Holidays are the times that draw lovers and families together, except when war tears them apart.
Newlyweds Ellie and CJ Reynolds have every expectation of living happily ever after. Indeed the upcoming year shows promise with the news of a baby due. But a dark shadow crosses the lovers’ lives when the Gulf War erupts just as CJ completes basic training.
Ellie fears her life is becoming frighteningly similar to the story of her own parents. Her father was killed in Vietnam while she was in her mother’s womb.
Tensions increase as the holiday season progresses. Will CJ be home on the special days, or when the baby is born? Will he come home at all?
Keeping promises is important to Ryan, but keeping his promise to his younger brother David will be hard. David’s final wish is for Ryan to watch over his wife and daughter, but Ryan’s been in love with Shannon for years. This holiday season, Ryan will learn he can keep his promise and still have his heart’s desire.
Antonio returns from the Marine Corps to begin a new life as a civilian. While visiting Cape Cod, he meets a strange woman who reads his Tarot cards. He doesn’t believe in such nonsense; after all, he’s a Marine. When he returns to Boston, he receives a ticket to a rock club where he runs into the one woman he never forgot.
Lina can’t believe Antonio is back in town, right before her wedding. Being around him again resurrects long-buried feelings. Will she be able to resist temptation in the form of a dark-haired Italian Marine, the same man who once broke her heart?
Erica has never met anyone who made her want to deviate from her carefully laid out life plan. She is going to find a man who is good husband and father material. She has a plan and a timeline. She is not interested in passion. Passion is overrated.
Then in walks Ethan Reynolds a former Marine who runs a successful security company across the street. Even though he’s not what she was looking for, when he sets his sights on her he’s hard to resist.
When he makes it his job to protect her from a stalker she didn’t even know she had, her perfectly ordered world is thrown into upheaval and it’s only a matter of time until she discovers passion’s not so overrated after all. Too bad her stalker may end it all before she has a chance to really enjoy it!
After a stalker breaks into her home, internet entrepreneur Bee Langston decides Kelly Connolly is the only man who can help her—but seeking help from the former Marine isn’t easy, especially after she made a spectacular fool of herself trying to kiss the sinfully sexy bodyguard.
When Kelly spots Bee weaving her way through the Houston nightspot where he’s working security, all those feelings he’s desperately tried to deny for his best friend’s sister come flooding to the surface. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, even if it means getting up close and personal with the one woman he simply can’t have.
Soon, Bee’s stalker isn’t his only problem. His gambling addict father is tangled in a mess of debts to two of Houston’s toughest loan sharks. With the family gym on the line, there’s only one way for Kelly to make everything right. He agrees to fight for the Albanian mob in an underground bare-knuckle fighting tournament.
But winning the tournament and saving his family’s legacy comes at a high price—one that just might cost Bee her life.