Was hiding the identity of her child's father worth risking her life? Randi McCafferty seemed to believe so, and investigator Kurt Striker was hell-bent on changing her mind. Hired by her well-meaning but overbearing brothers to keep Randi and her son safe, Kurt knew the only way to eliminate the danger was to reveal Randi's darkest secret...any way he could.
But in uncovering her guarded past, Kurt was forced to confront his own well-hidden desires: he wanted the very woman he'd been entrusted to protect. Yet Kurt feared having Randi in his bed would leave them both vulnerable to a force neither had ever imagined....
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1 . Predictable
Posted April 08, 2009 by turtlebugs3 , Central FloridaFrom the very start you could predict this book from beginning to end. I usually love Lisa Jackson but this was a huge disappointment. If you are a fan of Lisa Jackson don't assume that this is like her other books.
March 31, 2007
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Excerpt from The Mccaffertys Randi by Lisa Jackson
"Hell's bells," Kurt Striker grumbled under his breath.
He didn't like the job that was set before him. Not one little bit. But he couldn't say no. And it wasn't just because of the substantial fee attached to the assignment, no, the money was good enough. Tempting. He could use an extra twenty-five grand right now. Who couldn't? A check for half the amount sat on the coffee table. Untouched.
Because of the night before. Because of his secret. He stood in the living room, a fire crackling and warming the backs of his legs, the sprawling snow-covered acres of the Flying M Ranch visible through frosted windows.
"So, what do you say, Striker?, Thorne McCafferty demanded. the oldest of three brothers, he was a businessman by nature and always took charge.
"Have we got a deal? Will you see that our sister is safe?"
The job was complicated. Striker was to become Randi McCafferty's personal bodyguard whether she liked it or not. Which she wouldn't. Kurt would lay odds on it. he'd spent enough time with the only daughter of the late John Randall McCafferty to know that when she made up her mind, it wasn't likely to be changed, not by him, nor by her three half brothers who all seemed to have developed a latent sense of responsibility for their headstrong sibling.
She was trouble. No two ways about it. the way she'd hightailed it out of here only a few hours earlier had clearly indicated her mind was set. She was returning to Seattle. With her child. To her home. To her job. To her old life, and the consequences be damned.
And she was running away.
From her three overbearing half brothers.
And from him.
Striker didn't like the situation one bit, but he couldn't very well confide in these three men, now, could he? As he glanced from one anxious McCafferty brother to the next, he didn't examine his own emotions too closely, didn't want to admit that the reason he was balking at the job was because he didn't want to get tangled up with a woman. Any woman. Especially not with the kid sister of these tough-as-nails, overprotective brothers.
it's a little too late for that now, wouldn't you say?
Randi was a sexy thing. All fire and attitude. A strong woman who would, he suspected, as any self-respecting child of John Randall McCafferty, bulldoze her way through life and do exactly what she wanted to do. She wouldn't like Striker nosing around, prying into her affairs, even if he was trying to insulate her from danger. In fact, she'd probably resent it. Especially now.
"Randi's gonna be ticked." Slade, the youngest McCafferty brother, echoed Striker's thoughts, even though he didn't know the half of it. In jeans and a faded flannel shirt, Slade walked to the window and stared outside at the wintry Montana landscape. Snow covered the fields where a few head of cattle and horses huddled against the cold.
"Of course she'll be ticked. Who wouldn't be?, Matt, brother number two, was seated on the worn leather sofa, the heel of one of his cowboy boots propped onto the coffee table only inches from a check for twelve thousand five hundred dollars. "I'd hate it."
"She doesn't have a choice," Thorne said. CEO of his own corporation, Thorne was used to giving orders and having his employees obey. he'd recently moved to Grand Hope, Montana, from Denver, but he was still in charge. "We agreed, didn't we?, he was saying as he motioned to his younger brothers.
"For her protection and the baby's safety, she needs a bodyguard."
Matt nodded curtly. "Yeah, we agreed. That won't make it any easier for Randi to swallow. Even if Kelly's involved."
Kelly was Matt's wife, an ex-cop who was now a private investigator. She'd agreed to work with Striker, especially on this, her sister-in-law's case. Red-haired and quick-witted, Kelly would be an asset. But Striker wasn't convinced Kelly McCafferty would be the oil on troubled waters as far as Randi was concerned. No--having a relative involved would only make a sticky situation stickier.
He glanced to the window, toward the youngest McCafferty brother. the friend who had dragged him into this mess. But Slade didn't meet his eyes, just continued to stare out the frosty panes.
"Look, we've got to do something and we don't have time to waste. Someone's trying to kill her," Thorne pointed out.
Striker's jaw tightened. This was no joke.And deep down he knew that he'd take the job; wouldn't trust anyone else to do it. For as bullheaded and stubborn as Randi McCafferty was, there was something about her, a spark in her brown eyes that seemed to touch him just under the skin, a bit of fire that scorched slightly. it had gotten his attention and hadn't let go.