Once upon a time...Chloe Lane was living in hell, in the basement of her own house.
She manages to escape and is discovered by real estate broker Miranda Callahan cleaning at a local coffee shop and squatting in a cardboard box outside a church. Thanks to Miranda and her friend and fellow agent Ashley Prine, Chloe grows into her independence, while retaining her firm faith in humanity's goodness.
Once upon a time...Neil Jensen had the perfect life.
A successful law practice, the renovated farmhouse on ten acres that he'd always wanted, a wife he adored, their first baby on the way. Then one day, in the blink of an eye, everything is blown apart, including his faith in humanity. When he finds himself staring at an empty bottle of bourbon and the business end of a loaded gun, he's saved-just barely-by a woman he hardly knows. He now spends his days doing manual labor alongside the at-risk youth he's determined to help-thanks to a promise he made the mother of his wife's murderer. And his nights hooking up with as many different women as he can get his hands on.
The friendship that Neil and Chloe develop causes deep fissures in the tight-knit group introduced in APPRAISED. In CONTINGENT, sweet, innocent Chloe Lane surprises everyone with the strength of her conviction about her past-and about the damaged man-whore Neil Jensen. Teaching everyone that sometimes, being a friend to someone in need is the best sort of love there is.