It wasn't the first time danger had come to his ranch, but for Deputy Mason Ryland it was the final straw. Someone had been targeting his family for too long and the brooding lawman now had a new person to protect: horse trainer Abbie Baker.His newest employee's arrival suspiciously coincided with the latest attack, and it wasn't long before he uncovered a decades-old secret between Abbie and the Ryland clan. But as much as that connection rankled, Mason couldn't ignore the fact that someone wanted beautiful Abbie dead. As an upholder of the law, he'd keep her safely tucked by his side through the investigation. As a man, he'd offer his personal protection through the endless summer nights....
Agent Tessa Abbot: This take-no-prisoners, tough-as-nails operative of a top secret U. S. security agency was prepared for anything. . . except a surprise pregnancy. Agent Riley McDade: His sexy yet deadly smile had seen him through dangerous missions around the world. . . except the one that mattered most-and cost him his heart. Mission: Posing as man and wife, apprehend Dr. Barton Fletcher, aka the Baby Maker. He has killed before and won't hesitate to do so again-see memo on Agent McDade's past broken heart. Avoid complications at all costs-such as an unexpected pregnancy or falling in love with your partner.
Shot on a covert rescue mission, Logan McGrath came home to Texas to recuperate. He'd wanted peace, but instead found a terrified redhead on his doorstep. An alluring stranger who'd given birth to a beautiful baby boy. . . his baby boy. Mia Crandall claimed he wasn't the donor she'd chosen. But someone had arranged the illegal surrogacy, and now they wanted Mia out of the way. Only, Logan soon realized the killer who hunted her wasn't nearly as frightening as the tender feelings she stirred inside him. And if Logan ever wanted to get a chance at fatherhood, he'd have to protect the mother of his child at all costs.
There was no way she could hide the bump...Lenora Whitaker never thought spending one night with U.S. marshal Clayton Caldwell would put them in the crosshairs of a killer. Connected to a protective custody case gone awry, they are both attacked, leaving Clayton with a damaging case of amnesia and forcing Lenora to go on the run.After taking a bullet to save her life, Clayton is unable to remember Lenora or that he's the father of her baby. But the moment he tracks her down, it's clear the attraction is still there. Hiding out together on his Texas ranch, Clayton admires the way Lenora will do anything to protect her unborn baby. Connecting with the pregnant beauty also triggers the first hints of his past. A past that could mend their broken lives-or unearth secrets he'd be better off forgetting.
In Maverick County, he was the lawWhen Caitlyn Barnes unexpectedly shows up at his ranch, Texas marshal Harlan McKinney has no idea his ex-lover is trailing a heaping pile of danger. The death threats against the investigative journalist are just the tip of the iceberg. Soon Caitlyn and Harlan are on the run out of Maverick County.Enmeshed in a web of escalating violence, they know their only hope of surviving is to trust each other. But Harlan doesn't know if he can trust himself-and the feelings Caitlyn is awakening. With the noose tightening, tracked by a killer who's always one step ahead, Harlan is blindsided by an explosive secret from the past-and a passion that's even more dangerous....
Months after the birth of her son, single mom Delaney Nash discovered a horrible truth: The sperm bank she'd used was under investigation for unethical practices. Complicating matters even further was the very real possibility her son's father was none other than Ryan McCall-her sworn enemy. Suddenly a string of suspicious-and near-fatal-accidents proved that Delaney and her son were in terrible danger. And the only man she could trust to help her uncover the truth was the very same man who was strictly off-limits. and now, In a race against time, could Delaney and Ryan combat danger-and their stormy past-before it was too late?
It was just a day's work for Texas Ranger Egan Caldwell. Except this time, the victim of the crime was rich, beautiful heiress Caroline Stallings. Egan and Caroline couldn't be more different--she was upper crust, he was a lawman. Yet this woman stirred feelings in him that refused to be ignored. Problem was, Caroline's memory had gone the way of Egan's willpower and her amnesia had attracted a killer. Ensuring her safety was something he took very seriously. But giving in to their distracting, combustible attraction was the only chance Egan had of uncovering the secrets hidden in Caroline's mind. . . before someone else did.
A SEXY U.S. MARSHAL HAS HIS WORK CUT OUT FOR HIM IN USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DELORES FOSSEN'S MINISERIES THE MARSHALS OF MAVERICK COUNTY.With two infants already missing, Maya Ellison worried that her son would be targeted next. She would guard him with her life, but for once she wouldn't have to do it alone. Slade Becker went beyond the call of duty and sequestered the single mother and her son on his ranch.Slade guaranteed their protection, and soon Maya learned there was no place safer than within his embrace. Just as she knew there was no place in Texas that the kidnapper could hide from the imposing U.S. marshal-and nothing on earth that could break up their new family....
She was hiding from a stalker-and from Brayden O'Malley, The man who blamed her for his wife's death. But when Brayden asked For The incredible, Ashley Palmer couldn't refuse: He wanted her to give him a child, So his toddler son would live to see another Christmas. But forging a frightening intimacy with her ex-brother-in-law meant coming out of hiding. . . and evading the reach of a killer. Now the key to Ashley's safety lay in solving the clues of a perilous puzzle that only brought her and Brayden closer. But was the combustible desire threatening to consume them the greatest risk of all?
Willa Marks is pregnant. Afraid. And can't remember anything beyond two months ago. What she does know is that she can't trust the police to keep her safe. So when two men-cops-appear at her door, all she can think about is escape. But instinct tells her to trust one of them.... Brandon Ruiz is ex-military. Sheriff of a small town in Texas. And Willa's ex-boyfriend. Or so he claims. Now that they've found her, he's determined to keep Willa safe from her would-be assassin. But to do that he has to stay distanced. He can't let her touch, her scent, reach him. Can't let her kisses inflame him. He thinks if she remembers, she'll be safe. But he's wrong....
Sheriff Jack Whitley hadn't seen Alana Davis in nearly a year. Not since he'd saved her life and helped to deliver her baby. And when she'd mysteriously disappeared, he'd raised her son as his own. So despite the way Alana's vulnerability tugged at his heart, Jack vowed he wouldn't let her claimhischild. But with a dangerous killer hot on her trail, he found himself wanting to be her protector. Keeping her safe meant he ran the risk of losing his son. And ultimately his heart.
The last thing this Texas sheriff wanted was to heed a frantic late-night call from the woman who'd destroyed his life. Old wounds were ripped wide-open after Lucas Creed discovered that his former deputy had moved on-and was pregnant to boot. But after rescuing Kylie Monroe from hired guns and taking her under his protection, she repaid him by dropping a bombshell on his world-weary shoulders. . . . Kylie knew that her misstep in the line of duty had cost Lucas everything. Now, As his secret surrogate, she planned to give the gruff lawman the ultimate gift to heal his heart-although it would break her own. When they teamed up to expose the corrupt man behind the threats, would their glacial rift melt beneath an inferno of desire?
Texas P. I. Quinn Lucky Bacelli had finally tracked down Marin Sheppard, a woman he was certain knew more about her missing criminal brother than she was letting on. And Lucky wasn't the only one with that suspicion. Someone was willing to kill Marin and her son to get information. After coming to the rescue of the beautiful single mother and her baby boy, Lucky learned about her dangerous past and offered a pretend engagement. But as the connection between Marin's child and a ruthless killer was revealed, the case became frighteningly more real than any he'd ever taken. And standing in as fiancé and father had left Lucky with everything to lose. . . .
Although forced to put aside personal differences to rescue a child, FBI hostage negotiator Colin Forester and his estranged wife, Danielle, couldn't ignore the issues that had pushed them apart. . . or the chemistry that still stirred their blood. Still, focusing on the case was crucial. Not to mention it kept Colin's mind off the secret he sensed Danielle was torn about revealing. As the stand-off with the hostage-taker intensified, so did the reignited passion Colin had feared was lost forever. But would what Danielle was hiding guarantee their future--or irreparably tear them apart?
Comanche Creek's not big enough for two to investigate a murder. That's the feeling Texas Ranger Livvy Hutton gets when she's sent there as a forensic expert. Yes, she's horning in on Sheriff Reed Hardin's territory and can't ignore a distinct chill in the air between them. But according to evidence Livvy uncovers, she senses the cowboy cop's acting ornery to protect his good ol' boys from arrest For The murder. And backing off is not in her nature. Then, just days into the investigation, Livvy detects bigger trouble: a mutual attraction she and Reed have no business acting on. A torrid affaircouldcompromise the case. . . or spark some much needed--and very satisfying--cooperation!
When Deputy Sheriff Royce McCall responds to a break-in at his family's cabin, he doesn't expect the intruder to be beautiful Sophie Conway-in her nightgown! The last time he saw her, she wasn't wearing much else, although the details of their New Year's Eve encounter are sketchy at best. Then she admits that not only has she become a killer's target, but she also lied about carrying Royce's baby in order to escape an arranged marriage. With too many unanswered questions surrounding this woman he barely knows, Royce still vows to protect Sophie when the bullets start flying. But when the memories of their one-night stand become clearer, so does the fact that she may not be lying about being pregnant after all....
When Kelly Manning learned that her child might have been involved in a baby swap, she confronted the problem head- on. Rich, powerful and dangerously attractive, Nick Lattimer was the only hope she had of finding out the truth. But he had the power to claim both the baby boy she'd raised and the biological son she'd never known. Someone wanted them dead. . . someone who'd stop at nothing to make sure the babies' cries were silenced forever. There was only one way for Kelly to keep the boys safe. She'd have to join forces with the last man she should trust--and the only person who loved the children as much as she did.
