I Can See You
When Eve Wilson's face was scarred by a vicious assault years ago, she escaped to the online realm where she could choose the face she allowed people to see. Now a graduate student, moonlighting as a bartender, Eve researches the addictive powers of online communities. When her test subjects begin turning up dead of apparent suicide, Eve doesn't know where to turn. Homicide detective Noah Webster is one of the few people who believe the victims are connected murders. As Eve and Noah chase a killer who is always one step ahead of them, together they try to overcome the tragedies of their pasts and learn to trust again, but soon discover that danger is much closer than they think.
Noah Webster - Hero
Like the hero of a film noir, Noah isn't traditionally handsome, but he is dangerously attractive and from his signature black fedora (that marks him as a member of the Hat Squad of Minneapolis's PD) to his shiny black shoes, he looks like a powerful animal, coiled to strike. Big like a line backer and usually sporting stubble along his strong jaw, Noah has the edgy, almost thuggish look of a man ready for trouble. A recovering alcoholic with a grim past, Noah is drawn to Eve Wilson in a way that surprises them both.
Eve Wilson - Heroine
Once Caroline's assistant at Chicago's Carrington College and Dana's foster daughter from the Hanover House Shelter, Eve has a new life in Minneapolis, pursuing a master's degree in counseling while moonlighting as a bartender. Dark haired, brown-eyed Eve keeps her head down, not just because she likes hard work, but because trusting the wrong man has left Eve's lovely face horribly scarred. Now the healing must take place - but even if the scars fade, will the terrible memories ever disappear?
Slightly lame after a tragic accident that kills his father and ends his NBA career, Max is David Hunter's older brother and the devastatingly handsome Carrington College professor and History department head for whom Caroline works. With a past that has left him with what he thinks of as a 'deformity,' Max is as well-defended as he is hard for Caroline to resist.
The past knows her as the uneducated southern child bride Mary Grace Winters. Now Caroline has fled an abusive cop husband by staging her own death. She is rescued and given her new identity by Chicago's Hanover House women's shelter, where she becomes best friends with Dana, the shelter's founder. Now, a secretary at Carrington College in Chicago, Caroline is determined to make a better life for herself and her son, Tom. She'll be safe as long as her past stays buried, but a beautiful, intelligent woman such as Caroline can't stay unnoticed forever...
Born in Maryland and once a desert stalker in the Afghan War, Ethan is using his skills as a security expert in civilian life. Blond, tanned and green-eyed, Buchanan is the strong man with secret vulnerabilities and surprisingly gentle hands who turns up in Chicago looking for his godson, and rocks Dana's world.
The long-legged director of Chicago's women's shelter, Hanover House, Dana courts danger as she meets runaway women and children at the bus station and hides them from their abusers. Working with rescued friend Caroline Stewart, and foster daughter Evie Wilson, she is the keeper of many secrets-- but the one about herself is the deepest. Busy helping others, Dana has no one to call her own, and wants to keep it that way, but sometimes love finds you no matter where you hide.
Mia is brash and very sure of herself. A detective in the Chicago Police Department has to be. She usually hides her curves in a beat up leather jacket and her spiky blonde do under a ratty, worn hat. An abusive father taught Mia to be wary of men. She uses her instincts and street smarts to put bad guys away. But underneath the tough exterior is a caring person who reaches out to help Dana keep the secrets of Hanover House-- and who even learns to put her heart on the line again.
Once a high-school heart throb and popular jock, David hides a terrible secret-- one that makes him feel guilty enough to dedicate his life to the service of others. Rehabilitating his disabled athlete brother, Max, or repairing the roof of the Chicago's Hanover House women's shelter, David remains a mystery: a man with demons that drive him to do good, while he denies himself the love and companionship his tall, dark, gray-eyed movie star looks could easily garner him. After loving Dana Dupinsky in vain for years, David finally follows his friend Eve to Minnesota, where as a Minneapolis firefighter, he is reunited with Olivia Sutherland, who also holds her secrets deep...
Blonde, blue-eyed, and beautiful, with long glowing hair usually tied in a French braid, Olivia hardly seems what she is: a tough and capable Minneapolis police officer. As a child, Olivia was deserted by her father and constantly undermined by her bitter, unhappy mother. Later, a fiance dumped Olivia for an ex girlfriend, making the intrepid detective decide that love was just not for her - not even with someone as desirable - and determined - as firefighter David Hunter.