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On the heels of losing her fiancé, Kendra Cavelli doesn't want another partner, especially not one as sinfully handsome as Detective Matt Abilene.She has enough troubles with her family's latest secret, which calls her whole identity into question.Is she a Cavelli or a Cavanaugh? But she can't ignore the man looking over her shoulder during a grizzly crime scene or how he makes her feel. As she and Matt work to solve a baffling homicide, Kendra learns the self-confessed loner is as commitment-wary as she. And these two wrongs make for a sizzling attraction that feels oh-so right.
Being a Cavanaugh had advantages for Detective Bridget Cavelli-the Cavanaughs practically ran the department. But this sudden identity crisis left Bridget off balance and vulnerable. Perhaps that explained the uncomfortable attraction she suddenly felt for her partner, consummate ladies' man Josh Youngblood.Then the Lady Killer struck again. With no time to deal with her chaotic emotions, Bridget had to catch the vicious serial killer before he claimed more victims.But when the smoldering lust beneath Josh and Bridget's breezy banter ignited into irresistible passion, their feelings couldn't be denied. She'd always been a cop first, but with Josh's help, Bridget was discovering how to be a woman....
Crime scene investigator Destiny Richardson receives the shock of her life when she finds her sister dead in a bathtub. Detective Logan Cavanaugh thinks it's an open-and-shut suicide case. But Destiny's convinced her sister was murdered. And she's not about to have some arrogant cop tell her otherwise-even if he is the sexiest man she's ever met.Logan knows it's pointless trying to convince Destiny that it's against the rules to work on a relative's case. The crime scene investigator is as stubborn as she is gorgeous. Besides, Logan wouldn't mind getting to know her better. When it becomes apparent that there's a serial killer on the loose, Logan is bent on protecting the woman he's falling in love with.
The assignment seemed straightforward: track down the woman who had stolen the boy and return him to his father. But ChildFinders, Inc. had been duped, and Ben Underwood soon discovered that nothing about this case was as it seemed.He found Gina Wassel, the supposed kidnapper, easily enough, but once he did, all hell broke loose. Suddenly he had to untangle the truth from the lies, and it wasn't as easy as it should have been. Because Gina was everything Ben had ever dreamed of in a woman, and now he'd brought danger to her doorstep. With his heart-and her life-on the line, Ben found himself playing protector to Gina and the boy, a makeshift family he longed to make real.
Two favorite authors present two special stories for the holiday season. In "Christmas Bride", Toni tries to find a way to tell her soon-to-be-ex about the baby she is carrying. And in "Father by Marriage", P. I. Jake McKenzie falls for the mother of the little girl he's been hired to find.
Double Crime at Dead River RanchFormer cop Trevor Garth left the line of duty, but his expert instincts are sharper than ever when crime strikes the Colton ranch. As ranch security, he has to step in-yet this time getting justice is personal. Mistaken for a Colton heiress and stolen from her crib, his daughter's in the hands of a killer out for ransom. Desperate for an ally, he must rely on the woman determined to help him.Gabriella Colton doesn't think twice about joining Trevor's search for his daughter. Beneath his world-weary exterior is a passionate man in need of someone to trust-with his baby and his heart. Now, when every second counts, their dangerous investigation draws them closer to each other...and their darkest threat.
"You're safe from those monsters now."It's supposed to be the final confrontation. Philly detective Tate Colton will go under cover to bust the sex trafficking ring targeting young Amish women. He doesn't count on his sting operation falling apart-or being forced to escape with the breathtaking key witness he's sworn to protect.Hiding in New York City with a handsome detective? Amish seamstress Hannah Troyer's more than a little out of her element. The big city-and men like Tate-are part of a world that's nothing like what she's used to. As danger inches closer, he's her only route to safety...and a forbidden attraction she dares to indulge in.
Striking a Secret Service agent will land you in prison. But the petite redhead with the cowboy hat and tire iron seemed unfazed by Nick Sheffield's words. The Secret Service agent had come to the tiny Texas town to unmask a potential threat to his employer--a U. S. senator. Could his quarry be this captivating single mother who aroused in him a passion that was anything but innocent? How dare this stranger show up and turn her life upside down! The last thing Georgeann Grady Colton needed was someone like Nick--handsome, suspicious, irresistible. As danger and desire collided, Georgie knew she was traveling a treacherous road: falling for a man who was taking them both to the point of no return. . . .
Kent is stranded on his own ranch with the very alluring Brianne Gainsborough who is proving herself to be quite the cowgirl. Kent has a notion that she just might decide to brand his hardened heart.
