This 3-book bundle is the beginning stories of the fictional small town of Westen, Ohio, where neighbors know your name and often your business. "Welcome to Westen. I'm Lorna Doone. Yep, spelled just like the cookie and I own the Peaches 'N Cream Café here in Westen. You might think nothing much happens in a small mid-western town, but as my friend Harriett says, things aren't always what they appear."
CLOSE TO HOME
Emma Lewis has a lot on her plate. The single mother of two precocious twin boys and an aging mother who is having trouble getting through each day, the last thing Emma needs is a man in her life, especially a doctor. So when the town's doctor goes on vacation and his handsome nephew takes over, Emma is shocked to not only find him standing in her bedroom, but accusing her of being a neglectful parent.
Clint Preston came to Westen for the year to fill in as the town doc while his uncle took a long needed vacation. Clint also needed a sense of peace and calm to try to find his passion for medicine burned out by long shifts in an urban hospital's ER. Angered to find two boys in his clinic with broken wrists and no accompanying parent, he is determined to confront their mother. The feisty redhead he meets quickly dispels his belief that she's a neglectful mother, but he can see her situation is more critical than she wishes to face and finds himself volunteering to help care for her sons and the remodeling of her home.
As Emma and Clint forge a relationship among the slightly off-beat characters that inhabit Westen a menace from Emma's past threatens her and her sons. Clint and Emma join forces to prevent the loss of either boy and the love they've discovered in each other's' arms.
CLOSE TO THE EDGE
After facing death as an undercover narcotics cop, Gage Justice has come home to heal. His recuperation is cut short by his father's unexpected diagnosis of cancer and subsequent death. Now he's honoring one of his father's last wishes by taking over as the sheriff of his boyhood home, Westen, Ohio. Biding time until his father's term is finished, he fights boredom more than crime in the sleepy little town-that is until one sexy little teacher-turned-Private-Investigator literally falls into his arms.
Bobby Roberts is looking for adventure. After giving up her own dreams to raise her two sisters after the death of their parents, she's been trapped in a schoolroom for nearly two decades. The suffocating claustrophobia of the classroom has set her on a new career path. She arrives in Westen, complete with brand-spanking-new PI license, a handgun and a simple case-investigate a lien on property of a dead man.
Little does she realize her "simple little case" will lead her into the world of one sexy sheriff and the path of a murderer intent on keeping them both from discovering his secrets or stopping his plans that could destroy Westen.
CLOSE TO THE FIRE
They once were lovers....
After 10 years of keeping his distance to the one woman he's always loved, Fire Chief Deke Reynolds is finally ready to set aside his grief and confess his guilt to Elizabeth "Libby" Wilson about his part in her brother's death. Libby's own guilty secret has kept her from sharing her life with the man who stole her heart as a teen and awakened her body as a young woman.
Danger has forced them together again....
A fire and their odd connection to a new teenager at the local half-way house have this couple finally sharing their secrets with each other. With an arsonist on the loose, threatening the town of Westen and its citizens, have Libby and Deke waited too long to find their love again?