Dane Lassiter, former Texas Ranger, now owner of the Lassiter Detective Agency
Tess Meriwether, Dane's almost step-sister and secretary
More than unusually touching story when Tess's secret and life-threatening pregnancy brings the lovers face to face with the damage they've done by denying and hiding their love for each other. Diana Palmer could never go wrong for me, but when her story combines explosive passion and manages to get me teary-eyed, it's a sure winner.
Despite his feelings for the lovely and innocent Tess Meriwether, Texas Ranger Dane Lassiter believes that she deserves someone better than a scarred and troubled ex-cop, until Tess becomes the target of a killer and Dane takes on the self-appointed task of protector.