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Devon's used to a life on the run-when she entered the Witness Protection program, she had to give up her friends, her family ... even her name. But now someone's cracked her FBI file and sent a hired killer after her, and Devon can't count on the Feds to protect her. Now Devon's fighting to stay one step ahead of the crime lord who's after her, but she can't do it alone. Her neighbor, a security expert, is willing to help her ... but is he her guardian angel, or working with the assassins chasing her? Devon has to decide, and soon ... because someone thinks she'd be better off dead.
She'd better run...Devon's used to a life on the run-when she entered the Witness Protection program, she had to give up her friends, her family...even her name. But now someone's cracked her FBI file and sent a hired killer after her, and Devon can't count on the Feds to protect her.She'd better hide...Now Devon's fighting to stay one step ahead of the crime lord who's after her, but she can't do it alone. Her neighbor, a security expert, is willing to help her...but is he her guardian angel, or working with the assassins chasing her? Devon has to decide, and soon...Because someone thinks she'd be better off dead.
Passion and revenge collide when a jewelry designer must return to New Orleans--the scene of a crime that nearly ruined her life--in this spellbinding tale of romantic suspense Twelve years ago, Alyssa Rossi fled Louisiana under a cloud of scandal and criminal accusations. But her self-imposed exile in Italy comes to an abrupt end when she has to return to New Orleans for the sale of her jewelry company to an international conglomerate. There, she comes face-to-face with Clay Duvall, the duplicitous lover who betrayed her. TriTech CEO Jake Williams has no inkling that the employee behind his company's acquisition of Rossi Designs is a man obsessed with its owner. Then Jake meets Alyssa. Tall, smart, and gorgeous, she's a dead ringer for Clay Duvall's wife, Phoebe, Alyssa's first cousin and the woman for whom Clay left her. Jake finds himself falling hard for Alyssa--despite her position at the center of a storm of gossip and controversy that has raged for more than a decade. And now a murder shockingly close to home raises the stakes as a fiendishly orchestrated plot could cast suspicion on Alyssa again--or make her a killer's final victim.
When Detective Paul Tanner tells Madison Connelly that the man she thought was her father isn't, she wants answers--answers that will unknowingly draw her deep into a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder.
A woman's search for her half-sister forces her into an alliance with a sexy PI--and into the path of a killer waiting for the right moment to strike--in Meryl Sawyer's captivating tale of romantic suspense South Beach isn't far from Coral Gables, but to Taylor Maxwell, it's a world away from the place where she was born and raised. Yet nothing, not even the tall, dark, and handsome man who just moved in across the courtyard, can distract her from her problems. Her terminally ill mother just dropped a bombshell: Taylor has an older sister who was given up for adoption thirty years ago, and Taylor's mother has hired a security firm to find her. Enter Taylor's sexy neighbor, PI Shane Donovan who just got a lead on the woman who could be Taylor's long-lost sibling. Taylor and Shane track her down in New Orleans, but with the family's multimillion-dollar cosmetics company at stake, the Maxwells want the woman in question to undergo a DNA test. Then, just as Taylor's relationship with Shane heats up, a web of tangled secrets is exposed and a killer strikes, with a plan to destroy Taylor's family--and ensure that Taylor never wakes up again.
A woman is hunted by both a killer and the FBI--until a fatal car crash gives her the chance to become someone else--in this sizzling tale of romantic suspense from New York Times-bestselling author Meryl Sawyer When her witness protection cover is blown, Amy Conroy flees across the country. With no money and only her dog for company, she steals rides in the trunks of unsuspecting strangers' cars until a tragic accident lands her in a Key West hospital where she is mistaken for the dead driver. Undergoing reconstructive surgery, Amy becomes almost the mirror image of beautiful Shelly Ralston. Even Matt Jensen, the investigative journalist Shelly was obsessively in love with, believes Amy's the deceased woman. As Amy lives a lie, she begins to fall for Matt herself and soon discovers how deep passions can run. But her idyllic days in Key West are numbered. The Feds--and a criminal mastermind--are closing in. And now Amy is the only link in a string of murder cases.
