Is this reward worth the risk? Big risks hold no appeal for Julia Raynor after losing her husband to his high-danger career. And his vice cop brother, Alec, doesn't seem much different-although he is there for her and the kids. So when her son is headed for big-city trouble, Alec voluntarily becomes police chief in Angel Butte, Oregon, to remove him from temptation. But temptation stalks more than her son. Living close to Alec, the long-denied attraction Julia harbors won't be ignored. And Alec's actions say it's not one-sided. Can she believe in another Raynor man? Yet, when a threat catches up with her family, Julia knows Alec is the only one she can trust!
Wren Fraser can think of better times to go into labor. Say, when she's not on the run, or when there's a hospital nearby. Better yet, when there's not a major flood trapping her in an abandoned house. She needs a rescue...now! It arrives in one Alec Harper. Strong, competent and good-looking, the detective keeps her safe and doesn't leave her side. He even takes in Wren and the baby when they have no place to go. For a woman wanting her independence, it's shocking how quickly she settles in with Alec. The situation seems a bit too domestic. And the sizzling attraction between them is making things worse. She keeps telling herself to walk away, yet she can't. Or should that be, she doesn't want to?
How far will he go?For a solitary guy, Nolan Radek is suddenly surrounded by people. First there's his teenage foster son. Then there's Allie Wright-a stunning woman he instantly connects with. It's out of character and Nolan can't explain it, but from the moment they meet, he knows she's for him.Then he becomes aware she's hiding something. And the more he pushes her to tell him, the further she retreats. He values honesty above all else, so what's he to do? The truth, when it finally comes out, is nothing he expected. Worse, it triggers a cascade of life-altering events, and Nolan stands to lose Allie. And he must decide exactly what he'll sacrifice to be with her.
This Christmas, bundles of joy are under the tree for these two couples! The Baby Agenda Moira Cullen's walk on the wild side is now haunting her. She has to tell Will Becker, the man who rescued her from a disastrous evening, he'll be a father. He proves he's a good man when he becomes involved with their baby. But is he here because he wants to be, or because he always does the right thing? Unexpected Gifts Teacher Eli Cartwright has it all figured out. Then her perfectly ordered existence is completely upended with an unplanned pregnancy! Suddenly Eli is single, terrified...and exuberant. And her colleague, Zac Keller, has never been more attracted to her. But can he convince Eli that life sometimes offers more than one unexpected gift at a time?
Veterinarian Dr. Eric Bergstrom--a ladies' man if you want to put it kindly, a womanizer if you don't--is interested in a new woman. He's volunteered his services at the local cat shelter she's involved with. He's even adopted one of the shelter's cats. But he still can't manage to get Madeline to go out with him. Then Eric's twelve-year-old son, Garth, comes to town, making it clear that he resents "having" to spend the summer with his father. Garth and Madeline get along just fine, however. Until the twelve-year-old realizes his father's interested in her.... You know your life isn't going well when only your cat loves you!
There's a right way, then there's the wrong wayNobody knows that better than police captain Duncan MacLachlan. He has served and protected for years without bending to a middle ground he doesn't believe in. And he's not about to change. Certainly not for stubborn-and sexy-court advocate Jane Brooks. Her shades-of-gray view of the world clashes with his black-and-white one.Then a mission to save an at-risk teen has Jane's life on the line. Now she and Duncan must join forces despite their differences-and the flaring attraction that's too hot to ignore. It's Duncan's toughest challenge yet. Because keeping Jane safe is one thing...and keeping her out of his arms is another.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Kat Riley's husband has kept Grant Haller at a distance. Despite the strong attraction pulling him to her, as police chief with that open missing person case, he can't afford to get close to her. Not with everyone in this small town watching. Still, he waits for the day he can make his move. Then Kat finds a bone. . . ;and others start to appear. Once the remains are identified as her husband's, Grant has to consider her a suspect. Deep inside he's convinced she's innocent and he's driven to clear her name. And when the threats against her escalate, Grant must protect her. . . ;before it's too late.
Midnight Sons and Daughter by Debbie MacomberThere's something special about Alaska-and about the town of Hard Luck. Scott O'Halloran grew up there; he's been away for years, but now he's back. To stay? Everybody's wondering-especially Chrissie Harris. The girl he left behind...The Glory Girl by Judith BowenGlory, Alberta. A cowboy town in cowboy country. Hannah Parrish loves it here. "Once from a small town, always from a small town," says Jack Gamble, ex-prospector, a man who's ready to come home. He wants to find a "nice, quiet Glory girl." And that's exactly what Hannah is-even if Jack doesn't know it yet!Promise Me Picket Fences by Janice Kay JohnsonMelanie Parker never wants to leave Elk Springs, Oregon. After a lifetime of moving, she finally has a big house with a picket fence. To Kevin McNeil, that sounds like prison. The could walk away from each other right now-if they weren't falling in love....
