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Suddenly a father... A MOTHER'S VOW Five years ago Annie Burns promised to care for a newborn baby as if she were her own...and to never, ever let the child's father into her life. Now all Annie wants is to adopt the little girl she's always thought of as her own. And all arrogant Gray Powers wants to do is to stop her at all costs! A FATHER'S WISH He came to town to prove that little Bella couldn't possibly be his, but one look at the child and Gray knew otherwise. And a long, hard look at Annie also got Gray thinking unsettling thoughts, like whether Annie had something beyond maternal instincts. Could she have wife potential, as well...?
COUNT ON A COP Would you do the smart thing or the right thing? Late one night, a little boy approaches Abbie Franklin. He doesn't know his name or where he lives. Abbie has no choice but to help him--any way she can. Even if that means dealing with her ex-husband, Ray Menendez. Ray's a cop. He knows the smart thing would be to turn the kid over to the proper authorities. Especially if Abbie's involved. Their marriage is over, but he still doesn't want Abbie to get hurt. And she will--if she starts to care about a child who isn't hers. But sometimes the smart thing isn't the right thing.
There was only one way to keep her child.... SHE WAS GOING TO LOSE HER BABY! Rachel St. James's dream of having a baby was finally in her grasp. But the adoption contract stipulated that little Elizabeth had to grow up in a two-parent home. And Rachel would do anything to keep the little girl--including marrying a man she didn't love.... HE WAS GOING TO GAIN A WIFE! Paul Delaney had secretly loved Rachel for years. Now she needed a husband, and he was more than happy to volunteer for the temporary fantasy. But when make-believe started feeling all too real, Paul knew he had to convince her that the three of them could be a genuine family--or walk away from her forever....
BACHELOR BY DESIGNWhether you're looking for lattes or love, you'll find both at Cafe Romeo...Building contractor Trace Callahan is determined to stay single-even if his aunt reads romance in his coffee grounds-until he finds the perfect woman. And that woman is definitely unlike Chloe D'Onofrio, the hot-tempered interior designer who bumps heads with him at every turn. She's too opinionated, too unpredictable, much too pretty-and keeps a cache of stolen diamonds under her staircase. So naturally, Trace can't help falling in love....TOO HOT FOR COMFORTSomething was sizzling...and it wasn't steak...Sally Beaumont thought a call-in cooking show was a brilliant idea...at the time. Unfortunately, listeners thought Too Hot for Comfort referred to the bedroom, not the kitchen! Suddenly Sally was the local expert on S.E.X.-a topic that simply wasn't discussed in Comfort, Texas. Someone was even making threats, but more disturbing was that Jake Nolte-retired cop, sexy next-door neighbor-was watching over her...driving her crazy with thoughts of S.E.X.
A mathematician. A firefighter. A lawyer. A former addict. Four of the most unusual heroines you'll ever meet find love in this bundle of books hand-picked by Jane of DearAuthor.com! Bundle includes: Arm Candy by Jo Leigh, Just Kiss Me by Kathleen O'Reilly, Obsession by Kay David, and Code of Honor by Kathryn Shay.
The commander leads; she will not follow. She has to assess situations, determine solutions and can never lose control. The job comes first -- being a woman a very distant second. Lena McKinney is the Commander. Two years ago, Lena tried to be both a woman and a cop -- it didn't work out. Now her ex-fiance is back in town and her SWAT team has been assigned to protect him. Much as she'd like to walk away, Lena will do her duty, keeping her true feelings buried. But that's before the shots are fired.... THE GUARDIANS: This time the good guys wear black.
One Reckless Moment It was so easy to make mistakes when you were from the wrong side of the tracks and crazy in love. Tye Benedict's youthful folly had cost him dearly. Now fate had given him a second chance with Cara Howard. But this time, Tye had a secret....Cara had one, too. Even as her old feelings for Tye came rushing back, she knew she owed him the truth. But how could she tell Tye that she had borne his child-and given it away? Little did Cara suspect that her daughter was in good hands-and they weren't a stranger's.
How does a family just disappear?Alexis Mission returns to her parents' house for Thanksgiving and winds up in the middle of a mystery. The house is locked, the turkey's in the oven-burned to a crisp-four places are set at the table and not one member of her family can be found.Sitting in the shadows is a man claiming to be a government agent. Gabriel O'Rourke wants her to believe what can't possibly be true. He wants her to go with him. He wants her to trust him. But that's not what Alexis wants.Too bad she has no other choice. Gabriel is the only one who can tell her what's going on-even if everything he says sounds like a lie.