The Best Christmas Present Since the first grade, Holly Johnson has known that Ramon Rodriguez is the only man for her. But the carefree, determinedly single Texas cowboy with the killer smile doesn't have a clue. Until they share a dance and a kiss...and Ray finally sees his best friend for the woman in love she is. With his brothers racing each other down the aisle, Ray figured he'd be the last bachelor in Forever. That was before the night that changed his life. He can't believe the sexy, beautiful lady who arouses heart-stopping desire is his pal and confidante, and loving aunt to the most adorable little girl. Now that he realizes what he's been missing, Ray plans to make up for lost time...starting with the three little words Holly's waited thirteen years to hear.
No sooner did number-crunching dynamo Ilene O'Hara uncover fraud in her company than she needed protection for herself and the son she'd been hiding from detective Clay Cavanaugh, a man she still loved. When Clay appeared as their protector, she wondered if the truth would destroy their fiery connection--or bind them forever?Clay had the reputation of being a ruthless law enforcer--and a Casanova. After Ilene, he ensured that love never entered the equation again. But now, years later, she needed his help. As the forbidden attraction between witness and protector raged out of control, Clay could tell she was keeping a secret from him. But would it stop him from taking the ultimate risk?
Connor O'Hara had a family now. At least, he had a son. And a mother. And a whole mess of relatives he hadn't even known were his close kin. and then there was Lacy. Sweet Lacy Clark. Who'd suffered so much for bringing little Chase, his son, into the world. Frankly, it was all too much to take in for a guy used to being a loner, To belonging nowhere, To living life on his own terms. In his heart, Connor knew what Lacy wanted-the fairy tale, The white picket fence, The whole nine yards. But really, he was having trouble right now giving her even an inch!
Dr. Abby Maitland was used to existing in a goldfish bowl, but life at her family's renowned maternity clinic had never been tinged by scandal. . . till now!Kyle McDermott knew that raising his sister would be challenging, but he never figured he'd be challenging Marcie's decision not to marry her baby's father!Abby had her hands full. Ethically, she had to support the administration of Maitland Maternity Hospital when rumors began to fly. Likewise, she had to resist Kyle McDermott's insistence that she push her young patient into a marriage she didn't want. Resisting Kyle himself, however, was entirely another matter!
Adopted?! Somewhere out there, Blair Stephens had a twin--an identical twin--she would do anything to find in time for the holidays. But it was double trouble when the first twin Blair found was devastatingly handsome private investigator Devin Quartermain. A twin himself, Devin could sympathize with his gorgeous client's plight. He would help her find her other half, but he'd already found the half that made him whole, and he didn't intend to let her go. Not without showing her that he was the perfect Christmas gift.
A Pulitzer Prize-Winning RomanceMiranda Shaw's world shattered the instant her star pitcher father was accused of cheating--and her family was destroyed forever. Decades later, the last thing she needed was some sportswriter digging into their business. No matter how handsome and charming he was. . . Mike Marlowe knew there was more to the story--and to the beautiful, elusive woman who stirred him even more than sniffing out a scoop. But Miranda was as fiercely protective of her heart as she was of her family name. Mike's relentless pursuit of the truth could rob him of the real headline: true love!
THE BABY OF THE MONTH EXPECTANT BRIDE... Dr. Sheila Pollack was a mom-to-be, and her due date had arrived. But there was no daddy--no husband--in sight! One night with Slade Garrett had changed her life forever. And now, nine months later, she was about to deliver their love child--alone. But then the expectant dad burst through the emergency room doors proposing marriage! And somewhere between her huffs and puffs, Sheila managed to say, "I do." Could she hope that their nick-of-time nuptials would last forever?
Ivan Munro wanted to be feared, not loved. . . But Bailey DelMonico, his new intern, is determined to prove she isn't afraid of him -- and more. In her own way, Bailey is as brilliant as Ivan -- and people like her. Having realized she wanted to be a surgeon after several failed life experiences, she deftly absorbs a barrage of criticism from Munro without ever losing faith in her dreams. Or her conviction to show Ivan that no life is set in stone. . . But the more Munro fights against his intern's charm, the more cracks appear in his abrasive facade. Bailey soon sees that contrary to hospital gossip, Ivan has anything but a scalpel for a heart. Ever the optimist and always persistent, can Bailey now show Ivan that it's never too late to change -- or fall in love?
