A successful woman wary of charming men. A man full of regret for a massive error in judgement. Their fiery relationship that almost wasn’t. A novel of international intrigue, last chances, and trust.
Lindsey Kelly loves two things—fast cars and her counter-terrorism business. She’s a self-made Beltway Bandit who rewards herself for her successes by racing her “baby,” a Ferrari F430 Spider, at Laurel Glen. When the car malfunctions during a practice lap, she meets a new track mechanic, Gavin Blake. Lindsey initially finds his looks compelling, but his judgmental and know-it-all attitude remind her of everything life with her ex-husband taught her to avoid.
For his part, Gavin isn’t interested in rich women who think they own the world. Or so he tells himself. In his previous life as a high-powered attorney, someone like Lindsey could have been his, but now, simplicity is what he craves. He hopes an uncomplicated life as an auto mechanic with little responsibility will help him avoid another colossal error in judgment.
The lives of these two self-avowed loners keep colliding, however, and a steamy on-again/off-again connection develops. They are eventually pulled into a vortex of danger when a terrorist organization attempts a takeover of Lindsey’s company. Working with the CIA, Lindsey becomes bait to draw out the leader of this radical group. Faced with personal jeopardy, Gavin and Lindsey discover a love and trust that is necessary for their very existence.
A woman determined that no man will orchestrate her life. A man haunted by his past and not ready for love. A powerful international tale of passion, danger, and second chances.
Carolyn Stone knows fear, but she’s vowed never to be powerless again. She must succeed in the counter-terrorist school to be eligible for her State Department deployment to a foreign posting. Everything is riding on this, and her counter-terrorist school instructor, Ben Jackson, is standing in her way. Carolyn is agitated by his high-handed, drill sergeant disposition but is also drawn to his intense, dark, good looks.
Ben feels the spark between them, but he’s haunted by an incident in Afghanistan that makes any relationship problematic. He doesn’t deserve a smart, sexy woman, especially one whose expressive eyes intrigue him—one moment sparkling with interest, the next filled with sorrow and trepidation.
Carolyn and Ben meet again in Jordan where the passion that has been smoldering leaps into flame. Carolyn unwittingly becomes entangled in a terrorist plot that endangers America’s national security and could destroy the tenuous calm in the Middle East. It falls to Ben to protect the only woman he could love.
The Laurel Glen Series continues with Meredith and Dylan's adventures in the Cayman Islands.
The Tortuga Sunrise Resort on Grand Cayman Island offers sun, sea, sand, and fun. The resort provides an atmosphere where clients can escape from the worries of work and everyday life. But behind the sparkling beaches, the swim-up bars, and the genial camaraderie, all is not as it seems.
Dylan Bodden is happy with his life in the States as a security contractor with his buddies from his SEAL team days. He never expected to be an innkeeper while still in his thirties. But when his parents are killed in a tragic accident, he's forced to return to the Cayman Islands and join his sister, Leri, in attempting to keep the family resort afloat.
Meredith Elliott arrives at the hotel desperately in need of the relaxation promised in the glitzy, online brochure. She must make some pressing life decisions, and Tortuga Sunrise is just the lush, tropical surroundings she wants while she contemplates her future.
Neither Dylan nor Meredith expects--or wants--the instant chemistry they both feel. But there can be trouble even in paradise, and it seems to be waiting for them. Soon they're entangled in a dangerous rivalry involving international corporations, property rights, and nefarious business dealings that can change their idyllic island respite into a life threatening situation.
One thing sure—nothing in their lives will ever be the same again.
When her husband unexpectedly dies, Charlotte Jordan's privileged life comes crashing down. Their always-healthy investments and savings accounts inexplicably have zero balances. Loans against the family farm—for hundreds of thousands of dollars—have appeared. Amid such financial disaster, Charlotte is forced to admit the obvious, gut-wrenching truth—her thirty-year marriage has been a sham.
But Charlotte is no quitter. She struggles to keep her farm by changing a hobby—training and boarding horses—into a business. Just as she thinks she’s making headway, however, strange events begin to disrupt her life. Shadowy figures prowl her property at night. Unknown callers remind her of how easily a water-well can become fouled or a barn catch fire.
Then the threats become concrete. Charlotte narrowly eludes a hit-and-run at a local farm store, and the very charming George Trenton comes to her aid. He immediately takes charge: assisting her to safety, checking for injuries, and alerting the authorities. But the comfort of leaning on a strong man is counter-balanced by Charlotte’s recent betrayal. There is that spark of attraction, but Charlotte isn’t ready to trust any man.
George Trenton, owner of Laurel Glen Motorsports Park and a successful government security contractor, is attracted to Charlotte, but he suspects he’s too old for the vibrant beauty. When he’s drawn into the whirlwind of danger surrounding Charlotte, he realizes his compulsion to safeguard Charlotte goes way beyond mere friendship. Could this be a second chance for both of them?
Available Winter 2022