You Belong To Me
Baltimore city Homicide Detective JD Fitzpatrick has seen a lot of horrific violence, both as a cop and during his deployment in Afghanistan, but nothing like the trail of tortured bodies that are turning up throughout the city. Now JD is beginning to suspect that his medical examiner, forensic pathologist Dr. Lucy Trask, may be shielding some crucial evidence linked to the case. Lucy is intrigued by JD’s compassion, but she isn’t about to mix work with pleasure. Not while there’s a ruthless killer on the loose. And definitely not while she’s keeping a dark secret that could connect her to these vicious killings—and put her next on the killer’s hit list…
JD Fitzpatrick - Hero
Former Army Ranger JD Fitzpatrick has a charming smile and a winning way - when he wants to. Tall, dark, and handsome, his dimple is deep and his dark blue eyes are almost black. A former Narcotics detective, he transferred into Baltimore Homicide to save his own life and maybe the lives of his partners. Haunted by past deeds and the loss of a love he'd never really had, he yearns for a family of his own. In Lucy he finds compassion and soul as lonely as his own. Her music soothes the restless parts of his own heart, her mind intrigues him, and her curves leave him wanting much more.
Lucy Trask - Heroine
Dr. Lucy Trask is a medical examiner with a lot of secrets. Tall, blue-eyed, and strawberry blonde, she is two different people by day and night and keeps her two halves firmly separated. Confident both in the lab and on the stage, she finds her footing in untried territory less sure. She fiercely loves the family she's made for herself but opening her heart to new love means opening old doors and old wounds, both of which terrify her. Fortunately for Lucy, JD is good at breaking down doors... among many other things.
A rugged body-builder, Prosecutor Grayson Smith is dedicated to the law and to getting justice for victims – perhaps too dedicated. He is devastated to learn that he has prosecuted an innocent man, obtaining a conviction for a murder the man did not commit. He commits himself to aiding beautiful PI Paige Holden in making this right, but as the death toll climbs, he realizes the manipulation of the law – and of Grayson’s own dark secrets – goes much deeper and broader than he ever could have imagined.
A sassy, brassy blonde with Dolly Parton hair, lime green mini skirts, long, long legs, and a West Virginia slang, Daphne has made her mark on the Baltimore prosecutors’ office despite getting a late start in her career. Mother to twenty-year-old Ford, Daphne’s come a long way from her Appalachian roots, persevering through a teen-aged pregnancy, a loveless forced marriage, a vicious divorce, and breast cancer, to finally become the woman she’s always wanted to be. But behind her careful mask of happiness and confidence prowl the childhood nightmares spurred by the horrific crimes she witnessed – and endured. When Ford is kidnapped, those nightmares become her new reality, but FBI Special Agent Joseph Carter has vowed to bring her son home. Can Joseph also convince her to allow the “real Daphne” to shine?
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.
Small and compact, Stevie Mazzetti has suffered the loss of her husband and five-year-old son at the hand of a thug robbing a convenience store. Determined to go on for the sake of the child she carried in her womb at the time, Stevie has built a productive life. A single-mom, she managed to juggle the responsibility of raising her daughter, Cordelia, with her work with grief therapy groups and her career as a respected Baltimore homicide detective – until she was shot in the line of duty. Her near-death experience has changed her in too many ways. Learning to walk with a cane is hard, but even harder is dealing with disability leave – sitting on the sidelines when she’s accustomed to running after criminals. But hardest of all is the toll her career has taken on her daughter, who continues to have nightmares after being held at gunpoint by Stevie’s old homicide department partner, a cop gone very, very bad indeed. Now Stevie must also deal with the reappearance of PI Clay Maynard, a man who affects her in ways she’s not ready to accept. He’s worked with her, saving her life when she was shot, and he loves her. He’s told her so. But because she knows that she’ll hurt him and because Cordelia thinks Clay is a cross between Captain America and a guardian angel, Stevie has sent him away. But when her old partner’s associates start shooting at her and Cordelia, Clay is the only one she can trust to keep them safe.