A child he’s never met.
A danger he’s never known.
That he’s a father is news Ben Slocum was not expecting. But once the initial shock wears off for the confirmed bachelor, he takes in the rest of what social worker Claire Chastain tells him: that Sam is in the custody of an abusive criminal, that they’ve disappeared . . . and that Ben is now the child’s only hope.
Ben and Claire band together to track the two down, their
concern for the boy draws them closer, each fighting
feelings there’s no time to explore. Ben’s got one chance to
take back what’s his, and in one gunshot he could lose it
all . . .
What lies in the past ...
Haunted by a near-death experience, a troubled son, and a
failed marriage, advertising executive Kate Rollins is ready
to escape the harsh glamour of LA for the small town vibe of
Lost Peak, Montana. All she wants is the simple life of
running a cafe inherited from her grandmother Nell. A chance
to recharge, a time to refocus. What she gets is a
suspicious feeling about Nell's death and a sexy rancher
named Chance McLain...
Kate maybe determined to resist
him, but Chance can't ignore the desire he feels for her—or
the fact somebody wants her to leave Lost Peak. With the
promise of a future together tangled up in the ghosts of her
past, Kate and Chance must believe in each other before they
can believe in love...
This case may be too hot to handle...
There's silver out there: Sabrina Eckhart is sure of it. And when she finds the hidden mine on that big piece of West Texas desert, all of her financial problems are solved. That is, if she can find it. The man with the skills she needs is private investigator Alex Justice─a former navy fighter pilot and a current pain in the neck.
When mysterious "accidents" start to plague their search, it seems Rina's multi-acre inheritance might be more of a curse than a blessing. And yet, there's still something sensual about the heat...his arrogance...her stubbornness...being thrust into each other's arms by danger...But the vultures are circling, and if they don't watch their backs, the relentless desert sun could be the last thing they ever see.
The answer lies beneath ...
reporter Hope Sinclair, writing about the recovery of a
sunken Spanish treasure off Pleasure Island should be her
big break. Yet Hope can't help feeling she's been hand—picked
for this job for all the wrong reasons. Someone wants Hope
out of New York-and off a story that could blow a corruption
case wide open. But if they think sending her to paradise
will shut her up, they've got another thing coming ...
hunter and former Navy SEAL Conner Reese isn't happy to have
Hope along for the ride. He doesn't need the publicity, nor
does he want a gorgeous redhead driving his crew—and
himself—to distraction. But there's something else. Conner
can sense extreme danger, and danger is following Hope
Sinclair very, very closely ...
Millions of lives are on the line.
But for him, only one truly matters
It's not in bodyguard Jake Cantrell's job description to share his suspicions with his assignments. Beautiful executive Sage Dumont may be in charge, but Jake's not on her payroll. As a former special forces marine, Jake trusts his gut, and it's telling him that there's something off about a shipment arriving at Marine Drilling International. His instinct is aroused...in more ways than one.
A savvy businesswoman, Sage knows better than to take some hired gun's "hunch" as gospel. And yet she is learning not to underestimate the man her grandfather hired to protect her. Determined to prove Jake wrong, Sage does some digging of her own and turns up deadly details she was never meant to see.
Drawn into a terrifying web of lies and deceit—and into feelings they can't afford to explore—what Jake and Sage uncover may be frighteningly worse than they ever imagined.
knows what goes on in the dark.
She’s got the face of an angel and the body of…well, isn’t that what he’d expect from an exotic dancer? But there’s something about this girl that Johnnie Riggs can’t shake. The former army ranger is hot on the trail of an elusive drug lord—and suddenly very hot under the collar, as well.
Amy’s got her own agenda to pursue: her sister is missing and Amy seems to be the only one who cares. She’ll enlist Johnnie's help and do her best to ignore her growing attraction to finally get some answers. But when the two trails begin to converge and reveal something even more sinister than they imagined, their mutual desire is the least of their problems. They’ll bring the truth to light…or die trying.
Can you handle the heat ?
