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The past never dies...but it can kill Esteban Fernandez has only one reason to live-and that reason vanishes when his cover is blown. As an undercover narcotics detective, Esteban wants to hunt the scum who killed his brother-and put his stepfather in prison for life. Reassigned and rootless, the brooding detective couldn't care less about the sexy cop he's now paired with...until they start finding bodies.Kari Cavanaugh didn't ask for a new partner. Competent and self-contained, Kari makes the best of any situation-by herself. But when a series of murders points toward a serial killer, her new sidekick may have insights into the case. If only the heat rising between them didn't spark its own danger.
Julianne White Bear prided herself on never needing anyone. Ever since the detective teamed up with fellow cop Frank McIntyre, she found herself opening up. The proud, irresistible member of the Cavanaugh clan clearly didn't want her invading his territory. But both were helpless to resist their simmering attraction. . . . Frank needed to find out what drove the beautiful loner--it was obvious Julianne had a secret past. Now their hunt for a serial killer threatened her future. All Frank wanted was to keep Julianne safe. How could they predict the passion that swamped their senses, exposing them to feelings far more dangerous?
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.
Aurora's finest are back in action! Why are too many healthy seniors dying in nursing homes? Vice detective Noelle O'Banyon can't let the mystery go. And though she has no business working a homicide case, the love-shy single mom draws partner Duncan Cavanaugh into her rogue investigation. He's a notorious player she thoroughly disdains-and the feeling's mutual. Duncan considers Noelle too straightlaced for his taste. But as they uncover the shocking scandal behind the mysterious deaths, the crime-fighting pair become closer-and passionately in sync. Now, before a killer stops their bliss, can he and Noelle prevent the next murder in Aurora?
AURORA'S FINEST ARE ON THE CASE AGAIN IN USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR MARIE FERRARELLA'S CAVANAUGH UNDERCOVER Confronting "Ben Cartwright" in a seedy motel room, Detective Tiana Drummond is more than suspicious. A member of the CSI team, she's sure the handsome hunk is connected to the underground ring holding her sister captive. And like him or not, he's her only lead to finding Janie before it's too late. But Tiana, always distrustful of men, more than likes him. "Cartwright" makes her feel like she's never felt before-desired, protected...and totally chagrined when she discovers he's undercover cop Brennan Cavanaugh! Teaming up on a dangerous search, they'll have to risk their lives. But keeping their covers isn't as easy as falling in love!
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.
An Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance AuthorFOREVER'S COUNTRY BOYHis heroic rescue of a stranger caught in a flash flood just changed Liam Murphy's life--big-time. With Whitney Marlowe's help, the laid-back country-and-western singer could be a star. Only now, with the dynamic LA talent scout stranded in his Texas town, during the holidays no less, Liam has another dream: a permanent duet!The long, lean cowboy with the soulful eyes makes the most beautiful music Whitney has ever heard. Fate brought her to Forever, and the town embraced her, inviting her to help decorate the community's Christmas tree. Though reluctant to return home, she isn't leaving without her newest discovery. It's dangerous mixing business and pleasure! Together, can she and Liam find their forever after?
USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Ferrarella starts off the new Coltons of Texas series with a bang-and a serial killer at large. Just moments away from marrying a woman he doesn't love, police detective Sam Colton discovers his bride brutally murdered. The only shocking clue: the MO matches another notorious killer-Sam's long-imprisoned father. A copycat? The victim's sister was the last to see her alive-and heard arguing with her. Sam would bet his life that shy, impossibly sexy librarian Zoe Robison had nothing to do with the murder. But when he learns what the argument was about, the former foster kid's heart hardens. Yet as Zoe is targeted by a madman, Sam discovers just how far he'll go to save her.
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. . . .
TRUE LOVE IN HIS STOCKING? They say you can't go home again, but Keith O'Connell wasn't worried about staying. He was just back in town to sell his late mother's house and try to avoid old emotions. Of course, hiring estate sale specialist Kenzie Bradshaw meant the possibility of creating new memories before he left. Especially once the Matchmaking Mamas hatched a plan. Kenzie Bradshaw was used to the turmoil involved in estate sales, though she'd never had a client like Keith. He wanted everything gone. She knew, however, there were some things-some memories-he shouldn't lose. Convincing him to spend one last Christmas in his family's home could melt his hardened heart. But would it bring back the man she used to know and love?
EVERYONE NEEDS A HERO ...and this tiny Texas town is Deborah Kincannon's last hope. The Indiana nurse will do whatever it takes to save her troubled teenage brother from their painful past. <P><P>Debi isn't prepared for the community that welcomes them with open arms-or Jackson White Eagle, the handsome rancher who's giving new meaning to starting over. As co-owner of the Healing Ranch, Forever's former bad boy is paying it forward. But Debi's brother isn't the only one who's blossoming under Jackson's innovative program for giving back to his town. The pretty, guarded newcomer is igniting a powerful yearning that's bringing out the unlikely hero in him. Can Jackson convince Debi that she has finally found her safe haven-with him? An Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author
A Love Built To Last? Finn Murphy has always been good at building things. So when the town's alluring new developer makes him an irresistible offer, he's all set to jump on board. And working side by side with Constance Carmichael sure has its perks. Too bad the big-city beauty will be heading back east after she makes her name in his hometown. Hiring the handsome saloon owner and carpenter to turn Connie's dream of building Forever's first hotel into reality was a stroke of pure genius. Finn has magic in his hands, and she's far from immune to his rugged charms. But what happens when the time comes to say goodbye to this close-knit, warmly welcoming community...and Finn? Or has Connie finally found forever-with her Texas cowboy?
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!
It's all fun and games-until someone falls in love! Focused on building her toy company, Erin O'Brien didn't have time to think about romance, let alone act on it. Until she met handsome attorney Steve Kendall-and suddenly, pleasure became much more enticing than business! But she soon learned that the sexy lawyer had a second job-as a family man! A widower, Steve was willing to do anything to reconnect with his son. And the school Career Day was a perfect opportunity...and a fateful one. A certain quirky blonde toy designer instantly won the students' affection-and Steve's interest. Soon he finds himself wanting only one special woman in his life. But is it for his son's benefit, or to heal his own heart?
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!