Seeking shelter from her own broken dreams, Hallie Knight answers a cryptic call from Nicolas Trench, the grandfather of her dearest friend. Susan mysteriously disappeared from her home one night off North Carolina's historical Topsail Island -- and Hallie is Nick's last hope of finding her.
But surrounding Nick is a family as headstrong as they are suspicious -- for at the heart of the matter is a vast inheritance. And as Hallie is lured deeper into a mystery nestled in a quagmire of bitterness, dark betrayal, and subtle menace, she becomes certain of one thing: this sunny, seaside paradise harbors dangerous and profoundly shattering secrets...
Santa Fe private investigator Joshua Croft is hired to find the lost remains of a Navajo leader and return them to their proper burial site. The bones disappeared over sixty years ago under bizarre circumstances, which, in turn led to a murder that remains very much on somebody's mind.
Croft hits pay dirt when he talks to El Paso's local historian - and revives a sinister mystery complete with greed, adultery and ruthless ambition. A cold trail is turning warm. Then some goons in stocking masks attempt to discourage Croft from anymore digging.
But Croft, a graduate of the school of hard knocks, gives as good as he gets. After a second murder, then a third, a dead man's trail becomes bloodred hot - and Croft stands to be the next one to burn.
At the charity auction, Kristin Chase outbid Wisdom's gossip circle for a date with Zach Davis - the only man she'd ever loved. She told herself she pitied him, standing on that stage and facing the leering crowd.
No, he had no effect on her whatsoever, not even when he came to her rescue as her livlihood went up in smoke - or now, the way he whisked her to his beach house and made hot love to her under a starry sky...
Erin tried to bury her heart in work. When British author Erin Page went to Florida to interview Jago Miles, star of a TV soap opera, she expected to meet a vain celebrity. Instead, Jago intrigued her. In spite of his generous salary the blond actor didn't own a car or house. Wednesdays he disappeared, no one knew where. And from the beginning he declared parts of his life "off limits" to Erin's questions. As she uncovered the truth, Erin was irrestibly attracted to Jago. But, she told herself, emotional involvement would jeopardize her work...and her heart.
He was provoking and unpredictable. Tyring to prove herself in a new forestry job, Seana nervously dmeonstrated incompetence only when Ryan Stranger was around. "You're a walking disaster area," he told her. Seana resented his ablity to calmly shrug off their explosive encounters, for the emotions he aroused in her nagged her night and day. She knew her love wouldn't interest him, but somehow that didn't seem to matter whenever he kissed her...
"She soon regretted her careless words. In anger, Lynn had called the dark Gypsy stranger 'one of the dregs of society.' Much to her horror, this had provoked him to bodily kidnap her. The final blow had come after their Gypsy wedding. But she was powerless to escape: the Gypsies watched her by day, and Rad kept her imprisoned - in his arms - by night. He told her nothing of himself or his life, but Lynn began to understand his enigmatic, almost dual personality - and the gentle, aristocratic half attracted her very much... "
A great fast read! One of the better Harlequin Presents.
The war in Europe seems far away in this city of fallen grandeur, where two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, share a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. And while life under Stalin has been harsh, deprivation unlike anything they have imagined is yet to come, for Hitler's armies are about to invade their beloved homeland.
But amid the terror and hardship lie beauty and hope when Tatiana meets Alexander, a young Red Army officer. Confident and daring, he is also a man with a mysterious past and a terrifying secret.
As the relentless winter and the German army's blockade grip the city, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn to each other in an impossible love that could tear her family apart and reveal his dangerous secret -- a secret as destructive as the war itself. Caught between two deadly forces, the lovers are swept up in a tide of history that will change them -- and the world -- forever...
He was obstinate, rude, primative - and the most dangerously attractive man Megan Jonas had ever met. From their first explosive encounter rugged farmer Alan McDonald had peeled away her sophisticated businesswoman's veneer, had penetrated her cool self-confidence, and provoked the hellcat beneath. What he wanted, he got - one way or another - and he'd made it perfectly clear that he'd play her game to win. Suddenly Megan found her passionate challenge. She wanted to tame this man, to make him quiver at her touch, to earn her slightest embrace. But she hadn't reckoned on her treacherous heart - and a lover determined to possess her, body and soul!
ONE LAST MISSION:
Air force captain Joe Greco had stood silently by when photojournalist Brigid Wheeler fell for his best friend, and he lent her comfort when Cooper was killed. Now he was forced to play protector as they embarked on the most dangerous mission of their lives.
ONE LAST CHANCE:
The covert operation was a chance for Bridgid to avenge Cooper's death, and nothing would stop her from following Joe into the action. Though the grief they shared had brought them close, they'd never crossed the line. Until now.
ONE LAST BETRAYAL:
In the heat of danger Joe and Brigid finally surrendered to the explosive passion that burned between them. Then they discovered a shattering truth: Cooper was alive...and the ultimate betrayal was still to come....
I just finished this book and am still not certain how I feel about it. At first it was a bit difficult to follow, though well-written. It was really rather depressing as the main character had no grand effect in life and seemed to only bring misery to those with whom he was involved.