Book picks similar to
The Hawk Of Venice by Sally Wentworth


contemporary-romance
harlequin
suspense
romance

Twelfth Sun


Mae Clair - 2013
    She has a thriving interior design firm, an upscale condo, two cats, and a goldfish. As a favor to her uncle, she agrees to team up with his marine archeologist friend to validate and retrieve a nineteenth-century journal, reputedly that of a passenger aboard the doomed schooner Twelfth Sun. Finding a hunky twenty-five-year-old coming out of the shower in her hotel room wasn't part of the deal, but it's hard to complain... Dr. Elijah Cross is cocky and he knows it. He enjoys trading barbs with the lovely Reagan. Barbs, and some innuendo. He can tell she'd rather get back home to her business than stick around for the extended treasure hunt they've been talked into, but he's fine with the situation. At least, until the 'clues' start getting personal. Reagan finds Dr. Gorgeous is as skilled in matters of the heart as he is behind the lectern. Throw in a series of clues which mean more to Elijah than he'll explain, several odd-ball competitors out to win the journal, a saboteur, and a lavish seaside mansion, and Reagan has enough trouble keeping her head straight, let alone her heart. WARNING: Younger man, older woman, nautical riddles and romance.A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Don't Say a Word


Rita Herron - 2007
    But with a madman out tosilence her forever, Damon knows he must deny their love. Andto stop the man responsible, he must return to the one placehe has desperately tried to leave behind--the dark shadows ofa killer's mind....

When She Wasn't Looking


HelenKay Dimon - 2012
    But to Courtney Allen, Jonas has one major fl aw—his badge. Years ago, Courtney's father was wrongfully convicted of a crime and she vowed to never trust a cop again. But when Jonas becomes the only man to believe in her father's innocence, Courtney begins seeing the brooding lawman in a whole new way.Jonas knows in his gut that the real killer is still out there and determined to finish what he started long ago. To protect Courtney and bring the criminal to justice will require all the skills he can muster. And that means focusing on the job. Not the woman who makes him forget his troublesome past and arouses in him a passion that is anything but professional.

Cowboy Above the Law


Delores Fossen - 2018
    Her mysterious past raises questions, even if his attraction to her is impossible to contain. Before long, though, he discovers Rayna is an innocent pawn in a very dangerous game. Now, to catch a killer, this cowboy will go wherever the case takes him. Even if that includes ignoring the truth in his hardened Texas heart.The Lawmen of McCall Canyon

She Does Know Jack


Donna Michaels - 2013
    Having nearly failed on a similar assignment, she needs to prove she still has a future in the business. But her job becomes harder when the brother of the groom turns out to be Dodger, the only one-nighter she ever had and back when she’d been in disguise from a prior undercover case. Will he recognize her? And how can she investigate with this sizzling attraction fogging her brain? Former Army Ranger Captain Jack ‘Dodger’ Anderson would rather run naked through a minefield in the Afghan desert than participate in a reality television show, but when his groom brother begins to receive threats, Jack quickly becomes his sibling’s shadow. As if the investigation isn’t baffling enough, now he has to contend with the addition of a beautiful and vaguely familiar new contestant.But when deceits come to light and the case takes a heart-stopping turn, Meet Your Mate becomes a whole other kind of reality for both of them.**Previously released as Meet Your Mate. Revamped with over 22k words added, new scenes. Heat level upped to Hot**

The Neighbor


Lorhainne Eckhart - 2020
    But he can’t resist the pull he feels toward her — especially once Alison goes missing and the truth about her daughter’s real identity comes out…After the devastating loss of her husband, Jenny Sweetgrass packs up her teenage daughter, Alison, and moves to Livingston, Montana, hoping for a fresh start—that is, until Ryan O’Connell knocks on her door.
Park ranger Ryan is one of the six O’Connell siblings in Livingston, raised by an independent mom who has been a rock to him. He has a career he loves, and up until six weeks ago, he lived a comfortable life. When a new neighbor moves in and disturbs the quiet peace of the area, bringing with her a daughter who’s walking trouble, Ryan is shocked to discover that the woman is a one-night stand he picked up at a bar years ago.
Right now, the gorgeous Jenny isn’t too interested in making friends, but despite her cool façade, as Ryan gets to know her, he can’t fight an idiotic need to try to ease the pain he sees her trying to hide. At the same time, he knows deep down that both mother and daughter have a secret, and if he were smart, he would listen to his brother’s warning and walk away.
When Alison goes missing, everyone in town believes she simply ran off or found her way into trouble, but nothing about her disappearance adds up. She simply set out on an afternoon hike into the park and never came back.
Jenny soon learns she’s not alone when Ryan takes matters into his own hands and sets off with her into the park to find her daughter. What he doesn’t know is that Alison is actually his daughter, too, and when he learns the truth and the real reason she left, the secret could end up dividing the O’Connell family.

