Mission: Defense! Top Ten Men in Uniform for August
Earlier this year, Harlequin.com presented the Best of the Best lists — recommended reads from themes like babies to international romance. And who could forget the heroes! Click here to see the top 10 doctors, billionaires, muscle-bound men and more! And here’s new a brand-new bonus list with some of our favorite heroes of the month about one of the most popular hero types of all: Men in Uniform!
The Top 10 Men in Uniform for August:
Gage Huxton in Beauty and the Bodyguard by Lisa Childs
Bride-to-be Megan Lynch has just learned her ex, presumed dead marine Gage Huxton, is alive after surviving enemy captivity. But before she can break up with her fiancé, gunmen storm her wedding and take hostages! Megan will do anything to stay alive—for herself and a second chance with Gage. But there’s more terror to endure before she can say yes to the dress—and her dream groom!
What do the gunmen want? Gage works double time to unravel the mystery and save the beauty who still holds his heart. As the wedding crashers open fire, Gage puts his life on the line to protect Megan and convince her of his love.
Tristan McKeller in Secrets and Lies by Shirlee McCoy
Attacked in her classroom, widowed teacher Ariel Martin’s only thought is for her unborn child. When her student’s brother, rookie K-9 officer Tristan McKeller, and his faithful dog save her life, she can’t thank him enough. She knows Tristan won’t rest until she’s safe, but she doesn’t want him or his police colleagues digging into her dangerous past. After all, the only person who would want to hurt her is dead…or is he? With her and her child’s life on the line, she’ll have to trust Tristan with her secrets if she wants to finally get the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking.
Jax Crockett in Six Gun Showdown by Delores Fossen
The voice mail rocks deputy sheriff Jax Crockett to his core. A year ago, Paige was murdered by the Moonlight Strangler. Yet his ex-wife just showed up at his ranch—out of options and out of time. There are only two reasons Paige would come back to Texas with a killer hot on her heels: Jax and their toddler son. Faking her death was the only way to keep them alive. But now it’s Jax who’s risking everything to protect his family. The cowboy lawman is also reawakening a powder keg of desire. A desire that’s primed and ready to explode. Giving in will up the ante, igniting the embers of a love they may not live to claim.
Clay Bellamy in Her SEAL Protector by Jillian Burns
Mission: Rescue the lush, curvy civilian. And definitely don’t give in to temptation!
Even in her worst nightmare, Gabby Diaz never imagined a banking conference in Paraguay would end with her being kidnapped and ransomed—before being rescued by a hard-muscled Navy SEAL. Now, despite lingering worries, she’s home and safe again…isn’t she?
Someone has Gabby in their deadly sights, and she needs her hotter-than-hot SEAL’s help. But despite Clay Bellamy’s guarded Navy demeanor, his hunger for Gabby is hard to control. He tells himself it’s just the “hero” thing, that they’re worlds apart—until a sizzling kiss flips both their worlds upside down. Now Clay’s mission has been compromised in the wickedest way imaginable…
Logan O’Connor in When I Found You by Kate James
It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego’s international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport’s chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question. With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana’s best, if not only, line of defense. Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren’t misplaced…but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s misjudged someone’s intentions.
Zach Castro in The Marine’s Embrace by Beth Andrews
He’s only looking for a room and a fresh start, but Zach finds more than he’d bargained for when he checks into Fay Lindemuth’s bed-and-breakfast. The single mom intrigues him with her quiet strength and gentle beauty. He knows he should keep his distance from Fay and her young sons. Not only is she still hung up on her ex-husband, but as an ex-marine, Zach Castro has no idea what he can offer them. No matter how much he begins to feel for her…
Josh Parker in Hard Core Law by Angi Morgan
The twins were all Josh Parker had in this world. So when they were kidnapped, he couldn’t rely on his Texas Rangers star to get them back safely. Or involve Tracey Cassidy, the only person he trusted to care for his children. A family of criminals was asking him to break the law if he ever wanted to see his children again. But when Tracey caught wind of his plan, she knew no matter how big Josh’s heart was, he had a future with his twins to look forward to. They needed their father. And this was one burden he wouldn’t have to shoulder alone.
Tucker Darroch in Arizona Wild by Linda Lael Miller
Losing her memory in a mysterious tragedy years before left Mojo Sheepshanks not knowing who she is or how to get on with her life. Now the wisecracking Mojo, who hangs out at Bad-Ass Bert’s Biker Saloon in Cave Creek, Arizona, suddenly begins seeing ghosts…and discovering clues to her real identity. Meanwhile, sexy cop Tucker Darroch has her heart racing and her passions revved up to maximum overdrive, but is it safe to let go and love the man? Really love him?
Everything becomes even more complicated when a wealthy man claiming to be Mojo’s long-lost uncle turns up. Not only that, she’s being stalked by her ex-con half brother! As she and Tucker work to uncover the facts, she’ll need all her savvy and strange new talent to keep someone from burying her—and the truth.
Colin Donovan in Keeper’s Reach by Carla Neggers
Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, two of the FBI’s most valuable agents, are preparing for their next big assignment—their wedding—when Colin’s brother Mike alerts them that onetime friends from his military past are on Sharpe and Donovan home turf on the Maine coast. Now private security contractors, they want to meet with Mike. One of them, an FBI agent named Kavanagh, is supposed to be on leave. What is he investigating—or does he have his own agenda?
Mike zeroes in on Naomi MacBride, a freelance civilian intelligence analyst who, aside from a few hot nights, has never brought him anything but trouble. Newly returned from England, Naomi clearly isn’t telling Mike everything about why she’s snooping around his hometown, but he has no choice but to work with her if he wants to uncover what’s really going on.
But the case soon takes a drastic turn—Emma is targeted, and a connection surfaces between Naomi and Kavanagh and a recently solved international art theft case. Not every connection is a conspiracy, but as the tangled web of secrets unravels, Emma and Colin face their greatest danger yet. With everyone they know involved, they must decide who they can trust…or lose everything for good.
Vince Parcell in His Badge, Her Baby…Their Family? by Stella Bagwell
Six years ago, the demands and dangers of his job cost Carson City detective Vince Parcell his marriage. But when he walks into a hospital room and sees his ex-wife, memories of their love come flooding back. Eight and a half months pregnant, Geena remembers nothing of their shared past. Now Vince has to help her reclaim her identity—and missing family—before she gives birth to another man’s baby!
After an accident that left her with amnesia, Geena is stunned to discover she was once married to the sexy Nevada lawman. As Vince searches her recent past, powerful feelings draw them back together. An unexpected revelation could end things between them…or give them, and a beautiful baby girl, a precious second chance…
Who is your favorite “Man in Uniform” hero?