The hardest thing is doing what's rightNathan Devereux's parenting days are over. He raised his siblings, and now he's ready to start living a life free of responsibility. After the year he's had, he deserves it. But when the daughter he never knew existed and her way too tempting guardian, Emma Sloan, show up, his plans go out the window.Nathan can't ignore his daughter...or Emma. Yet having a relationship with them means giving up what he's worked for. Worse, his past is sneaking up behind him and could threaten them all. He faces a choice he's not sure he can make-or even wants to. Turn his back on Emma and his daughter? Or bend the rules to protect them? Either way, their future is at stake.
Just the sight of Walker Barnes in her kitchen is enough to panic Jen Summers. Those feelings she once had that seemed like cold ashes for so many years are turning out to be hot, hot coals. Walker's sudden appearance is fanning all sorts of flames. Her guilt, her shame, her deep regret for what she'd done to him. But this isn't the awkward geek she'd hurt back in high school. This is a brand-new Walker--hardened, wickedly successful, brilliant, confident, sexy. And he hasn't forgotten how she used him. Or forgiven her. In fact, he seems bent on payback. Of all the times to fall for a guy!
REASON TO WORRY... The alluring, mysterious woman who had arrived in Sheriff Devlin McAllister's town spelled trouble. Devlin distrusted pretty females who stuck their noses where they didn't belong. But he was mesmerized by the longlegged beauty and couldn't resist keeping her under close watch. Carly Fitzpatrick had come to Cameron to find answers about her brother's death. And she didn't dare fall for charming, sexy Devlin, the son of the man she suspected was responsible. But when Carly found herself in danger, she had little choice but to trust in the loving arms of the sheriff...
Every man has his dark side... HER LIFE WAS ON THE LINE... Eagle Ridge was turning out to be far from the tranquil oasis Tory Falcon had envisioned. A serial killer was loose in the town, preying on single women, and the police feared Tory would be his next target. She could turn to only one man for help: Police Chief Holt Adams. Holt had a protective streak a mile wide, and he quickly appointed himself Tory's keeper. In Holt's strong arms, Tory felt safe--for the first time in years. But the man who had captured her heart also filled her with questions. What kind of secrets was he keeping? Would she pay for her trust...with her life?
Never get involved with your patientsThat's no problem for by-the-book police department psychologist Kira McGinnis. She has enough on her plate taking care of her five-year-old daughter and her troubled teenage brother. And now she has the difficult-and disarming-Detective Jake Donovan as a patient. Can she ever get him to drop the tough-guy act and open up?Jake says he'll do anything to get back to active duty. But he doesn't seem to be trying very hard. He has good reason not to trust shrinks, and he doesn't want this one to know what he's thinking or feeling.The thing is, he'd really like to get to know Kira better-outside the job. But that's impossible, since he is her job....
YOU AGAIN?! For three years, Andi McGinnis had haunted Chase Remington's dreams. She was the one woman in the world he would never trust--or ever forget. Now she was back, as infuriatingly brazen--and alluring--as ever. But this time, he vowed their mission was all that could exist between them...Driven by revenge, Andi had dreamed of the day she would meet Chase again. Now that she had, an innocent child's life depended on her ability to pose as his loving wife. Together, the undercover agents set out through the perilous Central American jungle to deliver the orphaned baby to safety, bound by their common cause--and tortured by a passion that refused to die...
Nick Boone may be a brilliant architect, but his life is one-dimensional: just the way he wants to live it. He's a woman-of-the-week man, not marriage material. Not by a long shot. And fatherhood? Forget it. He has no idea what a family even looks like. But even a tough boss like him can't abandon Sierra Clark on the night she loses her parents. When her tears melt his cool, professional distance, attraction takes over and he gives in to a night of comfort and connection. Little does he know how deep that connection is going to run.
Cameron, Utah ONCE A FATHER... They were two innocent little girls, yet they were the only witnesses to a murder. So FBI agent Damien Kane whisked them away to the safest place he knew--a secluded cabin in Cameron, the town he'd once called home. Despite the painful memories. Despite his attraction to the children's guardian, beautiful Abby Markham. Abby wondered about the sorrow that shadowed her protector's eyes. Then she discovered that Damien once had all he guarded now--a family, a home. Something she longed to give him, if only she could tell him that, soon, he would be a father again.... Where the love of a good woman makes the West a place to call home.
