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Enticing [Kindle Edition]

Lori Foster
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The Buckhorn Brothers: Casey

As a teen, Emma Clark was the girl with the bad reputation-- and trying to get Casey Hudson into bed hadn't helped! Not only was he the cutest guy in town, but he was also the only one who'd really seemed to care about her-- so much so that the usually hot-blooded teen had resisted all her awkward advances. Now, eight years later, it's a different story...

Caught in the Act

When a robbery goes bad, undercover cop Mick Dawson can't believe Delilah Piper (aka mystery writer Lela DeBraye) was just in the wrong place at the wrong time-- and neither do the perps. The only way to protect her while he investigates what really happened is to stick with her 24/7-- and try not to fall for the object of his investigation!


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Enraged and uncertain what he planned to do, Casey started forward. Before he reached Dell, Sawyer caught his arm and drew him up short. "Take it easy, Case."

Emma covered her mouth with a shaking hand, crying while trying not to cry, held tight by her father's grip even as she attempted to inch away from him. She wouldn't look at any of them, her narrow shoulders hunched in embarrassment—and possibly pain.

Casey's heart hurt, and his temper roiled. Emma's pretty brown eyes, usually so warm and sexy, were downcast, circled by ruined makeup and swollen from her tears. There was a bruise on her cheek, just visible in the glow of the porch light.

Casey felt tight enough to break as a kind of animal outrage that he'd never before experienced struggled to break free. Every night he'd thought about seeing Emma again, and every night he'd talked himself out of it.

Not once had he considered that he'd see her like this. His vision nearly blurred as he heard Emma sniff and watched her wipe her eyes with a shaking hand.

With unnecessary roughness, her father shoved her forward and she stumbled across the wide porch before righting herself and turning her back to Casey. Without a word, she held on to the railing, staring out at the moonlit yard. Her broken breathing was audible over the night sounds of wind and crickets and rustling leaves.

"Do you know what your damn son did?" Dell demanded. Casey felt Sawyer look at him but he ignored the unasked questions and instead went to Emma, taking her arm and pulling her close. It didn't matter why she was here; he wanted to hold her, to tell her it'd be all right.

Drawn into herself, Emma sidled away from him, whispering a broken apology again and again. She hugged her arms around herself. Casey realized the night was cool, and while Dell wore a jacket, Emma wore only a T-shirt and jeans, as if she'd been pulled away without having time to grab her coat. Since he was shirtless, he couldn't offer her anything. He tried to think, to figure out what to do, but he couldn't get his brain to work. He felt glued to the spot, unable to take his gaze off her.

She needed his help.

Honey came to the same realization. "Why don't we all go inside and talk?"

Looking horrified by that proposition, Emma backed up. "No. That's not—"

"Be quiet, girl!" Her father reached for her again, his anger and his intent obvious.

Casey stepped in front of him, bristling, coiled. "Don't even try it." No way in hell would he let Dell touch her again.

Face mottled with rage, her father shouted, "You think you get some say-so, boy? You think what you've done to her gives you that right?"

Without moving his gaze from the man in front of him, Casey said, "Honey, will you take Emma inside?"

Honey looked at her husband, who nodded. Casey hadn't had a single doubt what his father would do or say. Not once in his entire life had he ever had to question his father's support.

Never in his life had he been more grateful for it. Again, Emma tried to back away, moving into the far shadows of the big porch. Casey snapped his gaze to hers, so attuned to her it seemed he felt her every shuddering breath. "Go inside, Emma."

She bit her lip, big tears spilling over her blotchy cheeks and clinging to her long lashes. Her mouth trembled. "Casey, I…"

"It's all right." He struggled to keep his voice soft, comforting, but it wasn't easy—not while he could see the hurt in her eyes and feel her very real distress. "We'll talk in a little bit."

Speaking low and gentle, Honey put her arm around Emma, and reluctantly, Emma allowed herself to be led away. The front door closed quietly behind them.

With his daughter out of sight, Dell seemed more incensed than ever. He took two aggressive steps forward. "You'll do more than talk. You'll damn well marry her."

