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Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes off-grid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will.The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming-even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker-is made bittersweet by the fight she's brought to the clan's doorstep. Hidden in a remote cabin with the man she's always wanted, Beth begins to dream of a new life: her old one. But after so long, with such dangers stalking her...impossible.But love can distill life down to its essence: an elixir of pure hope, nerve-and the will to survive.
Bounty hunter Cat Dupree first cheated death when she was thirteen. The second time left her orphaned and scarred. And the only thing that will diminish her lust for revenge is finding the man who left her for dead as she watched him murder her father. Every job she takes is an opportunity to invade the criminal world that hides the tattooed man who ruined her life. And she hopes to hunt him down on her current mission into the rugged deserts of Mexico, where there is no law to watch her back. <P> Without her knowledge, bondsman Wilson McKay is on the same job, and trailing Cat is the fastest way to find his man. He's willing to share resources--and the reward--especially if that means getting to know the lonely woman beneath Cat's tough, take-no-prisoners exterior. Life's taught Cat that the surest way to land on her feet is to work alone, but Wilson might be the man to change her mind--when they're not competing for jobs or ready to kill each other.
Bougainvillea by Heather Graham: After twenty years, artist Kit Delaney returns to the lush Florida estate that harbors a million childhood memories...and a deadly legacy. Has the man she's fallen for restored her to her birthright--or lured her to her doom? Shelter Island by Carla Neggers: What better place to hide from a deranged stalker than a ramshackle cottage on a desolate coastal island? But two men have followed Dr. Antonia Winters to her refuge. One simply wants her. The other wants her dead. Capsized by Sharon Sala: Her cover blown, DEA agent Kelly Sloan miraculously escapes a Mexican drug kingpin's yacht and certain execution. After washing up on a Galveston beach, she awakens to a handsome rescuer and a two-million-dollar bounty on her head. Now Kelly and her Texas Ranger must race to bring down Dominic Ortega...or die trying.
In the darkness of her memory terror lurks Street artist Jade remembers little of her childhood except for the time she spent under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For the fifteen years since she escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots. Ex-cop Luke Kelly knows his friend Sam Cochrane wants nothing more than to find his daughter, Jade, who was taken from him as a child. So Luke uses all his connections to make that happen, not knowing that by reuniting Jade with her father he is exposing her to a deadly peril. In the healing embrace of her father's home, Jade--with Luke's loving help--begins to put fear behind her. But somewhere in the darkness, a man is prepared to kill rather than let Jade reveal the secrets of her childhood. And when her story makes the national news, that someone finally knows where to find her.
All Detective Judd Hanna was looking for was a few days of peace and solitude, away from the dark shadows of big-city crime. But in a little town in the Wyoming high country, he found something more, much more-a woman who made him dream, for the first time in years, of a life filled with love and laughter.... But even here, peace was hard to find. For Charlotte "Charlie" Franklin-a strong but gentle woman who was raising an adorable little girl alone-was in mortal danger. And before Judd could hope for a future with her, he had to make sure she lived to see tomorrow....
SMALL-TOWN TROUBLE All Detective Judd Hanna was looking for was a few days of peace and solitude, away from the dark shadows of big-city crime. But in a little town in the Wyoming high country, he found something more, much more--a woman who made him dream, for the first time in years, of a life filled with love and laughter .... But even here, peace was hard to find. For Charlotte "Charlie" Franklin--a strong but gentle woman who was raising an adorable little girl alone--was in mortal danger. And before Judd could hope for a future with her, he had to make sure she lived to see tomorrow ....
Queen of Hearts No stranger to responsibility, Queen was the one who cared for her younger sisters when their errant dad was otherwise occupied. Now that the girls are all grown up, Queen is finally free to pursue her own dreams. And she knows they're bound to take her farther than the Tennessee hills...some day. Cody Bonner loves being the father of three young boys, though raising them on his own is a handful. Then Queen shows up. From the very start Cody knows this fiery, flame-haired lady is much more than just a housekeeper. Her remarkable heart and passion move him in ways he's never felt before. The proud, handsome widower's got a love in him that could make Queen Houston happy for the rest of her days. All he has to do is convince her restless royal highness that the sweetest dreams of all wait just inside his door...
