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No rebounds. . . Jenna Gaines has her Ph.D., a great teaching job at her alma mater, everything she ever wanted in life . . . almost. Once upon a time she wanted Scott Hendricks, but the NBA called and he left her to become a hoops star. Now his career is over, and the only man Jenna ever loved is back at her school and in her life-too many years too late, as far as she's concerned. Jenna would have given up her dreams to follow Scott, which was the last thing he wanted. All Scott can think about now is the taste of her lips and how it feels to caress her silky ebony skin, but Jenna won't give him a second chance to break her heart. She will, however, let him be her backup and support when she reconnects with her long-lost brother. But anything could happen on their fateful trip-because Scott still has the moves . . . and the magic.
Funny, sexy, and hot, ex-NBA star Ralph Prescott is Vanessa Grant's dream lover. He's also a notorious, no-good player-the wrong kind of man for a woman with big responsibilities. But at a mutual friend's lavish wedding, passion and curiosity get the best of maid of honor Vanessa, and Ralph reveals himself to be the best man in more ways than one. Ralph has had more than his share of women, but none has captivated him like Vanessa. To convince her that his player days are behind him, he'll have to show her what kind of man he truly is. He'll have to fight every inch of the way to break through her defenses and claim the blazing ecstasy they both want . . . and show her why she can't-and shouldn't-say no.
Temptation in paradise Smart, sexy, successful Laura Murdock never mastered the fine arts of loving and trusting. Taking a well-deserved vacation from her work at a Detroit women's crisis center, she's prepared for three glorious weeks in the Virgin Islands. What she's not ready for is Wilham Sebastian Kramer. A brilliant artist, Wilham is pure magic-as bold and bewitching as his remarkable paintings. When Laura agrees to pose for him, she realizes she's stoking a fire too hot for either of them to control. So she runs from his arms, driven away from quite possibly the perfect man by a lifetime of cruel lessons. But the flame will not die-and the memory of their sweet and sultry island magic haunts her sleepless nights, tempting her back. Yet Laura is far too wise and much too stubborn to admit she desires this man with all her soul. After all, she knows pain and heartbreak always follow surrender . . . don't they?
A sexy NFL star reunites with his lost love and finds a family he never knew existed in this exciting new contemporary African American romance. Brynne Armstrong, a counsellor at a Detroit women's centre, returned to Detroit after an abrupt break-up with her boyfriend Devin Prescott, star NFL quarterback. For the past four years her life has revolved around work and her 3-year-old daughter Shanna, but that changes when Devin suddenly reappears.Devin is shocked to run into Brynne at a party. His old pain returns as he remembers how Brynne left him without any explanation. But he finally gets his explanation, or at least part of it, when Brynne tells him she left because she was pregnant. What she doesn't tell him is that she became pregnant after being raped, and doesn't know if the baby is Devin's or her attacker's. She has never tried to find out Shanna's father's identity out of fear that it would be the attacker, but now she must know the truth and asks Devin to take a paternity test. They discover that he is the father. Not knowing about her attack, he's furious and hurt that she was cheating on him, and that he missed the first years of his daughter's life. As he spends time with Shanna he feels confused about Brynne. He still loves her but thinks he can't trust her. Brynne also still loves him, but she's never told anyone about her attack. She is afraid of what he will think, or if he'll even believe her. But they know they want to be a family, and that will mean taking risks and learning to trust each other again.
From the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award-winning author for Multicultural Romance, Bette Ford, a novel about family secrets, wealth and true love..."Poignant, gutsy and teeming with sensuality FOREVER AFTER is a stellar love story that no romance reader will want to miss. Once again, the inimitable Ms. Ford has created a sensational novel destined to become a keeper in the hearts of readers and booksellers for years to come." -Romantic TimesTormented by dark family secrets, lies and deception, the beautiful Diane Rivers had to struggle to make a life for herself. Though a successful career in teaching finally awarded her the long-fought-for independence she craved, it came at a price...a future with the man she loved the most, Charles Alexander Randol, III.Charles Randol, Vice President of Randol Pharmaceuticals is shocked when he discovers that Diane's promiscuous reputation is utterly false...Diane is a virgin. When Diane finally gathers up the nerve to share her true feelings with Charles, he immediately whisks her away to the island of St. Thomas for a private wedding, luxurious honeymoon and the intended happily ever after...But when they return to the States, Charles' whole world is rocked when he learns that Diane's virginity isn't the only secret she's kept from him. Faced with his wife's traumatic past, Charles finds himself torn between his deep love for her and the bitter betrayal he feels at being kept in the dark on her dangerous past...and Charles desperately hopes the love in his heart is tough enough to save his marriage...and to save his wife.
From the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award-winning author for Multicultural Romance, Bette Ford, a novel about true love, fate and a tropical paradise..."Island Magic is an emotionally intense read...a beautiful love story with a beautiful setting." -Romantic TimesWith hard work and perseverance, Cassandra Mosely has transformed a bland rooming house into a popular California inn. Now what she really needs is a long-deserved break from work--and from her strained relationship with the wealthy businessman, Gordan Kramer. Looking for time and space to ponder her life, Cassandra takes a vacation to the beautiful island of Martinique...never expecting to find herself in a new romance that challenges her in ways she never thought possible...But Gordan doesn't give up that quickly and is determined to get Cassie back into his life. Now, in the paradise of Martinique, Cassy and Gordan must rediscover each other if they really want their relationship to work out--and if some island magic enlightens the two workaholics on the pleasures of paradise, it will be a vacation worth remembering...
Mama's Pearl is a novella that was originally published in the anthology, A MOTHER'S LOVEFrom the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award-winning author for Multicultural Romance, Bette Ford, a novella about a second-chance romance for two high school sweethearts..."A poignant, sensual story showcasing the best qualities of romance: grace, forgiveness and healing." -Romantic TimesOnce, Sarah Dean and Kurt Rogers were high school sweethearts with their whole future together planned out. But circumstances beyond their control forced them to go their separate ways. Now, many years later, the secret that Sarah has harbored for so long is about to be revealed as Kurt returns to rekindle their long-ago passion - and a love that still burns in both their hearts.
When legal secretary, Anthia Jenkins needed someone to talk to about her son's problems, her friend, Dexter Washington, director of the local Detroit community center, was always there to lend an ear. Long without a trusted man in her life, Anthia doesn't know if she could have gotten through her son's troubles without Dexter...and before long, Anthia starts to see all the kindness behind Dexter's rugged exterior.Sparkling chemistry tells Anthia that Dexter is just as passionate, so she can't understand why Dexter is keeping her at bay...But Dexter has a troubled past...one that convinced him romantic love wasn't in the cards for him.Yet - Dexter's growing attraction and admiration for Anthia blossoms into a passion like he's never known before...When Anthia discovers Dexter's secret, will he be able to convince Anthia of the truth...or will she walk out on love before she has a chance to discover the real Dexter Washington...and the redemptive power of love?
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