Casey gave him a cool look of disdain. That Dell could treat a female so callously made him sick to his stomach, but that he'd treat his own daughter that way brought out all Casey's protective instincts. More than anyone else he knew, Emma needed love and understanding. Yet, her own father was throwing her out, deliberately humiliating her. "You brought her here," Casey growled. "You've delivered her to my doorstep, to me. What she or I do now is no concern of yours. Go home and leave us the hell alone."

Though Casey knew it would only complicate things more, he wanted to tear Dell apart. It wouldn't strain him at all. He was taller, stronger, with raw fury adding to his edge. He deliberately provoked Dell, and waited for his reaction.

It came in a lightning flash of curses and motion. The older man erupted, lunging forward. Smiling with intent, anxious for the confrontation, Casey braced himself.

Unfortunately, Sawyer caught Dell by his jacket collar before Casey could throw his first swing.

At well over six feet tall, solid with muscle, Sawyer wasn't a man to be messed with. He slammed Dell hard into the side of the house, and held him there with his forearm braced across his throat. He leaned close enough that their noses nearly touched.

"You come onto my property," Sawyer snarled, looking meaner than Casey had ever seen him look, "treating your only daughter like garbage and threatening my son?" He slammed Dell again, making his head smack back against the wood siding. "Unless you want me to take you apart right now, which I'm more than willing to do, I suggest you get hold of your goddamn temper."

Dell's face turned red from Sawyer's choking hold, but he managed a weak nod. When Sawyer released him, he sagged down, gulping in air. It took him several moments, and Casey was glad that Emma had gone inside so she didn't hear her father's next words.

Wheezing, Dell eyed both Sawyer and Casey. "You're so worried about Emma, fine. She's yours." He spit as he talked, his face distorted with anger and pain. "You and your son are welcome to her, but don't think you can turn around and send her back home."

"To you?" Casey curled his lip. "Hell no."

Something in the man's eyes didn't make sense. The fury remained, no doubt about that. But Dell also looked…desperate. And a bit relieved. "You swear?"

He should have hit the son of a bitch at least once, Casey thought. He nodded, and forced the next words out from between clenched teeth. "You just make sure you stay the hell away from her."

Glaring one last time, Dell stepped around Sawyer and stomped down off the porch. At the edge of the grass, he stopped, his shoulders stiff, his back expanding with deep breaths, and for a long moment he hesitated. Casey narrowed his eyes, waiting. For Emma's sake, he half hoped her father had a change of heart, that he showed even an ounce of concern or compassion.

Dell looked over his shoulder at Casey. His mouth opened twice but no words were spoken. Finally he shook his head and went to his battered truck. He didn't glance back again. His headlights came on and he left the yard, squealing his tires and spewing gravel.

Casey stood there, breathing hard, his hands curled into of the situation, of what he'd just taken on, nearly leveled him. He squeezed his eyes shut, trying to think.

Jesus, what had he done?

Sawyer's hand slipped around the back of his neck, comforting, supportive. A heavy, uncomfortable beat of silence passed. "What do you want to do first, Case?" Sawyer spoke in a nearly soundless murmur, his voice disappearing in the dark night. "Talk to me, or talk to Emma?"

Casey looked at his dad, a man he loved and respected more than anyone else on earth. He swallowed. "Emma."

Nodding, Sawyer turned them both around and headed for the door. Casey hoped a few answers came to him before the morning light began creeping over the lake. Because, at the moment, he had no idea what the hell was going on.

EMMA HEARD the opening and the closing of the front door. She squeezed her eyes shut, horrified, ashamed, scared spitless.

And oddly relieved.

More tears leaked out, choking her, burning her cheeks and throat. What had she done? What choice had she been given?

Honey touched her arm in a motherly way. "Drink your hot chocolate. And Emma, everything will be okay. You'll see."

Shaking down deep in her soul, Emma wiped at her eyes. She felt like a child, and knew she looked more like a barroom whore. Her makeup had long since been ruined and her nose and eyes were red. Her hair was a wild mess and her T-shirt was dirty.

