From the outside looking in, Chris and Jasmine Navarro appear to have it all. As a commercial pilot for a major airline, Chris gets paid to travel the world. Once a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, Jasmine now teaches at the most prestigious dance academy in Los Angeles. They have a house in the suburbs, jobs they love, and a wonderful circle of friends.
But behind closed doors, a long struggle has slowly sapped the joy from their marriage. Jasmine has tried for years–without success–to become pregnant. When they finally seek help from a fertility clinic, they receive a devastating diagnosis: Chris can’t have children. Ever.
Down the street, Kyle Parrish is enjoying his own version of the American dream. As a successful model and actor, his world revolves around extreme sports, fast cars, and faster women. He has no commitments to anyone, and that’s the way he likes it. The only person he truly cares about–the only real friend he has–is Chris. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for him. So when Chris comes to him with a very unusual request, Kyle doesn’t hesitate to say yes.
But his seemingly simple solution is anything but for Jasmine and Kyle, who share a complicated history of their own…including a secret Chris knows nothing about.
After leaving his one-horse hometown in the dust, Aussie Colin Carlyle is enjoying the good life in a beautiful seaside resort in southern Thailand. His carefree world turns upside down, though, when a comatose woman washes up on his boat. With her health in jeopardy and her memory wiped blank, the girl he knows only as Kate reluctantly accepts his help. Cautious at first, Kate gradually lowers her guard while she convalesces in Colin's care. But as they attempt to unravel the mystery of her past, Colin finds himself fighting two different battles - his growing attraction to Kate, and the unshakable feeling that he's seen her face before...
Meanwhile, in the sultry metropolis of Miami, Florida, Thoroughbred trainer Evan Williams is taking the world of horse racing by storm. To the public eye, he has it all - charisma, wealth, and a skyrocketing career. Only his best friend, news journalist Melanie Bishop, understands the man behind the fanfare. Like Evan, she too is well-acquainted with the sting of heartbreak. She's tasted the bitterness of a failed romance and has no intention of trusting a man again. So it's clear that her plan has gone terribly wrong the morning she wakes up beside Evan...
Separated by a distance of ten-thousand miles, these two stories appear to have nothing in common. But when their paths cross in a most unusual way, it sets in motion a chain of events that will challenge everything they thought they knew about themselves. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "a refreshingly mature love story," Dead Heat explores the true meaning of loyalty, love, and sacrifice.
Raised in the crime-infested neighborhood of South Boston, 21-year-old Rebecca Sheehan has learned the hard way that people can't be trusted. So when her unscrupulous boyfriend turns up without a pulse, she knows she needs to get out of Southie. Fast.
She seeks refuge in the last place anyone would think to look for her – the picturesque town of Jackson, Wyoming. For once, she’s surrounded by people she can take at face value, with one exception – her snarky new boss, Alec Westin, who appears hell-bent on making her employment term as short as possible. With his self-righteous attitude, she’d gladly grant him his wish, if she wasn’t so desperate for the job – and if he wasn’t so easy on the eyes.
But after a chance encounter with his crippled father, Rebecca learns the truth behind Alec’s callous façade. Moved by Alec's fortitude and his father's warmth, Rebecca finds herself increasingly drawn into their personal affairs – and to Alec.
Just when she thinks her murky past is behind her, a series of sinister threats confirms her greatest fear – she’s being hunted. It’s only a matter of time before her stalker finds her. And when he does, she’ll discover just how much her friends are willing to risk – and sacrifice – to protect her.
Four years have passed since Rebecca’s first summer in Jackson, Wyoming. Her decision to settle on the Flying W was not without sacrifice, but she can’t imagine being any happier than she is right now. Her husband, Alec, provides her with everything she could ever want–namely, the love and respect she’s yearned for all her life. She’s never had a reason to feel insecure in their marriage.
Then a beautiful stranger arrives in town, a woman with strong ties to the Westins…and a long history with Alec.
Alec has never been the type of man to talk about himself. He’s always felt that most things are better left in the past. But when he comes face to face with that past–and a decision that’s haunted him for nearly a decade–he knows it’s time to share the details with his wife. As he slowly reveals his story, Rebecca realizes just how much she doesn’t know about her husband.
And while they each struggle to bridge the gap between past and present, they fail to notice a much quieter tragedy that’s occurring right under their own roof…
Alec’s life is at a stand-still. In the wake of his father’s death, he has withdrawn from everything and everyone around him. It’s all he can do to get out of bed each morning, let alone focus his energy on his wife, his business, or his best friend’s upcoming wedding. But his grief isn’t the only thing keeping him down. He’s also struggling to make a weighty decision…undoubtedly the most difficult decision he’s ever faced.
Rebecca thought she was doing the right thing by giving Alec his space. She’d hoped that once he worked through the pain of his loss, their marriage would be stronger than ever. But the more she tries to reestablish their connection, the more he seems to pull away from her. When he finally reveals what’s on his mind–a vision of their future that couldn’t be more different than hers–Rebecca realizes that she has her own choice to make.
The only thing that’s certain is that everything on the Flying W is about to change. Especially since the greatest test of their relationship is still to come, from a source neither of them would have ever imagined…