, defense lawyer Quinn Cortez has a reputation as a ruthless predator who always gets what he wants. In the bedroom, its no different. Quinn is an accomplished seducer with a long list of conquests. But now, someone has brutally slaughtered one of them, and Quinn has no memory of the night he was found in her home. . . Softly. . . Annabelle Vanderley wants justice for her murdered cousin, and if Quinn Cortez swears he can find the true killer, shes willing to give him the benefit of a doubt. But then another body is discovered. . . and another. . . each victim an ex-lover of Quinns. Now, consumed by dread, Annabelle wonders just how close she may be to a twisted psychopath for whom her pain would be the ultimate pleasure. . . Praise For The Novels Of Beverly Barton "Smart, sexy and scary as hell. Beverly Barton just keeps getting better and better. " --Lisa Jackson on The Fifth Victim "Fast-paced, multi-faceted, and absolutely riveting. " --Linda Howard on As Good as Dead
BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LOVE ... Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee, has seen murder before, but nothing like what has claimed the life of Jamie Upton, heir to the Upton fortune. The crime is so vicious, so personal and filled with hatred, the authorities are certain it had to be someone he knew ... someone hiding an unimaginable sadistic streak behind a friendly facade. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST ... The number one suspect is Jamie's former lover Jazzy Talbot. The girl from the wrong side of the tracks has always been Cherokee Pointe's favorite target for gossip and worse. Jazzy knows she didn't kill Jamie ... just as she knows she's being watched, stalked like prey ... BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU KNOW ... And then the killer strikes again ... and again ... with the same chilling signature. With no one to believe her innocence except enigmatic drifter Caleb McCord, Jazzy plunges into a small town's long-buried secrets and shocking family sins ... each startling truth bringing her dangerously close to a killer determined to make Jazzy the last to die. ...
- Four of her past five Silhouette Intimate Moments novels have ranked #1 in their month--including three new Protectors titles!- This USA Today bestselling author's miniseries The Protectors boasts over 1. 7 million copies in print. - The Fifth Victim (Kensington 4/03) spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list.
WAY OUT WESTTHE BADDEST MAN IN TEXAS?A quarter-breed cowboy like Luke McClendon had no business wooing golden girl Deanna Atchley. So when Luke was sent to prison for the murder of Deanna's father, it came as no surprise. Everyone in Stone Creek, Texas, knew Luke was just no good.Now Deanna was back in Luke's life, determined to clear his name. But the hard-hearted loner wasn't looking for redemption-only revenge. And as soon as he seduced the sweet beauty, he'd have it. But once Deanna was in his arms again, Luke wondered if the time had finally come to claim the bride who was rightfully his....Because there's nothing like a cowboy.
The Protectors The father of her child... REBEL HOMECOMING... Morgan Kane was the baddest boy Birmingham society had ever bred. But years as a Navy SEAL had sculpted the hard muscles of his body and reinforced the wall around his heart. A heart that had once loved Bethany Wyndham. And a body that was unprepared for the passion that exploded between them on his return. Bethany stood accused of murder...and she needed Morgan to find the real killer! Together, they would face whatever threats came her way. But only time would tell if they could rediscover the love they'd once shared...or survive the secret in Bethany's past. The Protectors. Ready to lay their lives on the line, but unprepared for the power of love.
3 authors join forces to create a thrilling novel about love, revenge, and the dark secrets 3 women hold to a terrifying murder.
New GameThe game is simple - he is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that's when the game gets really terrifying. . . New RulesPrivate investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers-they took one down together. But this new killer is as sadistic as they've ever seen. He likes his little games, and he especially likes forcing Nic and Griff to play along. Every unsolvable clue, every posed victim, every taunting phone call-it's all part of his twisted, elaborate plan. And then the Hunter calls, wanting to know if they're really ready to play. . . But Winner Still Kills All. . . There's a new game now, and it's much more deadly than the first. A brutal psychopath needs a worthy adversary. He won't stop until he can hunt the most precious prey of all-Nicole. And with his partner in a killer's sights, Griff is playing for the biggest stakes of his life.