Texas lawman Bo Duggan got the shock of his life when Mattie Collier showed up on his doorstep, claiming his daughter was really hers and not his son's twin. But before Bo could argue, Mattie became a gunman's target and duty compelled him to protect her. After getting the children to safety and then going on the run, Bo couldn't help but admire the way Mattie wouldn't back down-from a fight and from believing she was his baby's mother. Bo had trouble imagining a life without the little girl he'd given his heart to. And before long, he had to admit, he had trouble imagining living without her mother, too.
Texas Ranger Sloan McKinney was hired to solve two different murders-with one eerily similar M. O. Sheriff Carley Matheson had her hands full: A sixteen-year-old unsolved murder and a strong hunch that the killer had resurfaced and struck again. As if things couldn't get any worse, The Texas Rangers had sent Sloan McKinney-the one man she'd always tried to keep at a distance-to spearhead the investigation. Now the only way to keep the citizens of Justice, Texas, safe-and solve two connected crimes-was to join forces. But someone resented Carley and Sloan digging up the past, and before long two of Texas's finest found themselves caught in the crosshairs of a murderer.
FINDING HIS SON WAS A DREAM COME TRUE. . . ;UNTIL UNFORESEEN DANGER TURNED IT INTO A NIGHTMARE. . . ; All federal agent Luke Buchanan wanted was his son. That and revenge against everyone involved in the illegal adoption that had resulted in his baby boy being stolen from him. So when he finally tracked down the woman who'd been raising Christopher as her own, he was hell-bent on making her pay. But Luke wasn't the only one after Elaina McLemore. Someone was hunting her, following her every move. And from the moment he saw the fear in Elaina's eyes, he vowed to protect her-and the baby they both loved-at all costs. But who would protect him from the tender feelings Elaina sparked inside him?
Special Agent Ben Parrish had been thought dead for two months. So when he suddenly reappeared, bruised and battered on his pregnant wife's doorstep, claiming he'd been working deep undercover, even the FBI had trouble believing him. Before he could be debriefed, though, he had to convince Ava to trust him with her safety and that of their unborn baby. But with his captors hot on his trail, Ben had little time to explain to Ava how much he'd missed her. Now, even as they barely stayed one step ahead of the danger and protecting Ava became his top priority, Ben h top priority, Ben had never felt happier to be home....Contains an exclusive Kenner Country Crime Unit bonus story by Delores Fossen!
Tough-as-nails cop Jason Lawrence hadn't planned on parenthood. But after his brother's death, he'd raised his baby niece, Megan, becoming her father in every way that mattered. And there was no way that he was giving her up-even To The biological mother Megan had never known. Jason knew he should be trying to keep Lilly Nelson at arm's length. After all, she had the power to break up his happy home. But someone wanted Lilly dead, and everything about her-her strong spirit and fragile beauty-aroused Jason's most protective instincts. But what was he willing to risk to keep Lilly safe?
Unexpected Father by Delores Fossen Tough-as-nails cop Jason Lawrence hadn't planned on parenthood. But after his brother died, he raised his baby niece, Megan, as his own. No way was he giving her up-not even to her biological mother. Jason knows he should keep his distance from Lilly Nelson if he hopes to keep his happy home. Someone wants Lilly dead, though, and something about her arouses Jason's most protective instincts. But what is he willing to risk to keep Lilly safe? Legally Binding by Ann Voss Peterson Reformed-bad-boy-turned-rancher Bart Rawlins has been charged with murder, and he'll need the best lawyer in Texas to prove his innocence. So when newcomer Lindsey Wellington comes along with promises of acquittal, Bart suppresses his libido and focuses on the lovely lawyer's every word. This was not the first case Lindsey had imagined-and not falling for your sexy client was one lesson they'd overlooked in law school! But with Bart's future at stake, Lindsey will have to ignore her heart...or she could lose it all.
SAYING "I DO" HAD NEVER BEEN SO DANGEROUS. . . She bet her badge and her honor when she bent the rules to hunt the deadly sniper who'd declared open season on newlyweds. Now police detective Katelyn O'Malley would answer to hotshot Sergeant Joe Rico, her new boss-and temporary fiancé. OR SO DESIRABLEJoe had a plan to draw the sniper out-by dangling his and Katelyn's very public whirlwind "marriage" as bait. But in private, The line between pretense and passion blurred. And as duty and desire tangled them in a web of escalating danger, they raced to discover if the killer had spun the deadliest trap of all. . . .
A woman he's never met is carrying his child in USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen's The Marshals of Maverick County miniseries When U.S. marshal Wyatt McCabe tracks his target to a Texas ranch, he isn't the only one with Lyla Pearson in his sights. But Wyatt has a powerful reason for keeping the beautiful CSI director out of the line of fire-he may be the father of the child she's carrying. The mother-to-be doesn't know who to fear more-the gunmen surrounding her house, or the stranger claiming paternity of her in vitro baby. Holed up together at his family homestead, Lyla struggles to fight her attraction to the sinfully handsome lawman. But with a killer stalking them, it may tear their new family apart....
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