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Frisked in Fondant - Tulle and Tulips, #6

Frisked in Fondant
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781619231696
  • Release: 2016-01-19
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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A kiss by any other name would never taste as sweet as his.

When Gisella Sands isn’t busy creating magical wedding cakes, she shows the outside world the lighthearted, teasing manner that fools everyone, even her friends at Tulle and Tulips.

Once she’s home alone with her cats, the façade falls away. No one would guess that her tragic past is her only companion in the night. Or that this confectionary genius has never tasted the sweetness of a man’s kiss.

The less Kyle Riley talks, the more others fill the silence—a handy skill for a homicide detective, not so much for a social life. Dedicated to his job, he’s never been tempted to take more than one taste of any woman. Until he responds to a home invasion and finds Gisella, the bridesmaid he walked down the aisle at a friend’s wedding, bleeding on the floor.

In a heartbeat, all thoughts of keeping his professional distance disintegrate. But when the heat melts the walls guarding their secrets, their recipe for one perfect night could fall flat.

Warning: Contains a man who rarely strings more than fifteen syllables together, and a woman who can read him like a cookbook. When strong and silent meets sweet and bubbly, something’s bound to boil over.


Controlled Burn - Scarred Hearts, #1

Controlled Burn
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781619226654
  • Release: 2015-09-01
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Hardened by scars. Softened by heart. Melded by fire.

Scarred Hearts, Book 1

Petite in stature but not in attitude, Delancey Winston put her fellow firefighters’ doubts to rest when she carried a half-burned man out of an arson fire. But she can’t shake the need to learn more about the haunting power of the man in her dreams—the one she pulled from a dead woman’s side to save.

Even more disturbing is the power of newly awakened memories she’s tried to bury.

Logan Mathis lost more than his accounting firm that day. He lost his beloved sister, his only remaining family. Now, his days filled with painful skin grafts and therapy, he works to avoid people. Until he runs into the woman who saved his life, who seems to see beyond his scars.

Slowly, Delancey’s generosity of spirit begins healing Logan from the inside. But their connection resurrects memories Logan would rather forget. Memories that could make Logan a target of someone who’s still trying to burn away his tracks.

Warning: The damsel saves the dude, and that’s not a spoiler. It’s a clue that things are about to get hot. Really hot.


Seduced in Sand - Tulle and Tulips, #5

Seduced in Sand
  • Number: B00TLIGBIM
  • Release: 2015-03-24
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Winning her heart may require sneaking a dink past her defenses.

If Queen of Venues Tabatha Sampson wasn’t so easy to like she’d be universally hated. At Tulle and Tulips, she wins over her clients with a deft likeability, and a gift for finding them the wedding venue of their dreams.

Her polished veneer fools everyone into thinking she’s never known hardship, that everything she touches is blessed with perfection. In truth, her deepest secret is her life’s biggest failure—her husband.

A reformed beach bum turned professional volleyball player, Danny Hampton knows a thing or two about how to work a crowd. On the circuit he wins the hearts of spectators and sponsors while keeping his own safely shielded. Since stepping onto the sand he’s done nothing but win. Behind his easy smile lies the heart of his biggest loss—his wife.

Now he’s determined to show Tabatha he’s a changed man. But it’ll take more than heated kisses to keep her pen off the dotted line at the bottom of their divorce papers.

Warning: This title contains a man determined to be the hero every woman could want, and one woman needs.


Seduced in Sand - Tulle and Tulips, #5

Seduced in Sand
  • Number: 9781619225473
  • Release: 2015-03-24
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Winning her heart may require sneaking a dink past her defenses.

Tulle and Tulips, Book 5

If Queen of Venues Tabatha Sampson wasn’t so easy to like she’d be universally hated. At Tulle and Tulips, she wins over her clients with a deft likeability, and a gift for finding them the wedding venue of their dreams.

Her polished veneer fools everyone into thinking she’s never known hardship, that everything she touches is blessed with perfection. In truth, her deepest secret is her life’s biggest failure—her husband.

A reformed beach bum turned professional volleyball player, Danny Hampton knows a thing or two about how to work a crowd. On the circuit he wins the hearts of spectators and sponsors while keeping his own safely shielded. Since stepping onto the sand he’s done nothing but win. Behind his easy smile lies the heart of his biggest loss—his wife.

