Prescott Personal Securities provided the best bodyguards money could buy. New client Kelly Warner had trouble she couldn't escape. Trapped in controversy, Kelly and her young daughter had the whole world watching them. But only one man was hired to look out for their best interests: Jack Sanders. Kelly had secrets that people would kill for--and someone was trying real hard. But now she had Jack, and he would never take his eyes off her, no matter their past together. Caught under the gun, the all-American bodyguard had a message to send--Denver was under the protection of PPS, and there just wasn't room for anyone else.
Langston Collingsworth was a man to be reckoned with. Powerful and president of the family oil business, opportunists looked at him and saw money, but he saw the land as his life force. So when the Collingsworth empire was threatened--it was personal. It happened innocently enough--a young girl needing his help. But her mother was none other than Trish Edwards--Langston's high school sweetheart. Trish and her daughter were trapped in a blackmail and murder investigation and had been on the run since the day Trish gave birth to a Collingsworth heir. Could Langston trust Trish after the years of deception? He had no choice if he wanted to protect her child--his child--and face down the trouble headed their way.
Tyler Ledger was as unsure of Julie Gillespie's motives for being at his family's Texas ranch as he was of the reception he'd receive when he came face-to-face with his estranged father. Still, he agreed to help the enticing reporter solve a murder if she agreed to stay out of trouble. Julie was on a mission, and she wasn't going to be sidetracked by romantic entanglements-even if Tyler was proving more irresistible by the minute. But with his leave of absence over soon, the soldier's time in Texas was coming to an end. . . ;and Julie's would, too, if they didn't find the killer before she became the next target. . . ;.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: A Daddy... Little Rebecca knew she and her baby brother were a handful for their new mom, Dr. Susan McKnight, especially with a bad man scaring her. She'd hoped Santa would bring Susan a husband, and when Detective Carter showed up at their door, Rebecca knew Santa wouldn't let her down.... A Husband... Susan was at the mercy of a cunning stalker...but lucky for her, Jack Carter was the kind of cop who wouldn't stop until he got his man--even if it meant hounding Susan for her confidential patient records. Going head-to-head, eye-to-eye, Susan could see Jack's conviction and his passion for protection. But did she see something more...like love?
LYING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE MOONLIGHT...John Robicheaux lived the simple life in Cajun country-that was until his brother turned up dead in the bayou. He'd be damned before he'd let that crime go unpunished. And John's suspicions about the sudden death were pointing to a medical clinic and a powerful plastic surgeon who stood accused of "losing" a high-profile patient on the operating table.Local magazine reporter Cassie Havelin had been in Beau Pierre to look into the story. Except, when her investigation became entangled with her mother's disappearance, Cassie was thrown straight into the strong arms of John Robicheaux. Together they had to shadow a sinister killer slithering in the murky waters...unless they were consumed by the darkness first.
COWBOY TO THE CORE Jake Dalton believes in worthy causes-like opening his Texas ranch to inner-city kids for the summer. But there's a catch...that involves a woman. Dedicated do-gooder Carolina Lambert can hold her own against any man...Jake included. Except now someone with a nasty grudge who's been waiting for the perfect moment to strike has the beautiful widow in his sights. R.J. Dalton's estranged son is the last man on earth Carolina wants to trust with her life. But the rugged single father has sworn to keep her safe. As passion ignites-and a killer closes in-Carolina and Jake may lose their chance at a love neither expected to find again.
IN THE GLOW OF THE CHANDELIERS, HER HAIR WAS THE COLOR OF MOLTEN GOLD. SHE HAD AN ETHEREAL QUALITY ABOUT HER THAT MADE IT SEEM AS IF SHE WERE MORE DREAM THAN REALITY...Bart Finnegan had come to the Fernhaven Hotel to investigate a murder. But from the moment the dedicated cop spied her across a crowded ballroom, he was a man obsessed.She is Katrina O'Malley, a woman whose past is cloaked in mystery. Like the mists that conceal a cunning killer, she must guard her secrets from this man who tempts her to a passion she must resist at all costs.Somehow he knew he'd see her again....
Travel with Joanna Wayne deep into the American South as she unlocks HIDDEN PASSIONSHOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS...WITH A TALL, DARK, SEXY STRANGERSurrogate mother Megan Lancaster had been prepared for what pregnancy would bring-only, an FBI hunk stringing lights on her Christmas tree wasn't one of those things! But her life was in danger, and agent Bart Cromwell, masquerading as her adoring lover, would protect her and her baby.Her baby.The child she carried no longer had parents...unless Megan and the sexy stranger who kept kissing her under the mistletoe were willing to put their hearts on the line and welcome the newborn as a family...for Christmas and forever.
THE DARKNESS IS SAFER WHEN YOU'RE WITH A COPHe might be irritating, and more intimidating than handsome, but rugged, brawny detective Sam Turner wasn't the kind of man a woman could forget. He got in reporter Caroline Kimberly's way at every turn. But when she became the obsession of a killer, it was Sam she wanted by her side as darkness fell.She made him ache for something elusive-something that could never be. The nosy, sexy reporter with the smart, kissable mouth was trouble, and Sam had to keep his distance. But he couldn't once Caroline became his only link to the depraved killer who lured his prey into the unrelenting night....
