After news of his mother's weak heart summons him home, globetrotting journalist Roman Chandler loses a coin toss with his brothers that determines who will relinquish his bachelor status to give their mother a grandchild. Roman decides to "settle down" without giving up his travel-intensive job, and as one of the most handsome men in town, he can have his pick of the local women--except for Charlotte Bronson, his high school crush. Thoughts of her parents' miserable long-distance marriage keep Charlotte from accepting Roman's proposal, despite the sexual sparks that fly at their every encounter. Mutual attraction eventually proves too powerful to resist, however, but first Roman must win her trust....
Night after night, Brianne Nelson has fantasized about the sexy stranger she met at the café where she works part-time. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine that this tall drink of water would turn out to be a client.Thanks to his wealthy sister, injured detective Jake Lowell is the recipient of Brianne's personal services as a physical therapist for the next month. Now, he's not in any hurry to return to the beat-he has to find the guy who shot him first. Still, he does need therapy. But the "therapy" has evolved into something a little-uh-steamier. And before they know it, their nightly sessions have turned into a full-blown summer fling.Just what do you do when your wildest fantasies become an even wilder reality?
Samantha Reed is willing to settle into marriage as a trophy wife to a wealthy older man-if it will help her aging father pay off his debts. But not before having her first, last and only fling-cramming a lifetime's worth of lust into one weekend with the first available guy she finds. And when her car breaks down near a roadside tavern, she sets her sights on the sexy bartender-Mac Mackenzie...the perfect man for her love-him-and-leave-him fantasy.Only, it never occurs to Samantha that she might fall in love-or that Mac might have a few fantasies of his own....
Ten years ago Lilly Dumont was the ultimate poor little rich girl, complete with a huge inheritance...and an uncle determined to take it from her. With the help of her first love, she faked her own death and ran away to New York City, leaving behind everything, including her own name. Lilly Dumont was gone, but Lacey Kincaid was going to make it. Only, neither one ever forgot Ty Benson.Now Lacey's back to claim her inheritance. And her sizzling reunion with Ty has made her homecoming something to remember! Though not everybody's thrilled to see Lacey alive and well.... And it's up to Ty to make sure his childhood sweetheart doesn't disappear again-this time for good!
Nash can't help but admire Kelly Moss's confidence and beauty. But he's forced to keep his distance because getting involved with Kelly could destroy his relationship with his newly discovered teenage half-sister, Tess. And Kelly has other reasons for keeping her distance-like the secret she knows Nash will never forgive...
Lawyer Mallory Sinclair wants a partnership--almost as much as she wants fellow attorney Jack Latham. Unfortunately, she's worked so hard at making it in a man's world, that nobody's aware that she's even a woman--a very sensual woman. But Jack's about to find out, big time. Because Mallory's about to send him an invitation he can't refuse....Jack can't believe it! Underneath Mallory's power suits lies a temptress-one determined to seduce him! Not that Jack's complaining... Only, this new Mallory is so uninhibited, so blatantly sexy, Jack can't help wondering if he's sleeping with a stranger, instead of the colleague he's known for years. Still, he'd like their liaison to continue--if only he knew which woman would end up sharing his bed....
New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips presents a never-before-published novella set in a quaint upstate New York town--where Serendipity's finest show exactly what they're made of...Kate Andews is the original rebound girl. But she has had enough and has vowed to never be someone's second choice again. Unfortunately, her undeniably intense desire for Nick Mancini is testing her best laid plans because Kate has carried a torch for Nick since high school--but she's always been permanently in the friend zone. Lately, Nick has definitely noticed Kate. Unfortunately he can't get her to take him seriously. He knows he's made some stupid moves in the past but he's determined to get Kate to act on their obvious and mutual attraction. However Kate's stubborn and she's been hurt before, which means Nick will have to pull out all the stops in order to convince her he's not the same boy she used to know, and she's not second best......she's everything Includes a preview of Perfect Fit
As the eldest of three rebel-rousing brothers, Chase Chandler has waited a long time to leave his small-town roots behind. All bets are off when the single journalist meets a redhead who arouses a lot more than lust. Yet Sloane Carlisle isn't just any woman. She's a senator's daughter who is about to thrust him into the eye of a breaking political scandal-and a shot at a story that's already making headlines. All Chase has to do for an exclusive is keep her out of harm's way. A woman who refuses to play the Washington game, Sloane has just been hit with a bombshell that calls her entire identity into question. Feeling vulnerable, she does something completely out of character: She spends an incredible, passionate night with a handsome stranger. The last thing she expects is to ever see him again. But when she goes to the Chandlers' hometown of Yorkshire Falls to uncover the truth about her family, there he is! Not only that, her sometime amour Chase Chandler is sticking closer than a Capitol Hill groupie and igniting more sparks than the Fourth of July. Suddenly a guy who has always steered clear of marriage is falling for a serious-minded woman with a family secret that could land them both in danger. If they survive the fallout, what will it take to get Sloane to say the two words that could turn the town's most eligible bachelor into the world's sexiest spouse?