Now he’s determined to show Tabatha he’s a changed man. But it’ll take more than heated kisses to keep her pen off the dotted line at the bottom of their divorce papers.

Warning: This title contains a man determined to be the hero every woman could want, and one woman needs.


Fiery - Whispering Cove, #11

Fiery
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781619221345
  • Release: 2014-05-27
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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The one way they don’t rub each other wrong is in each other’s arms.

Carmen Smith’s artist’s eye saw inspiration wherever she glanced as soon as she set foot on the cobbled streets of Whispering Cove, and among the inspiration she’s found the slower pace she always hoped for.

But as warm as her new life is, she harbors a secret dream to find a man who sees her as an equal and who loves her for who she is, rather than out of charity. The man she’s been partnered with to re-design the town square gets her fired up—but not in a way she expected.

Ryan Alden gave up his military career to help his father with the family business. He’s accepted his place in Whispering Cove, but still feels like an outsider at times. When he meets the bombshell babe with a vintage flare who challenges him like no other, he glimpses the life he has always longed for—but not in a way he anticipated.

From the get-go, they clash like oil and watercolor. And a relationship that looked good on paper might not be the right composition at all…

Warning: This title contains an order-barking Gunny, a woman who won’t be told what to do, and a whole new meaning for “home is where the heart is”.


Taste Me Deadly - Sensory Ops 5

Taste Me Deadly
  • Number: 9781619220669
  • Release: 2014-03-18
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Under the knife, under the gun…and under no illusion he’ll sacrifice everything for her.

Sensory Ops, Book 5

After five years in Witness Protection, Greycen Craig’s life of careful routine is upended when she learns her sister is the victim in a hit and run, hospitalized, unconscious, and needing a kidney only Grey can give.

Despite warnings that this “accident” is a ruse to draw her out into the open, Grey risks everything to race back to Miami—where she comes face to face with the one man she aches to trust.

FBI agent Liam Burgess thinks he’s prepared for the moment Grey walks into her sister’s hospital room. But the moment the woman who holds his heart appears, his tongue is almost too tied to remember to ask one burning question—why she disappeared in Las Vegas two years ago.

As Grey struggles with what to tell him—everything or nothing—the danger that drove her underground resurfaces, threatening everyone she loves. And the only safe place to run is the arms of the one man she can’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Warning: This title contains a hero who knows who he wants and isn't afraid to fight for her and a heroine with secrets she fears hold the power to unravel all their dreams.


Serenades - Whispering Cove 9

Serenades
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781619219939
  • Release: 2013-11-26
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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With passion this hot, it’ll be anything but a silent night.

Aimee Smith found a home and friends in Whispering Cove. During the Fall Festival she found no-strings fun in the arms of her favorite country singer. Then her fling left town—and she discovered how much of himself he left behind.

Josh Bryan loved life on the road—until one Whispering Cove waitress ruined it. Not that he’s complaining. Before her, there were willing women at every stop, but none stayed in his mind, under his skin, or left him wanting a second taste. Not like her.

Almost fourteen months later, with Christmas festivities in full swing, Aimee’s days at the bar are long and her nights walking the floor are longer. Yet she’s never been happier, at least until Josh walks into the bar in a swirl of snow.

The truth could send him running, have him accusing her of setting a trap…or be her one chance to prove she wants him for more than just his money and fame. That is, if he’s willing to take a chance there’s something between them deeper than passion.

Warning: This title contains a waitressing mother, a serenading celebrity, snow-melting passion and a secret baby.


Handcuffed in Housewares - Tulle and Tulips 3

Handcuffed in Housewares
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781619215986
  • Release: 2013-08-20
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Some couples just click. Others require a hard hat and a stud finder.

Tulle and Tulips, Book 3

Monday mornings have a reputation for sucking, and today is no different for Burton Anderson. One year ago, his “perfect” life full of prestige, money, success and travel crumbled in the glaring light of betrayal.

This morning? This close to making his new construction business a success, a date gone awry has left him handcuffed to a toilet in a housewares store. Naked. And the first customer of the day is coming down his aisle.

Planning and shopping for other couples’ Big Day is about as wild and crazy as buttoned-up Leigh Schyuler gets. Until she gets an eyeful of Hearth and Home’s daily special. He’s definitely a “designer” temptation while she’s “off the rack”.

