While sexy bad boy Joe Winston wants to get real close to Luna Clark, a long-term relationship isn't what he has in mind. But when Luna requests his help on a very personal project, the former cop, bounty hunter and bodyguard can't say no. Luna has semi-inherited two orphaned kids who desperately need love and support. But the small town of Visitation is hell-bent on driving the kids and their new guardian away. Luna figures she'll need some muscle to get the townsfolk to back off, and Joe is just the man to do it.

Orphans Austin and Willow have been tossed from one relative to another for the past two years, so trust is not something they give easily. While Joe has always liked his own relatives' kids, he's amazed at how he bonds with Austin and Willow. Suddenly, getting into Luna's pants is not Joe's primary motive. For an unknown reason, someone is out to hurt these kids, and Joe is not about to let that happen. Complicating matters, danger in the form of a vengeful person from Joe's past is also stalking the burgeoning family.

Foster's unforgettable Winston clan is back, and they are as sexy and scintillating as ever. Warm-hearted emotion permeates every aspect of this first-rate story, which is also sizzling hot to the touch. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith