Stay Buried is the first book in the Orchard Falls series about sexy hot, former military heroes who believe they have gone up against the scariest things life has to offer and still came out on top. But no amount of military training can prepare them for the most difficult challenge of all—falling in love. John Ryder has secrets—dead bodies and two million dollars. The type of secrets that could ruin relationships, end careers and get somebody killed. Which is why they should remain buried.With a bullet lodged in his heart his military career is now over and Ryder returns to his home town in Orchard Falls, Pennsylvania where he realizes he’s alone. His ailing father hates his guts. His much younger twin brothers are leaving for college soon. And a woman from his past is now his next door neighbor and is driving him crazy while he’s having lusty thoughts of another woman. Caroline Appleby can’t seem to stay away from her new neighbor. But sexy, bad boy John Ryder isn’t interested in her unless she’s willing to hop into bed with him. And while she is willing, she wants more than just a sexual relationship with him. Why can’t he open up to her? What is he hiding? And why does he look at her the way he does with those black murderous eyes? She wants to rip away the layers and see what’s on the inside of this man who doesn’t think he deserves to be loved.Years ago, Ryder and his friends made a pact to cover up a murder and never speak of it again. But when a member of that pact ends up dead, and people start pointing the finger at him, it’s time to take action. Only he never meant for Sweet Caroline to get into the middle of it all. Now her life is being threatened and it is up to Ryder to risk exposing his secrets in order to save her.