A MAN OF HONOR And honor was the only reason well-muscled former mercenary Aloysius Murdock agreed to be Catherine Price's bodyguard. For Murdock owed Catherine's father his life. But once Murdock laid eyes on his best friend's beautiful daughter, he realized he would do anything for her.... A WOMAN IN LOVE Catherine knew better than to succumb to the passion Murdock clearly offered, for she believed in love--and Murdock had given up on love long ago. Still, something in his heated gaze made her believe that the battle-worn bachelor needed her. Maybe just as much as she needed him....
He was the hot-blooded cop who once stole her heart-- right before he turned in his fellow cop: her own father! Now Navajo Joe Ornelas was back, playing the " good guy" once more. And-- sweet mercy save her!-- Andi Stephens was powerless to deny the passion that still beat within her proud heart....She was the only woman he' d ever loved. The only one who' d mattered when his duty had torn their tender union apart. And now that Andi needed him, this powerful protector was determined to do all he could. For this time, Joe wouldn' t walk away without his honor-- or his woman!
Jail...Local lawyer Peyton Rand should have left tempting troublemaker Tallie Bishop in the local hoosegow for as long as possible! That way, she'd keep out of trouble...and away from him. Instead, he bailed her out, just like he'd been doing for year. But as far as Peyton was concerned this was the last straw!But that was easier said than done. Tallie had been chasing Peyton around since they were kids, but suddenly this kid had grown-and in all the right places, too. And suddenly Peyton found that it wasn't going to be easy getting Tallie out of his system-or out of his life.
She Had Been Waiting...For months clairvoyant Elizabeth Mallory had been tormented by visions of a desperate stranger. Now that man was here, on her isolated Georgia mountain. Wounded and on the run, he needed refuge. And Elizabeth needed him. Reece Landry, she sensed, was the answer to her lonely prayers.Why, Reece wondered, wasn't this woman frightened by him-a hunted fugitive? Hell, he was afraid-of her, of how she made him feel.Reece's hard-knocks life had taught him not to trust anyone. He knew he would be a fool to take a chance on Elizabeth-but a bigger fool if he didn't.
This arrogant, ill-mannered American was hardly the sort of man Princess Adele of Orlantha was used to encountering in her world of wealth and privilege. And yet Matt O'Brien was all that stood between her and the deadly conspiracy that threatened everything she held dear. Her only hope was a marriage-in name only-to her self-appointed "protector. " But to be so very. . . ;intimate with this infuriating yet dangerously compelling man was almost more than she could bear-because their masquerade was turning into a passion that was all too real.
Guarding Jeannie The Protector: Sam Dundee The cynical bodyguard was hired to protect Jeannie Alverson from an overzealous religious fanatic. But when he saw the love and trust in her eyes, he realized that he was the one who would need protection.... Blackwood's Woman The Protector: J. T. Blackwood He had come to New Mexico in search of a peaceful vacation. And then he met beautiful Joanna Beaumont, who was being stalked by a dangerous killer - and he knew that relaxing was one thing this trip was not going to be.... Roarke's Wife The Protector: Simon Roarke Cleo McNamara was in desperate need of both a bodyguard and a husband - and clearly, she thought she'd found a two-for-one deal in Simon. But was their pretend game turning all too real?
Inferno by New York Times bestselling author Linda HowardTwo hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated them, the Ansara wizards are rising up again to take on their bitterest foes. As king, it's up to Dante Raintree to protect his clan, but when Lorna Clay walks into his life, suddenly fire, always his to control, defeats him, leaving him wondering whether Lorna is to blame. Will Dante's strength be enough to win the fight of his life? Sanctuary by New York Times bestselling author Beverly BartonFor Mercy Raintree, war with the evil Ansara clan means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary--the sacred Raintree home deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most precious secret. Dranir Judah Ansara wants to kill Mercy, personally. Then he comes face-to-face with her--and with her daughter, Eve. Will Mercy's closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle. . . but also Judah's own bitter heart? Haunted by RITA Award winner Linda Winstead JonesHomicide detective Gideon Raintree can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. To solve his newest case--a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards--he will need to wield gifts he's kept hidden. With evil lurking at every turn, Gideon and his alluring new partner, Hope Mallory, are in a race against time to save their love, their family. . . and their newly conceived child.
