Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.
After several years of happy coupledom, Matt and Evan can relax in the knowledge that their little family has survived the worst of it. The two older girls are away at college, the twins have yet to fully hit teen angst, Matt is doing well with his part time security consulting, and Evan is about to be promoted to captain - it seems like things are calm and bright.
A retired marine, Logan is methodical and conservative. Richard is a liberal pacifist who is pathologically afraid of guns. Yet the minute Logan sets eyes on Richard, his heart turns over like an old car engine, and it isn't long before his motor is revved and Richard is in the driver's seat - even if it seems like each man is driving a different car. Richard Hunter is parenting his grandson, and the kid - Nick - has had it rough. Richard vows nothing will stop him from creating a loving and stable home.
Cole Alston swore he'd never return to his childhood home in rural North Carolina, but when his mother dies, he inherits her hoarded property. He hopes to sell everything and use the money to start over in Canada, far away from his abusive ex-boyfriend. It's a daunting task, and Cole has no idea where to start. Luckily for him, the local antique store owner, Jeremy Collins, volunteers his services in sorting the hoard.
Cade "Hercules" Thornton is an ex-marine and soldier of fortune; now he's the owner of Hercules Security, which provides the best bodyguards in the business. Since his leg was crushed and reconstructed, Cade doesn't do field work anymore - until a challenge is issued to him by wealthy Kate Morgan, who wants her bookish grandson protected from a stalker. She insists on having the very best bodyguard available, and that is Cade himself.
Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining, so when the one that got away asks him for a favor, he agrees. His mission: Track down Sean Reid, the runaway brother of a mutual friend. Peter isn't thrilled about it-until he finds Sean injured by the side of the road. Everything about Sean stirs Peter's protective instincts-saving people is what he lives for - but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running away.