UNBREAKABLE VOWSA string of murders reunited homicide detective Dallas Mitchell with a woman he'd tried to forget. Years had passed, but the passion was still there. Only, this time it was fraught with danger. Because Nicole Lancaster was a married woman, and Dallas was a cop hunting for the worst serial killer Louisiana had ever seen-a man who just might be her new husband.Nicole had always been out of the lawman's league, and she had every reason not to trust him, not to forgive him.... But Dallas had precious little time to convince Nicole that she needed to leave her house-before death parted them for good.
Through the sultry heat and Spanish moss of the Louisiana bayou, three teens witnessed a friend's murder. Bringing the killer to justice, they became blood brothers. From boys to men, nothing could break that bond...except a killer's revenge.Bayou Blood BrothersTheir secrets are darker...their passions run deeper.Tyler: the street-kid-turned-fed. On his last case for the Bureau, Tyler hadn't counted on being sold out-nor on taking the beautiful Gabby Lanier, his dead friend's sister, as his hostage.Nick: the privileged one. It was hard enough returning to the bayou for the wedding of Nick's only love, Caroline Donovan. Even worse to find himself falsely accused of murdering the groom.Jules: the bayou bad boy. He tried to bury the past-but passion for his first lover, the wealthy Adrienne Breaux, wouldn't die. Nor would the man who vowed sweet revenge on him and his friends…
All She Could See Were His Eyes Though Graham Dufour's ebony eyes lit up her dreams for the past ten years, Lindsey Latham hoped she could come back to New Orleans without seeing the man who'd once stolen her heart. A lot had changed between them-but one touch from the bad-boy-made-good could still ignite her desire. Then she rode in a Mardi Gras parade and saw someone else's eyes behind a mask. Those of a faceless killer who'd used the masquerade to hide his crime. And he'd seen Lindsey.Once, she'd been forced to run from Graham; now she had no choice but to run straight into his arms. For passion and for protection...
STEALTHY SEDUCTION Rumor had it that the secretive owner of the castle on the cliffs, Dr. David Bryson, had been hideously scarred in the accident that killed his fiancÉe. Now designer Becca Smith had been summoned to work in his home. Though she received mysterious warnings to stay away, nothing could keep Becca from meeting the man whose seductive voice made her burn for his touch. She was too young, too beautiful, too familiar. She awakened memories in David long buried. . . emotions that teetered on the edge of insanity. But he vowed to see Becca only from the shadows. Except when a killer attacked, David stepped from behind the veil of darkness to save the woman who was his only hope of salvation.
Fate brought Texas rancher Durk Lambert face-to-face with his ex-lover, Meghan Sinclair. The reckless but gorgeous P.I. had been beaten and left for dead, with no memory of her attacker, of Durk...or herself. Years ago she'd broken his heart, but no cowboy walked away from a woman in need.While Durk kept her safe on his Bent Pine Ranch, his own memories threatened him-laughing with Meghan, making love. He still wanted her, but he feared Meghan was the one woman he could never have-and the one he'd lay down his life to protect. Because while Durk wanted her to remember, a killer needed her to forget....
Former navy SEAL Hawk Taylor never knew fear--until he met Alonsa Salatoya. Her young daughter had been kidnapped, and after two years the trail had grown cold. Hawk was certain he'd find the girl, but the sensual woman with a fragile heart scared him. She made the Texas loner yearn to belong where he never could--in her life and her bed.Exhuming long-buried clues led only to dead ends--until the kidnapper turned his sights on Alonsa. Now, with a taste of fear, Hawk knew what he had to do: find the child, keep Alonsa alive and then walk away from the one woman he'd never be able to forget....
A CASE GONE COLD...AND AN UNEXPECTED ROMANCE HEATING UPJaci Matlock went to Cape Diablo to solve the thirty-year-old Santiago murders. And though the remote island had a haunting reputation, the forensics novice was determined to expose the reality behind the mysterious events that plagued her arrival.Now in order to uncover an age-old murderous conspiracy, Jaci had to team up with her only ally: Raoul Lazario. But trusting the ruggedly sensual adventure seeker proved to be a distraction she couldn't afford....Solving the cold case would secure Jaci's lifelong dreams, but with Raoul she faced an even more confounding mystery.... Would falling in love have life threatening implications?
Eight years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, three men lost everything. Now it's time to reclaim what is theirs....Bayou Payback by Joanna WayneDetective Remy Comeaux never got over the loss of his beloved fiancée. But when he returns to New Orleans to expose ongoing corruption and meets Nicole Worthington, something about this beauty seems all too familiar.Bayou Jeopardy by Rita HerronHe lost his job and the love of his life when the storm hit, but Mack Rivet never gave up searching for answers. His passionate reunion with Lily Landry forces him to confront what really happened that fateful night. And then he learns about the son he never knew existed....Bayou Justice by Mallory KaneIn order to bring justice back to New Orleans, FBI agent Ray Storm must once again turn to Molly Hennessey for help. This time, though, convincing the gorgeous attorney to believe in him is going to take more than just one night of seduction.