HE COULDN'T FORGETClay LeGrand's heart shattered the day his wife, Frankie, disappeared. Had she run away? Been kidnapped? Or had she simply left him for another man? Two years later he's still asking the same burning questions when he comes home to find Frankie in his bed, as if nothing had ever happened. SHE COULDN'T REMEMBERThe shock, outrage and anger in Clay's eyes say it all--he doesn't believe that she can't remember anything about the past two years. He's seen the strange tattoo on her neck, the needle marks on her arm. What's left of their marriage has become an endless loop of unanswered questions and black holes of memory. But the answers are there, waiting in the shadows, as evil as the interloper who has marked Frankie as his own. This time he plans to take Frankie away forever. But to get her, he's going to have to get past life's most indomitable force--Clay LeGrand's love for his wife.
As a legacy of hatred erupts in a shattering moment of violence, a dying mother entrusts her newborn daughter to a caring stranger. . . . Now, twenty-five years later, Katherine Fane has come home to Camarune, Kentucky, to bury the woman who raised her, bringing a blood feud to its searing conclusion. At the cabin in the woods where she was born, Katherine is drawn to the ravaged town and its violent past. But her arrival has not gone unnoticed. A stranger is watching from the woods, a shattered old man is witnessing the impossible, and Sheriff Luke DePriest's only thoughts are to keep Katherine safe from the sleeping past she has unwittingly awoken. . . .
The facts are public knowledge: five people have been murdered. Each has died from a blow to the head. And the media-dubbed Prince Charming killer has left a "calling card" with each victim. A single thornless rose. But there's another fact. . . one that the police haven't made public. Something no one, except the killer and the police, should know. But Gabriel Donner does--and he can't figure out why. All he knows is that he's begun hearing voices, sleepwalking and dreaming vividly of the murders. . . as they happen. He can't go to the police, but there is someone who can help him. Laura Dane, a psychic who's worked on cases like his before, is the only person he can trust with his terrible truths. But as her suspicion about Gabriel's innocence grows, so does the evidence that points to his guilt. Because Gabriel knows more than any innocent man should.
60 year old Franklin Blue Cat is dying and desperately needs a marrow transplant. But he has no family. . . other than the a child he's not even sure exists. He needs the help of Adam Two Eagles, the local medicine man and ex Army Ranger to help him find his missing child. Sonora Jordan, undercover DEA agent and tough biker chick, is laying low. After a drug bust, the Garcia brothers--who Sonora helped put in jail--have put out a contract on her and she's forced to go on vacation. She's unaware that there is yet another Garcia brother hot on her trail. Strange dreams--visions really--are pulling Sonora east. When Sonora meets Adam, she'll be drawn out of her world and led by both instinct and magic to find the father she never knew she had, and the love she never knew she wanted.
COME AND GET ME...Like a bat out of hell, undercover DEA agent Sonora Jordan jumped on her motorcycle and blasted off to parts unknown, foiling the deadly drug dealers who had put a price on her head. Sonora felt compelled by a mystical force beyond her comprehension, especially the haunting dreams of a man whose place in her life she had yet to discover.I DARE YOU...At the end of her journey, time stood still when she literally came face-to-face with the man of her dreams. Could she ignore the dangerous life she had left behind, the secret heritage she had yet to reveal...and the irresistible urges of her own long-dormant heart?
