Nothing To Fear

Overview

Security expert Ethan Buchanan has vowed to track down the ruthless woman who kidnapped his godson - and falling for Dana Dupinsky, the director of an inner-city woman's shelter, is not in the plan. Yet her very presence seems to chase away the ghosts that haunt him, and her skillful evasion of personal questions raises his hunting instincts. For a brutal killer is weaving a web of revenge, and Dana is the next victim on the list...

Characters

Ethan Buchanan - Hero
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.
Dana Dupinsky - Heroine
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. 
David Hunter
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... 
Eve Wilson
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?
Mia Mitchell
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.
Aidan Reagan
Chicago cop Aidan Reagan makes good use of his laser beam deep blue eyes when questioning a perp or tracking a killer. Surrounded by long, luxuriant lashes, there's little those high beams miss. Handsome when he is fierce, Aidan is nothing less than beautiful when he smiles, although his close-knit family may be the only ones to see his tender side. When 'Dr. Chick' walks into his life, he worries that they are miles apart in background and social status, but the attraction may be too strong to be denied.
Abe Reagan
Chicago Police Detective Reagan is the kind of man a woman feels safe around the minute she sees him. Tall, strong, and capable, Reagan has piercing blue eyes framed by dark brows and a squared-off jaw, and he's set against criminals; especially the ones that prey upon defenseless women. Even as he uses his keen eyes and sharp wits to track a relentless serial killer, he is a haunted by the loss of something precious in his life - something he believes he can never regain.
Caroline Stewart
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...

Max Hunter
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.
Clay Maynard
First a Marine, then a DC cop, then a PI, Clay Maynard has been defending those around him throughout his adult life. A good man, he’s got the heart of a warrior and the body to match. But the his warrior’s heart belonged to Stevie Mazzetti from the moment he first saw her, a mama bear desperate to keep her daughter safe. She was never ready, having lost her husband and son, so he waited until she was ready. But nearly losing her after she was shot spurred him to tell her that he loved her – and being rejected and asked to leave her alone nearly crushed him. He wishes he could stay away, but fate keeps bringing them together. Now her life has been threatened yet again, as well as the life of Cordelia, the little girl who’s also stolen his heart. He will protect them with his life, even if it means having to walk away again – but he plans to do everything he can to win Stevie’s heart while keeping her alive.