Allie Parker knows
her best friend's death was no accident, and her quest to find the
truth soon puts her in the wrong place--at the worst possible time...
unwilling passenger on a boat carrying deadly cargo and dangerous
men, her only ally is mysterious Jake Dawson, who warns her that she
must play the role of his reluctant bedmate...if she wants to stay
long, the heat rising between Allie and Jake has drawn them into the
heart of the steamy Carribean--and into something deeper than they
ever imagined. Now as Allie places her trust--and herself--in the
hands of a total stranger, she wonders if this desperate gamble will
be her last...
Some women find trouble wherever they go.
And some men are their only protection against it.
Redheads like her are nothing but trouble. But Trace Rawlins, a former army-ranger-turned-private-investigator, takes the case anyway. After all, he knows how to deal with women.
Trace can sense that something’s wrong—Maggie O’Connell isn’t telling him everything. If these menacing calls and messages are real, why won’t the police help her? And if they aren’t real, what is she hiding?
As Trace digs deeper to find the source of Maggie’s threats, he discovers a secret that no one was meant to uncover. And the only puzzle left to be solved is whether the danger comes from an unknown stalker…or from the woman he’s trying his hardest not to fall for.
Twenty five years ago I started my
first novel, which today would be
considered an old fashioned Bodice
Ripper. This is a Western Romance,
sort popular back in the eighties.
Mandy Ashton fled a stifling frontier existence for the glittering social whirl of Sacramento City, California's state capital, trading childhood innocence for a woman's burning desire. Though it’s risky to masquerade as her flighty cousin, Julia, Mandy is determined to give her cousin a chance at happiness with the man she loves. But Mandy is hardly faint of heart—proven time and again on a journey fraught with deadly adventure and sublime temptation.
Travis Langley, known by his Indian name, Hawk, is a white man raised by the Cheyenne, a man trying to make peace with his dual heritage. The last thing he needs is a job chaperoning Julia Aston, the California governor's spoiled daughter. But Mandy—posing as Julia—is spirited, captivating, and irresistibly sensuous. By journey's end, Mandy and Hawk have become helpless prisoners of a smoldering passion that nothing can kill—except, perhaps, the secret Mandy has guarded so carefully throughout the arduous days and passionate nights of their long, magnificent passage.
Larry, and I wrote
this book together
back in 1989.
with humor and
hope you will enjoy.
Jessica Taggart came west seeking adventure, and no
hard-drinking, easy-living rogue like Jake Weston was going
to stop her from finding it. Event if it meant being his
partner in the Tin Angel, the most notorious brothel on the
Barbary Coast. Even if she had to resist his determined
seduction when all she really wanted was to melt in his
Jake had no intention of sharing the Tin Angel with some
high society, know-it-all-female from Boston. But Jessica's
beauty, spirited independence, and sensual, responsive
nature made him want to swear off other women forever.
when Jessie proceeded to get shipwrecked, kidnapped, and
almost killed, Jake swore to do whatever was necessary to
keep her safe whether she wanted his help or not.
A SONG FOR MY MOTHER
A compelling story of love,
loss, hope and second chances...
Years after running away with her boyfriend in her junior year of high school, Marly Hanson returns to Dreyerville at the request of her daughter, Katie, who has recently been treated for brain cancer. Katie has never met her grandmother, Marly's mother, Winnie. But Marly and Winnie have been estranged for years and confronting the past for each of them is painful. The homecoming is bittersweet, but revisiting the conflict between them is crucial if Marly and her mother are ever to find the bond they shared before Marly left Dreyerville.
To complicate matters, living next door to Winnie is handsome sheriff and widower Reed Bennett, and his son, Ham, who is close to Katie's age. Ham and Katie become fast friends, while their parents find their attraction to one another going deeper than mere friendship. But Marly's time in Dreyerville is limited and risking her heart isn't something she's willing to do.
As the days slip past, and though she tries to avoid it, Marly and Reed become more deeply involved. Can she risk loving the handsome sheriff and give up the the futer she worked so hard to forge for herself and her daughter? Can she make a life in Dreyerville after what happened all those years ago?
Will Marly finally realize that her true destiny and ultimate happiness lie in coming to terms with her past?
AGAINST THE LAW
The most unsettled of the “no-account Raines boys,”
Devlin Raines has long been protecting his heart from injury.
