After tracking a serial killer through six brutal murders, detective Wade Callahan didn't know where to turn. Then Tierney Doyle, an empath and the police force's secret weapon, joined the search. Wade was immediately attracted to the beautiful blonde-but he didn't trust her abilities. He didn't trust her.
Until Tierney uncovered a fact he couldn't deny. Someone was watching Wade-someone who might be connected to the recurring nightmare he'd had since childhood. And as he and Tierney both came into the killer's sights, Wade knew he'd face down death to keep this woman by his side.
He feared nothing.
.not even after a rock-climbing fall stripped Matt Pearson of his ability to walk. Now the former daredevil was gearing up for a dangerous river run that would test him as never before. So would seeing Alex Penny, his former partner and lover – the woman he let get away. But Matt wasn't one to resist a dare…
Five years ago, Matt had allowed his heartbreaking accident to come between them. How could Alex make him see that he was the same man she'd always loved? This time, nothing – not the river, not an unseen enemy, not even Matt himself – could stem the tide of their feelings, and of a passion too long denied…
La pistola que le apuntaba al pecho no le dejaba otra alternativa…
C.J. Starr sabía que había hecho lo correcto llevando a Caitlyn a la policía, pero no entendía por qué le había dolido tanto… y por qué ella había tenido que pagar un precio tan alto.
Caitlyn Brown no esperaba volver a ver a C.J. después de todo lo sucedido. Jamás habría imaginado que se sentiría más fuerte con sólo oír su voz, recordar su sonrisa o sentir el suave roce de su mano. No le importaba que la protegiera de un peligro que ella ni siquiera veía ya, pero no podía olvidar que él había prometido cumplir la ley. La misma ley que ella estaba dispuesta a romper siempre que hubiera víctimas inocentes que necesitaran su ayuda.
THERE GOES THE BRIDE
All her life, Eve Waskowitz had imagined what her wedding day would be like, but jumping into a Dumpster, with train in hand and veil askew, to escape her prospective groom was not it. If she lived, there would be time enough to ponder her questionable taste in husbands-now the question was, where could she go? Who would help her?
Enter FBI agent Jake Redfield, whose surveillance vehicle just happened to be within Eve's reach-and unlocked. He'd been after Eve's former groom-to-be for years-but one look at the disheveled, hysterical and utterly irresistible bride had Jake shifting his target somewhat. Was it too much to hope that he could get his man-and his woman?
Holt Kincaid was this close to finally reuniting a long-lost family. Complications arose when retired poker player Brenna Fallon foiled his plans for her joyous return. Undeterred, the P.I. refused to give up on this scrappy beauty whose inner anguish mirrored his own.
Surviving on the streets had taught Brenna to call anyone's bluff. And Holt Kincaid was clearly using his smoldering sex appeal to gain the upper hand. But all bets were off when a dangerous opponent took extreme measures to get her back in the game. Now Brenna had to entrust her heart to Holt – or she might never find her way home again…
Brooke Grant, a recovering divorcée, had good reason to lie about her past. But when she's falsely arrested for the murder of her ex, it seems everyone in her life has motive to lie to her – the vengeful local cops, a mysterious private investigator, even her adoring ten-year-old son. In fact, Brooke has good reason to trust no man.
Until photojournalist Tony Whitehall arrives, storming onto her Texas ranch with irresistible charm and his own agenda of deceit. Half Apache and all macho, Tony never imagined his camera would bring him so close to Brooke.or that a shocking conspiracy would give him a shot at love…
A warrior stepped out of the shadows
Keeping a low profile was Corbett Lazlo's secret for success. But now the super-spy and elusive owner of the Lazlo Group had to confront the faceless assassin who was killing his agents-by making himself the next target.
Then Lucia Cordez, his sexy head of IT, stepped into the line of fire. And the only safe haven for her was Corbett's isolated home, where guarding her suddenly became very risky…to his heart. For although Lucia claimed to love him, she could be the assassin's partner-and Corbett's deadly betrayer.
"Is my father a murderer?"
Caring for a mother with Alzheimer's was heartbreaking enough for Lindsey Merrill. But when her mother made bizarre but adamant claims that Lindsey's loving father was a killer, it was too much to bear. So she turned to detective Alan Cameron for guidance. Before long, the single dad's soothing reassurances morphed into a smoldering attraction…
Evidence quickly mounted that all was not as it seemed in the Merrill family. As a professional, Alan was obliged to pursue the case – as a man, he had to shield this special woman from pain. Would his shocking discovery break her heart just as he was making it his very own?
