His only job was to protect her–not to get her into bedWhen his coinvestigator was attacked just moments after Detective Nick Fensom left the scene, he swore he'd never let her get hurt again. Thanks to their tense relationship, criminologist Annie Hermann wasn't happy to have Nick as her newly appointed protector. And although Nick couldn't blame her, being together 24/7 caused him to see Annie in a whole new light. Before long, he couldn't stop picturing the beautiful brunette wrapped up in his arms–and in his sheets. But allowing unfamiliar feelings to get in the way of the job was completely unprofessional…especially once Annie discovered the evidence that could cost her her life.
CAPTURED! BY A BUNDLE OF BABYBut Dwight Powers couldn't turn his back on the baby abandoned in his office–or the boy's beautiful guardian, Maddie McCallister. Maddie was desperate to find Tyler's missing mother and Dwight was her designated hero. Now the rugged assistant district attorney was on the trail of a black-market baby ring–and battling the demons of his past. Because protecting Maddie and Tyler meant remembering the wife and child he had lost. The family he still longed to have…
Detective T. Merle Banning vowed to conduct the Holiday Hookers homicide investigation based on cold, hard evidence, not psychobabble from the department's «crackpot» consultant.So, despite their smoldering attraction, he scoffed at Kelsey Ryan's unsettling visions of one of the murders. But even he couldn't discount the truth when Kelsey provided a break in the case that had stymied the Fourth Precinct for years. As their pursuit of the twisted killer led them down the seedy back alleyways of Kansas City, the flamboyant beauty bewitched T's battle-scarred heart…and propelled him to breach her isolated world. Could these partners in passion unravel the killer's web of darkness before it ensnared them both?
Dispossessed Duke Cadence St. John might be a maverick mercenary.He might have sold his soul to the highest bidder, but he wouldn't hurt shy, bespectacled royal secretary Ellie Standish–had he recognized her that is! She had transformed herself into a stunning beauty for the Inferno Ball, a metamorphosis so complete that, instead of the real princess, his cohorts had kidnapped the wrong woman! Held in the dark confines of a remote cabin, Ellie would be killed if her identity were discovered. Cade vowed to stay near and protect her with his life. But when the heated sensuality of their forced proximity became too much, would Cade be able to complete his mission with not only his life, but also his heart, intact?
Something about innocent Hope Lockhart fascinated Officer Pike Taylor. He had been patrolling her bridal shop for months trying to capture the criminal who targeted her.But when he’s assigned to protect Hope by posing as her live-in fiancé, resisting his feelings becomes paramount!
"George Carlisle hired me to kill you."Daria stared wide-eyed at Detective Kevin Gordon, the man who'd just uttered the most frightening words she'd ever heard. George was trying to kill her? Daria nervously shook her head."You must be mistaken. George is a lot of things – I don't have enough fingers on both hands to count them – but he's not a murderer."«Exactly. This is why he sought out someone else to do his dirty work.»She turned to the hard sound of his voice. «Is George in jail?»Kevin paused. «No.»"Why not?" «We arrested him last night. But we didn’t have enough evidence to keep him.»"If you can't put in him in jail, why are you here? Why are you even telling me all this?"Kevin drew in a deep breath. «Because I need you to understand. If you stay in town, you’re going to die.»
SWAT Captain Michael Cutler's pulse was racing. He should have been thinking about the intense hostage crisis he'd just diffused.But he couldn't keep his mind off of her–Jillian Masterson, the leggy brunette who had come to him for protection from an obsessive stalker. He certainly hadn't been looking for love, especially with someone fifteen years his junior. But their chemistry was undeniable. As the stalker's threats intensified, Michael knew he'd go to any lengths to bring him down. Even if that entailed giving Jillian some very personal security….
Undercover cop Cole Taylor had his hands full sustaining a secret identity as he worked to expose a Kansas City crime boss–while living under the enemy's roof! The last thing he needed was a snooty intellectual type interfering in his investigation, asking suspicious questions and snooping where she shouldn't.Besides, with all that fiery red hair and miles of silky skin, Victoria Westin didn't look like any professor he knew….She had the touch-me-not beauty of an aristocrat and fit right in with their upper-crust hosts. But the streetwise Taylor from working-class roots would have to persuade Miss High-and-Mighty to cooperate with his plan to save his life–and now hers, too. And if he couldn't gain her cooperation by his usual methods, he'd blackmail her with bedroom fantasies to «maintain cover.»
Arson investigator Gideon Taylor had his hands full with three suspicious fires and no leads. Complicating matters were his unresolved feelings for former colleague Meghan Wright–the one woman he'd never got out of his system.She'd become the target of a stalker, whose proximity to Gideon's assignment was no coincidence. But as Gideon and Meghan joined forces to uncover the secrets scorched to cinders, it was clear a five-alarm inferno was about to ignite between them. Could they reveal who was responsible for what appeared to be an elaborate plan before the sizzling embers of their relationship were permanently extinguished…?
Commissioner Shauna Cartwright knew she was stirring up a hornet's nest by reopening the Baby Jane Doe murder case. Now she faced the further wrath of the KCPD by recruiting the much-maligned Eli Masterson to get the job done.After witnessing the handsome, hard-nosed detective in action during a botched bank robbery, she sensed he would face down her enemies. However, she was overpowered by her scandalous sexual attraction to the IA investigator who pushed the limits of her authority in his die-hard need to protect her from a sadistic killer. Surrendering to temptation broke every departmental rule imaginable…but as the case of Baby Jane Doe emerges from the shadows, would they risk their badges for love–and systematically stop a lethal traitor in his tracks?