On the evening of his high school graduation, Nathan Pierce collapses on stage. Plagued with visions of a strange girl intent on killing herself, he wonders if his mental instability is a consequence of the deadly car accident he was in days earlier. Heather Rhodes, wracked with guilt because of the fatal wreck, finds she is unable to forgive herself and begins to question her own beliefs. While the death of a newborn weighs on her heart, on her mind is the strange gift she was able to use to protect her and Nathan in the accident'a gift that Heather wonders may have just been a figment of her imagination. Cynthia Ruin, aka The Pink Rabbit, decides that her high school graduation night should be used for partying, not walking down the football field. At a nightclub in Scottsdale, Cynthia finds more than she bargained for when a stranger from her past decides to exact his revenge on her for a prior rejection. All three come to realize that their current problems are nothing compared to the stars that are falling from the sky. During the global crisis, the President of the United States makes it her personal mission to keep the country on the right track to becoming a world superpower, while a hostile entity known only as Absolute threatens her administration. Meanwhile, word starts to spread that the falling stars may not be stars at all. . . . David N. Alderman, Author of Black Earth: End of the Innocence. www.davidnalderman.com
Not what he appeared... MORE THAN SHE BARGAINED FOR... When Mercy Hamilton agreed to serve as doctor to the needy people of Ciudad Bravo, she never dreamed that three days later she would wake up to find a sexy, mysterious and wounded stranger holding a knife to her throat! She couldn't refuse to treat him-but she also couldn't help being disturbed by him.... Rio Barrigan was an enigma-an outlaw who served as a rescuer of injured children but nevertheless straddled both sides of the law. He was danger-and desire-incarnate. And he made Mercy afraid that it wasn't just her life that was on the line....
A SWAT team is only as good as its weakest link. The Listener works hard to make sure that no link breaks. She's constantly watching the team, testing to see if anyone's getting too close to the edge. But she can't do much when her help is refused. Dr. Maria Worley is the Listener. Maria's latest case is the hardest she's ever had. In her experience, no patient has walked closer to the edge than Ryan Lukas. Worse, he's convinced himself that he's just fine. And to make things even more complicated, Maria -- and her teenage son -- need Ryan as much as he needs them. The Listener is about to learn that helping others is easier than helping yourself. THE GUARDIANS: This time the good guys wear black.
THE LOVING ARMS OF THE LAWSHE COULDN'T HELP LOVING HIM...Eighteen years ago, Rick Hunter was everything Silvia Hernandez shouldn't have-and everything she wanted. Then came the terrible night when he needed her most-and she fled, taking with her a secret.OR LEAVING HIMRick had never expected to see Silvia again. But as sheriff, he needed her help to solve a shocking local murder. And as a man, he needed answers. But he had a dark secret of his own to divulge, one that might send her away again...this time, forever.He's the law of the West, and she's the lady he can't resist.
Cole Reynolds is an outsider. He's lived in High Mountain all his life but never felt he belonged. That's okay, though. He's a man who likes his space-and in West Texas there's plenty of it.But everything changed the day he met Taylor Matthews. He was guiding Taylor and her husband through a remote part of the desert when someone shot at them. Cole and Taylor were wounded and her husband was killed.Now Taylor's back-determined to find out what really happened. And like it or not, Cole knows he has to keep her safe....
"You're going to have to act like his wife, whether you want to or not."After seven years, the marriage of Conley and Lara Harrison is over. Lara still cares for Conley, but he's hurt her once too often. She wants nothing more than to get her divorce and move on. But that's not going to be easy. Not once she learns there's a stalker pursuing Conley.Lara's a bodyguard and, according to everyone from her father to Conley, the perfect agent for the job. After all, no one's in a better position to protect a husband than his wife.
For the Negotiator, talk is never cheap. In a moment, he has to make connections with the crazed and the desperate and the lost. He has to promise, cajole and placate. Success is a rush. Failure would cripple a lesser man. Above all, he must stay detached. Beck Winters is the Negotiator. Despite everything he's seen and done, Beck's still sane, but only because he never allows himself to get close to anyone. Then during a hostage incident, he hears a voice over the phone line, Jennifer Barclay's voice. Jennifer's in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her plan has always been to avoid excitement. But that was before she was taken hostage...before the incident ended badly...and before she met the Negotiator. THE GUARDIANS: This time the good guys wear black.
Meredith Santera is the leader of the Operatives, always putting the needs of others in front of her own. And that means she chose the job over a relationship with Jack Haden. Now her job is putting her in contact with Jack once again. But this time they're on opposite sides.To save a friend. To protect a child. To end an evil. Most of us could not bring ourselves to do the unthinkable-even if it was for the greater good. The Operatives do whatever it takes. Because of them, we don't have to.
