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Nicola had never met Jason Wilde, but she hated him for the way he had hurt and deceived her sister, and was determined to be revenged on him. <P> So she worked out a plan that seemed fool-proof. She took a job with the oil company for which Jason worked and managed to get out to Abrhm, the remote post in the middle of the North African desert where he was supervising. Miles from civilization and the company of women, he should, she reasoned, be an easy target. She was not exactly unattractive, and it should not be difficult to make him fall for her - and then walk out of him in just the same way as he had walked out on her sister. <P> But things did not quite work out in the way Nicola had expected, and fate turned the tables on her neatly and drastically.
Seven years ago, Caroline had considered Gareth Morgan unsuitable as a husband. Now she was to find herself part of Gareth's life again when she got a job in Central Africa where he was living. And Gareth wasted no time in telling her. "If you have any foolish notions of trying to rekindle old fires, you'll be wasting your time!"<P> But did she want to rekindle old fires? In England there was Jeremy Brent, eager to marry her; and now, in Africa, Nicolas Freeleng made it clear he found her attractive. What did it matter how Gareth felt?
Emma Maxwell knew her stepmother, Celeste, must have some scheme in mind, even before they arrived in Venice. When she heard what it was, Emma wanted no part of it. Then she met Count Vidal Cesare, on whom Celeste had designs, and decided he was old enough and experienced enough to look after himself.<P> Emma was very firm about her own future. She informed the Dowager Contessa, "No, signora. When I marry it will be for love. And my husband will love me . . .and only me!"
Too Hot To Handle<P> Camilla hadn't seen Virginia in years, but she certainly couldn't ignore her childhood friend's urgent plea to come to Hawaii. Her cool reception from Virginia's husband was both unsettling and understandable; Virginia and their young daughter had vanished.<P> Good manners dictated Alex Conti invite Camilla to stay in the guest room, but he made it clear she was neither welcome nor wanted. Though distant and desperately worried about his daughter, Alex hardly seemed the monster Virginia had described. Camilla wanted to help. But everything she did seemed to complicate matters. As did her growing attraction to Alex, whose eyes held an enigmatic mix of pain and raw desire that sent her senses reeling.
Life was complicated enough for William Quentin without his ex-wife turning up on his doorstep. The agony of her betrayal still haunted him, but he couldn't turn Francesca away, especially as she was in fear for her life.
Piers' love had been all Rebecca wanted.<P> Rebecca fell wildly in love with Piers St. Clair--only to discover he was married. All too swiftly, that idyll on a romantic Pacific island had ended.<P> Now, three years later, on the other side of the world, Rebecca had made a new life. And almost found a new love.<P> When Piers suddenly came back into her life, Rebecca knew she'd never stopped loving him. But Piers was full of bitterness--and there was still no future for their love.
She couldn't bear the unexpected truth<P> Sara gladly accepted the offer of acting as companion to her youthful Aunt Harriet. Her father had recently died, and she welcomed the solace the English countryside offered.<P> But life in Harriet's household proved far from peaceful. Most disturbing to Sara was Jude, a blunt and darkly seductive man. Why had Harriet hired him? And what did he do?<P> Then understanding dawned on her: Jude was her aunt's lover. Yet she couldn't deny the deep attraction she herself felt for him - an attraction he seemed to reciprocate!
The Valley's fate was in Rafe's hands! Everyone wanted to know whether Rafe Glyndower would turn over his father's centuries-old estate to modern lead mining. Catherine's uncle was a farmer-tenant whose livelihood would be ruined; he convinced Catherine that she must confront Rafe. She had known Rafe from childhood. But now he was man: powerful, handsome--and married. Which shouldn't have mattered, except that suddenly much more was at stake for Catherine than the fate of her uncle's farm!
As a girl, Jaime had learned how powerful love can be in the arms of a wealthy Italian count, Raphael di Vaggio. Yet she had rejected him to pursue her career.<P> He had found someone else and for five years Jaime had struggled single-mindedly for financial and emotional independence.<P> Then a twist of fate revived old memories and a passion she thought had died. Too late she realized she had made the wrong decision. Surely now there could be no turning back.
Alex yearned for freedom!<P> Brought up in a French convent, Alex had been sadly neglected by her archaeologist father. He died leaving her starved for affection, desperate to love and be loved - desperate enough to trick her father's friend, Jason Tarrant, into becoming her guardian.<P> Jason knew the dangerous involved in taking a beautiful young girl to his isolated South American ranch, but he couldn't resist her wistful appeal. And Alex soon discovered that she couldn't resist his disturbing male magnetism, or her own awakening desires.
"I can't go through with the wedding!"<P> Helen's announcement a few hours before she was due at the church stunned her family--especially since she gave no reason.<P> But how could she explain that a man she'd known less than a week, a man who had rejected her, had turned her world completely upside down. For the man was Morgan Fox, her fiancé's stepbrother, and his rejection of her seemed final.<P> "I have no intention of marrying anyone," Morgan told her. "And if you're thinking an African moon will change anything, forget it."<P> Yet Helen knew he was not indifferent to her!
Rachel had tried to escape the torture of her thoughts and memories. She had loved Joel--loved him with all the wealth of tenderness and passion she possessed. He had taken her love and destroyed it....<P> Now she heard Joel say, "I know what I always said. And I used to believe it, too. But not any longer. I've been a fool, Rachel. You don't know how much of a fool."<P> But it was too late; she couldn't let herself believe him now.
