Contains three novellas: Martin’s ‘Against the Heart’ introduces Meri Jones, a single mother working to keep her four-year-old daughter Lily safe from her abusive ex. Meri and Lily flee to Washington State, where Meri falls for private detective Ian Brodie. Zanetti’s ‘Shaken’ focuses on artist Michelle Peach, Meri’s childhood friend from her time in foster care, as Michelle tries to stay one step ahead of her meth-addicted birth mother, Jayleen … Fellow former foster kid Melanie Cassidy steps into the spotlight in Ivy’s ‘Echoes of the Past.’ When Melanie witnesses and foils a kidnapping, she becomes a target for several dirty cops and reconnects with her old flame … to root out the rogue actors
As girls, they bonded over broken homes and growing up in foster care.
As women, they’re fighting for their lives, and loves, once more . . .
When Meriwether Jones takes her young daughter and runs from trouble in L.A., that trouble follows. By the time Meri reaches Spokane, she’s out of gas, money, and ideas. Luckily, ex-cop Ian Brodie hires her to help him with his father’s farmhouse, and they seem like the answer to each other’s prayers. But Meri is keeping a dangerous secret–and Ian is in danger of losing his heart . . .
That secret explodes when Melanie Cassidy spots two men trying to kidnap a young boy she tutors and responds by ramming them with her car. The last thing she expects is for the man she once loved, Detective Gray Hawkins, to appear and rescue them both. Now she has no choice but to trust him as they investigate the truth about a conspiracy of dirty, drug trafficking cops–and the truth about their relationship . . .
After a rough youth, Michelle Peach was finally content in Portland–until two men broke into her home, threatened her, and sent her mentally unstable mom on a blackmail spree that Michelle has to stop. The last person Michelle wants to see is her ex, Evan Boldon, a former marine turned sheriff. But Evan misses the woman who walked away instead of letting him help years ago. This time he’s not asking permission; he’s going to put a stop to the trouble stalking Michelle and her friends–and win her heart for good.