Appearances can be deceiving…THE MAJOR PLAYER: Embittered Interpol agent Tom Hawkins. He'd sworn off women and family – until he met a suspect he couldn't forget, maddeningly attractive Jane Carlysle…
THE PAWN: Divorced small-town mom Jane Carlysle – known to complain that nothing exciting ever happened to her. But that was about to change – all because of an irresistible, enigmatic stranger whom she found captivating in more ways than one…
THE GAME: Who Can You Trust?
THE STAKES: Higher than either one of them could have imagined. They were playing for keeps – as far as each other was concerned!
Away in a – truck stop?
FA LA LA LA – LABOR!
Okay, maybe driving solo cross-country in her eighth month wasn't the most brilliant idea Mirabella Waskowitz had ever had. And maybe she should have turned back when she heard the blizzard warnings. But the feisty mom-to-be certainly didn't need advice from that strapping Southern trucker who kept crossing her path…
UNTIL HER WATER BROKE.
Here it was Christmas Eve, and single dad Jimmy Joe Starr wanted only to be home with his young son. Instead, he was snowbound with a beautiful "virgin" who was about to give birth. Jimmy Joe had long ago stopped believing in miracles. But Mirabella and her baby were about to change that…
FOR HER CHILD's SAKE
Years ago, Charlene "Charly" Phelps had been talked into leaving her hometown and her baby behind – to giver her son the life she never could. Then, on a visit home, she saw a picture of a boy who seemed impossibly familiar – and knew she had to get out of town. Again. How she ended up in jail was another matter – the question was, how could she get out? She had only one phone call…
.which Troy Starr happened to answer. He knew that Charly had a reputation for trouble, but troubleshooting was Troy's business. And though she acted as if he was the last man on earth she wanted to be near, Troy figured it was only a matter of time before this soft-at-the-core lady fell for him – and time was something Troy had plenty of…
Temporarily impoverished-and lawsuit-plagued-single mother Summer Waskowitz Robey knew, as she stood alone in court, how badly she was in need of a rescuer. But she never would have dreamed that said rescuer would come in the form of handsome, aristocratic man-about-town Riley Grogan, who also happened to be her opposing counsel!
Inveterate-and child-resistant-bachelor Riley was the last man Summer could have imagined would take her, and her kids, into his perfectly manicured home. The last man she could have imagined falling for, hard. The last man she could have supposed needed the love that she and her children had to give…
But this time, maybe appearances were deceiving…
Reporter Cory Pearson's penchant for working in war zones had gotten him into hot water before, but this was uncharted territory, even for him. Because the pilot assigned to fly him into danger was none other than Samantha Bauer. Once she'd been Sammi June, an eighteen-year-old girl who'd looked at him starry-eyed. Now she was Sam, a very competent professional, whose eyes seemed to hold all manner of secrets.
If Sam was thrown by learning who her new client was, she couldn't afford to show it-or the fact that her strong feelings for Cory hadn't changed. But if he couldn't accept who she was back then, what would he possibly want with her now-now that her life had taken a direction neither of them could have imagined…and left them both clinging to each other for their very survival?
Pregnant and on the run, Rachel Malone Delcorte is the only witness to the murder of two federal agents. Mob boss Carlos Delcorte wants her baby – his grandson – and he wants Rachel dead. But as fate would have it, sheriff's deputy Jethro "J.J." Fox gets to Rachel first.
After delivering her baby and seeing her safely to her billionaire grandfather's estate, he's sworn to protect the beautiful widow. Keeping mother and son safe isn't the problem for J.J. – he's used to handling the bad guys. Matters of the heart – that's a whole different story. He's always had his own agenda. One he's not sure Rachel can accept…
The gun trained on his chest left him with no choice… Turning Caitlyn in to the police was the right thing to do, the law-abiding thing. So why did it have to hurt so bad…and cost her so much?
Caitlyn Brown had never expected C. J. Starr to walk back into her life after all they'd endured. Never imagined she'd draw strength from his voice, the memory of his smile, the gentle touch of his hand. She could allow him to protect her from a danger she could no longer see, but she could never forget that he'd sworn to uphold the law, and – as long as there were innocent victims in need of her help – that she had vowed to break it.
