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Zanetti, Rebecca.

Zanetti follows Hidden with another high-octane mix of action, romance, suspense, and the perfect amount of levity. Brigid is a government-sanctioned computer hacker. She's part of an offshoot division of Homeland Defense in Washington, D.C., that's staffed with misfits who have something to prove. When she and her handler, Raider Tanaka, are forced to go undercover and pose as a couple to stop a computer crime ring with ties to the mob, they quickly discover their attraction is real. Raider is a federal agent with no time for entanglements and he tries to force himself to see Brigid as just a means to an end, no matter how much she intrigues and challenges him. A deliciously inviting and immersive story. - Publisher's Weekly

Griffin, Laura
Her deadly secrets

Private investigator Kira Vance spends her days navigating the intricate labyrinth of Houston's legal world, and she knows all of its shadowy players and dark secrets. On a seemingly normal day, she's delivering a report to her top client when suddenly everything goes sideways and the meeting ends in a bloodbath. Twenty-four hours later, the police have no suspects but one thing is clear: a killer has Kira in his sights. Fiercely independent, Kira doesn't expect-or want-help from anyone, least of all an unscrupulous lawyer and his elite security team. But as Kira's hunt for clues becomes more and more perilous, she knows she must take help wherever she can find it if she wants to stay alive... Book two in the series that starts with Desperate girls. - Syndetics

Crownover, Jay

Case Lawton eventually he became sheriff and ended his abusive father's reign of terror over small Loveless, Tex., but his marriage fell apart. When family lawyer Aspen Barlow married into a prominent Loveless family, she thought her days of being treated as an outcast were over. When she's assigned to represent his manipulative wife in their divorce proceedings, her friendship with Case quickly crashes and burns. Then, someone with an even bigger grudge targets Aspen, and Case sets aside his personal animosity against her to protect her from a long list of possible suspects. Bullets fly, lies overflow, and secrets emerge. This tense, sensual romance is chock full of headstrong, admirable characters who will appeal to romance and suspense fans alike. - Publisher's Weekly

Quick, Amanda.

Burning Cove, Calif., a playground for Hollywood stars and wannabes, also attracts plenty of eccentrics, including former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn. Amalie is one of hundreds in the audience for a demonstration of a butler robot, and is horrified when the machine murders his own creator, Dr. Pickwell. However, Matthias Jones, who has arcane abilities and works for suspected mob boss Luther Pell, doesn't for a second believe that a poorly wired robot could shoot to kill. Quick excels at developing complex plots that keep the reader guessing, all while building chemistry between Amalie and Mattias as they work together to catch a criminal who may also be linked to Amalie's past. Book three in the series that starts with The girl who knew too much. - Publisher's Weekly

Griffin, Laura
Stone cold heart

When local rock climbers stumble upon abandoned human bones in a remote Texas gorge, Sara Lockhart is the first to get the call. She has a reputation as one of the nation's top forensic anthropologists. Although evidence is scarce, police detective Nolan Hess suspects the bones belong to a teenage climber who vanished last summer. But as Sara unearths strange clues, she finds chilling similarities to a case from her past. While Sara digs deep for answers, the stakes rise higher as another young woman disappears without a trace. Investigators work against the clock as Sara races to discover the truth, even if her harrowing search brings her face to face with a stone-cold killer. Book thirteen in the series that starts with Untraceable. - Syndetics

Hunt, April.
Deadly obsession

Former Army Ranger Knox Steele returns to Washington, D.C., to help his equally capable military-trained brothers open a high-end security firm. Though he's not entirely set on staying in town permanently, he starts to consider it when he bumps into Zoey Wright, the sister of his best friend and a crime scene investigator. The two families have been in each other's pockets for years and Zoey has always had a secret crush on Knox. When Zoey's apartment gets tossed and a serial killer begins killing victims who eerily resemble her, Knox's protective instincts kick in and he sets up a plan to catch the bad guy. Hunt's romantic suspense is fun and sexy, and gives readers plenty of zippy action and sizzling chemistry. - Publisher's Weekly

