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Peek Inside Truth and Consequences

Jason’s undercover as a dirty cop, and agent Kathleen could lose her career, reputation, and her life if she goes with her gut and trusts him.

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When undercover FBI agent Jason Harding comes face-to-face with the girl he had a crush on as a teen, his complicated life gets even more tricky. He’s dreamed of Kathleen Palmer for years, but now all she’ll see him as is a corrupt small-town cop and a murder suspect. He’s trapped, but he has to keep up his cover if he wants to bring down the crooked cops who’ve run Haynes County for decades.

After she had to bury her young son, all Kathleen’s had left is her career as an agent and her reputation, but she could lose that too if she follows her heart and trusts Jason, the cop involved in an investigation she’s working on.

Trying to juggle the case and their relationship could get them both killed, and when the truth about Jason’s identity surfaces, they’ll both have to face unimaginable consequences.

Each book in the Hearts of the South series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Books in the series:
Book #1: Truth and Consequences
Book #2: His Ordinary Life
Book #3: Hold On to Me
Book #4: Anything But Mine
Book #5: Memories of Us
Book #6: Hearts Awakened
Book #7: Fall Into Me
Book #8: Facing It
Book #9: Uncovered
Book #10: Gone From Me
Book #11: All I Need

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633049
Series: Hearts of the South, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 289
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, mistaken identity, overcoming odds, redemption

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By UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish November 22, 2015

Truth and Consequences is the first book in the Hearts of the South series, and a great read filled with action, suspense, romance and steamy goodness!

The story starts out with two teenagers who are found dead in the cab of a stolen pickup truck, apparently of self inflicted gunshot wounds – a doubl ...more

By ~Megan~ February 23, 2011

Saw this series recommended on Amazon and thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm kind of glad I did! I've been on a romantic suspense kick lately, and this book hit the spot. I loved the lead characters, both scarred by the past. The small town backwoods Georgia setting was fun, and the villains were appr ...more

By Pamela(AllHoney) October 18, 2017

The first book in the Hearts of the South series by Linda Winfree. Another series to invest in :)

Romantic suspense. Great balance of suspense, mystery and romance. A bit heart wrenching at times but a good read. I would highly recommend this series! ...more

Good, quick read with a suspenseful plot. A few twist and turns that kept things interesting. The chemistry between the H&H was sizzling and the romance was sweet. The writing style was smooth and easy to follow. Overall, an enjoyable read! ...more

By Darcy April 07, 2011

I absolutely loved this story. The characters are fully developed and complicated just the way I like them. The small southern town has many mysteries to lead into another book and going to make a great series. I loved the hero Jason. He was a strong male man with human flaws like most people. He ha ...more

By BookLover March 21, 2017

I read this series a couple of years ago and loved it. It’s strange. - This author wrote this series and one spin-off book and then stopped writing. I would love to see her write another book. I would be first in line to buy it.

This book was really great. It was crime/suspense and romance filled. It ...more

By Karagan May 23, 2011

A broken soul with a penchant for Arthurian legend, and who's wise enough to realize the faults of the oh so not great Lancelot, Jason was just too sexy for his own good. Honestly, I'm at a loss for words. Other than... I loved it!

*part of a Location 2571 review ...more

By Judith June 02, 2017

Four stars

This was a great romantic suspense. The balance between the romance element and the suspense was nicely done. I thought all of the characters were well developed and the setting was vividly portrayed. I knocked a star off because my preference is for sex to be implied. The descriptions we ...more

By Wati December 12, 2016

I love the book. Great story! ...more

By Cindy May 09, 2012

I am going back and rereading all my Linda Winfree books. God how I miss this author.

The thing with this series is you have to read all the books because they are all closely tied together. Tick Calvert isn’t the hero of this book but he is a strong secondary character and from this book on he is i ...more

By Diane June 18, 2011

i'm liking linda winfree more and more as an author. got this book free for kindle a while back, but forgot i had it till i got WHAT MATTERED MOST, which ties in some characters in both books. this is the first in her series HEART OF THE SOUTH, and i'm a sucker for romance/suspense. this has good co ...more

By Crystal August 08, 2014

Truth and Consequences

I thought this was a great story. It kept me in suspense and fear that Jason would be discovered by his cousin that he was undercover. Kathleen and Tick got there in the nick of time. The love of Jason and Kathleen was so good. ...more

By Patti June 29, 2011

Great read. Really enjoy the character interaction. ...more

By ErinReadsTooMuch May 19, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised with this free Kindle read. Well written, great characters, lots of suspense, and awesome love scenes. Maybe I'll check out what else this author has..... ...more

By ms bookjunkie April 03, 2011

This was free on Kindle and Bree pimped it on Twitter like mad, so I had to get it and read it. I liked it a lot, and so I'm hooked on yet another series… ...more

By Veronica August 03, 2015

Read in August 2013
Most recent reread: July 2015 ...more

By Jackie August 02, 2011

My first Linda Winfree book, and I liked it. Nice story, maybe a bit more drama throughout would be nice. Will definitely check out more from her. ...more

By Lori August 30, 2010

Reread in 2010. While the villains are over the top, I really enjoyed everything else about this book. ...more

By Rhian May 17, 2010

If you like romantic suspense you have to read this book. ...more

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Linda Winfree

About the author

Linda Winfree

How does an English teacher end up plotting murders? She uses her experiences as a cop's wife to become a writer of romantic suspense! Linda Winfree lives in a quintessential small Georgia town with her husband and grand-dog. By day, she teaches English/Language Arts and is an all-round education nerd; by night she pens sultry books full of murder and mayhem. To learn more about Linda and her books, visit or connect with her on Facebook at You can also contact Linda via email at [email protected]

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