Big-city radiologist Dan Davenport is ready to take New York by storm. But when an accident robs him of the most important person in his life, he decides to honor his brother by taking his place as the town physician in Forever, Texas- temporarily. He's never been fond of commitment, but when he meets a beautiful young mother struggling to get back on her feet, he reconsiders. Tina Blayne can't afford to open her heart to another man, especially one itching to leave town at the first opportunity. Yet when she begins working at Dan's clinic, she realizes the doctor's got wounds of his own. . . ;wounds that require her special brand of healing.
He first saw Dr. Nika Pulaski hyperventilating in a trapped elevator. Ever the rescuer, Detective Cole Baker felt an instant protectiveness...and sizzling want. Her cheerfulness, not to mention her killer looks, had him reconsidering his loner status. But he couldn't trust her, the prime suspect in a rash of hospital deaths. Who was Nika Pulaski? She outlasted her colleagues at the hospital and spent every minute caring for others. But patients were dying. With every tear she shed, Cole couldn't mask his own emotions, this pull toward a potentially dangerous woman. He raced to find the killer stalking Nika's patients, even if it was the woman he loved. Was she an optimistic healer or a sociopath?
One long-ago night changed Dr. Tania Pulaski's life forever. Now the fourth-year resident depended on the frantic pace of the E. R. to keep her focused when those secret nightmares resurfaced. But hiding in the confines of the antiseptic hospital seemed impossible once Jesse Steele--a local hero more handsome than any living man ought to be--was wheeled into her trauma room. Though experience had taught Tania to keep men like Jesse at arm's length, his steamy kisses soon awakened the woman inside the shapeless scrubs. For the first time, Tania longed for someone special--but would the past ever release its grip on her?
An unexpected night of passion at the magnificent Fortune ranch seemed the perfect antidote to Savannah Clark's bruised ego after a bad breakup.The serious schoolteacher had never done anything so reckless in her life, but horse trainer Cruz Perez had been a fantasy come true-and left Savannah with no regrets.Not even when she finds herself pregnant, fired from her job and with no option but to accept a job back at the Fortune ranch, resolving not to tell Cruz her secret. She doesn't need a shotgun husband by her side. Cruz suspects the truth, though, and longs to be a loving partner to Savannah and doting father to their child. But he's got a couple of big obstacles: a proud, stubborn woman, and a rival with the name Fortune.
The good doctor After his father's death, successful doctor Peter Wilder faced off against a formidable enemy: a huge conglomerate vying to take over the small-town hospital his family had run for years. At least Peter knew he had every single member of the board of directors on his side for the fight of his life. Except for one. Beautiful, brainy Bethany Holloway was on a mission to bring Walnut River into the future--with or without Peter Wilder. But to her surprise, the heated arguments between her and the good doctor sparked an unmistakable fire of attraction. Would Bethany give Dr. Wilder a taste of bitter medicine--or take over his heart?
It wasn't Blaine O'Connor's fault he'd never learned how to be a full-time father. But now that his son has nobody else, he intends to do his best. Trouble is, that means taking helpful advice from a breathtakingly beautiful woman who thinks he has no business raising a child. . . . Blaine O'Connor isn't going to be Father of the Year. Yet Bridgette Rafanelli feels she owes it to her godchild to give his wayward dad some badly needed lessons in child raising. But as it turns out, this much-too-charming man is the one teaching her a thing or two--about love!
Like the Harlequin Series, this is a well-loved Romance line offered by Thorndike Press in a library hardcover format. Featured authors include Nora Roberts and Diana Palmer. At first, Henry Cutler had just wanted to repay Fiona Reilly for doing him a favor -- until he met her face-to-face and realized how gorgeous she was. But he'd never met a woman more oblivious to her own charms or, it seemed, to his. . . . He was going to have to do something to get her attention!When Henry turned up on Fiona's doorstep with a bunch of flowers, she presumed he was the delivery man! The first time he asked her out to dinner, she thought he'd made a mistake. But by the time he faxed her a marriage proposal -- she was ready to say "Yes!"
When Gabe Rodriguez took the job of deputy sheriff in the small town of Forever, Texas, he thought he'd be bored. So he's shocked the morning he discovers a car teetering on the edge of a deep ravine with an unconscious woman at the wheel. Gabe makes a daring rescue, but when the woman awakes, her memory is wiped clean.Gabe may call her his Christmas "Angel," but in her eyes, he's the one who is truly heaven-sent. Gabe's given her a whole new life, and she is haunted by the feeling that this is the happiest she's ever been. Though Gabe is trying to help Angel recover her memory, she's willing to leave it all behind her and start fresh with him at her side. But when her past finally catches up to her, Angel could lose everything, including Gabe.
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