Secrets are best left buried in the past, something Darla Heartwood knows better than anyone. She’s hidden the truth for eighteen years until the night of her birthday when she receives a call asking if she gave birth to a baby girl. Suddenly, her perfectly ordered world, successful business, and public persona come unraveled.
Life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect it to. Jason Byrne found that out the hard way. Left to raise his baby daughter on his own, he’s made a quiet life for them, teaching at the local college and dedicating his time to being a single dad. He had hoped to avoid the promise he’d made to Meghan—to find her biological mother when she turned eighteen—but when his healthy, athletic daughter collapses and doctors aren’t able to determine why, he can’t put it off any longer.
Meeting the daughter she gave up, and the handsome, distinguished man who raised her, Darla decides it’s time she faces her fears. Meghan deserves a strong, brave role model. To earn her respect, Darla must confront the powerful man who left her pregnant at fifteen. She has to do Whatever It Takes to forgive herself, stand up and be heard, and open her heart to love and family.
Liza Fisk is cursed. The holidays often mean disaster for her, including a car accident ten years ago that put her in a coma. She’s learned to forsake the holiday spirit due to continued calamity…but her luck is about to change. The Highland Springs city council is accepting secret bids on the abandoned “castle” her great-grandfather built and Liza is finally going to realize her dream of opening an art gallery. Until her arch nemesis rolls back into town with plans to ruin her Christmas. Again.
This time, Liza is taking preemptive measures and, in a moment of insanity, announces that she and her brother’s best friend, Tucker, are playing the town’s Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Brewery-owner Tucker Callum knows he’s going to win the castle with his proposal for a proper English pub. He’s so sure, in fact, that he’s already sold his house and moved into a camper behind the brewery. But his buddy Liza is afraid he’ll freeze to death in the West Virginia winter and insists he move into her spare bedroom. She’s made it crystal clear in the past that they could never be more than friends, but now that Tucker’s living in her house and playing the role of her holiday husband, he’s secretly hoping their ruse will turn to reality.
Liza slowly opens her heart to Tucker and the holiday spirit…until she learns that he is bidding against her for the castle and deliberately keeping it a secret. Will Liza be able to trust Tucker in the end or will the Christmas curse strike again?
While fighting for a promotion to senior associate at her Washington, DC, law firm, Kate McNamara receives a call that her grandmother has fallen and broken her leg. She rushes to West Virginia to help Gram, but struggles to adjust to the slow pace and folksy ways of small town life. Despite daily trips to the rehabilitation center, volunteer hours, and even swallowing her pride to be auctioned off during a fundraiser, she’s determined to stay on top of her heavy caseload. But when a sexy mountain man shows up in Gram’s backyard, Kate’s focus on legal briefs becomes harder to maintain.
Brody Fisk, a successful country songwriter, has returned home to Highland Springs for reasons he’s not ready to share. After walking away from his music career, he prefers delivering firewood to little old ladies and serving on the community center board. Though Kate is headed back to her life in DC soon, enticing her to have some fun while she’s in town is a challenge he can’t resist.
As their flirtatious sparring transforms to something deeper, they both have impossible choices to make. Can Brody reveal his painful secrets if Kate is willing to abandon the career she’s always dreamed of?
Annie Cooper is fed up with Washington. More importantly, she’s done with being Senator George Cooper’s daughter and all the expectations that come with it. She changes her name and tries to start fresh after quitting her job, but the only position she can find is in the political world she despises.
Kip Porter is a two-term congressman from a blue collar district along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay whose ambition leads him astray from the core values he—and his constituents—hold dear. He needs Senator Cooper’s backing to get his bill through the Senate and plans to use Annie to do it.
What starts out as a simple game of hidden identity soon becomes complicated. Annie wants to prove her worth on her own terms, but the closer she grows to Kip, the more she needs to come clean. With unexpected romance blossoming between them, will Kip keep his own secrets, or reveal the truth in the name of love?
Riley Smith has something her abusive ex-boyfriend thinks belongs to him. Her. If she doesn’t keep moving, he’ll beat her all the way back to the life she ran away from two years ago. But the picturesque town of Highland Springs, West Virginia, has started to feel like home. She’s gotten a good job. Made a few friends. Ones who don’t know the Riley she once was.
FBI agent Derek Bronson is hunting the man who killed his father in a bank robbery spree, although his week of passion with Riley Smith is sure as hell making it hard to concentrate. Until a convenience store surveillance photo identifies her as an accomplice.
Riley’s only option is to help flush out the men behind the crime, exposing a past she had hoped would Stay Hidden. But the situation is far worse than she ever dreamed. Now she and Derek must fight to stay alive.
Reporter Vanessa Barczak is covering a story in a small West Virginia town when she witnesses an abduction—a child is snatched directly in front of her. The crime stirs up past memories she had hoped were buried, but she fights through her fear to get to the truth. Having been recently fired from a Dallas TV station, she desperately wants to get back to the big time, and this story might be the one to do it.
FBI Special Agent Bo Azar needs to solve the child abduction to get the promised promotion in Chicago. Stay focused, follow protocol, and catch the kidnapper. But Vanessa Barczak gets in his way. The pushy reporter worms her way into the investigation and into his head, making it difficult to concentrate on the crime. But once she witnesses a second abduction, he realizes she knows more than she’s letting on. He needs to keep her around to catch the kidnapper.
Vanessa finds herself in harm’s way and Bo is at a loss to solve the crime. Combing the mountainous terrain and surrounding forests, Bo stumbles onto a sick scenario no one could’ve imagined.
Impatient to solve the mystery of missing college co-eds, Lydia Trammel works with FBI special agent Alex Ritchie to unravel a sinister underworld in small town West Virginia.
Leigh Fleming creates unique characters facing life’s challenges, but who are always rewarded with their happy ending. Her latest release, Kept Hidden, is the second book in her romantic suspense Hidden series published by Soul Mate Publishing. Stay Hidden, the first in her Hidden series, won the Lone Star Writing Contest for romantic suspense in 2017. She’s also writes contemporary romance in her Whatever series, mostly set in her home state of West Virginia. Whatever It Takes is the latest book in the series.
A member of Romance Writers of America and the Washington Romance Writers chapter, Leigh lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with her husband, Patrick, and her deaf French bulldog, Napoleon, and is mom to adult children, Tom and Liza. When she’s not writing in her windowless office, she enjoys reading, travelling, scrapbooking, and spending time with friends.
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