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Ellison Emory begins college with both hope and trepidation. It has been only a year since his mother died, his relationship with his father has deteriorated beyond repair and Duke University offers him a much-needed fresh start.Ellison's life takes a turn for the better when he meets Angela. He nurses a secret crush on her until his roommate, Jason, announces that he's fallen for her, dooming Ellison to watch the woman he loves from the sidelines. However, Ellison soon finds himself embroiled in a love triangle that destroys his friendship with Jason and his relationship with Angela.Ellison's struggles during his senior year lead him back to both his father and Angela. He is trying to find answers, but those answers may destroy Ellison's future.
R&B singer Garrett Martindale is at the top of the music charts. The son of a Baptist preacher, he travels home for a relaxing two weeks, but the trip home is far from relaxing. His father is determined for him to return to his gospel roots, his sister is keeping a secret from the family, and the woman he loves becomes engaged to another man. Can he find a way to put everything in rhythm?When the breakup of her relationship leaves Trinity Blake devastated, she rebuilds her confidence and has a new lease on life. That new lease is tested when Garrett Martindale comes home for a visit and her ex-boyfriend returns unexpectedly; she ultimately has to choose between the man who has her heart and the man trying to capture it.
Claire is a happily married mother of three. Her life seems picture perfect until she suspects her husband of sixteen years is having an affair. With the help of her friends Becky and Melanie, Claire gets to the bottom of it, but they uncover much more than she bargained for. When she believes she has sufficient proof, Claire decides on the most obvious course of action: she must kill her husband.
Whitney Underwood swore she would never date a musician ... until she met the talented and delicious Leander Perry. Facing the most demanding case of her career as a criminal prosecutor, Whitney and her parents receive threats that old friend Kyle blames on Leander.A bullet rips through the window of Underwood Music School in suburban New Orleans and into Whitney's shoulder. Leander's retreat paints him guilty, but Whitney tackles a ring of tough opponents to prove her love.
It took a lot for Rissa and Dench Traylor to get friends and family on the right track, but they did and found each other in the process. Now, what about their own marriage? Will a baby ever make three? A series of miscarriages forces them to make some hard decisions, decisions that place a strain on their marriage. As the tension grows, Rissa must remember that Dench married her because he loved her, not because he loved the prospect of kids.
When the grandson of a prominent Georgia State Senator is killed because he refuses to get involved in a money laundering scheme, white collar crime investigators Victor Chambers and CeCe Graves are called in to investigate. But when their personal history and desire for one another gets in the way, it could cost lives and lose them the case.
Tara Russell has dedicated the last ten years of her life to becoming a music star. Along the way she sacrificed her personal happiness, a lost love and a child that was given up for adoption. While preparing for the release of her next blockbuster album, a talk show appearance forces her to reckon with all that is missing from her life. Now Tara's trying to come to terms with her past before she loses all possibility of peace.
Eliza Tahan, Assistant Editor at J Press, worries she might become the target of a disgruntled author after her boss is murdered and a form rejection letter is found on the scene. Though her boss was the star of the company, it's Eliza that actually makes decisions for the department. And the murderer must have realized his mistake, because Eliza's suddenly a target.Toss in a tragic family history, an absent mother in Botswana, and a sister working for the Department of Homeland Security and stealing the family spotlight ... and Eliza can barely hold her life together at a level of normalcy. She's certainly not equipped to be solving murders. As she argues, "I'm not a detective. I'm a mystery editor. I don't know whodunit until I read the last pages of a manuscript."But when the editor of the local newspaper's Book Section becomes more than just a professional acquaintance, their growing passion urges Eliza to overcome her past and her passivity to find the author-turned-murderer before she is pegged with the crime or, worse yet, before she -- or someone she loves -- becomes the next victim.
Dr. Kendall Matthews has got it going on. She's top in her field as an OB/GYN at Briarwood Hospital in Arlington, Texas, and all the men fear her. Kendall doesn't believe in love or happiness, so when someone from the past bursts into her life like a level five tornado, Kendall finds herself on the path to something she's not willing to handle. She's looking for anything but love.Coltrane Highpoint, famous author, has returned to his hometown of Arlington to get his life back in order. Little did he know that getting hurt at a charity event would land him in front of the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on.
Ten years after the death of her baby, husband, and mother-in-law in an airplane crash, forty-two-year-old Chelly Whitaker understands nothing is permanent. Disconnected from life with only the ghostly visits of her daughter, Maya, to hold on to, she fills her days with activities. But when it comes to romance, Chelly is convinced she has no love left to give.Sean Price, thirty-three, having faced the death of his mother and the impending death of his previously absent father, realizes the brevity and fragility of life. This compels him to cling to the roots he does have and strive to build a future that embraces love. Sean's father, Kelvin Price, relies on insight, wit and help from Maya to guide Sean in shaping a positive future as Sean and Chelly let go of devastating memories, face a threat to their lives, and learn to love again.
Madisyn O'Riley has had her share of Mr. Player-Player. She wanted a man who had a kind heart, a good soul, and shared her love of life. So when Aidan Coles, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, turns his attention on her, she doesn't know what to do. She joins his charity and begins to see the athlete in a different light, especially when he comes to her rescue when her ex-boyfriend begins threatening her and her family.Aidan can't believe Madisyn is as good as she makes out. Something about her made him want to protect her, and Aidan pulls out all the stops to make her his. He attends church with her, meets her family, and lets her teach him how to cook. As she displays her excellent administrative skills and helps get his pet charity, Mature Alliance, off the ground, Aidan knows she's too good to be true. Was he ready to make the play for life?
Ten years ago, Allen walked out on Kayla rather than propose. For the last decade both have worked unsuc- cessfully to forget the other. When they meet again, it's easy to rediscover their passion for one another. However, the complications and changes created by a ten year separation have given them an all new set of obstacles to overcome. Kayla and Allen must strive to hold on, or finish their affair once and for all.
Tracy, the loyal best friend from At Last, has had a passionate one-night stand in Paris with a Frenchman named Jacques. Mortified by her behavior, she flies home to Chicago. American by blood, Jacques is a federal agent and only in Paris to track down an American fugitive, but finds himself irresistibly drawn to Tracy. Tracy, dealing with personal issues of race from her past, is reluctant to become involved with a white man. Jacques must not only pursue the beautiful Tracy, but must also struggle to discover the whereabouts of Alexander Brickman, the criminal mastermind from At Last.
For months, Leslie Collins has been trying to outrun the man who is trying to kill her. Determined to establish some semblance of a normal life while she finishes her masters degree, Leslie arrives at the home of Jordan Saber, looking for a job.Jordan takes pity on her and hires her to help out in the kitchen. He also falls in love with her.Jordan tries to protect Leslie from the pain of her past and the disapproving stares of those in her present. It seems lots of people don't like the fact that Jordan, a white man, has fallen in love with an African-American woman, even though they make a great team and really love each other. Although Jordan is dealing well with the race issue, Leslie must come to understand that regardless of the color of the wrapping, love is a precious gift.