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She had to tell a lieBut that still hadn't stopped Detective St. James from coming around and asking Laura questions about the murder of her ex-husband. He seemed to see right through her when she said she didn't know anything about the notorious madam, Anna Kolnikov, either. What good would it do to admit the dead woman had helped Laura turn her life around? It wouldn't help protect her daughter from the mob. In fact, the anonymous phone calls had started as soon as St. James first flashed her his badge. She'd have to find a way to lose him soon. Before his inexplicable obsession with Anna cost Laura everything.
Meredith Downey wishes she'd left town and never looked back when she'd had the chance. But It's a Wonderful Night when her wish is magically granted and she discovers how different life would have been without all the people whose lives she's touched--and the man she's come to love.
Sometimes you have to tell a lie to find the truthHer sister had lived such a secret life, Whitney Sheffield didn't even know that Morgan had a three-year-old daughter. In a desperate phone call just before her death, Morga had begged Whitney to find the little girl, to rescue SaraJane from her dangerous father-a man called Rhys Gannon.When Whitney tracks Gannon down to a small place in Arizona, she lies about why she's there...and what she wants from him.But contrary to what she expects, Rhys seems to genuinely love his daughter. In fact, the more Whitney sees of him, the more he doesn't resemble the man her sister described.Whitney knows she has to discover Morgan's secret. Because, like it or not, she's fallen in love with Rhys Gannon.
Sometimes a criminal gets away with it. This can't be one of those times.He's a by-the-book detective determined to find his niece's stolen child. She's a youth advocate equally determined to protect the abandoned boy in her charge. Together, Rico Santini and Macy Capshaw form an uneasy alliance to investigate the child's past and, in the process, unearth a black-market adoption ring at a shelter for unwed mothers. The same shelter where years earlier Macy had given birth to a stillborn son. At least, that's what she was told....
Just why is Julianna staying at his father's ranch? Luke has come to Sante Fe to mend fences with his dad and lie low until the political fury over his current police investigation calms down. He's definitely not there to share memories of the good old days with his ex-wife. It's difficult for Julianna to remember when it had been good between her and Luke. And being close to the strong, handsome man she once loved unconditionally is too much. Either Luke leaves or she does. Except Julianna has nowhere to go. She needs to hide out at Abe's ranch to get her job done. Because nothing, not even anonymous death threats, will stop her. But if Luke finds out about the threats, he's never going to leave. . . .
Jack Parker was just a kid when they locked his father away for murder. Raised by adoptive parents, he's been searching for a sense of identity ever since -- and a truth he can live with. And if that means ending his budding relationship with Taylor Dundee by implicating Taylor's mother as the real killer, so be it. When Jack's investigation uncovers a shocking secret about her family, Taylor never wants to see the handsome man from Texas again. But unfortunately, she needs him to help her get to the bottom of her dead mother's lies -- and right so many old wrongs to so many people. Starting with Jack. And then she'll have to find a way to tell him she's carrying his child. . .
A cop comes to Jillian Sullivan's door with a photograph...The man in the photograph appears to be Rob Sullivan, Jillian's husband, who died four years ago. But the picture was taken after his death and shows him with another woman...and a child.Jillian can't believe her husband could have deceived her in this way. The cop, Adam Ramsey of the LAPD, believes that's exactly what he did.They both have compelling reasons for wanting to discover the truth. But it means they have to work together, and in the course of doing that, they discover truths about themselves-and each other....
Time heals all wounds--Tori Amhearst knows this firsthand. Ever since that awful event all those years ago, she's made the most of her life, her career. But the moment she discovers that the man she put behind bars is innocent, she knows she has to make it right. And how could she not? Thanks to her, Lincoln Crusoe has nothing. Not even his memory.Now memory controls both their lives. Tori can't forget and Lincoln can't remember. While she knows she's got to tell him the truth, every part of her resists. She never expected to love him and doesn't want to lose him. Because the truth won't set her free--it'll just send him running.
Since when does "be right back" mean in a few years? Serena Matlock has been asking herself that question ever since Cole St. Germaine took off. And now that he's back in Spirit Creek, he'll have to pony up a lot of apologies before she'll even consider forgiving him. The real heartbreak, though, is that she still loves the idiot. Despite all the poor choices he's made, she knows he's a good man. But can they move beyond the chain reaction those choices kicked off? Or will he constantly remind her of the life-altering decision she had to make?
Time Is Running Out...She had vowed never to return to Houston's crime-riddled East End. But Detective Crista Santiago's promotion to the Chicano Squad has put her right back in the violence of the barrio. Determined to transfer out as fast as possible, Crista first has to prove herself by solving a series of drive-by shootings.Crista has only one witness-four-year-old Samantha Del Rio. Protecting Samantha becomes Crista's number one priority, which means staying close to the little girl. And her widower father, Alex. But "staying close" soon changes into becoming part of the family. And the more attached Crista becomes to the girl and her father, the more she's afraid she's lost her edge...and her ability to protect the witness.
Once a cowboy...Nicole Weston is shocked to encounter the man she loved-and left-ten years ago. Ex-cowboy Cameron Colter appears at her classroom door because his son, Michael, is one of her students. Michael's only recently become part of his life, and being a father is new to Cam. He needs Nicole's help, but their history makes things awkward. She hasn't seen Cam since she left him without a word of explanation...and she's not ready to start explaining now.Always a cowboy...Cam might not be ranching anymore, but he's still a cowboy at heart-independent, self-assured and fiercely loyal. As Nicole and Cam work together to help Michael, feelings that were buried in the past begin to reemerge. Nicole still loves him, and she wants to give that love a second chance, but how can she possibly reveal to him the real reason she ended their relationship?
Marriage? This must be a joke! Natalia Sokoloff has nerves of steel, but when David "Mac" MacAllister proposes marriage, she breaks into a cold sweat. A wife is Mac's best chance at adopting the son he fathered while on active duty in Iraq. And Natalia is his buddy. Besides, she owes him for saving her life during combat.So how can she refuse? Especially if this is temporary-they'd only need to play house until the adoption is final. Except even that's far too long and too intimate for Natalia. Because there are some things a girl doesn't want even her best friend to know!
What Madeline Wants: A second chance. And she figures she'll get that at the Tripplehorne Ranch in Arizona, where she's been hired to teach English to the Spanish-speaking staff.What Madeline Gets: A big surprise. The owner of the Tripplehorne is dead, and the new owner, J. D. Rivera, is a man with a secret. He's also dark, handsome and-if the locals are to be believed-dangerous. And hiring an English teacher just isn't in his plans.But plans can always be changed....
She had vowed never to return to Houston's crime-riddled East End. But Detective Crista Santiago's promotion to the Chicano Squad has put her right back in the violence of the barrio. Determined to transfer out as fast as possible, Crista first has to prove herself by solving a series of drive-by shootings, apparently gang related.Overcoming demons from her past and somebody in the department who wants her gone, Crista races the clock to find out who shot Alex Del Rio's daughter. And why anyone would want to hurt such a beautiful little girl-or her father, a crusader for improved living conditions within the Hispanic community.Time is running out....
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