After spending the night at a retreat dedicated to sensual pleasures, a woman finds herself at the center of a murder investigation in this edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller from New York Times-bestselling author Meryl Sawyer The wolf at the door of Claire Holt's Taos art gallery is Lobo, a dangerous hybrid of German shepherd and timber wolf belonging to Zach Coulter, the town's one-time bad boy. Now, instead of running from the law, he is the law. But the homicide-cop-turned-local-sheriff isn't there to rekindle an old flame. The body of Claire's business rival has been found at the Hideaway, an illicit club where drugs and sex are bartered in the midnight shadows. And Claire's wallet and an incriminating piece of intimate clothing have been discovered in the bungalow next to the crime scene. Claire has no alibi--or memory of that night. Did someone drug her to frame her for murder? Claire enlists Zach's help to find the mysterious stranger who can provide her alibi. In spite of the violent past that binds them, Zach can't refuse her. Now, he and the girl who used to drive him wild might get a second chance--if he can stop a human predator from killing again.
In the secluded guesthouse of a lavish California estate, Whitney Marshall has finally found a place to heal after the painful end of her marriage. But her new-found peace is shattered by the arrival of Adam Hunter, the property's handsome heir, who draws Whitney into a deadly game of danger and desire.
A serial killer targets a relationship columnist in this mesmerizing tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling-author Meryl Sawyer Dubbed the "Final Call Killer" because he strangles his victims with a telephone cord, Troy Avery is waiting for his next victim to come along. He's angry, vengeful, and unstoppable. Known as the "Love Doctor," Jessica Crawford is the San FranciscoHerald's popular relationship expert. Ironic, since her own love life is practically nonexistent, with the exception of a recent fling with an Adonis-like extreme surfer in Hawaii. Jessica has her own ideas about what drives the Final Call Killer to brutally strangle successful women and profiles him in her column. Hired by the Herald to cover the murders, investigative reporter Cole Rawlings isn't broadcasting his Kauai tryst with Jessica, but he's also not hiding his hard feelings toward her for the way she deceived him at his brother's surfing resort. Still, with Jessica provoking a psychopath whose rage is growing, Cole believes she'll be the next victim--unless he gets close enough to her to protect her night and day.
How do you stop a killer when everyone thinks you're dead?When Newport Beach heiress Hayley Fordham heads to Costa Rica on an art commission, she has no idea she's narrowly escaped an assassin's car bomb. But before the paint's even dry on her mural, her stepsiblings have arranged her funeral and redivided the family trust. The fact that Hayley is still very much alive remains a secret to everyone but FBI investigator Ryan Hollister, who intercepts the "victim" returning home in the flesh.Ryan has zero tolerance for the pampered elite. But there's something about the complex Hayley that sets his blood racing. With evidence pointing to a Fordham family associate, Ryan needs her cooperation--and her closeness--more than he dares admit. Because now, especially now, he's prepared to risk anything to stop Hayley from being killed...again.
Even as you read these words, there are women just like you stepping up and making a difference in their communities, making our world a better place to live. Three such exceptional women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. To celebrate their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.Debbie Macomber touches the heart in What Amanda Wants-a young woman's story of strength and courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.Brenda Novak's Small Packages shows us how the love of a very special baby boy helps two people get past their pain and embrace a hopeful future...together.Meryl Sawyer explores the importance of creating balance in our lives, stopping to smell the roses and making time to chase our dreams in Worth the Risk.