RIDER ON FIRELike a bat out of hell, undercover DEA agent Sonora Jordan jumps on her motorcycle and takes off to parts unknown, escaping the deadly drug dealers who had put a price on her head. All the while, she is haunted by dreams of a man whose place in her life she is yet to discover.When she literally comes face-to-face with the man of her dreams, it's as if time stands still. Her long-dormant heart is finally awakened. But will she ever be truly free from the dangerous life she left behind?WHEN YOU CALL MY NAMEShe gave him the most precious gift of all-the gift of life. But something more than a blood transfusion links Wyatt Hatfield to the stranger who saved him. Something that allows her to call out to him for help in the middle of the night-without ever speaking a word.Now it's his turn to give. For the connection that links Wyatt to Glory Dixon is the only hope he has of saving her from danger....
In rider on Fire, Sonora Jordan, an agent with the DEA, is running for her life. A crazed drug lord is gunning for her and she has no choice but to lie low and leave town. Drawn by a force that she cannot explain, she comes face-to-face with a house and a man that she has only seen in dreams. Now, she must fight for newly discovered truth, a tenuous hold on love, and her life. In When You Call My Name, Wyatt Hatfield nearly died when his truck fell down the side of a mountain. Glory Dixon gave him blood, and unknowingly, a part of herself as well. When Wyatt recovers and leaves town, her world falls apart. Stalked by an unseen enemy, she cries out for help...and Wyatt hears and answers.
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. The stranger in Roman's cabin had: a soft cloud of dark hair; green eyes a man could get lost in; and a million dollars in a duffel bag. She didn't have: any memory of her past. Private eye Roman Justice was stunned by the disheveled yet sexy woman. She had no idea who she was, yet she quickly claimed that Roman was the only man she wanted. How could she know?
Three romantic suspense stories in one collection for the first time by New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala, Paula Graves, and Carol Ericson. GOING ONCE by Sharon Sala As floodwaters engulf her Louisiana hometown Nola Landry is stranded on high ground, sole witness to the brutal murder of three people. Finally rescued after the storm, no one believes her story--until FBI agents arrive on the scene...one of whom Nola knows very well. Tate Benton has been tracking the Stormchaser serial killer for months, never expecting the trail might lead him home, or to the woman he can't forget. Long-buried feelings resurface, and the former lovers try to pick up the pieces in the wake of the disaster. Amid the relief effort the killer lingers, determined to silence Nola forever... . MURDER IN THE SMOKIES by Paula Graves When Sutton Calhoun left Bitterwood, Tennessee, he never thought he'd return. But now he's back to investigate an unsolved murder and team up with police detective Ivy Hawkins--the only part of Bitterwood worth remembering. Ivy is well aware of Sutton's reputation, but his smoldering eyes are resurrecting long-buried feelings. Plus, as the body count rises, Sutton is the only one who believes her that a methodical serial killer is living in Bitterwood. Ivy doesn't know which is worse--the desire she feels for a man who's nothing but trouble...or the danger posed by a killer who has them in his sights? THE BRIDGE by Carol Ericson Under the Golden Gate, Elise Duran refused to be a serial killer's next victim. She was the first of the abducted to survive. And Detective Sean Brody was there to make sure a second chance wouldn't be necessary. As the elusive murderer sends them messages, both personal and gruesome, the point becomes clear: no one can escape death. But Sean's presence can't be any stronger as he shadows Elise while on the job--and off it--proving she couldn't have asked for a better protector. Though beneath his cool exterior Sean hides a troublesome secret. One that's absolutely to die for... .
These three full-length novels by "USA Today" bestselling author Sala center around three sexy brothers. Ryder, Roman, and Royal Justice of New Orleans would do anything for each other--and for the women they love.
WAS SHE THEIR ANGEL? Five-year-old Maddie seemed to think so. But to her exasperated father, rancher Royal Justice, Angel Rojas--the beautiful hitchhiker who got into their car that stormy night--was nothing but an unwelcome distraction. When infuriatingly handsome Royal opened his car door for on-the-run Angel that night, she thought of him-- and his adorable daughter--as a temporary reprieve. But suddenly the comfort of a little girl's embrace--not to mention that of her rugged rancher father--felt like more than a makeshift shelter. Was she finally coming home? THE JUSTICE WAY: Brothers Ryder, Roman and Royal -- they would do anything for each other and for the women they loved!