Holiday Justice


Adrienne Giordano - 2014
    Well, that, and the 12 Days—or nights, in this case—of Christmas Syd has promised him. When his Justice Team partners, Mitch Monroe and Caroline Foster, discover a Santa sneaking around behind the restaurant, Grey and Mitch uncover a theft ring that’s leaving kids without toys and families without a reason to celebrate. But taking down the Santas could put Grey in hot water…especially if it ruins Christmas at Sydney’s shelter for battered women and children. Can Grey pull off the ultimate sting operation and save Christmas for Sydney and the shelter’s residents? Or will giving the bad guys a dose of holiday justice leave him with nothing but coal in his stocking?

Italy's Most Scandalous Virgin (Those Notorious Romanos Book 1)


Carol Marinelli - 2020
    Yet the sparks between him and Mia are an inferno waiting to erupt. And erupt it does -- into an unforgettable encounter that leaves Dante stunned by Mia's innocence and his craving for more.Giving in to her undeniable attraction to Dante makes it harder for Mia to hide the secrets she's sworn to keep. She's brought enough scandal to the legendary Romano family -- and that's before her shocking bombshell!Mills & Boon Modern -- Escape to exotic locations where passion knows no bounds.

Murder in the Smokies


Paula Graves - 2013
    But now he's back to investigate an unsolved murder and has teamed up with police detective Ivy Hawkins—the only part of the Smoky Mountain hamlet worth remembering.A Steamy Reunion Would Keep Him ThereIvy is a hometown girl and well aware of Sutton's reputation. She can't help but find his smoldering eyes resurrecting long-buried feelings. Plus, as the body count rises, Sutton is the only one who believes her that an eerily methodical serial killer is living among them in the shrouded peaks of Bitterwood. Ivy doesn't know which is worse—the desire she feels for a man who's nothing but trouble…or the danger posed by a killer who has them in his sights?

The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth


Callie Hutton - 2018
    Former Yardman, Elliot Baker, is reluctant to take on Charlotte’s case but despite himself and his history with another woman, he is drawn to the bright, attractive widow.Sparks smolder between the PI and his client but neither is looking to form an attachment. Elliot thinks Charlotte is hiding something. Charlotte has no desire to marry again, especially to a private investigator, no matter how handsome, brave and kind he is. The risk to his life and her heart is too great. But more dangerous than a menacing stalker is secrets and when Charlotte’s come to light, even the passion between them might not douse the flames of Elliot’s distrust.

The Bushwick Series


Stella Marie Alden - 2018
    The woman they sent is way too leggy, too naive, and too d@mn pretty. I got no business letting her stay in my guesthouse, especially the way my blood runs south whenever she's near.In My CustodyAndrew QuinnA few years back, my gorgeous client captured the world's attention when her billionaire husband died and left her penniless. Refusing charity, she's fired me more times than I can count but I don't give a d@mn. I'm keeping her safe.Jack I was born to protect and know how to turn on the charm. I love playing poker, writing, and the rush of adrenaline. I'm looking for someone who likes to laugh, calls me out on my bulls**t, and won't give up on me.High intensity, stand-alone, novels with graphic language, no cheating, and smoking hot, happily-ever-afters!

Crave


Ash Harlow
    One touch of his hands, and he owns me. One night in his arms and I’m hooked.It should have been our happily ever after.Turns out, it’s an illusion.Our pasts are entwined, and when Oliver’s catches up, it drags mine right back with it.Blackmail, revenge and lies cause my balancing act to teeter.One wrong move and our heavenly match will turn to hell.

The Doctor and The Assassin


Lietha Wards - 2013
    However, that was before he met the gorgeous young Doctor Jordan Calloway.

Scene of the Crime: Bridgewater, Texas


Carla Cassidy - 2009
    The last thing he needs is the FBI meddling. But Jenna is determined to find her best friend's murderer, and she won't be bullied out of town. Then the madman strikes again. His calling card? A red rose.Realizing they're dealing with a serial killer, Matt accepts Jenna's help. But when Jenna becomes the madman's target, the danger—and their unrelenting attraction—is imminent. Will Jenna find safety in Matt's arms—or will the next rose she receives be her last?

The Lost: Treasures Lost, Treasures Found/Mind Over Matter


Nora Roberts - 1987
    Her practical, no-nonsense father had had a dream - sunken treasure - and he'd left a map leading to a gold-laden ship. Determined to complete her father's explorations, she turned to the only man with the ability to tackle the treacherous dive deep beneath the Atlantic: Ky Silver.Kate had left Ky four years ago, frightened of the needs he awoke in her, yet now she needed him more than ever. But working with Ky meant more than searching for gold pieces - it meant plunging her heart into the depths of love... Mind Over Matter Theatrical agent Aurora Fields kept her personal life strictly separate from her professional one, but lines were crossed the moment she met David Brady. He had asked her client to participate in his documentary on paranormal phenomena. Aurora agreed, but she stayed on hand to protect the woman from exploitation as fiercely as a mother tigress. Somehow David saw that Aurora's tough self-image was a little soft around the edges, and he was determined to discover what she was trying to hide. He'd always considered himself a good judge of people, so why did each moment he spent with Aurora leave her as enigmatic - and enticing - as before?