But there are risks, and then there are risks. Burton isn’t sure he can once again trust his heart to a woman who holds the power to ruin him. And Leigh discovers too late that indulging in a little no-strings sex is tying her dream of Devoted Love into hopeless knots…

Warning: Contains a hard-hatted, hard-bodied hero who’s good with his hands, and a woman who’d like him to build a bridge over her sexual boundaries. Nuts and bolts never had it so good.


A Killing Touch - Sensory Ops, Book 4

A Killing Touch
  • Number: 9781619214736
  • Release: 2013-03-05
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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He’s everything she craves. She’s everything he dreads.

Journalist Lana Quinn has a way with hard-hitting news. The story she’s uncovered has potential, but she needs the help of her best friend’s FBI team. She’s been rescued by them, worked with them, and partied with them, but convincing the second in command to believe her theory—that a killer’s touch sets off a lethal allergic reaction—is a frustrating challenge.

Especially since he excites her, body and mind. He’s a danger she shouldn’t indulge.

Aidan Burgess is resistant to helping Lana, but not for the reason she thinks. She has a knack for landing herself in trouble, which means she needs protection. Protecting her means staying near her, a journalist, who like all journalists uses whatever—and whomever—it takes to get her story. It’s a case he wants to refuse.

Especially since she lights a fire in his blood. She’s a danger he can’t afford.

As Lana follows up on lead after deadly lead, learning to trust and rely on each other becomes their only lifesaving hope. If their pride doesn’t become their final pitfall.

Warning: This title contains a grudge-holding hero who gives “kiss my ass” new meaning, a heroine out to prove herself, and a danger that dares them to trust.


Wild, Wet and Wicked

Wild, Wet and Wicked
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781619214033
  • Release: 2013-03-05
  • Authors: Cathryn Fox, Mackenzie McKade, Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Memories might bring them home, but only love’s undertow can make them stay.

Wild

A dark secret has kept Andie away from Whispering Cove until her grandfather is hospitalized. She races home—and straight into the arms of the one man she can’t bear to face.

When the prowler Brody catches turns out to be Andie, there is no denying the old spark between them still burns bright. But love may not be enough to defeat her demons.

Wet

Tired of city life, celebrity chef Kathleen is looking forward to relaxing in Whispering Cove during her high-school reunion. If only she could avoid the boy she’s never gotten over.

When Trent hears she’s in town, he wages all-out seduction. The firestorm of need is still hot. Come morning, Kathleen must decide to leave for another decade…or admit that home is where the heat is.

Wicked

Danica caters to her small-town patients, especially the Whispering Cove grandfathers. But when one of them sends for her high-school crush, all her self-reinvention falters.

Travel writer Braydon has no desire to settle down, but when he’s home to check on his grandfather, he discovers Danica is no longer a teenage geek. Erotic sparks fly, but is Braydon home for good…or gone with the next tide?

Warning: Add one part high-school reunion, three meddling grandfathers, a few sexy sweet treats. Fold in snuggles, romance and batten-down-the-hatches lovin’. Serve hot and watch the sparks fly. Enjoy!


Her Miracle Man

Her Miracle Man
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781619211001
  • Release: 2012-11-27
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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A last wish brings them together. Only love can keep them there.

Children’s hospital administrator Ryland Davids was attracted to event planner Jennalyn James the moment he saw her. He thought there would be plenty of time to get to know her—until her younger sister, Sabrina, was admitted with complications from traumatic brain injury.

Sabrina’s bright courage broke through Ryland’s wall of professional distance, but once she drew her last breath, Jennalyn left the hospital and never returned. Though he understands her need for distance, there’s a hole in his heart that won’t heal. And a last wish from Sabrina he’s honor-bound to deliver.

When Jennalyn comes face to face with Ryland at a charity event, the pain comes rushing back, threatening to shatter her everything’s-fine façade. It doesn’t help that the lump in her throat is mostly her heart, leaping in response to his touch.

Despite her reluctance to return to the scene of her grief, she fulfills Sabrina’s final request to plan a series of Christmas events for the kids. Over the course of A Month of Miracles, Ryland and Jennalyn discover there’s the light of hope at the end of grief’s dark tunnel. But it may not be enough to heal her broken heart.

Warning: This title contains a magic-loving clown, children receiving miracles, betrayal, some light bondage and a woman healing from grief.


