Lady Oliva Fairfax has a terrible secret: five years ago, when she was a mere sixteen years old, she discovered her mother’s body–and a suicide note. Her faith in God shattered, Olivia nevertheless covers up her mother’s act and hides the evidence–all to protect her brother Marcus from scandal and religious disillusionment. Now, she’s paying for her deceit: her despicable neighbor, the dissolute Baron Finley, swears he has the suicide note and will expose the family secret . . . unless Olivia marries him as soon as possible.
Liane Mason has moved back in with her father, on his slowly deteriorating ranch, after her now-ex-husband was sent to prison. She has to heal from her physical wounds, as well as the emotional ones, and try to raise two kids, too! Old high-school flame Jake Whitaker is no help; her father had taken him in after he lost a leg fighting forest fires, and she’s been avoiding him. Until four escaped felons change everything for them all…
Liane Mason and her two children fled to her father’s decaying ranch after her testimony sent her abusive ex-husband to prison for embezzlement and attempted murder. She didn’t expect it to be so difficult to live in close quarters with Jake Whitaker, the high-school boyfriend she dumped before going off to college. Time has changed them both: she is scarred by her marriage, and he is by the fire that claimed the lives of four of his fellow-firefighters–and his leg. Then, a prison-break threatens all that Liane holds dear . . . Continue reading “Passion to Protect”
Phoebe Benedict is prepared for a fight when she shows up (with a kitten) at Simon Clare’s doorstep. After all, he was expecting his sister Diana to come and care for his dangerously ill son, Robert. Instead, Phoebe arrives. Simon Clare is known for his temper, and he has been a recluse since he was injured and scarred by an engine upon which he was experimenting. He is also scarred by his past–one that he would hide from the delectable Miss Benedict. Only her skill with Robert persuades Simon to keep Phoebe on.
Brandon Wycroft, Earl of Stockport, and the investors in his proposed textile mill have been plagued by a cat-burgler who is bent on shutting down their venture. One night, as Brandon and his colleagues are meeting, the burglar strikes his own home. When he corners the crafty creature, he discovers that the person who has plagued his project is a woman–and a very sexy one who is willing to use her wiles to escape. Frustrated in more than one way, Brandon swears to discover the identity of the desirable woman he dubs “Cat.”
Lord Wodesby, England’s chief mage, has been adrift ever since he lost his magic from casting a dangerous spell to save Wellington’s army. At the same time, the beautiful Rowan Du Le Fey–a widow with a young daughter–finds herself the unwilling pawn of her fanatical stepson. If she fails to use her power as a Mindwalker to extract information from Sir Hector Southwood about Napoleon’s imprisonment on Elba, her little girl will become child-bride. Rowan cannot bear to see her little girl forced to endure the same tortures that she herself barely survived, so she insinuates herself into a diplomat’s home and begins passing on information. When Damien arrives, disguised as the Master Illusionist “Oberon,” he knows he must ferret out the spy. However, he doesn’t expect to fall in love with a dowdy governess with secrets of her own . . .
In between tours to Afghanistan, Army Ranger Finn O’Connor really needs to get his head screwed on straight; his parents were killed in a car accident during his last tour, so things are just different for him. He’s got a growing discontent with what he is doing with his life, even though he loves serving his country. It’s like something is just…missing. So he goes to the place where his family used to vacation, to see if he can recover something of himself–and make amends for a mistake in the past, with a beautiful young woman.
At twenty-eight, Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke has survived marriage to an abusive alcoholic who shamed her for her plain appearance and her barrenness. Now that she is widowed, she is determined never again to allow herself to be silenced or isolated. Mistress of her own fortune, she cherishes her independence. Then, one snowy night on her journey to London, she meets a remarkable gentleman: Lord Taris Wellingham. When their carriage breaks down, they seek shelter in a barn and comfort in each other’s arms. They part the next morning, planning never to meet again.
Dr. Jake Dalton grew up in Pine Gulch, Idaho, and is pretty happy with his life, overall–he came back after finishing his studies to become the town’s doctor. It’s tiring work, but well worth it. As he’s headed home late one night, he spots a vehicle on the side of the road, a woman struggling to change a tire. He’s not seen Maggie Cruz in a long, long time!