OverviewWhen a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter - who is not only sharing the case, but also sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken. David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close—and is moving in for the kill.
David Hunter - Hero
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...
Olivia Sutherland - Heroine
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.
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.
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.
Lethally fierce, black-belt Paige Holden has lost her confidence after a traumatic attack that left her injured and killed one of her self-defense pupils, but she hasn't lost a single iota of her loyalty, compassion, or courage. Having recently moved from Minneapolis to Baltimore to start over as a PI, she takes on a pro-bono case to prove her client’s husband innocent of the murder for which he’s been convicted. But the case rapidly becomes a nightmare as her client is targeted by a sniper and dies before Paige’s eyes. Prosecutor Grayson Smith might be involved in her client’s murder, or he could be her best chance at happiness – and staying alive.