A collection of stories
Santa's special miracle by Ann Major
All widowed Noreen Black's son wanted for Christmas was a daddy, but even Santa couldn't bring the man she loved into their family. Grant Hale's comforting arms almost made Noreen forget why she'd run from him years ago. Yet when he discovered the child she'd kept secret, only a miracle would grant a little boy's wish…
Lights out! by Rita Rainville
Despite a grandfather named Kris K. Ringle, Carroll Stilwell's holidays weren't starting out well. Grandpa's experiments with seasonal decoration kept putting out lights all over town, and their handsome new neighbor was complainting about the power failures. But despite his anger, Carroll kept wondering how he would look under her tree!
Always and forever by Lindsay McKenna
Fighter pilot Kyle Anderson waged a private war against desire for the one woman he could never have. Gale Taylor had sworn never to give her heart again…until a twist of fate at Christmas sne her into Kyle's arms for always.
The mysterious gift by Kaltheleen Creighton
Christmas looked bleak. Karen Todd was broke, with eight-year-old Andrew to support. Only mechanic – and guardian angel – Tony Angelo stood between her and total poverty. After all, no car, no job. Then Andrew asked Santa for a very special gift. Would Tony be an angel one more time?
Determined to face her fear of water, Maddy Gordon signed up for beginner swimming, and found herself surrounded by seven-year-olds! And why did her instructor have to be golden-muscled Olympic swimmer Zack London, whose grin still gave her goose bumps? Stunned by the emotions Zack aroused in her, Maddy sought refuge behind her puppets. – Perfect for her work with children, they also helped keep other people at arm's length – a barely safe distance where Zack was concerned! Zack knew Maddy had to face what scared her before she could return his love, but would she trust him enough to conquer her ghosts?
Well, not of the medical sort. But one look at young, idealistic Dr. Ethan Brown and Joanna Dunn realized she had it bad – and only the good doctor could cure her. And while she knew that dreams of white lace and wedding bells were not for her, was it so wrong to pretend, just for a little while, that she and Ethan belonged together?
When it came to Joanna, Ethan, too, was stymied – for here was a woman whose stock-in-trade was in reinventing herself. Yet whatever form she was taking now, Ethan was finding her impossible to resist. Dare he indulge his dreams of a future together – even if she had a nightmare of a past?
The Black Sheep’s Baby is part of Creighton’s “Into the Heartland” series. I gather from the references to other characters that this is an inter-generational series and that the hero of the current release, Eric Lanagan, is the son of characters from the earlier books. I assume that the circumstances that turned him into a “black sheep” were delineated in a previous story.
This tale begins with Eric driving down the interstate towards his parent’s home in Iowa. The prologue also introduces us to Los Angeles lawyer, Devon O’Rourke, who wakes dreaming of her dead sister Susan’s pleading for help. She begins to pack her bags for her trip to Iowa.
What is bringing Eric and Devon together is five-week old Emily, Devon’s sister’s daughter. Eric, a photojournalist, had been on assignment from an LA paper to do a story about runaway teens when he met nineteen year old Susan O’Rourke. He took Susan under his wing and learned her tragic story. Abused by her prosperous father and unable to get help, she had fled home at fourteen and lived on the streets with all its terrors. When it became clear that she would not survive the birth, she asked Eric if she could name him as Emily’s father. She made him promise that he would never allow Emily into the custody of her father.
The O’Rourkes had learned of Susan’s death and Emily’s birth. They had sued for custody and a judge had ordered Eric to take a DNA test to determine his parentage. Rather than submit, Eric had fled the state and headed for home. Devon, guilty over having somehow failed Susan, is determined to protect her infant daughter from someone she believes is incapable of giving Emily the life she deserves.
The two meet up at the Lanagan family homestead in the middle of a blizzard and with Christmas coming on. Lucy Lanagan has been missing her son and hoping that he will be home for Christmas. She is understandably delighted when he turns up and even more pleased when he presents her with Emily, the grandchild she has dreamed of.
When Devon appears, stranded in the snow, Lucy welcomes her as well. When she learns that the lawyer wants to take Emily away from Eric, she decides on a bit of matchmaking. This may not make much sense, but I guess it made sense to Lucy. After all, before long Eric and Devon – antagonists to the core – begin experiencing a seemingly inexplicable attraction to each other.
However attractive he may find Devon, Eric does have a hidden agenda. He is convinced – and Devon’s complete lack of childhood memories supports his belief – that she too was abused by her father. If he can just get her to remember, then he won’t have to worry about the O’Rourkes’ custody suit.