Foster, Lori
Slow ride

Ronnie Ashford needs a distraction. In the morning, she has to offer arrogant, conventional Jack Crews a job and convince him not to take it. But tonight is all about the tall, sexy stranger who just walked in the bar, who she soon finds out is Jack Crews! Jack is determined to connect with fiery Ronnie-in bed and out of it-but her terms are clear. If he takes the job, helping her acquire prized artifacts for her mysterious bosses, anything between them is strictly off-limits. But with the danger sparking hotter than the fire between them, it's going to be one unforgettable trip... Sequel to Driven to Distraction.- Syndetics

Feehan, Christine.
Toxic game

On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded quickly - or risk spreading a deadly virus unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. Shylah Cosmos's mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists one by one is a GhostWalker. When he's hit by a lucky shot, she can't stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that by saving his life she's exposed herself to the virus. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realize that they've found their perfect partner just in time to lose everything. Book 15 in the Ghostwalker series. - Syndetics

Gallant, Jannine
Buried truth

Leah Grayson has lived in Siren Cove all her life. But there's something ugly going on in her pretty little town. When Leah organizes a reunion for her fifth-grade classmates to open their time capsule, they discover a roll of film no one remembers saving. Afterward, strange incidents begin happening. Warnings. Accidents. Random acts of vandalism. Luckily, her first love is back in town, too. Ryan Alexander has made it big with a wildly popular social media startup, but he's still the same sweet, cynical man she fell for all those years ago. A nostalgic fling turns deadly when someone is convinced Leah has the key to secrets long buried. With no way to know whom they can trust, Leah and Ryan will have to seek out the answers themselves . . . - Syndetics

Hoover, Colleen.

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. But Lowen uncovers an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended anyone to read, with bone-chilling admissions. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate him. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit, if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. - Syndetics

Force, Marie.
Fatal invasion

A brutal home invasion. Two small traumatized survivors who may have witnessed the horror. Lieutenant Sam Holland has never worked a case quite like this one, in which her eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. But when Sam steps up in a big way for them, she risks her heart as much as her career. While Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, go to battle in more ways than one for her tiny witnesses, her colleague Sergeant Tommy "Gonzo" Gonzales battles his own demons. With trouble both at the precinct and on the case, Sam struggles to keep her priorities straight at home and at work while trying not to lose her heart to her latest crime victims. - Syndetics

Bouchet, Amanda.

Bouchet (the Kingmaker Chronicles series) artfully weaves romance through this delightful space opera comedy-drama. Tess Bailey is running from her past, her family, and the galactic Overseer's Dark Watch army. Okay, she stole an entire laboratory, but she did so to help those in need. When she and her crew are stranded, Tess must do everything she can to protect the people she loves. If only Shade Ganavan, the rakishly handsome mechanic and space rogue who offers to fix her ship, weren't so tempting... or hiding secrets of his own. The characters are fun and likable, humor abounds, and the sex scenes are searing as well as sentimental. - Publisher's Weekly

McCarty, Monica.
Out of time

After a brief recap, the action-packed third Lost Platoon contemporary romantic thriller (after Off the Grid) wraps up the mystery of why a Navy SEAL team was targeted in Siberia, with more than half the force lost and the other half going dark until they can ferret out who betrayed them. Lt. Cdr. Scott Taylor, the leader of SEAL Team Nine, feels responsible for his teammates' deaths after discovering that his girlfriend, Natalie, was secretly a Russian spy. He's determined to better understand how someone he loved and trusted betrayed him, and the story becomes more complex when he discovers that American-born Natalie tried to prevent the team's ambush, even though going against her orders risked the safety of her own family. - Publisher's Weekly

Krentz, Jayne Ann.

Quinton Zane is back. Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. But as long as Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long. Having solidified his position as the power behind the throne of his biological family's hedge fund, Zane sets out to get rid of Anson Salinas's foster sons, starting with Jack. Book three in the series that starts with When all the girls have gone. - Syndetics

Novak, Brenda.
Before we were strangers

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn't sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound--the ominous thump before all went quiet. In the morning, her mother was gone. The official story was that she left. But, 13 years later, not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn't just difficult--he was deadly. Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend and a father and brother who'd rather see her silenced. - Syndetics