On navy SEAL missions Cutter Martin had been a warrior. But when it came to Linney Kingston, he was just a red-blooded Texas cowboy with bad luck at love. Linney had walked out on him six years ago. Now she was back-with a motherless child and a crazy story. Linney's theory of murder and scandal was as preposterous as her body's traitorous response to Cutter. Still, when she was shot at, the cowboy came to her rescue. Cutter-her hero. And the only man who could break her heart again. Trusting him a second time was more frightening than the killers stalking her every move....
Ex-lawman Wyatt Ledger came back home to find his mother's killer...even if it was his father. The truth had haunted him nearly twenty years, but now nothing would come between them-except a damsel and her daughter in distress.Kelly Burger sought a fresh start in the Hill Country, but when her dangerous past followed, she turned to the safe arms of her cowboy protector. Though he now battled two killers by day, at night Wyatt was defenseless against her seductive touch. Secrets of their past lurked in town-unspeakable and deadly. Once he uncovered them, could Wyatt save himself, his family and the woman he loved?
MUSTANG RUN, TEXAS-WHERE THE COWBOY CODE LIVED... AND DANGER LURKED Dakota Ledger was a bull rider at heart and a loner by choice...until fate put him in place to rescue Viviana Mancini. She'd never forgotten the delirious days of passion they'd once shared, but now she was in trouble... and so was the baby she'd never told him they'd had. Dakota would do anything to guard Viviana and his new baby from the killer on their heels-even return to his estranged father's ranch. There he could protect them... but he couldn't protect himself. Because Dakota faced two deadly threats-the killer on their trail and the would-be family he'd fallen helplessly in love with...
Two reader-favorite cowboy romances from Joanna Wayne and Linda Warren.COWBOY FEVERDakota Ledger is a bull rider at heart and a loner by choice...until fate has him rescuing Viviana Mancini. He's never forgotten the passion they shared, but now she's in trouble...and so is the baby she never told him they'd had. Dakota will do whatever necessary to protect the pair. But can he protect himself from the killer on their trail and the would-be family he's fallen for?TOMAS: COWBOY HOMECOMINGMarine staff sergeant Tomas "Tuf" Hart is still grappling with the mental scars of battle when he learns his family's ranch is in trouble and they're banking everything on him to win the National Finals Rodeo. So far the easiest part of Tuf's homecoming is falling for his high school crush, Cheyenne Sundell. Maybe with a little hope and a lot of love they can find their way back to each other.
As a former navy SEAL, Marcus Abbot relied on his instincts. And the moment he saw the shadows haunting Dani Baxter's big brown eyes, the private investigator knew she was in trouble. . . and so was he. Even though she came to him with a crazy story about a murder she'd seen in a vision, he couldn't stop the instantaneous attraction that sparked between them. Never one to ignore a woman in need, he accepted her case. But as they traveled down a sensual path of danger and desire, Marcus discovered Dani's dreams may have been a bit too real. And the closer he got to the truth, the nearer she came to living her nightmare. . . .
LAWMAN He held her captive--in more ways than one Ex-cop turned security expert Cagan Hall was some kind of man. The secretive type of a woman like Merissa Thomas should stay away from. But with a killer and the cops hard on her heels in the bayou, Cagan was her only protection. Until his embrace became her prison.... Only extreme measures would keep Merissa safe--alive. There was more than one bounty for the Cajun beauty's head. But for Cagan, working undercover to hunt her down, a long, deep kiss from her lips would be the ultimate reward. LAWMAN--There's nothing sexier than the strong arms of the law!
A Mother As Dillon's bride, Ashley Randolph finally got the family she yearned for. But when a bullet nearly killed Dillon, she was forced into hiding--with her secrets and the best part of Dillon...his baby. A Father It had taken Dillon almost three years to find Ashley, to learn he was a father. Except the years hadn't prepared him for the sight of his beautiful bride and his toddler son. Their Child Dillon had come to claim his boy and return him to the Texas ranch that was his birthright, but he hadn't bargained on leading the gunman straight back to his family. Would a man bent on misguided revenge send Ashley and his child on the run again?
PROTECTING HIS OWNThe last thing this hard-boiled Confidential operative wanted was to become entangled with junior prosecutor Georgette Delacroix, but he'd reached a dead end in his frantic search for his kidnapped daughter. So the clairvoyant Cajun beauty was Tanner Harrison's only recourse. When Georgette's disturbing visions of his daughter intensified, Tanner stumbled upon the key to finally shutting down the slimy crime network his topsecret agency had been pursuing for months. As Crescent City's paralyzing heat wave unleashed Tanner and Georgette's smoldering attraction, they breathlessly raced against time to triumph over evil!
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