A steamy Southern summer. A beautiful ex-con. A burned-out cop. And a killer on the loose.
Wrongly convicted of her husband’s brutal murder, Kathryn McAllister has spent the last four years in a North Carolina prison for a crime she didn’t commit. When new evidence leads to the overturn of her conviction, Kathryn returns to the sleepy little town of Elba, North Carolina, determined to clear her name and find Michael McAllister’s killer.
Police chief Nick DiSalvo has come to Elba to bury himself someplace where he can forget his past and pretend he was born the day he drove into town. His plan is working until Kathryn McAllister walks through the door of his office, hell-bent on justice.
Drawn to each other by an irresistible heat, Nick and Kat are at cross-purposes. He wants her out of his hair; she wants to bag a killer. When the sizzling attraction between them explodes into full-blown passion, they discover that in this picturesque Southern town of many secrets, nothing is as it appears. As they draw nearer to discovering the identity of Michael McAllister’s killer, they unearth a secret so terrible that one individual would stop at nothing—including killing again—to keep them from uncovering it.
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INTRODUCING THE JACKSON FALLS SERIES
Stories about love, friendship, and rock and roll.
WELCOME TO JACKSON FALLS!
Finding it. Keeping it. Isn't that what we all want, what we all crave? Somebody to complete us, somebody to grow old with, somebody to remind us of what's really important in life. That's what my Jackson Falls Series is all about. Realistic people finding and growing with their soul mates. The road to true love isn't always smooth, but the end result is worth the bumpy ride. Check out one of the love stories that have made readers cry from coast to coast. Sometimes gritty, sometimes sweet, always real. You won't be disappointed!
WHAT READERS HAVE SAID ABOUT MY BOOKS:
"Absolutely breathtaking love story."
"This book was real, and it was brilliant."
"Laurie Breton is a born storyteller."
"An epic love story."
"Best. Story. Ever."
"Life is messy. Love is hard."
"If you were born in the early to mid 1950s, this lady knows the soundtrack to your life."
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COMING HOME: JACKSON FALLS BOOK 1
He had the face of an angel, and a voice that could tear your heart to shreds and leave it bleeding.
The year is 1974, and songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old when handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore crashes into her life and her heart. Danny has a white-hot talent and a single, blinding ambition, to become a rock star, and the songs Casey writes send an icy blue finger down the center of his cynical spine. Neither of them plans on falling in love. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.
Guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie doesn't have Danny's looks, or his charisma, or his sense of style. Tall and gaunt and bony, Rob isn't a god, just an ordinary mortal, an easygoing guy who wants nothing more than to write his songs, play his guitar, and find the right woman. But life is never quite as simple as it seems, and his search for Ms. Right keeps leading him down all the wrong roads.
When Rob MacKenzie and Casey Bradley Fiore begin writing songs together, the result is an unstoppable hit-making machine that catapults Danny Fiore to stardom. But the road to success is littered with land mines, and life with Danny isn't all that Casey expected. Rivers of darkness flow through her troubled marriage, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it's her best friend Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.
It isn't until she suffers an unimaginable loss that Casey begins to question who she is and what she really wants from life. As she searches for herself amid the wreckage, she discovers the bittersweet truth that the choices a woman makes at thirty may differ vastly from those she made at eighteen.
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY: JACKSON FALLS BOOK 2
Hard experience has taught Rose MacKenzie Kenneally that men can't be trusted. But when gorgeous high school English teacher Jesse Lindstrom sweeps her off her feet at her brother's wedding, Rose temporarily forgets that she's given up on men forever. Eight weeks later, the unthinkable happens when this thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of two teenagers realizes she's pregnant by a man she barely knows.
When Jesse proposes marriage, Rose digs in her heels. She cherishes her hard-won freedom, and no man, no matter how infuriatingly sexy or nice, is going to take that away from her. But her teenagers are running wild in the city. Her ex, Eddie the snake, is too busy with his new trophy wife to be bothered with something as trivial as fatherhood. Luke and Devon need the stabilizing influence of a man like Jesse Lindstrom. So she accepts Jesse's proposal with a few conditions of her own.
Jesse wants a real marriage, but Rose is determined to resist his charm. The harder she resists, the harder he pushes, and indifference becomes increasingly difficult. But Rose carries a dark secret, one she's kept hidden for twenty years, a secret that could destroy their shaky marriage. When Jesse faces a serious accusation, Rose is forced to confront her demons head-on. Is Jesse Lindstrom the one man she can trust? Or will she discover that she's sleeping with the enemy?
DAYS LIKE THIS: JACKSON FALLS BOOK 3
It wasn't supposed to happen this way.