Though the Hudson household was cozy and warm, she still felt chilled from the inside out. In that moment, she wondered if she'd ever be warm again.

Hugging herself in self-conscious dismay, she wished she could just disappear. She didn't belong in this house with these nice respectable people. But disappearing wasn't an option. She'd gotten herself in this mess and now she had to face them all. She had to explain.

She owed Casey at least that much.

At that moment, barefoot and shirtless, Casey came around the corner into the kitchen. His muscled arms crossed over his chest as he stopped in front of the kitchen table where she sat. His light-brown eyes, filled with compassion and confusion, warmed to glittering amber as he looked her over.

Stomach churning in dread, Emma flicked her gaze away. Casey's father, Sawyer, stood behind him. Honey sat beside her. She felt surrounded, circled by their concern and curiosity, hemmed in by their kindness.

The damn tears welled up again and she felt herself start to shudder. Oh God, if she bawled like a baby now she'd never forgive herself.

His expression solemn, Casey held out his hand. "Let's me and you talk a little, Emma."

She stared at him through a haze of tears.

Sawyer frowned. "Casey…"

"Just a few minutes, Dad. I promise."

Honey sent Sawyer a pointed look, then patted Emma's shoulder. "You can use the family room. Sawyer and I will make sandwiches and join you in just a few minutes."

Keeping her head bowed so she wouldn't have to make eye contact with anyone, Emma left her chair. She didn't want to take Casey's hand, and tried to walk around him, but he caught her and his fingers laced into hers. His hand was big and w...


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  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (September 1, 2007)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UZJQ1Y
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not fabulous January 5, 2009
By Zeph
Format:Paperback
I purchased Casey's story as an individual E-book so I don't know anything about 'Caught in the Act'.

Casey has matured into a great man over the Buckhorn Brothers series, which I consider one of my favorite series, but I'm not sure whether he is the same guy we have grown to know and love.

I felt as though I was reading about three separate Caseys and not three parts of one hero. 17 year old Casey is generous, slightly controlling, and adorable. He was my favorite. 27 year old Casey #1 was cold and jaded. 27 year old Casey #2 is protective, in love, and overall a respectable guy. But the transition from one Casey to the next just wasn't smooth enough.

The only other part of Foster's writing here that slightly discomforted me was her failure to follow through. Casey always referred to his cousins as neices and nephews but no one corrected him. At least he recognized that his brother was still his brother despite being 17 years apart in age. I'm a numbers gal so when authors screw up the math I get overly irritated. Gabe who is approximately 39 by my math, could not have a 9 year-old daughter because when Emma left EIGHT years ago, Elizabeth (Gabe's wife) had not yet announced her first pregnancy. Also in Gabe's book, its aknowledged that Gabe and Ceily went to high school together but here Ceily is implied to be in her early thirties. If I was wrong to infer such a thing then well I would have liked Foster to aknowledge that most women in their late 30s would show some distress over dating a younger guy. I am not saying that it should or would stop them just that there is usually some internal turmoil.

Lastly, the ending was sort of cheesy. I will not give it away but it was predictable and nothing special. I did appreciate Foster's turn on the girl who returns to her hometown changed. At least there was no cliche grand make-over. This book was good but not fabulous.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book contains the following two stories.

4 stars for CAUGHT IN THE ACT.
Good, enjoyable romance story. There were a number of good things about this story. Someone took a shot at Del, and the related danger provided interesting conflict. I loved the characters. I was delighted with the heroine's actions at the end.

This is the third story in the series around Dane Carter's detective agency. The anthology Fallen Angels has the first two stories: Beguiled about Dane Carter and Wanton about Alec Sharpe, both private investigators. Caught in the Act is about Mick Dawson, a 26 year old undercover cop whom readers first met in Beguiled, when he was a teenager.

Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: six. Setting: present day U.S. city. Copyright: 2001. Genre: romantic suspense.

