Book 1 of The McKade Brothers series. (Book Two, Nelson in Command is also listed on my bookshelf)
A penthouse condo, the corner office--life was easy for Aaron, the youngest McKade brother, who by his own admission sometimes rode on the coattails of his wealthy family. Until his grandfather exiled him to a job building homes in the barrio of south central LA, that is. Not knowing the difference between a nail and a screw made things tough--but not nearly as tough as figuring out Jennifer Alvarado, the curvaceous Latina in charge of the crew.
Despite her suspicion that he'd never done an honest day's work, Jennifer decided to give Aaron a break. Yet even after the mystery rookie had worked overtime to prove his newfound sense of responsibility, she wasn't ready to lower her guard. Because Jennifer had learned the hard way that love without trust was a house without a foundation...and too easy to tear down.
Miranda Carner needs to jump-start her love life. Or make that jump sexy Colin Jacobs. Her best buddy is the perfect man, but the studious prof needs some...encouragement. Like one uninhibited night in her bedroom--lingerie, toys and all!
Colin was aching the next day, and the amnesia he's got from the bump on his head isn't helping. He and Miranda had a fantasy evening--uh, didn't they? So why can't he recall undressing such a sexy woman, or kissing ever inch of her delectable body?
So he'll just have to show up for a second night, and a third...and home that this time will be unforgettable for both of them.
Katie Murphy had some explaining to do--starting with why she was digging up Sheriff Lucas Porter's backyard in the middle of the night. She was also a reporter, and Lucas had had his fill of the press after the tragic explosion that killed his family. But he couldn't stay away from the alluring widow...
Katie had returned to manage the town's newspaper. Not to become involved with the police chief with the sorrowful past...even if he was proving an incredible mentor to her son. But Katie and Lucas hadn't reckoned on a kid who knew something they didnt. They were meant for each other...
Who would believe that Trevor Rule had fallen in love wiht a woman he'd never seen--just by reading the love letters she'd written to her husband, his best friend? And now he had to convince Kyla that they both had the right to be happy, to move past the tragedy of Richard's death. He needed to prove to Kyla that he loved her enough to marry her and be a father to her baby.
But Trevor was harboring a secret, a secret with power to destroy what he was trying hard to create.
For years, levelheaded lawyer Eileen Connolly has been fighting a reckless craving--for sex with a stranger. Well, it's now or never. She's about to commit to her boyfriend--a decent guy who's as irresistible as an unglazed doughnut. All she wants is one wild, adventurous night. After that, she'll be ready to settle into predictability.
Then gorgeous Shane Nichols shows up at Eileen's office to fix the phones. In his tight jeans and tool belt, he's a walking, talking, chocolate-glazed, cream-filled eclair. And suddenly one night doesn't seem like enough to satisfy Eileen's craving for something so wickedly delicious...
On exclusive Seabrook Island, South Carolina, Nicole Seymour is simply Nikki--not the glamorous political fund-raiser she is in Chraleston. It's her spirited innocence and laughing green eyes that draw Kane Lombard to her from the moment they first meet on the beach.
Although he seems as casual and unassuming as any vacationer, Nikki knows who Kane really is: a wealthy Houston oilman..and her brother's biggest political rival. When Kane discovers the truth about Nikki's identity, her desire turns instantly to distrust. Now Kane and Nikki find themselves pitted against each other in a battle that tests their loyalties and their desires. But even the most passionate enemies sometimes become lovers...after midnight.
Excellen Read I couldn't put it down!!! Detective Megan Hale has come to Hidden Cove to begin a new life. What she's leaving behind are painful memories--of her father and husband, both policemen killed in the line of duty. What lies ahead for Megan is a dream--to start a summer camp for the orphaned children of firefighters and police officers.
Firefighter Mitch Malvaso vowed to change his life after excaping an inferno--by promising to be a better husband in a marriage-gone-bad. Instead, he finds his newfound peace in Megan's selfless plan, and a deep respect that turns to unspoken love. As they work together on the camp and cross paths in their respective roles as police officer and firefighter, the attraction between them grows; so does the fear that theirs is a love never meant to be--unless they can find the courage to face the past and embrace a passionate future of endless possibilities.
What's a single father to do when his twelve-year-old daughter is caught shoplifting a bx of expired condoms? Derrick Cavenaugh sure doesn't know, so the ex-all-American football star turns to Baily Greenwood for help, but she's got troubles of her own....
Baily is struggling to keep her grandmother's bed-and-breakfast, her home, from being swallowed up by taxes and the bank. She doesn't have time to help Derrick, but she can't refuse his daughter.
Ther more time Derrick spends with Bailey, the more he respects her, the more he wants her. He's failed so much already, but he's determined to win Bailey.
As the new administrator at Blackberry Hill Memorial, Erin has more pressing issues to deal with than her late cousin's notorious husband. Such as how to keep the hospital solvent. How to make her adopted children feel safe and loved after her husband walked out on them. And why patients keep dying for no apparent reason.
If only she didn't need Connor's help. And if only he wasn't so good to her and the kids.
Six years ago she left Pleasant Valley to follow a dream...and now she's back, knee-deep in a nightmare. With her parents' marriage on the rocks, her grandmother at her wit's end and the man she once loved--and left--looking better than she remembers, Merilee Stratton feels nothing but heartache.