HE WAS SWORN TO UPHOLD THE LAW And that meant FBI agent Jesse Coulton never let emotion interfere with duty. But when he went undercover as a ranch hand, Shea McAllister made him forget all his rules. She was sexy as sin--and a potential suspect. It was Jesse's job to investigate Shea. But the attraction was irresistible, and soon the last thing on his mind was business. And that was when Jesse discovered there was a fine line between commitment to the law and devotion to the woman he wanted to make his bride....
Once upon a time, everything was perfect. Fiona McInnes had it all figured out: fabulous career, famous friends and oodles of time to herself to create beautiful jewelry. Until her sisters force her back to Spruce Lake to help settle their father's estate. Until her childhood sweetheart, Jackson Grant, literally storms back into her life. It doesn't help that Jackson has grown up to be one of the sexiest veterinarians she's ever laid eyes on. Sparks are flying big-time. But Fiona not only needs to return to New York, she wants to. And Jackson has made it clear that's A-okay with him. Because with one broken heart between them, do they dare risk a second chance?
To escape from her hometown, Claire Kendall had to leave her past-and her sister-behindNow her sister's sudden death has Claire going home to confront her past and her orphaned nephew-who blames her for saving herself and not his mother. Complicating matters is Tucker Hall, a man who seems to have a genius for getting in the way when it comes to parenting Nick.Claire knows she'll be happy only once the town of Monroe is a speck in her rearview mirror, but she can't go before Nick is ready. In the meantime, she'll have to see a lot of Tucker and hope that he doesn't give her any reason to stay....
Dishonorable intentions?HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?Two years ago, Luke McKinley had gone too far. One wrong move had cost him his badge, leaving him nothing-except a burning anger at the woman he blamed for his dismissal.WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PAY?The guilt had followed Julia Carleton ever since. But now she desperately needed Luke's help. Yet the rough-edged P.I. would never agree to her plan if he knew the whole truth.WHEN WERE THE STAKES TOO HIGH?She had put Luke's life on the line-and gotten her heart caught in the cross fire. For the first time in her life, she was in love. But one ugly secret could cost her everything....
He thinks she's a bleeding heart. She knows that's better than having no heart.Mac MacDougal is a detective with a case to solve and no one, especially not victim's advocate A. J. Ferguson, is going to get in his way. He's chasing a man suspected in the disappearance of a young waitress, and A.J.'s clients, the man's abused wife and child, are the only ones who can lead Mac to him.Mac and A.J. are absolute and complete opposites, but they must work together to find the wanted man-before he finds them.
He's BackConnor MacCormac could hear the whispers as he walked down the streets of his hometown. He had been Pine Butte's bad boy-sexy, smart and a bit too wild. He'd left twelve years ago, but the townspeople had long memories. And as far as they were concerned, Connor was guilty-of a most unspeakable act.Sarah Wesley had always been tempted by the brooding loner. But she couldn't forget what had happened to her family. Torn between guilt and desire, she was heading for trouble...with the last man she should ever want. The secret they shared bound them together-and could rip the whole town apart....
She's deleted every trace of Chantal, the celebrity rocker she used to be. Delaney Spencer is making good as a carpenter, a staunch friend and a decent member of the community in Otter Tail, Wisconsin. This is her home now. Except Sam McCabe-sibling to her late bandmate, Diesel-has found her. And heneedsher to hand over the unreleased songs she and Diesel made together. For the sake of his brother-for the sake of Diesel's children. She's desperate to be a better person and do the right thing. But not if she has to reveal that she's Chantal. She won't do it. Not even for Sam.
Cameron, UtahHER GUARDIAN GROOMFiercely independent Janie Murphy knew she was Deputy Ben Jackson's only hope for gaining custody of orphaned Rafael. He needed to marry immediately, and their one night of soul-searing passion had become grist for Cameron's rumor mill, making her the only believable bridal candidate. Janie thought Ben would understand her refusal once she revealed her past, which could put all three of them in danger. Instead, the determined deputy proposed an irresistible trade-her hand for his protection. But the instant Ben sealed their temporary union with an all-too-right kiss, Janie knew she'd found her other half. Could she turn the marriage protection program into a lifetime commitment?Where the love of a good woman makes the West a place to call home.