While I am generally a fan of Creighton’s stories, this one didn’t quite work for me. Perhaps my lack of familiarity with the previous books detracted from my enjoyment of The Black Sheep’s Baby. More probably, the romance just didn’t work for me. Devon is clearly a wounded soul. Despite her academic and professional success, she is hiding something terrible from herself. Eric is actually a less well-defined character. Clearly his rejection of family tradition and the family farm was a formative factor in his and his family’s life, but it is not really fully explored. Why the hero and heroine fall in love never quite seems clear, given the circumstances.
I am sure that those who have read and enjoyed Creighton’s “Into the Heartland” series will want to read this next installment. I suggest that other readers may want to think twice.
– Jean Mason
CAPTOR- OR LOVER?
One minute they'd been dancing.the next Laurie Brown found herself abducted, with a charming renegade, Apache cowboy Johnny Bronco, as her jailer. She was angry at his deception, but more furious with her own body for wanting the man with the fierce eyes and the skin-shivering voice. For wanting the man who held a politician's daughter captive in the name of blackmail.
Though logic said otherwise, the mysterious cowboy's kindness and sympathy hinted at a hidden agenda. And even more inexplicable was the feeling that, if she could trust him, everything might turn out all right…
Paris is the perfect haven for a runaway prince. Until a black-garbed figure trailing a tantalizing perfume steals into Nikolas Donovan's hotel room. And something about his sensual assailant is hauntingly familiar…
Attack first and ask questions later. But all bets are off when bounty hunter Rhia De Hayes's latest assignment turns out to be the man with whom she once shared a heart-stealing kiss. Her mission is to bring Prince Nikolas back to Silvershire. Trouble is brewing there, and Nikolas plunges into a hotbed of scandal and intrigue, ready to risk the throne itself for a love that comes but once in a lifetime…
When agent Ellie Lanagan's "husband' was suddenly taken ill, she knew she needed a replacement, pronto. The least likely candidate for the job: seeming drifter McCall-no last name, just McCall-who had saved her neck three times already. So should she offer her…hero the chance to save her from the enemy? Or was he the enemy?
Obviously McCall had a soft spot for the pretty tourist he called Cinnamon, but she was driving him crazy in more ways than one. Who was she, really? An innocent, married woman with incredibly poor judgment? Or part of the biggest scam this side of the Caribbean? And by getting involved with her, would he wind up in jail? Or in her arms?
HE HAD HIS PRIME SUSPECT IN CUSTODY, BUT SOMETHING DIDN'T ADD UP…
Small-town sheriff Roan Harley arrested plain-as-all-get-out Mary Yancy because he couldn't afford not to. She'd had motive, means and opportunity to kill the son of a senator – plus a gun. And yet…
Clearly, Mary had something to hide – those shapeless clothes covered a knockout figure; damned if her dirt-brown hair wasn't the result of a botched dye job; and her name just didn't check out. Not to mention her lovely eyes couldn't disguise the fact that she was not only innocent, but in dire need of protection. His protection?
Eight years ago, Jessie Bauer's life had changed forever. Now it was about to change back. For the man she had loved with all her heart and soul – the one she had finally learned to live without – was coming home to her at last. Alive and in one piece – or was he?
Military pilot Tristan Bauer had spent eight years in a living hell, not sure if he was dead or alive, with only the memory of his beautiful Jessie to keep him going. Now she was in front of him, his for the taking. If only he could. Because in every way that mattered, Tristan knew the husband he'd been had died that day. And left his ghost in his place…
Exiled soap star Celia Cross had taken a lot of diverse parts in her life, but when she rescued a clinging-to-life man off the Malibu shore, she also found the role of a lifetime. Because said man was in fact a federal agent who had uncovered a deadly plot. And for once, "dippy" Celia was in a position to do some good. If only she could convince the rapidly recovering Roy Starr to cast her as his partner…That was something lone wolf Roy was extremely reluctant to do. His hesitations were twofold: one, the last thing he wanted to do was put his beautiful blond benefactor in danger. And two, when the playacting was over, would he be tempted to turn this bit of stunt casting into the real thing?…Starrs of the West they'd die for the people they love. Here's hoping they don't have to.
A stolen kiss, a midnight visit – and suddenly oil baron Cade Gallagher found himself married to a virginal Tamiri princess! Honor demanded Cade pledge himself to Leila Kamal to save the lovely princess's reputation. Only the two of them knew the truth – that Leila remained untouched. Come hell or the devil's own temptation, Cade vowed to keep her that way…
Leila might be innocent, but she knew the agony of forbidden desire when she saw it in a man's eyes. Her tall, stubborn Texan of a husband might think he was being noble. But honorable intentions were no match for a princess determined to be a wife…in every way!