Twisted in Tulips - Tulle and Tulips, Book 2

Twisted in Tulips
  • Stars Stars
  • Number: 9781619212879
  • Release: 2012-08-14
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Fate has a way of rearranging everything…

After months of just getting by on military disability pay, Jace Nichols is going for his dream job in Miami. Until he stops to rescue a woman under attack. Thanks to his deeply ingrained sense of duty, he misses his one-shot-only interview—for a woman who seems more grateful he saved her way-too-sexy shoes than her life.

No one knows better than Misty Morgan that everyone is fighting some kind of battle. Hers is against her snobby family, who look down on her chosen profession as a wedding floral coordinator. Behind Jace’s surly exterior she senses wounds that run deeper than a missing arm.

When Jace spots Misty fending off yet another fawning male. he’s not sure what makes his control snap. The fact that she insists on wearing her skirts too short, or the fact he can’t resist kissing her.

Best to get it over with and give in to one crazy night that should get her out of his system. Instead he finds himself with more second chances than he can shake his steel hook at—if he can find room in his wounded heart for love.

Warning: This title contains a jaded hero and an independent heroine who find that when push comes to push-back, an argument is the quickest route to steamy sex.


Scent of Persuasion - Sensory Ops, Book 2

Scent of Persuasion
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781605049946
  • Release: 2010-05-04
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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An alluring woman in a red dress. Is she an ally…or a killer’s lure?

Actress Kami Evans is tackling the biggest role of her life—as an escort. There’s definitely something going on in Madame V’s mansion, but Kami has to prove herself trustworthy before she can dig deeper and prove her stepbrother didn’t commit suicide.

Her first assignment: seduce a CEO and, oddly, steal his hair brush. He’s everything she avoids in a man: suave, sexy, suited. She plays her role all the way to the bedroom…and finds it stunningly difficult to walk away.

Breck Lawson’s undercover assignment, posing as a replacement CEO, is yielding zero clues as to why his friend tried to kill himself—until Kami comes on the scene. She’s everything he likes in a woman: safe, sexy, temporary. She also arouses him just by walking into a room, a sure sign it’s time to push her away.

Then he connects the dots she unwittingly shares, and realizes their investigations are linked by delicate strands of DNA. Keeping her near isn’t wise, but he has to know her secrets and keep her safe.

Unless they trust each other and come clean, those dots could lead to death for both of them…

Warning: This title contains love found in the last place expected, call girls, disco sticks, Monkees karaoke, steamy sex and a conspiracy to murder through the need for sex.


Burned - Whispering Cove, Book 4

Burned
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781619211452
  • Release: 2012-07-17
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Behind every stubborn man’s downfall (into love) is a determined woman.

Vic Hayes is content with life in Whispering Cove. She owns a successful salon, has great friends and her perfectly manicured nail is on the pulse of the town’s gossip. For real happiness, she’s only missing one thing—a man. Settling for less than the perfect man, though, isn’t in her nature. He just has to see her as more than his best friend.

Widower Hauk Michaelsen always dreamed of escaping Whispering Cove, until single fatherhood, too young, made it impossible. He enjoys his life as owner of the small town pub. Friends, gossip, and his young daughter keep things jumping. He would do anything for his little girl, but he can’t give her the one thing she desires most—a mother.

When Vic and Hauk are teamed up for a Fall Festival project, sparks ignite suppressed flames. Testing boundaries they’ve never crossed, they find themselves eager to risk more—if Vic can convince Hauk that history won’t be repeated if he takes another chance on love.

Warning: To all the lonely guys out there: beware best (girl)friends and invites for coffee at the crack of dawn. It’s possibly not your double shot mocha latte she’s looking to wrap her hands or her lips around.


Wicked - Whispering Cove, Book 3

Wicked
  • Number: 9781619211681
  • Release: 2012-07-10
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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He’s sailed the seas for adventure…and found the sexiest one back at home.

Danica Kent, MD, has settled into her new role as a small-town doctor. She caters to her Whispering Cove patients, especially the rum-drinking, poker-playing, town grandfathers who have their hands in a bit of everything. But when one of those patients brings her face-to-face with her high school crush, the work she’s done to reinvent herself falters.