He'd be her friend but never her lover<P> Caroline's job as governess at a Mexican hacienda was more demanding than she'd dreamed possible. Her employer, Esteban, was an evil and vulgar man, and he wanted her.<P> She turned for help to Luis de Montejo, Esteban's half brother and a seminarian. But Luis became much more than an ally when Caroline fell desperately in love with him.<P> She knew it was wrong to love him. She told herself she could never have him. But her heart just wouldn't listen...
Oliver Ferreira desired Grace more than any woman he'd ever known. However, he couldn't take what wasn't his. . . . Grace worked for Oliver's brother,Tom; in fact, rumor had it that she was Tom's mistress. Common sense and experience told Oliver to stay away. . . . But passion was stronger than reason--and Oliver knew it was only a matter of time before he made this forbidden mistress his. . . .
Mills & Boon are excited to present The Anne Mather Collection - the complete works by this classic author made available to download for the very first time! These books span six decades of a phenomenal writing career, and every story is available to read unedited and untouched from their original release. When passion is stronger than reason. . . Oliver Ferreira desired Grace more than any woman he'd ever known. However, he couldn't take what wasn't his. . . Grace worked for Oliver's brother, Tom; in fact, rumor had it that she was Tom's mistress. Common sense and experience told Oliver to stay away. But desire burning between them, Oliver knew it was only a matter of time before he made this forbidden mistress his . . .
Tempting...Oliver Ferreira desired Grace more than any woman he'd ever known. However, he couldn't take what wasn't his....Teasing...Grace worked for Oliver's brother,Tom; in fact, rumor had it that she was Tom's mistress. Common sense and experience told Oliver to stay away....Forbidden...!But passion was stronger than reason-and Oliver knew it was only a matter of time before he made this forbidden mistress his...
Five years ago, Jane's marriage to Demetri Souvakis ended. Devastated and betrayed, she left him and started a new life. Now Demetri needs an heir and demands a divorce. But they have one last night together--for old times' sake. . . However, that one last loving has dramatic results. How can Jane tell her soon-to-be-ex-husband that she's pregnant with his child?
The marriage was over. . . but what about their baby?Five years ago, Jane's marriage to Demetri Souvakis ended. Devastated and betrayed, she left him and started a new life. Now Demetri needs an heir and demands a divorce. But they have one last night together--for old times' sake. . . . However, that one last loving has dramatic results. How can Jane tell her soon-to-be-ex-husband that she's pregnant with his child?
Five years ago, Jane's marriage to Demetri Souvakis ended. Devastated and betrayed, she left him and started a new life.Now Demetri needs an heir and demands a divorce. But they have one last night together-for old times' sake....However, that one last loving has dramatic results. How can Jane tell her soon-to-be-ex-husband that she's pregnant with his child?
"It will never work," her friend warned.<P> Helen winced at the frank assessment of her chances for romantic happiness. For she had loved Heath since childhood, and as she'd grown into a woman, her emotions had deepened and changed in ways she was only starting to understand.<P> Suddenly Helen wanted more than the warm affection Heath had always given her-she wanted the heat of his passion.<P> But Heath thought of her as a child-and when he finally saw her for the woman she was, he sent her away....
The man of her fantasies belonged to another -- her daughter<P> Slim, lovely Laura Fox didn't look like the mother of a twenty-one-year-old, although her safe, predictable life--save the occasional run-in with her headstrong daughter--quite befitted that of a country matron.<P> Her world turned upside down when she met Jake Lombardi. Was it simply lust for something she'd never had--or did this passionate man's potent sensuality savage her emotions and lay bare the unguarded hunger of her soul? She despised him for making her want him. And oh, how Laura wanted him. But he was too young, too rich . . . and involved with her own daughter!
Rachel could tell something was wrong<P> Rachel had been hesitant to spend the Christmas holiday with the Shards in their Newcastle home. After all, Liz and Rob were Jaime's parents and might have been Rachel's in-laws had circumstances been different.<P> But Jaime Shard had lied--a lie that ended whatever there had been between him and Rachel. She was glad he never visited his parents for the holidays. She knew she wouldn't have to face him again.<P> Or so she thought--until she saw Liz Shard's worried face and heard her blurt out, "Jaime's home.... "
"We can't sell it to someone like him!"<P> Helen had to admit the sale of their estate was necessary. She and her mother could no longer afford to keep it up.<P> But she couldn't agree with her mother that selling it to the popular writer, Jarret Manning, would be a good deal. Jarret was a stranger, a rootless jet-setter with no sense of tradition.<P> Yet Helen soon discovered that arguing over real estate was the least of her problems with Jarret. He threatened to come between her and her fiance, Charles. And he seemed likely to succeed!
Dominic Montoya was darkly handsome and oh, so dangerous to know. Cleo knew he was strictly off-limits. But she couldn't turn her back on him altogether; he had information that could change her whole life.Cleo was torn as to which path she should choose, but reluctantly agreed to follow Dominic to his home on the sultry Caribbean island of San Clemente. Soon they were caught in the tangled web of their new family connections-and their forbidden attraction was too hot to handle...but too strong to deny....
Demetri Kastro has dark suspicions about Joanna, the young and very attractive woman who has escorted his father home to Greece. Though the elderly millionaire is ill, Demetri is certain Joanna isn't what the doctor ordered! However, Demetri's attempts to dig beneath Joanna's coolly beautiful exterior reveal few clues as to the nature of her relationship with his father. She's giving nothing away...except an unwitting sexual attractiveness that Demetri finds hard to resist....
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