Julia Vandamme's nightmare began after she said, "I do."Her only comfort is her sweet little boy, and she's stayed in her marriage just for him. Jonathan Cruz is their one chance for escape, but before she and her son can know freedom, Julia has to learn to trust Cruz. But how can she, when she's not convinced he's the man he claims to be?To save a friend. To protect a child. To end an evil. Most of us could not bring ourselves to do the unthinkable-even if it was for the greater good. The Operatives do whatever it takes. Because of them, we don't have to.
Lauren Stanley has to unlock the secret of her pastDiscovering what happened the night her mother died is the only way she'll ever have a normal life. So she travels to Peru to find a mysterious doctor named Armando Torres-a man who is more than a doctor and has reasons of his own to keep the past buried. But before Lauren can find him, an "accident" has her forgetting everything she's ever known....To save a friend. To protect a child. To end an evil. Most of us could not bring ourselves to do the unthinkable-even if it was for the greater good. The Operatives do whatever it takes. Because of them, we don't have to.
What would you do for your kids? Emma Toussaint would do anything -- or so she's always thought. She needs money -- lots of it -- to regain custody, and then one day, opportunity comes knocking. All she has to do is break the law. What would you do to get even with the man who stole your life? Raul Santos would do anything -- or so he's always thought. He was framed and sent to prison by a corrupt DEA agent. Now he wants revenge, and he doesn't care who gets hurt along the way -- until he meets Emma. What would you do if the person you love is caught between you and your worst enemy? That's the question Raul has to answer.
One bullet changed her lifeIn a heart-stopping moment she'd never stop reliving, Risa Taylor lost everything-her partner, her friends, her career and her self-confidence. The family she was never close to has taken a step back and there's nowhere else to turn. Things can't get much worse.Except, of course, they can. Every officer-involved shooting is investigated by Internal Affairs, and the man in charge is Grady Wilson, who's known for his unorthodox methods and his unquestionable results. At first glance, the case seems like a slam dunk, especially when the ballistics report shows that the bullet that killed her partner came from Risa's gun. But a phone call from an anonymous informant, and the feelings he starts to have for Risa, have Grady looking a little deeper, determined to find out what really happened on that steamy night in Houston.
Ninety percent of what every cop hears is a lie. And Daniel Bishop knows it. Which is why he's surprised to realize he wants the beautiful Anise Borden to be telling the truth. Anise's soon-to-be ex was shot as she hugged him goodbye. And that makes Anise the prime suspect. If she's guilty, it's Bishop's job to put her away. But as he starts building his case, another body turns up. Is Anise a coldhearted killer? Or a potential victim? He has to find out before it's too late for Anise. . . and his heart.
The truth is supposed to set you free...After the birth-and death-of her child, Maya fled her hometown and made a new life for herself. Many years later, her lover's brother reveals she was told a lie. Her son is still alive. And now Maya is prepared to do whatever it takes to find him.Shepard Reyes wants to find his brother's child as much as Maya does. Now that the truth about his nephew is known, the boy's life is once again in danger. There are too many people who don't want him to claim what is rightfully his....
Hoping to start over, paramedic Andrea Hunt has come home to Courage Bay. But even she couldn't have known how her new life would begin-with a tragic accident that leaves her responsible for her nephew.Kevin's a very special boy who copes with the changes he faces by not talking. His dad, Grant Corbin, feels increasingly desperate about being kept from Kevin. Now he's come to Courage Bay-and he discovers that his son's life is more than complete without him. Because Andrea seems to be all Kevin needs.And before long Grant finds himself wondering if his ex-wife's sister can find room for him in the family.
To some, the members of the bomb squad are more than a little left of normal. After all, when everyone else is running away from a bomb, they're heading toward it. In this line of work, precision, knowledge and nerves of steel are requirements-especially when a serial bomber makes the team his next target.Hannah Crosby and Quinn McNichol are perfect for each other-everyone thinks so. But sometimes being perfect isn't enough. Hannah wants more. Marriage, children, a future...Quinn doesn't think marriage-let alone children-is a good idea. He can never forget the dangers that people in their profession face every day. What happens if one of them doesn't come home one night? And now it seems as if a bomber is trying to help them answer that question.
"They're definitely not two of a kind. Elizabeth and April are identical twins. Except they don't look or act alike anymore. Elizabeth is reserved, quiet and hardworking. April isn't when April disappears, Elizabeth can only think the worst. But she'll do whatever it takes to find her sister. Enter a dark, dangerous world, pretend she's someone she's not and ask acomplete stranger for help. John Mallory knows there's more to Elizathe Benoit than she's letting on. She tortures her beautiful hair by putting it up and covers her gorgeous body with tailored suits. Evry instinct he has tells him she's hiding something. And he's the kind of man who doesn't like unsolved mysteries. So when she tells him about her sister's disappearance, he doesn't think twice about helping- though it's clear she doesn't really want him involved."This is from the back cover of the book.