There's always one case... The moment police captain Colin McAllister sees her on TV he knows. She may call herself Nell Smith, but she is Maddie Dubeau-the girl who went missing from Angel Butte, Oregon, years ago. She's haunted Colin, and now the adult version of her is so captivating, he can't stay away. He wants to help her recover her memories-even solve her case-without crossing a professional line. But distance becomes impossible when the threats against her escalate. It's clear someone is determined that Nell never remembers what happened to Maddie. Colin must keep her safe so that he can finally bring her home...to his home.
Jo Dubray doesn't think much of marriage... And she certainly doesn't plan to try it herself. But that doesn't mean she isn't interested in getting to know her new roommate's brother. After all, Ryan's recently divorced and has two children living with their mom in another state. He can't be thinking of anything as serious and confining as remarrying. But what will Jo do if he is? Especially once his kids come back home to stay.
No emotional connection means zero risk of being hurt. DEA agent Conall MacLachlan has learned that the hard way. And it's been the key to his survival. So why is his latest assignment getting to him? Could be that he's back in the town he rejected years ago. But he suspects the real reason is Lia Woods.He's instantly and powerfully attracted to Lia-something that's never happened to him. And running a surveillance operation from her house has them too close-he can't catch his breath. Between her and her foster kids, Conall feels the domestic ties tighten...yet it's not so bad. He just needs to be brave enough to take what Lia offers.
Every Christmas gift Will and Dinah exchange is a symbol of their love. The tradition begins on their very first date in 1968, when Will arrives with an exquisitely wrapped present that shows he, unlike everyone else in her life, believes in her dream of becoming a chef. It continues through every holiday season after that--whether they're together or apart. But the tradition ends when tragedy strikes. After that, only an unexpected gift can make things right.
A FAMILY'S GIFT When they were young, cousins Ella, Rachel and Jo were always together at their family's lake house. As they grew up, though, they grew apart...until now, as the three must band together to grant a beloved aunt's dying wish: to finish the quilt she began as a gift for her daughter's Christmas wedding. Let It Snow by USA TODAY bestselling author Emilie Richards Searching for vintage quilting fabric, independent Jo is reunited with the man she thought she'd marry-and proves that sometimes the second time's the charm.... You Better Watch Out by Janice Kay Johnson Ella is desperate when the unfinished quilt goes missing in her care. But a cocky lawyer might just help her find it- and find love. Nine Ladies Dancing by Sarah Mayberry Shy Rachel risks exposing her secret life when she falls for her quilting teacher's seemingly perfect son. Together, Jo, Ella and Rachel create a Christmas heirloom that's both a wish and a promise-of happiness, hope and love everlasting.
Does she put her trust in him...again? Lieutenant Jane Vahalik is done with Sergeant Clay Renner. He messed up their romance when he dished out too much male swagger. She gets enough of that on the job to put up with it in her personal life-regardless of how hot Clay may be. Then her niece is kidnapped, and suddenly he is the only cop Jane trusts to lead the search. The rush of attraction sizzling between them surprises her. So does his determination to prove she's wrong about him. It could be just the tense situation-or it could be Clay-but Jane's feelings for him are growing. Maybe they deserve a second chance....
The terrible twos are nothing compared to the traumatic teens. David Whitcomb is a good father and once upon a time, his 13-year-old daughter Claire adored him. But times have changed, and Claire seems intent on running away to live with her mother -- a woman who's unable to look after her. In desperation, David turns to Grace Blanchet, the mother of Claire's best friend. Grace agrees to foster Claire while father and daughter work things out. She knows this is what's best for Claire. She's just not sure it's best for her. Does she really want to "play house" with a man who, much as she's attracted to him, reminds her of another man -- one she'd prefer to forget?
A chilling blast from the past. . . Six years ago prosecutor Will Patton's girlfriend stormed out on him. That night she was brutally raped and murdered. The violent act knocked Will's world out from under him, alienating him from his family, who Will believed were responsible. Wrapped up in his own guilt and anger, Will developed a powerful thirst for justice. . . and was determined that no criminal would ever walk free again. Now he's returned to his hometown, but he is greeted by a gruesome discovery-another body and an all-too-familiar calling card. And once again the victim is romantically linked with Will. In order to track down this serial killer, Will teams up with rookie detective Trina Giallombardo-only to realize that if he falls for her, she'll be next. . . .
