GAGE (4.5) by Delores Fossen: Nothing is ever quiet around the Rylands of Silver Creek, and Fossen launches her top-notch adventure tale with an attempted murder, explosions and a shattering reunion. Lynnette Herrington is stunned when the man she loved — and thought dead — saves her from an assassination attempt. Ten years ago, Gage Ryland left Silver Creek after his marriage was annulled, but now, he has returned to save Lynette from her domineering father and the people who want her to stop her investigation into their illicit affairs. Lynette will do anything to protect Gage from her father’s vengeance, but she’s not sure she’ll have the strength to push him away this time. Gage is both tough and tender, and once Lynnette finds her backbone, she’s a force to be reckoned with — they’re a perfectly matched pair.