Inferno by New York Times bestselling author Linda HowardHaunted by RITA® Award winner Linda Winstead JonesSanctuary by New York Times bestselling author Beverly BartonTwo hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated them, the Ansara wizards are rising up again to take on their bitterest foes. NYT bestselling author Linda Howard heads up this trilogy with INFERNO. As king, it's up to Dante Raintree to protect his clan, but when Lorna Clay walks into his life, suddenly fire, always his to control, defeats him, leaving him wondering whether Lorna is to blame. Will Dante's strength be enough to win the fight of his life? In HAUNTED by RITA® award winner Linda Winstead Jones, homicide detective Gideon Raintree must draw upon the gifts he's kept hidden to stop a relentless serial killer unleashed by dark Ansara wizards. Now he and his alluring new partner, Hope Mallory, are in a race against time to save their love and their family. NYT bestselling author Beverly Barton rounds out the collection with SANTUARY, in which Mercy Raintree must assume her position as guardian of the sacred Raintree home, but doing so threatens to expose her most closely guarded secret...and pits her against Dranir Judah Ansara, who is personally determined to kill her. Will Mercy's closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle...but also Judah's own bitter heart?
War with their archrival, the evil Ansara clan, is unavoidable. For Mercy Raintree, a war means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary--the sacred Raintree home place deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most prized secret--one Mercy has kept to herself for six years. As the solstice looms and the battle heats up, Dranir Judah Ansara gathers his forces, intending to wipe every Raintree from the face of the land. Including Mercy, whom he's claimed as his to kill. Then he comes face-to-face with her--and with her daughter, Eve. Will Mercy's closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle--but also Judah's own bitter heart?
Now available after many years--three early stories from Barton's powerful Protectors miniseries. Includes "Guarding Jennie" featuring Protector Sam Dundee; "Blackwood's Woman" with Protector J. T. Blackwood; and "Roarke's Wife" with protector Simon Roarke. Reissue.
In A Town Full Of Secrets To most people, men like Mark Cantrell are fine, upstanding pillars of the community, completely beyond reproach. But their killer knows better. They are sinners of the worst kind, and they must burn on earth before they burn in hell. . . Trusting The Wrong Person Eighteen months after her husbands unsolved murder, Cathy Cantrell has returned to her Alabama home, eager to build a new life for herself and her son. But pieces of her past are everywhere--including Jackson Perdue, the towns deputy sheriff. The spate of recent deaths--each victim burned in the same horrifying manner--leave Jack and Cathy in no doubt that a serial killer is at work, one whose rage grows more vicious each day. . . Can Be Fatal. . . Now as a twisted killer moves in for a final, brutal act of vengeance, buried crimes are coming to light once more. And this time, justice will be swift, merciless, and as silent as the grave. . .
Sherryl Woods "The Perfect Holiday"What was a holiday without a handsome husband? To Aunt Mae, it wasn't very festive at all! So she sent the perfect man to her single niece, Savannah Holiday. But would wealthy bachelor Trace Franklin become a groom-to-be by Christmastime?Beverly Barton "Faith, Hope and Love"After one passionate night, Faith Sheridan found herself pregnant with her sexy bodyguard's child. Now she hoped the news of their secret child would be a welcome gift to Worth Cordell this holiday-and the beginning of a lifetime of love....Leanne Banks "A Rancher in Her Stocking"This Christmas, spirited schoolteacher Amy Winslow was sharing a home with a ruggedly handsome rancher! Now if only she could teach tight-lipped Lucas Bennett that the holidays were meant to be merry. And that he was made for love!
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