Standing between her...and danger Returning to her hometown is Cait McAllister's chance to stand on her own. That means taking a break from men and relationships. Then she meets her new boss, the intriguing Noah Chandler. As the mayor, he's got bold plans for Angel Butte. As a man, he's so tempting that Cait's vow of independence is in jeopardy. The most persuasive part of him, however, could be the way he looks out for her. Because when a threat from her past puts her in danger, Noah is there to protect her. And there's no way she can resist a man who has so much invested in keeping her safe.
COUNT ON A COP Judith Kane leaves Boston for a small, obscure town three thousand miles away, and she does it for one reason--safety. Her ex-husband is out on bail, awaiting trial on a kidnapping charge. He'd stolen their youngest child, Sophie--and Judith's afraid of him. So she moves her family to Mad River, Washington. Right next door to a cop. What could be safer? But Chief Ben McKinsey doesn't want a family next door. He doesn't want to get involved with an attractive woman like Judith Kane--or with her kids. But they seem to need him. And you have to be able to count on a cop.
Having her own family is not too much to ask! Although it's been tough, sixteen-year-old Sierra Lind has assembled some good candidates. First there's the most perfect foster mom ever-Lucy Malone. And now Sierra has found her bio dad, Jonathan Brenner. With the way Lucy and her dad are making eyes at each other... Well, Sierra will have her family unit any day now. But things go south when her dad and Lucy take opposite sides on a deal-breaker issue. And guess who's in the middle? Yeah, that's so not where Sierra wants to be. She has to fix this so that everything goes back to normal-meaning her dad and Lucy acting like they can't get enough of each other!
Laurel Woodall dreams of having a baby. But she can't let herself fall in love and will never again let a man in her life. . . . Caleb Manes thinks Laurel is his future. When he hears she wants to have a baby on her own, he volunteers to be the father. Making a baby in this unconventional manner isn't the best way to further a relationship with Laurel, but it might lead to something more. Now he just has to convince her that this is what best friends are for. . . .
Lynn Chanak is living the nightmare every mother fears. There was a mix-up at the hospital. Her baby isn't hers. And the only way she can have the baby she gave birth to and keep the child she loves is to marry Adam Landry-a man she doesn't even know.Adam was devastated when his Jenny died. And his only consolation was their daughter. But as much as he loves Rose, he can't stand to think that the child Jenny carried for nine months will grow up without him. If marrying a stranger is what it takes to have both his daughters, then that's what he'll do. Even though he still loves Jenny....
Is an independent cop the best family man?Niall MacLachlan's one priority is the law. He fought his way from the wrong side of the tracks to earn his badge and won't jeopardize it for anything. After all, trusting his family nearly cost him everything as a kid. So, no. This loner has no desire for a wife and children to call his own.So why is his entirely too attractive landlady, Rowan Staley, slipping past all his defenses?She and her young family-complete with noisy dog-are everything Niall thinks he doesn't want. But he can't keep his distance when she turns to him for protection from a neighborhood threat. And in the end, letting her go might be impossible.
A new beginning...from this day on.Jakob Nilsson has tried to keep his distance from Amy. Like a forbidden temptation, he's always known his weakness where she's concerned. Then an unexpected weekend brings them together. Despite the torture of being so close to her, Jakob is glad he's there...especially when the opening of a time capsule reveals a confession that upends Amy's world. Nothing is the way it was. But that revelation also means the barriers between Jakob and Amy are gone. Finally he's free to pursue the woman who has always fascinated him. The challenge now is to convince her to look beyond their past. And to consider a future that includes him.
Stuck with Each Other by Jan FreedThe Andersons are a family in name only. The five of them live in the same house, but go their separate ways. This Christmas, one member is willing to take some desperate measures to remind the Andersons exactly what the word family means.Undercover Santa by Janice Kay JohnsonSergeant Reed McCall never expected to spend the Christmas season dressed up as Santa. But when a wacko threatened Seattle's Jolly Old Elves, the police department had to step in. Of course, that surprise is nothing compared to being held hostage in a storeroom with a woman and her little boy....Epiphany by Margot EarlyCarmen Dinesen's young sister, Bizzy, wants only one thing for Christmas-a horse. Chris Good Rider, a Blackfeet Indian, can give her one...if Carmen marries him. If she and Bizzy move to his ranch in Montana. That's a lot to ask. But as Carmen knows, love makes all things possible. Love for Bizzy. And love for Chris...