For nearly two decades, they were best friends. Business partners. Musical collaborators. He was her rock; she was his beacon of light, both of them willing to open up a vein and bleed for the other. The one thing they weren't supposed to do was fall in love. That wasn't part of the plan. He was supposed to find Ms. Right and settle down. She was supposed to live happily ever after with charismatic rock icon Danny Fiore.
But fate had other plans for Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie. They did fall in love, the kind of love that addles your brain and tears out your heart and turns your world upside down. The kind that leads to forever.
But forever doesn't come without a price tag attached. Marriage, even to your best friend, can be a bumpy ride. Still haunted by the ghost of Casey's first husband, they've spent their first year of marriage tiptoeing around the elephant in the living room. While Rob struggles with long-held insecurities, Casey is gradually blossoming into the woman she was always meant to be. But with change comes uncertainty, and even as she finds herself overwhelmed by the ferocity of her feelings for her new husband, Casey wrestles with undivided loyalties and the unexpected changes this marriage has wrought in her.
When the fifteen-year-old daughter Rob never knew about comes to live with them, the quiet life they've carved out for themselves in Casey's rural Maine hometown is turned upside down. As Casey and Rob face the challenges of parenting a rebellious teenager while trying to become a family, they unravel secrets and discover truths about themselves and their relationship, truths that, if not dealt with, could threaten their future as a couple.
THE NEXT LITTLE THING: A JACKSON FALLS MINI (Book 4)
Sometimes, love is complicated. And sometimes, love just is.
In COMING HOME, they fell in love. In DAYS LIKE THIS, they faced the inevitable adjustments that accompanied that long, slow, delicious slide from best friends to lovers to married couple. Now, in THE NEXT LITTLE THING, Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie welcome a new little green-eyed MacKenzie to the fold.
The birth of baby Emma, combined with the move to a new house and the start of a different direction in their musical careers, brings more adjustments to this couple readers have called “wonderful” and “amazing” and “so real.” With the birth of her daughter, Casey is over the moon. But for Rob, the adjustment is more difficult, his joy tainted by recognition of every one of his own inadequacies.
Strong characters and deep emotions are the hallmarks of this newest installment in the Fiore/MacKenzie love story.
REDEMPTION ROAD: JACKSON FALLS BOOK 5
The black sheep of the Bradley clan returns to the fold.
Whenever Colleen Bradley Berkowitz had imagined her homecoming—which hadn't been often—she’d imagined sweeping into town on a wave of triumph. Never had she pictured herself limping in with empty dreams and emptier pockets, behind the wheel of a car that should have long since met its destiny in the crusher. Forced to depend on the goodwill of the sister who's a virtual stranger to her, Colleen has just two goals: to avoid all family entanglements, and to escape from Jackson Falls the minute she has enough money socked away.
But life is what happens while we're making other plans. Her sister is determined to rebuild their precarious relationship. Attractive single dad Harley Atkins and his twelve-year-old daughter, Annabel, start worming their way into her heart. And when the son she left behind shows up at her door, the stakes are raised, forcing Colleen to reevaluate all those bridges she burned years ago.
REDEMPTION ROAD is a heartwarming story about love, about sisterhood, and about second chances.
THE MILES BETWEEN US: Jackson Falls Book 6
Rock musician Rob MacKenzie is in New York, producing the latest record album for a spoiled teenage pop star, when a loss rocks his family. Afraid to leave his wife, Casey Fiore MacKenzie, alone, Rob brings her and their two daughters back with him to New York while he finishes the album.
But Casey isn’t the same woman she was before. Her pain has brought her to a dark place where he can’t seem to reach her. Nightmares, crying jags, and bizarre behavior become almost daily occurrences. For the first time in the two decades he has known her, Rob can't put Casey back together. Even worse, they find themselves at cross-purposes.
While Casey seeks her own answers, Rob struggles to hold things together, a juggling act which includes a growing suspicion that he may have taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. Is their love strong enough to bring his wife back to him? Or will their differences lead to a crisis that could widen the gap between them forever?
Every one of my books has a soundtrack, music I listen to while writing, music my characters listen to and love. Here are a few of those songs. First up: in COMING HOME, this is the first song Casey Bradley ever heard Danny Fiore sing. Hang on Sloopy, by the McCoys.
Next: in DAYS LIKE THIS (and briefly mentioned in THE MILES BETWEEN US), the song Casey and Rob like to dance to. Your Precious Love, by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Although it wasn't mentioned in the book, I always think of this as Danny Fiore's song, from COMING HOME. It makes me cry every time I hear it. Every. Single. Time. Charlie Daniels, Still in Saigon.
In REDEMPTION ROAD, this is the song Colleen and Harley skated to. The incomparable Ray Charles, and Georgia on My Mind.
And last, but certainly not least, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, with I Say a Little Prayer. Casey and Rob danced to this song in DAYS LIKE THIS.