||Don't miss USA TODAY bestselling author Rita Heron's new miniseries, The Heroes of Horseshoe Creek... Sherriff Maddox McCullen cradled Rose Worthington, every protective fiber of his being firing as she shuddered against him. She told him how she had been brutally attacked and had killed the man--her fiancé!--in self defense. But when Maddox investigates the crime scene, he finds nothing. No bullet casing, no blood, no body. The deeper Maddox probes, the more questions arise, revealing a mysterious past that shatters all Rose has ever known. Caught in the crosshairs of escalating danger--and his powerful desire for Rose--Maddox vows to protect her. He'll risk his life to find a desperate enemy who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried.--A Texas Ranger puts it all on the line for a woman who has everything to lose Texas Ranger Vaughn Cooper doesn't need or appreciate the "help" of some frivolous civilian on his case. Yet even this seasoned lawman can't argue that Natalie Torres is on her game. She might even unlock the answers he needs to crack this kidnapping ... if the bad guys don't erase Natalie first. With her home burned to the ground, Natalie has no choice but to hide out with Vaughn in a remote cabin. Spending time with the stone-cold officer should keep her mind strictly on the case. But there's an unseen fire burning deep within Vaughn, and it's making Natalie wonder just where the true danger might lie.