What star quarterback has been spotted with a new flavor of arm candy? It's notorious bad boy Riley Nash, but his newest flame is the last person this reporter could imagine - none other than Sophie Jordan, beautiful, buttoned-down co-owner of The Hot Zone, the industry's top sports management agency. What's behind this unlikely team? Some say it has to do with the sudden disappearance of super agent Spencer Atkins. Could there be a connection between the red-hot quarterback and the missing dealmaker? Or has the famous groupie magnet simply met his perfect match in cool, collected Sophie? Watch this space, because the resulting news is bound to be one Hot Item.
Micki Jordan, publicist to the brightest stars in the sports world, has decided to end her tomboy ways-effective immediately. While she will still be able to discuss the finer points of the two-man defense, she's transforming herself into one hot number. With any luck, she will no longer be known as "just one of the guys."Now, Micki wants to find a new man to fit her new life. Current leading contender Damian Fuller is a professional ballplayer and a major-league playboy. Will the new Micki have a chance at winning Damian's affections? Or will the wildest player in the league turn around and steal Micki's heart for good?
Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks-and personal life-of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare. Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track. Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball-one she never saw coming....
she's not just one of the guysAnnabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling.Now the girls are publicists in their uncle's firm, The Hot Zone. Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She's naturally drawn to real men-like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she'd better hold on tight if she doesn't want to lose her heart.
Passions ignite in these all-new stories from four bestselling masters of contemporary romance... In Jaci Burton's "Hope Smolders," struggling divorcee Jane has put her personal life on hold to raise her kids--until she runs into Will, her ex's former best friend, who convinces her it's time to start having fun again. Carly Phillips takes you back to the town of Serendipity, where overworked Alexa has an instant connection with a sinfully sexy football star on the dance floor. A one-night stand evolves into multiple nights when Luke decides to teach the good doctor about his own brand of fun. But when it's time for him to leave town, will these "Perfect Strangers" be able to say goodbye for good? In Jessica Clare's "Legend of Jane," an intrepid Bloggess catches the eye of local law enforcement when she gets caught trespassing. Luckily, Luanne wouldn't mind getting handcuffed by Officer Hotness... Single girl Chelsea is tired of feeling like the fifth wheel on her weekend jaunt to Lake Placid, until she gets stuck out in the cold and finds a muscular knight in shining armor to warm her up--in Erin McCarthy's "Ice Princess."
HOT STUFFPowerhouse sports publicist Annabelle Jordan has sworn never to date another jock-not even one as sinfully sexyas football legend Brandon Vaughn. Yet as the two team up to turn his image around, the chemistry between them might be too hot to handle.HOT NUMBERShe might work at a sports agency, but Micki Jordan has decided she's through being just one of the guys. But when she sets her sights on pro ballplayer and renowned playboy Damian Fuller, her heart might be in major-league trouble...HOT ITEMCool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family's top sports management agency-until star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash tempts her to break all the rules.HOT PROPERTYHot Zone publicist Amy Stone has one task: to help center fielder John Roper get his life back on track after a World Series disaster. But then the two retreat to a secluded lodge to escape the fallout-and the gorgeous ballplayer throws Amy a curveball she never saw coming...
New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips presents her third novel set in the quaint upstate New York town of Serendipity--where fate, fortune and love intertwine... Police Officer Dare Barron has had a crush on Liza McKnight ever since he was a teenager. But despite his lifelong attraction, the closest he's ever come to interacting with her is watching Liza regularly bail out her brother at the station. Dare's dark past with Liza's brother, Brian, has always kept him from pursuing her. But suddenly Liza finds herself in need of protection and Dare appoints himself as the man for the job. And while the sizzling attraction between Dare and Liza draws them together, the past that Dare and Brian share threatens to keep the two apart forever.
Long ago, as revenge on a Corwin who stole her son's fiancée, a witch proclaimed an eternal curse that every Corwin male who married for love would be destined to lose his woman and his fortune...Derek thought he could outsmart the long-standing Corwin curse by breaking up with Gabrielle, his first love-and marrying someone else. Now, divorced and broke, all he has left is his teenage daughter and a healthy respect for ancient sorcery. But then Gabrielle returns, determined to defeat the curse and rekindle their passion. But will her stubborn streak and her unwavering love be the lucky charm Derek so desperately needs?