First comes marriage . . . Heiress Casey Ruban needed a husband -- fast. So she raced to the nearest bar and made her offer -- full marital privileges in exchange for a wedding ring. It was an offer one man couldn't refuse. Then comes love? Once, Ryder Justice had everything. Now all he had was nothing to lose. But when the brooding ex-pilot agreed to marry the desperate woman in front of him, just for a year, he soon realized that not only did he have something to lose, he'd already lost it. His heart -- and it belonged to his wife.
Don't miss the chance to read the novels that launched New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala's career.THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE...Sara Beaudry knew the note from her brother, Roger, was a matter of life and death. Without a moment's hesitation she walked out on her career, traded her car for a motorcycle and rode off into the Texas sunset. Roger's message had been clear: If she wanted to stay alive, she had to find his former partner, Mackenzie Hawk, who was living somewhere in Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, and she had to find him fast.The roar of a motorcycle engine was an alien sound in the Kiamichi night. Hawk watched in disbelief as the Harley-Davidson spun into his yard and its frozen driver collapsed in his arms. What was a woman--a gorgeous woman at that--doing on his mountain in the middle of the night? She claimed she needed his help and that his old partner had sent her, but as far as Hawk was concerned, those days were gone. He'd left undercover work for good, and nothing was going to make him go back to it, not even a tall, leggy redhead who made his blood run hotter than it had in years.
It was the kind of encounter Billie had seen only in the movies, and never dreamed could happen to her. A rugged, sexy cowboy appeared from out of nowhere to stir her passions-and then, just as quickly, he was gone. For one brief moment in time the walls Billie had built around her heart tumbled, though she believed their fiery passion would forever be no more than a bittersweet memory. But fate leads her to a sprawling Texas ranch, and he is there again-Matt, her handsome, mysterious stranger, the best thing that had ever happened to her. And now a voice inside her is telling her to run fast and far away. But Matt let Billie go once and he's not going to make the same mistake again-because nothing on Earth will stop him from grabbing a second chance at love.
This critically-acclaimed author presents three full-length novels that represent the magic and miracle of the true connection of the soul that bind man and woman together forever through the wondrous power of love.
A killer's hunger rages. . . . A woman waits in fear. . . . A cop races to stop the unthinkable. . . . It's December in Manhattan. Falling snow blankets the city--and covers the body of a murdered woman that bears a special message from a twisted killer. High in her elegant apartment, bestselling mystery author Caitlin Bennett shivers in fear, holding the latest in a string of notes from a deranged "fan. " No longer able to endure the growing terror alone, Caitlin agrees to hire ex-cop Connor "Mac" McKee as a bodyguard. With Mac's protection, Caitlin begins to feel safe again. But when two more victims are discovered, each bearing a remarkable resemblance to Caitlin, they realize that she's the target. And that a deranged killer is now coming to claim his final victim. . . .
HEART-POUNDING DANGER! A bouquet of flowers from a secret-and deadly admirer sends Kristie Samuels straight into the loving arms of sexy detective Scott Wade in this powerful and provocative tale by USA TODAY bestselling author SHARON SALA
LITTLE GIRL LOST. . . It all happened a long time ago, so long ago that Tory Lancaster no longer remembers being a little girl who came home to an empty house. Tory is a woman now, trying to leave behind a legacy of abandonment and sorrow, desperate to love but forever afraid to trust. Only in Brett Hooker's arms does she find peace, but there's something Brett doesn't know, something even she doesn't know. A WOMAN FOUND. . . Tory is about to come face-to-face with her past, a past haunted by a mysterious tattooed man and the doll that was her only friend. With Brett's help she can meet the past head-on--if it doesn't drive them apart. So many secrets, so little time, and all for the love of. . . Sweet Baby.