All Bree McInnes has to do is make it through the summer without anyone from her hometown discovering her secrets. And then she is so out of here. Because running away is what this single mom does best. Keeping a low profile turns out to be harder than Bree thought. Especially when Professor Parker Ellison--her sexy boss and a famous orchid hunter--begins to fall in love. With her! But between her own determination to skip town and Parker's aversion to being trapped in a relationship, they could be over before they even start. And that's too bad, since exploring some home-style adventure could be exactly what her elusive bachelor needs.
The past always comes back to bite Zoe McInnes. So of course everybody believes she's to blame when her former father-in-law strokes out in the middle of a fight. . . with her. Thank God the man's going to be okay. But--of course--Zoe ends up behind bars. And of course the very sexy man she thought her lawyer had sent to bail her out turns out to be none other than Gideon Tate, the estranged brother of her late husband. Impossible as it should be, he seems to really get Zoe, despite her past involvement with his family. He seems to admire the job she does defending the abused women in her shelter. He even seems to love her just a little bit. . . . Must appearances always be deceiving?
Cameron, UtahTHE RODEO MAN RETURNSNot a night passed that Becca Johnson didn't dream about one long-ago summer and a certain wandering cowboy. She thought she'd finally made her peace with the past-until Grady Farrell reappeared. The ruggedly handsome ex-rodeo star might have taken her innocence, but now this proud woman had a child's heart ot consider....To Grady's surprise, nine years had transformed Becca into a confident, alluring woman. This loner knew he'd never stopped loving her, and now he wanted to reconcile. And then he met her daughter who had his blue eyes....Where the love of a good woman makes the West a place to call home.
Cal Stewart has it all. Tall, blond and built, the football star is a smooth-talking charmer. But there's one situation he can't talk himself out of-and now he's stuck doing community service at Frankie Devereux's after-school center for troubled teens.Six weeks and he's out of there. End of story. Except, from the start, Frankie gets under his skin. She's tough and vulnerable, passionate and guarded all at the same time. She makes Cal want to unravel her. Protect her with everything he's got. But he's no shining knight. What he should do is focus on his career and forget all about her. Too bad that's easier said than done.
Journalist and single dad Dylan Smith is on assignment-- looking for the father he has never known. He finds himself in Sturgeon Falls with barely any information, and there's only one person who seems able to help him. . . . After a lousy marriage that punctured her self-confidence, charter captain Charlotte Burns isn't prepared for Dylan's charm. She finds herself wanting to help Dylan uncover his elusive past. . . until one night of passion gives her an unexpected lead. Now helping Dylan-- and falling for him-- could destroy the one man Charlotte loves more than any other. . . .
Gabe Townsend has a lot of nerve to show up after seven years and book in to "her" B and B. It hadn't been easy for Kendall Van Allen to move on after her husband was killed. But she'd persevered, picking up the pieces, running a successful business and raising two girls on her own. She's put aside the guilt over her part in Carter's death. But she'll never forgive herself. . . or Gabe. And Gabe hasn't even told her the whole truth. But the more he's around Kendall and the children, the more he grows to love them and want what's best for them. Can he really tell them the truth?
THE AGENT: Marcus Waters, loner-- but not for long! The Mission: Keeping innocent beauty Jessica Burke safe until her kidnappers are found. The Ultimate Challenge: Keeping himself from falling hard and fast for a woman too young-- and too innocent-- for this world-weary agent.
Seth Anderson has come to Sturgeon Falls determined to prove two things. First, that he'd never fathered a child. Second, that Dr. Kat Macauley, the prime suspect in his counterfeiting case, isn't fit to be a mother. But face-to-face with the fiercely protective Kat, he isn't so sure. The passionate and loving woman who swore she'd never let her friend's daughter go off with a complete stranger makes him see what he's sacrificed by always putting his career first. And that's not all. . . he quickly realizes how much he hopes his suspicions are wrong.
A KILLER IS ON THE LOOSE...A MAN WITH NO MEMORY STANDS ACCUSED...ONE NURSE PUTS HER LIFE ON THE LINE...No one knew who "Tom Flynt" was. But Tina White, the nurse tending to the amnesiac patient, was certain of one thing. His warm brown eyes could not be those of a cold-blooded killer-or could they? Under that gruff yet impressively muscular exterior lurked a gentle man. And with the tender kisses and seductive caresses Tom began sharing with her, Tina sensed she was in danger of losing her heart. Could discovering his true identity imperil her life, as well...?
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