After her father dies in a boating incident, innkeeper Daniela Dunn must travel from Northern California’s Sinner’s Grove back to Verona, Italy and her childhood home, an estate called the Panther’s Lair. It’s a mansion full of frightful memories and deeply buried secrets, where appearances are deceiving and the price of honesty is death. As Dani is drawn further into her family’s intrigues, she has an unlikely ally in handsome Marin County investigator Gabriele de la Torre. He says he’s come along to support her, but his actions prove he has his own hidden agenda.
Gabe de la Torre needs to settle old family debts before starting fresh with the woman he feels could be The One. But once Dani finds out whom he’s beholden to, all bets could be off. When a mystery woman reveals that Dani’s father may have been murdered, the stakes rise dramatically and Gabe realizes they’re now players in a dangerous game. Protecting Dani becomes his top priority, even as she strives to figure out whom she can trust: her relatives, Gabe, or even herself.
A startling discovery when she was fourteen left San Francisco artist Jenna Bergstrom estranged from her family; unforeseen tragedy only sharpened her loneliness. But now her ailing grandfather needs her expertise to re-open the family’s once-famous artists’ retreat on the California coast. Reluctantly she agrees, knowing she’ll have to face architect Brit Maguire, the ex-love of her life.
Seven years ago, Maguire spent a magical time with the girl of his dreams, only to have her disappear from his life. Now she’s back, helping with the biggest architectural renovation of Brit’s career. No matter how deep his feelings still run, Brit can’t afford the distraction of Jenna Bergstrom, because something is going terribly wrong with the project at Sinner’s Grove.
As Jenna and Brit struggle to keep their passion in check, unseen enemies close in, bent on destroying her grandfather’s dream — and ultimately, them. Through the prism of ever-increasing danger, Jenna finally discovers what true family — and true love — is all about. But it may be too late …
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