But his latest case—and client—forces him to lay
everything on the line…
The most unsettled of the “no-account Raines boys,” Devlin Raines has long been protecting his heart from injury. But his latest case—and client—forces him to lay everything on the line…
At thirty-two Dev is “mostly retired” from Raines Investigations, content to run operations from his sprawling Arizona home. But Dev has never been able to say no to a beautiful woman, so when Lark Delaney comes to him for help, the former U.S. Army Ranger from Wind Canyon gets back in the game.
Lark is sexy, successful and dedicated to tracking down the baby girl her sister gave up for adoption. It should be a straightforward case, but it’s not long before Dev uncovers a shady adoption ring and worse—the child’s parents have been murdered and the little girl has been taken.
As the case grows dangerous and Lark needs him more than ever, Dev can’t ignore his growing attraction for her. He also can’t trust his judgment with women or the emotions he’s long since buried. But there’s a chance, if he gets this right and saves Lark’s niece, that he’ll end up saving himself, too.
AGAINST THE FIRE
Once one of the “no-account Raines boys,” Gabriel Raines
has pulled himself out of poverty by his bootstraps to become
a successful businessman—one who has become the target of revenge…
of the “no-account Raines boys,” Gabriel Raines has pulled
himself out of poverty by his bootstraps to become a
successful businessman—one who has become the target of
You can’t fight what you can’t see. And Gabriel Raines can’t be sure just who’s setting the fires in his new real-estate development. When two fires hit back-to-back, he knows it’s personal, but any number of competitors or ex-employees could be the arsonist.
The police suspect Angel Ramirez, a local teen who’s been in trouble before. But Mattie Baker, a volunteer at the Family Abuse center, just can’t believe the kid she’s been working with would go back to his delinquent ways.
Determined to convince Gabe that she’s right, Mattie must get close to him and find out who’s putting their neighborhood in jeopardy. And just as the arsonist’s flames continue to burn, they find a heat developing between them. It might just turn into a full-fledged fire…if they can survive long enough ...
Unable to resist trouble the "no account Raines boy", Jackson
Raines finds himself entangled with the high school beauty who
humiliated him so many years ago. Enemies of her dead husband
bring trouble. And despite their history, Jackson is the one man
who can save her and her daughter ...
Secrets don’t stay buried long in cattle country. Sarah Allen,the beautiful girl who humiliated Jackson Raines in high school, is back in town. Not so long ago, she couldn’t wait to leave Wind Canyon, Wyoming, in her dust. But recently widowed, she has nowhere else to go and finds herself on Jackson’s ranch.
Despite everything, Jackson is reluctant to get rid of her. He can’t resist trouble, and Sarah brings her own special kind. Enemies of her dead husband show up on the ranch making threats, thinking she has something they’re owed. They’re not taking no for an answer, but what they will take is the one thing she has left—her daughter—and Jackson may be the only hope she has of getting little Holly home alive.
Unrepentant rake Rule Dewar is living the good life
most surprising event occurs—
falls in love with his wife.
After their strategic “marriage of commerce” three years ago,
Rule quite forgot about Violet Griffin, the teenage heiress to a
Boston manufacturing fortune. He simply spoke his vows, took
over her father’s business and returned to England to resume his
usual pursuits: high-priced wine, high-stakes gambling and
Yet when Violet, now a sophisticated woman, unexpectedly appears
at Rule's London townhouse, husbandly duties no longer seem so
odious—he can't wait to take his stunning bride to their
marriage bed. Violet, however, is not so easily led: she has her
own ideas and is seeking an annulment to marry another. But as
Rule attempts to win her over, someone else is determined to
frame him for murder and keep him out of the way for good….
Reese Dewar returns to England –
damaged leg is nothing
compared to his shattered heart.
before, love-struck Reese departed his home at Briarwood with a
promise from raven-haired Elizabeth Clemens: that she would make a
life with him upon his return. But mere months later, she married
the Earl of Aldridge, attaining wealth and status Reese could never
match. Memories of that betrayal make his homecoming far more bitter
Elizabeth knows when she appears on Reese's doorstep dressed in
widow's garb that she is twisting the knife. But fear for her young
son’s safety has overcome guilt and shame: she begs Reese for
protection against the forces that would see the boy Earl dead to
possess his fortune. The former lovers forge an uneasy alliance, but
Elizabeth still harbors some deep secrets—and Reese knows that
protecting her means placing himself in danger...of losing his heart
all over again.
THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK
inspiring holiday story
broken and love redeemed,
courage and strength, in a memorable tale
will resonate long after the book is over.
Sylvia Winters returns to her hometown where eight
years ago she broke her engagement to Joe Dixon. Stricken with cervical
cancer, Syl moved away for treatment but never told Joe the truth. To
heal the pain of his fiance’s imagined betrayal, Joe turned to drinking
and accidentally killed a man. Now Joe is out of prison and Syl is back
in town but it will take a miracle to restore their lost love.
Lottie Sparks and her grandson, Teddy, are also in
town. Eight-year old Teddy lives with Lottie, his only living
relative. Teddy loves his grandmother and for Christmas, he desperately
wants to buy her the old Victorian clock she adores in the window of
Tremont’s Antiques—a clock that vividly reminds her of her childhood.
But the memory is soon to fade along with all the
rest as her Alzheimer’s advances.
Summer turns to fall and Lottie worsens. With winter
approaching, will a Christmas miracle be enough to bring the people of
Dreyerville hope, love, and redemption?
Though he is a titled nobleman,
Dewar is singulary unlucky ...
to choose between his soul mate ...
After years abroad, Royal has returned to Bransford
Castle to find his father dying and the family treasury nearly empty.
Then the old duke wrests a final promise from his guilt-ridden son: that
Royal will marry heiress Jocelyn Caulfield and restore the estate to its
former glory. However, it is not his fiancee who quickens Royal's pulse,
but rather her beautiful cousin Lily Moran.
Penniless Lily knows that nothing can come of their
there is a way she can help Royal. Enlisting some
questionable characters from her past, Lily concocts an elaborate ruse
to recover some of the Bransford fortune from a notorious confidence
artist. As the dangerous scheme unfolds, Lily and Royal are thrown
together in pursuit of the very thing―money―that
keeps them part ...
The third book in the
Heart trilogy ...
Under the pert pen name "Lady Smart." opinionated
Lindsey Graham crusades for social change among London's
elite, writing for the ladies' gazette Heart to Heart.
but Lindsey's greatest campaign begins when her brother
Rudy, a notorious rake, is accused of murdering a string
Her confidence in his innocence is bolstered when an
anonymous letter arrives naming viscount Merrick as the
killer. Lindsey launches her own investigation into the
gentleman's questionable pursuits, a risky venture that
earns her an unwelcome bodyguard―Thor Draugr.
At first, Lindsey refuses the protection of her
employer's brother-in-law. They are like oil and water,
yet she can barely conceal her attraction to the rugged
Norseman. But an attempt on her life reveals not only
the lengths that someone
will go to in order to prevent her interference in the
viscount's sordid affairs, but that she can no longer
deny that she desires the warrior by her side ...
Is she loosing her
heart...or her mind?
Dedicated, driven real estate agent Julie Ferris is enjoying
a day at the beach with her sister Laura when a strange,
almost undetectable charge fills the air. Then, under the
hot Malibu sun, time stops altogether.
sister can explain their "lost day" —nor the blinding
headaches and horrific nightmares that follow—but Julie
chalks it up to the stress she's been under since her boss's
son took over Donovan Real Estate.
Donovan would be a real catch if not for his notorious
playboy lifestyle and matching attitude. But when a
cocaine-fueled heart attack nearly kills him, Patrick makes
an astonishingly fast—and peculiar—recovery. Julie barely
recognizes the newly sober Patrick as the same man she once
struggled to resist. Maybe it's the strange beach experience
fueling her paranoia, but she can't help sensing something
As Julie's feelings for Patrick
intensify, she's about to discover how that day at the beach
links her newfound happiness with her wildest suspicions...
Heart of Fire
Heart trilogy continues
Whitmore, a reporter for the fashionable London ladies’ gazette, Heart
to Heart, learns that her sister’s death has been dismissed as a
suicide, she vows to uncover the truth. Suspecting the notorious Earl
of Tremaine was Laurel’s lover--and the father of her illegitimate
child--Corrie infiltrates Castle Tremaine, posing as the abandoned,
destitute wife of the earl’s distant cousin.
But Corrie finds the
handsome earl is not all he seems...nor is she immune to his
charms--however much she despises his scandalous ways.
And the deeper
Corrie immerses herself in her role, the more certain it becomes that
someone is bent on ensuring her questions go unanswered--forever.
The dream came
again and again...
a little girl
abducted from her own yard ...
knows the danger of ignoring such powerful omens. Twelve
years earlier, she could have prevented a tragic accident if
only she had acted on those horrible nightmares. This time,
she knows what she has to do.
Her research into local
missing persons suggests that the girl in Autumn’s dreams
could be Molly, the daughter of businessman Ben McKenzie.
Still emotionally shattered from his loss and unwilling to
trust this stranger, Ben is angered rather than relieved to
hear her theory that Molly is still alive. Certain that she
may be the girl’s only chance, Autumn persists, until Ben
grudgingly agrees to explore this tiny, if improbable, shred
As Autumn’s dreams become
more and more vivid, she and Ben pursue their leads … leads
that point to more murders, and to the only person in
control of whether they live … or die.
Read more ...
He was a powerful viking warrior from an undiscovered world.
She was a sophisticated London lady who became the object of
his desire ...
and he was determined to have her.
Krista Hart, publisher of the weekly London ladies' gazette
Heart to Heart, is not afraid to speak her mind. Even on
such unpopular issues as social reform, which risk her
reputation-- and her very safety-- Krista will not be
intimidated, although she knows full well she is the target
of angry opposition for her outspoken views.
When she encounters a powerful Viking descendant imprisoned
as a local sideshow attraction, Krista angrily demands his
release. Although she tells herself that freeing Leif Draugr
is simply the right thing to do, she can't deny being
attracted to the fierce Nordic chieftain, especially after
her father transforms him into a "proper" gentleman.
But as anonymous threats against Krista become more and more
aggressive, it is Leif who must face the unseen enemies
desperate to silence her, even as they push her further into
the embrace of a warrior prepared to do whatever it takes to
make her his.
Read more ...
Scent of Roses
Elizabeth doesn't believe in ghosts.
But this time she has no choice.
Family counselor Elizabeth Conners isn't sure what to think
when Maria Santiago comes to her for help. Pregnant and
terrified, Maria claims to be visited each night by the
ghost of a little girl, warning her to flee. Her husband
Miguel dismisses her fears.
Zack, one of the of the owners of the cottage where the
young couple live, grudgingly agrees to help Elizabeth look
into the history of the house. But even as unexpected desire
draws them together, Elizabeth and Zack feel something dark
and disturbing at the house.
Elizabeth knows something terrible has happened here before,
something that has its roots in murder ....
a necklace hold the power
to right a love gone
Five years ago Rafael,
Duke of the Sheffield, believed he was betrayed by the woman he loved
and the pain haunts him still. When Rafe discovers that he was cruelly
tricked, and that Danielle Duval was never unfaithful, he's desperate to
win her back. But Dani is already on a steamer bound for America to
marry another man. Impulsively, Rafe follows her and, trapping her in a
compromising situation, quickly makes her his wife.
Promising her that
with time he can prove his love and win her trust, Rafe presents her
with a stunning necklace rumored to hold great power. As much as Dani
wants to believe it can right the wrongs of the past, she fears there is
one truth it cannot conceal, a truth that could cost her this second
chance with Rafe, the only man she has ever loved.
The necklace promised great
happiness or great
tragedy-and nobody could elude
it's power ...
To British privateer Ethan
Sharpe, Grace Chastain was nothing but a pawn for vengeance against
Harmon Jeffries, the traitor responsible for his brutal years in prison.
Believing Grace to be Jeffries’s mistress, he plans to humiliate his
enemy by seducing her.
Grace fears her priceless heirloom necklace has begun to live up to its
curse when Captain Sharpe makes her his prisoner aboard his schooner.
Defiantly she resists his coarse advances, and suspects there is more to
this complex sea captain than his brooding anger and silent accusations.
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