Although veterinarian Grant Nathan hasn't forgotten the way Merrilee agreed to his propsal and then left town, she needs his help. Pretty soon, thanks to Grant's sexy Southern drawl--and all the nights she's spent dreaming about what could have been--Merrilee begins to reconsider her choices. LIke leaving the bright lights of New York behind and returning to the arms of the only man she's ever truly loved.
Amelia loved the desert country of west Texas--its dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality stirred her very soul. But there was a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburnt cowboy with silver eyes that missed nothing, he was a man she had worshipped when she was fourteen...a man she'd come to despise.
As her father pushed her to snatch a proposal from King's mild-mannered brother, Alan, Amelia wore the mask of a demure young lady, always correct and obedient. It was a face King held in contempt. Yet when she revealed the desire smoldering within her, it would set them both ablaze with a passion that could not be denied. And everything--propriety, filial duty, even love--would be scorched in the wake of their desperate need for each other....
After eighth-grader Patty Dillman gets a faceful of football while watching the team practice., Tim Shokov (the thrower of the pass and a real hunk) phones up to apologize. Before Patty knows it, they're a couple.
So where does that leave Tracy Gilmore, Patty's best and oldest friend? Tracy used to be able to interest Patty in making all kinds of trouble...with no trouble at all. But lately Patty is interested only in Tim--seeing Tim, talking about seeing Tim, talking to Tim, talking about talking to Tim, thinking about Tim, talking about thinking about Tim...until Tracy is ready to scream! Even though she and Patty still see each other almost daily, they might as well be on different planets. Can this friendship be saved?
Nate Hawkins was a close friend of fellow air force pilot Scott Pierce. But he concealed one fact from Scott: Nate was in love with Scott's wife, Laurel. Now Scott is dead--and Laurel is obviously pregnant. But the timing's off, and as far as Nate's concerned, that can mean only one thing.
Nate doesn't know it, but he's wrong. After years of fertility treatments, Laurel is pregnant--with Scott's child. She loved her husband faithfully. But despite herself, she's starting to fall in love with Nate, the man Scott admired above all others. The man who believes she betrayed her husband...his friend.e
But despite himself, Nate wants to be with Laurel, a woman he considers another man's wife.
Three months ago, Isabel Baker's life came crashing down after her husband confessed he'd fallen in love with another woman--her sister--and they'd had a child together.
Then tragedy strikes, and Isabel's sister and husband are killed, leaving baby Tony with just her sister's husband, Ben. Now Isabel is faced with a terrible decision. Telling the truth would mean taking Tony from the only father he's ever known, but how can she possibly lie?
She's shocked to discover that Ben doesn't have any such qualms. He's determined to keep what remains of hims family intact--no matter what. Which is why he's trying to convince Isabel that together they could make the perfect parents for Tony....
The world according to Sam Kirk has just turned upside down. His best friend and business partner, Delaney Michaels, has returned from vacation a new woman...a gorgeous, hot new woman. Suddenly Sam is thinking entirely inappropriate thoughts about his buddy. Worse, with Delaney's changed look, she's abandoning their friendship in pursuit of the picket-fence dream. It's a nightmare come true.
Then one night finds them tangling in the sheets. It should feel wrong, wrong, wrong...instead, it feels very right. And now Sam knows exactly what he'd do to keep his best friend: absolutely anything.
For Abby McKenzie, a few months working in an apple orchard--far away from Los Angeles--may be just what the doctor ordered. Hard physical labor, fresh air and nothing to remind her of the trouble at home.
So she drives across the country and arrives at Templeton Orchard. The large Templeton clan is warm and welcoming---except Dr. Jake Templeton, who doesn't want Abby anywhere near his unhappy young daughter.
However, as the busy apple season progresses, the little girl reaches out to Abby. And Jake fins himself falling for the sensitive, beautiful woman who's haunted by her past.
Ashleigh Griffen is thrilled when she gets accepted into the exclusive Chesterton Riding Academy. Now she'll get the training to help her accomplish her lifelong dream--to own her own horse. But the other girls at Chesterton are jealous of Ashleigh's natural talent as a rider. They threaten to destroy everything Ashleigh has worked so hard for.
Nasty Diana Carruthers and her friends try to keep Ashleigh from competing by spreading oil on her horse's saddle and sabotaging her practices. Asheleigh must find the strength to confront these girls. But will she be able to stop them before they succeed in ruining the only thing she's ever loved?
It has been five years since Molly Steward Bailey fled east Texas, secretly pregnant with Worth Cavanaugh's child. Now he was the state's most powerful man and her mother's boss. Molly would do anything to protect her son, but being in Worth's indomitable presence had her taking all sorts of risks.
With his housekeeper's daughter back on his ranch, Worth felt nothing but raging desire. He was determined to relive the passion that had nearly destroyed them both--for just one more night. And then he would uncover the secret that Molly had vowed to guard with her life...
Zach Corbett--as nortorious for his bad-boy behavior as he was famous for his baby-blue eyes--is back in Tobias, Wisconsin. After eight years away, he knows he isn't coming back to any kind of warm family homecoming--but he has no idea he is coming home to a little girl who turns out to be his daughter.
Fran Dalton never knew the woman who gave birth to Nell, but she's known Zach forever. Except, now he's different...changed. What was he doing all those years he was away? How is he adjusting to being a father? And why is he looking at Fran like she's the reason he's come back home?