An Arizona journalist enters a world of danger--and desire--when she blows the cover of a deadly covert operative in this spellbinding romantic suspense novel from New York Times-bestselling author Meryl Sawyer Kelly Taylor's career as an investigative journalist was derailed by a news story that resulted in tragedy. Now, she's back in Sedona lying low as a local reporter for her grandfather's paper. But she may get another shot at the brass ring. After vanishing twenty-five years ago, the long-lost son of a powerful state senator has turned up in her Arizona town. With few memories of his childhood, Logan McCord grew up to become a trained killer who fights terrorism. A twist of fate reunites the Special Ops agent with his family, but the homecoming isn't what he expected. With his true identity exposed, Logan's enemies know where to find him. As Kelly and Logan start to fall for each other, her quest to find an abandoned child takes them to Venezuela. But in Logan's dangerous world, there's no shortage of enemies who want to make him disappear and nowhere for him and Kelly to hide from a killer whose lust for money and power runs lethally deep.
Against the awesome beauty of Sedona, Arizona, Meryl Sawyer creates a novel exploding with suspense and afire with a woman's awakening passions...
A Miami search and rescue expert and the ex-Navy SEAL she once loved reunite in Key West, plunging into a maze of secrets, lies, and cold-blooded murder Jennifer Whitmore is the last person Kyle Parker expects to see in his counterterrorism seminar. Fifteen years ago, she was the love of his life. Now a respected member of Miami's K-9 search and rescue unit, Jennifer is working undercover on an antiterrorism task force. She's crazy about her partner, Sadie, a droopy-eyed bloodhound. She's also engaged to another man. But when Jennifer and Kyle join forces to rescue a missing child, their passion reignites. But someone doesn't want the lovers to reconnect. When murder rocks the island and Jennifer becomes the prime suspect, Kyle must clear her name before violence claims another victim. Their search for the truth will drive them into a labyrinth of secrets and lies that has its twisted roots in Thunder Bay, an exclusive resort with a dark history.
A woman engaged to the heir of one of California's great wine dynasties falls in love with his twin brother in this irresistible tale of passion and suspense from New York Times-bestselling author Meryl Sawyer Navy SEAL Brody Hawke is fighting for his country when he gets a letter from his father--who died when Brody was three. Not only is Giancarlo Hawke alive, he begs his son to come to California. He believes he's in grave danger and warns Brody to trust no one. Taped to the back of the letter is a photo of a man who's a dead ringer for Brody--the twin brother he never knew existed. Victoria Anderson thinks she's found an ideal partner in loyal, levelheaded vintner Elliott Hawke. But then his father dies under suspicious circumstances, and she meets the brother who was separated from Elliott at birth. Tori's attraction to Brody is instant--and electric. Unable to keep their passion at bay, they begin a secret affair. But Brody's father had powerful enemies and someone is willing to kill to keep Brody from claiming his half of the family's multimillion-dollar business.
A man saves the life of a woman who has no memory of her identity--and may be a dangerous criminal--in this steamy, mesmerizing tale of romantic suspense A volunteer with the Maui search and rescue team, Greg Braxton is training a greyhound under the extreme conditions of a lightning storm when he finds an unconscious woman in a car at the bottom of a cliff. When she awakens, she doesn't know who she is or what she was doing in a treacherous rainforest in the middle of a raging storm. Nothing about the woman makes sense. She has the face of an angel but was found dressed in tawdry clothing, wearing a dead woman's shoe. Is she an innocent victim, or a cunning criminal hiding behind amnesia? Greg takes to calling her "Lucky" because she's lucky to be alive, but no matter how much Greg comes to admire and desire the woman he saved, he can't give her back her past. With the law closing in, Lucky and Greg must discover her true identity before someone else--someone obsessed with her--finds her first.
More Than WordsBestselling authors & Real-life heroinesEach and every one of us has the ability to effect change-to make our world a better place. The key is to begin in our own backyards, look at needs within our communities and then decide to do something about them. The dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have changed lives, one good deed at a time. To celebrate their accomplishments, bestselling authors have written stories inspired by these real-life heroines. In this book, Meryl Sawyer honors the work of Gracie Cavnar, founder of the Recipe for Success Foundation. We hope More Than Words inspires you to get in touch with the real-life heroine living inside of you.
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