When Mike Corwin awakens after some wild partying in Vegas $100,000 richer and married to Amber, the gorgeous woman he met the night before, he thinks he's hit the jackpot. The bad news is that Amber's a con who takes his money and runs. Seems the family curse has finally hit him. Hard.But to Amber, Mike isn't business as usual. If only she didn't need the money to ensure her father's safety, she might actually have fallen for the intense lawman. Instead, she's forced to betray him.Now Mike's hell-bent on divorce and Amber's on the run...but when a twist of fate reunites them, can they turn their run of bad fortune into a lucky streak?
Each one of us has the ability to effect change-to make our world a better place. The dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have changed lives, one good deed at a time. To celebrate their accomplishments, some of our bestselling authors written stories inspired by these real-life heroines. We hope More Than Words inspires you to get in touch with the real-life heroine living inside of you. In Carly Phillips's Compassion Can't Wait, two high school sweethearts are reunited and discover that if you believe in yourself and each other, anything is possible. Donna Hill's Someplace Like Home tells the story of how one woman's dream becomes reality, as three special people learn that it's never too late to form a loving family. In Jill Shalvis's What the Heart Wants, an honorable man must learn to forgive himself to regain the trust of the dedicated teacher who is the love of his life.
In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity's finest? Always feeling like the odd man out in his family, Michael Marsden wanted to make it on his own. So he escaped Serendipity to become an undercover cop in Manhattan, where the Marsden name wasn't known. But Michael's independence is compromised when he returns home to replace his sick father as chief of police. Back in the shadow of his family, he's as lost and restless as ever, until he's challenged by someone he never anticipated. Cara Hartley is the Serendipity cop with whom Mike had a one night stand three months earlier. Neither expected anything more but fate has other things in store. When Mike returns as Cara's boss, the sexual tension between them is impossible to ignore--and the unexpected emotional connection continues to grow. But Cara's a small town girl while Mike has a wanderer's blood in his veins. Both are convinced a future together is impossible. Until Mike's real father's secrets come back to haunt him and he realizes there are some things worth staying and fighting for. Including Cara.
THE PLAYBOY is the second of three lighthearted and sexy contemporary romances about the three Chandler brothers, whose mother schemes to marry them off in order to get what she wants most in life: grandchildren.
Get ready for a holiday season you'll never forget with three New York Times bestselling writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You'll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from: JENNIFER CRUSIE Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game-in the arms of a sexy secret agent. . . LORI FOSTER Two dedicated coworkers with a lot of secrets (and fantasies!) between them must plan a Christmas party side by side- and discover a love worth celebrating -in this steamy office romance. CARLY PHILLIPS A "mistletoe moment" begins when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead -after giving him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more. . .
On the outside, Molly Gifford has it all-a hot legal career and Daniel Hunter, her equally hot boyfriend. But what she really wants is a family. So when she discovers her real father, she doesn't hesitate to pack her bags. Even though it means leaving her old life behind...A year later Daniel Hunter's still trying to get on with his life. Then Molly shows up at his door, begging for help. Her newfound father is under arrest for murder, and she's convinced Hunter is the only attorney with the skill and reputation to get him off.Hunter can't resist helping an innocent man. But this time he'll be the one walking away-even if it breaks both their hearts to do it....
Juliette Stanton is ten minutes away from vowing to love, honor and cherish a scheming mobster-connected liar.For the rest of her life.And so with the media watching her every move, the high-profile senator's daughter flees her own wedding. Dubbed "Chicago's Runaway Bride," Juliette needs somewhere to hide out, and heal her broken heart. So she heads to a "fantasy island" and pays big bucks for anonymity and the chance to meet an honest man who'll love her for who she really is. Total fantasy, right? Day one, she falls for tall, dark-haired, ocean-blue-eyed Doug Houston. He's everything she's ever wanted. Except he's not exactly who he says he is, either....
Sexy divorce attorney Jack Latham is brilliant in court and even better in bed. He has no desire to get off the romance go-round, until a high-profile case assigns him to work with his law firm's resident ice queen, Mallory Sinclair. For years, Mallory's power suits and cool professionalism have laid down the law for male colleagues. But the lady has a secret. Jack just happens to be the object of her desire. Hiding her lust has been a challenge, but her ambitions demanded the sacrifice. Now, with Jack so tantalizingly close, it's time to reveal the silk beneath the pinstripes....
Faith Harrington is a classic girl of privilege-until her father is convicted for running a Ponzi scheme. Now she's back in her hometown, where she runs into her teenage crush-dark, brooding Ethan Barron, who's no stranger to scandal himself.
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