Braydon Mitchell sails around the world writing freelance magazine articles. With no desire to settle down, he’s successfully avoided his grandfather’s pleas to come home...until now. Returning out of worry for the old man’s health, Braydon finds old friends in town for their high school reunion. And something he hadn’t expected. Danica, the awkward teenage geek who’s all grown up—and filled out in all the right places.

From their first touch, erotic sparks make Braydon want everything he isn’t built for—small-town stability, a strong woman’s love, family. And Danica wonders if Braydon has dropped anchor for good…or if her lover will be gone with the next tide.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Sweet, stunning, single doctor seeks strong, sexy sailor for sailing, snuggles and plenty of batten-down-the-hatches and hold-on-tight lovin’. Meddling grandfathers can please butt the hell out.


Illicit Intuitions - Sensory Ops, Book 3

Illicit Intuitions
  • Number: 9781609286408
  • Release: 2012-04-10
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Love could be their greatest liability.

Ava Malia knows three things. She was once a kickass covert operative. She will eventually adjust to her new team, the FBI Specialized Crimes Unit. And the only way to finally be free of her professional past is to solve her first case and get her hands on a game-changing technology. The only problem? Success rides on her ability to swallow her distaste for the persona she must adopt in order to earn the trust of a mysterious scientist.

Dr. H escaped childhood captivity with three things. His sister. Complete control of his gift. And an engulfing distrust of anyone in the government. Adjusting to a life of freedom hasn’t been easy, but he’s found peace in solitude. The sexy woman auditing his empathic studies, though, has a way of getting under his skin that’s both arousing and disturbing. Plus, his psychic ability warns him of secrets so deeply buried in her psyche, they’d be better left alone.

Yet their instant attraction strips away all their protective barriers, down to the foundation of a new, fragile trust. And a vulnerability that, when an old enemy opens fire, could blast away any chance of a future.

Warning: If you don’t like mysterious heroes who can see into strong heroines, sexy love scenes, empaths, or quirky characters… Oh come on, who doesn’t like those things?


Tangled in Tulle - Tulle and Tulips, Book 1

Tangled in Tulle
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781609285937
  • Release: 2011-12-20
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Mission: Build a new life. Confront the past. Plan the wedding of the man she loves.

Lori Mullins yearns to shake off her past and live free of shadows and fear. Yet her only shot at obtaining the capital to launch her business rests in a man she met during a lie. A man whose voice alone turned her from jaded escort to giddy schoolgirl. A man who almost died because of her.

Trevor Masters can call off his search for the woman he loves. The woman he dreamt of while comatose. The quest for her heart, however, is only beginning. The trick will be convincing her he doesn't blame her-and that she deserves to accept herself as the woman who holds his heart.

Business negotiations land Lori in a heavenly hell. Heaven that Trevor is close enough to touch. Hell that she's planning her first designer wedding. His. And something's not quite right. The kind, compassionate man she fell for all those months ago, the man who's engaged to another, seems intent on wooing her.

Warning: This title contains a balloon-toting rodent, a hero scheming for love, a heroine evading complications, and hot sex.


Sounds to Die By - Sensory Ops, Book 1

Sounds to Die By
  • Number: 9781605046778
  • Release: 2009-10-01
  • Author: Nikki Duncan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Between her eyes and his ears, there’s a world of sensory overload…

Rookie FBI Agent Kieralyn Beckett is in a delicate position. Her team refuses to buy into her theory that a string of kidnappings is connected. If she pushes too hard, they’ll discover the latest victim was her college roommate and boot her off the case. A garbled recording is the only evidence, and there’s only one man who can decipher it. The hard part will be convincing him to take the case.

Blinded as a child, NSA “listener” Ian Cabrera spends the majority of his time analyzing data while secretly searching for his father, a missing CIA operative. His plate is full, but Kieralyn’s passion and determination, as well as the erotic beat of her heart, spark his interest. So does the mention of his father’s code name on her recording.

There’s only one way to follow this new crumb-trail of clues without tipping her off about what he’s really after. Convince her she needs him to be her undercover partner, despite his handicap. Between her eyes and his ears, they make one beautifully orchestrated team. Every time they touch, though, the arousal they generate creates one red-hot element of distraction…

Warning: This title contains a blind hero who knows his way around a woman’s body, steamy kitchen sex, verbal sparring, kidnapping evasions, fiery near-death experiences, and heart-pounding sensory overload.