3 stars for THE BUCKHORN BROTHERS: CASEY.
This is sweet, light and fluffy - a nice, pleasant romance story. Emma has problems with her parents and runs away from home at age 16. She returns 8 years later to visit her dad who is in the hospital. Casey had been a friend to her as a teen but missed her after she left. Now he wants her and woos her. Everyone in the story is likeable, generous and sympathetic except Emma's parents and a few jealous females. There is almost too much likeability in this story.

There are at least four other Buckhorn Brothers stories, published separately. These are about Sawyer (Casey's dad), Morgan, Gabe and Jordan.

Sexual language: moderate to strong. Number of sex scenes: four. Setting: present day Buckhorn, Kentucky. Copyright: 2002. Genre: contemporary romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 hot heroes! (An Amazon verified purchase) June 16, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Casey is the 5th & last in the series about the Buckhorn Brothers. It's a really good read and the other brothers come into play in this story about Casey and Emma. You don't have to read the previous 4 to enjoy this one. However- the other 4 were so enjoyable I just had to read about Casey to finish out the series.
The other book called "Caught In the Act" is a very fast and entertaining read if you like Lori Foster-which I definitely do! The hero-Mick Dawson-is an undercover cop who gets involved with a famous author Delilah Piper-during a robbery in a jewelry store when Mick gets shot protecting her. Fast moving with lots of action.
"Enticing" contains the 2 separate books and both are very enjoyable.
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By Erin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved both stories in this book.
Very well developed plots, with hot sexy scenes.
The story of Casey is very sweet and it was a very nice ending for the Buckhorns series.
The another one, Caught in the act, made me dive right into the next series of the three uniform friends that was very good as well.
Lori Foster definitely knows what she's doing. Became a fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 29, 2012
By M.
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed both stories, I originally purchased to get Casey's book to finish my Buckhorn collection. Great price for hard to find book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars there are no words... July 1, 2011
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It's enough to say that i have already read this book more than 4 times and i'm still not tired of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is there a book after Caught in the Act? January 10, 2010
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed the Buckhorn books. I would like to read the next book after Caught in the Act. Is it a series?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for Casey's tale July 11, 2008
Format:Paperback
I read all of the Buckhorn Brother's stories(4 in all) and had to read Casey's story. I didn't think the story line was as good as the first four, due to a lot of rehashing, which I guess is in there for any one who is new to the story line but a little bit much. But I loved finding out what has happened to the brothers and their wives. Worth the money to read the happy endings!
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More About the Author

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin's, Berkley, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Harlequin.

Lori believes it's important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.

Lori hosts a very special annual "Reader & Author" event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women's Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children's Home.

In 2007, Lori put together The Write Ingredients a cookbook of recipes donated by popular authors. Proceeds from the cookbook go toward Lori's ongoing "Troop project" of collecting and mailing fun, and sometimes necessary, items to our troops.

In 2008, Lori coordinated with other authors of her choosing, and through Berkley, arranged for the publication of The Power of Love, a special romance anthology of novellas about empowering women. All author and agent proceeds from the anthology go to the Hamilton Co YWCA Battered women's shelter.

In 2009, Tails of Love, another romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published through Berkley with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

In 2010, The Gift of Love romance anthology, with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with proceeds to benefit The Conductive Learning Center, a school for children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

In 2011, The Promise of Love, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, will be published with proceeds to benefit the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children.

In 2012, Love Bites, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

In 2013, Animal Attraction, a romance anthology that goes with the "Buckhorn Brothers" series, with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

Lori has received many prestigious awards, including:

Romantic Times "Career Achievement Award" for:
Series Romantic Fantasy
Contemporary Romance

Walendenbooks:
Say No To Joe - second "Bestselling Original Contemporary"

Borders Group Inc.:
The Secret Life of Bryan - "Bestselling Original Contemporary" romance title
Jude's Law - "Bestselling Romantic Comedy" romance title
Back in Black - "Bestselling Romantic Suspense" romance title

Lori Foster has been both a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle and the USA Today Quick Cross puzzle.

Lori enjoys visiting with readers on her Facebook Fan page, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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