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Katarina Berthoff had everything planned out. Her business was developing well, and her stable boyfriend would propose in eight weeks, according to his timetable. Then smoke jumper Alex MacIntyre-Katarina's teenage crush-reentered her life. Alex was kind and romantic and just as handsome as she remembered. And he was definitely not part of the plan.Things weren't exactly going as Alex expected, either. He'd left smoke jumping only temporarily to help his brother Kevin run his construction business. Eventually he would be going back to his dangerous calling as a firefighter. There was no place in that life for a vivacious and beautiful woman who also happened to be practically engaged. But Alex couldn't deny that he liked the regular hours in construction, being there for family get-togethers...and coming home to Katarina. Which meant he had a choice to make-and so did she.
Why is experienced FBI agent Sarah Roberts starting over as a small-town beat cop? She has to be working undercover. Stuck with the job of training her, police officer Nick Matthews knows exactly who Sarah is spying on: him. If he ever wants to live down his past, he'll train her well, but won't say one word beyond the manual. Yet it is Sarah's past that comes crashing down on them. And trusting his new partner becomes a matter of life and death--and love.
"We need to talk, Officer Roberts." "I have to go. It's a family matter. It has nothing to do with this case, Sergeant." Nick wanted to believe her. The problem was the fear he saw in her dark brown eyes. "What does it have to do with, then?" Sarah looked around uncomfortably. "My sister's... safety. I can't talk about it." "Not here, you mean? Not to me?" She looked him in the eye and he knew something was wrong. "Just trust me-you don't need to know." Nick felt the knife in his back again. Except this petite woman was standing right in front of him. "You're leaving before finishing reports. I'd say I need to know. You may have FBI credentials, but it's my duty to make sure you know how to survive on the streets. And I can assure you a distracted police officer may be a danger to herself and her partner." The silence between them lengthened. Her voice softened. "I wouldn't do that to you." She glanced up at him. "Never."
COULD A TOSSED BOUQUET PREDICT THE NEXT BRIDE?Alex MacIntyre believed that particular wedding tradition was a myth, until Katarina Berthoff caught her newly married sister's wildflowers. Reunited after eight years at the wedding of Katarina's sister to Alex's brother, it looked as if happily-ever-after with the angelic dollmaker was in God's plan for the courageous firefighter. But unless Alex gave up the dangerous job he loved, his dreams of a family could never come true. Was anything possible for a man torn between adventure and love? Maybe, with the right woman....
Jessica Mathers enters the hospital confident that her little girl, Amy, is being cared for. But when Jessica awakes from surgery, her daughter and the sitter have disappeared... .As a favor to his mother, Detective Samuel Vance reluctantly assists on the kidnapping case, because his first impression of Jessica had not been favorable. Yet as together they search for Amy, Sam learns that Jessica is a caring, warm woman. Can they call upon their faith to help them find the abducted girl and forge a relationship?
High school principal Tori Sandoval and civil engineer Steve Remington clash from their first meeting--but nevertheless find their feelings growing into something beyond professional. Original.
Tiny Antelope Springs, Colorado, had provided a place for police officer Dallas Brooks to forget about the big-city trauma that had almost destroyed him three years ago. Now drug dealers threatened to take over his small town, targeting the schools and ripping apart families. Suddenly Dallas was back in the fray. He vowed to just do his job, not get emotionally involved. But beautiful social worker Kira Matthews was right beside him, putting her heart on the line, asking him to care about people again--asking him to care about her. Pretending he didn't was his toughest fight yet.
Callie Giovanni is on a quest for justice. Single father and police sergeant Luke Northrup is the man determined to stop her before she takes the law into her own hands. She wants to commit to Luke, but first must find the strength of spirit to overcome a family tragedy.
All eyes were on Dee Owens--including a killer's. The publicist's job was to assure the Magnolia College community that the campus was safe. . . despite two murders. But someone was watching Dee too closely, following her, making anonymous phone calls in a voice that sounded eerily familiar. And every time she turned around, there was her boss, handsome Brazilian Edgar Ortiz. He insisted on protecting her. And now it wasn't just fear sending those chills racing up her spine. . . .
A fun, adventurous story about the cross-state journey that Colin Wright and Elizabeth Chapman make to raise funds for a new homeless shelter.
Kevin MacIntyre never expected to see Dr. Emily Berthoff again-and didn't want to. Not after they'd broken off their engagement eight years ago and she'd left for medical school. He'd wanted to forget her as easily as she'd seemed to forget him. But he couldn't.And now she was back.When she'd taken a job back home in Colorado, Emily had dreaded running into Kevin. She didn't want to relive the anger and the hurt of their breakup. Or reawaken the powerful feelings she'd had for Kevin. Then she saw him at a friend's wedding and knew that was impossible-she still loved him. But could she forgive him?
As a photojournalist, Lisa Berthoff knew better than to let her personal feelings about a subject interfere with a job. But when the subject was rugged cowboy Adam MacIntyre and his beautiful ranch, Lisa found it impossible to stay objective. Not when, for the first time, Lisa felt like she was home-on the ranch...and in Adam's arms.Adam knew what he wanted out of life: to live on the land of his ancestors and stay close to his family. Then along came footloose Lisa Berthoff, who was distant from her sisters and lived out of a suitcase. His siblings might have all happily marched down the aisle, but Adam wasn't about to fall for a drifter who didn't believe in settling down. Or was it already too late?
ANOTHER CHANCEKevin MacIntyre's heart stopped when he saw his ex-fiancée, Dr. Emily Berthoff, at his best friend's wedding. She was more beautiful than ever and nothing had changed. His bitterness over her departure was still strong-and so was his love.Emily Berthoff had taken a job back home to be closer to her family. And though she knew running into Kevin was inevitable, she was startled to find her feelings for him were more powerful than before. The love that had haunted her all these years was still there.But could they forgive one another and start again?
No on saw the kidnapping--but her. Except. . . there's no evidence the crime ever happened. Officer Garrett Matthews is assigned to keep the "eyewitness," Amber Scott, out of trouble. Like his colleagues, he doesn't believe her claim. Yet when he notices a mysterious car tailing the beautiful party planner, he starts to suspect Amber's story is true. Soon Garrett finds himself getting dangerously close to the sweet lady who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And protecting her becomes more than just a job--it's now a matter of life and death.
A SEASON FOR LOVE?When he discovered his infant son, Bryan Beaumont was consumed with self-doubt. What did a high-flying executive know about parenting?But compassionate day-care working Laura Bates simply wouldn't allow a disillusioned Bryan to lose faith in himself-or his baby.While Laura knew the good Lord wanted her to help unite father and son, she felt far too vulnerable to open her heart to this dynamic and demanding man. Still, Bryan's tender smile stirred emotions she thought were gone forever. Would the coming season restore her hope for a joyous future?Welcome to Love InspiredTM-stories that will lift your spirits and gladden your heart. Meet men and women facing the challenges of today's world and learning important lessons about life, faith and love.
Afraid of marriage and commitment, Lisa Berthoff travels the world as a photojournalist. But when she is asked to write a story about a romantic guest ranch owned by Adam MacIntyre, she finds true love waiting for her.
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