Navy SEAL Brody Hawke gets a letter from his father - who died when Brody was three. Not only is Giancarlo Hawke alive, he begs his son to come to California. He believes he's in grave danger and warns Brody to trust no one. Taped to the back of the letter is a photo of a man who's a dead ringer for Brody - the twin brother he never knew existed. Victoria Anderson thinks she's found an ideal partner in loyal, levelheaded vintner Elliott Hawke. But then his father dies under suspicious circumstances, and she meets the brother who was separated from Elliott.
Kelly Taylor's career as an investigative journalist was derailed by a news story that resulted in tragedy. But she may get another shot at the brass ring. After vanishing 25 years ago, the long-lost son of a powerful state senator has turned up in her Arizona town. With few memories of his childhood, Logan McCord grew up to become a trained killer who fights terrorism. A twist of fate reunites the Special Ops agent with his family, but the homecoming isn't what he expected.
No one in Twin Oaks knows about the risky deal Kaitlin Wells cut with the Feds for her release. But everyone remembers her scandalous arrest for stealing money from the Mercury Bank. Now, three years later, Kat has come home to catch the real thieves and prove her innocence. Trouble is, some powerful folks don't want her digging up the past...or getting friendly with new sheriff Justin Radner. But some laws can't be ignored, like white-hot attraction.
Even as you read these words, there are women just like you stepping up and making a difference in their communities, making our world a better place to live. Three such exceptional women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. To celebrate their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.
Twelve years ago, Alyssa Rossi fled Louisiana under a cloud of scandal and criminal accusations. But her self-imposed exile in Italy comes to an abrupt end when she has to return to New Orleans for the sale of her jewelry company to an international conglomerate. There, she comes face-to-face with Clay Duvall, the duplicitous lover who betrayed her. TriTech CEO Jake Williams has no inkling that the employee behind his company's acquisition of Rossi Designs is a man obsessed with its owner.
When her witness protection cover is blown, Amy Conroy flees across the country. With no money and only her dog for company, she steals rides in the trunks of unsuspecting strangers' cars until a tragic accident lands her in a Key West hospital, where she is mistaken for the dead driver.
"More Realism Please"
Jennifer Whitmore is the last person Kyle Parker expects to see in his counterterrorism seminar. Fifteen years ago she was the love of his life. Now a respected member of Miami's K-9 search and rescue unit, Jennifer is working undercover on an antiterrorism task force. She's crazy about her partner, Sadie, a droopy-eyed bloodhound. She's also engaged to another man. But when Jennifer and Kyle join forces to rescue a missing child, their passion reignites.