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California Dreaming

by Casey Dawes

With majestic mountains, quiet vineyards, charming coasts, and Hollywood glitz, the Golden State offers the perfect backdrop for love. Romance blossoms under the California sun in this heartwarming collection:California Sunset: Annie Gerhard is struggling to keep her Silicon Valley techie job during a recession, while John Johnson is trying to make a go of his bookstore. Neither has time for romance, but fate is taking care of business.California Wine: Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life: to create the world's finest wine from the best vineyards in the world. Then he meets single mother Elizabeth Ladina, who shows him that his real dream just may reside in the mountains of Santa Cruz.California Homecoming: After returning from duty in the Middle East wounded in both body and spirit, Hunter Evans volunteers to help Sarah Ladina fix up a run-down Victorian in Costanoa's beach town. Can they get beyond their painful past and complicated present to find the love and respect they need?California Thyme: Mandy Parker has sworn to avoid the Hollywood scene that sucked in her mother, until she takes a gig to cater to a movie set. She soon finds herself helping sexy locations manager James Lubbock discover who is sabotaging his career and losing her heart in the process.

California Homecoming

by Casey Dawes

Pregnant and alone, Sarah Ladina wants to regain her independence and do what's best for her soon-to-be-born baby, but buying a run-down Victorian for an inn wasn't her brightest idea. An inability to cook or fix a leaky faucet will make the job even harder. When a friendly golden retriever, disabled vet, and potential cook show up on the first day, she knows her life is going to get a lot more complicated. When her ex tries to get back into her life and her doctor orders modified bed rest, Sarah wonders if she'll ever be able to stand on her own.After returning from duty in the Middle East wounded in both body and spirit, Hunter Evans is in search of employment and a home. Finding a job has been tough and housing doesn't come cheap in Costanoa, the town that he loves most on the California coast. His prosthetic leg allows him to run, but keeps him from his childhood passion, surfing. With a low-level job and a transient motel for a home, Hunter isn't sure life is worth living.But spring is coming in Costanoa and love is in the air. With the help of good friends, Sarah and Hunter may be able to get beyond the painful past and complicated present to find the love and respect they want and deserve.Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

California Homecoming

by Casey Dawes

Pregnant and alone, Sarah Ladina wants to regain her independence and do what's best for her soon-to-be-born baby, but buying a run-down Victorian for an inn wasn't her brightest idea. An inability to cook or fix a leaky faucet will make the job even harder. When a friendly golden retriever, disabled vet, and potential cook show up on the first day, she knows her life is going to get a lot more complicated. When her ex tries to get back into her life and her doctor orders modified bed rest, Sarah wonders if she'll ever be able to stand on her own.After returning from duty in the Middle East wounded in both body and spirit, Hunter Evans is in search of employment and a home. Finding a job has been tough and housing doesn't come cheap in Costanoa, the town that he loves most on the California coast. His prosthetic leg allows him to run, but keeps him from his childhood passion, surfing. With a low-level job and a transient motel for a home, Hunter isn't sure life is worth living.But spring is coming in Costanoa and love is in the air. With the help of good friends, Sarah and Hunter may be able to get beyond the painful past and complicated present to find the love and respect they want and deserve.Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

California Sunrise

by Casey Dawes

When Alicia Fuentes walks into Dr. Raul Mendez's treatment room, something about the plucky single mom stirs his personal interest. After he diagnoses her son, Luis, on the autism spectrum, Raul takes a chance and offers support beyond the doctor's office, hoping friendship might become more.Grateful for the help, Alicia is tempted by her new pediatrician's kindness, consistency, and attractiveness, but she has no room in her life for a serious relationship. She's juggling a part-time job and classes at the local community college to get her life back on track and pursue a cosmetology career.Between his busy medical practice and his desire to help his family, who was deported when he was a teen, return to the United States, Raul doesn't have time for anything or anyone else, either. But his heart won't be denied.Hope of a new life arises for them both, but fate and prejudice could threaten their newfound bond. Can their blossoming relationship withstand the political and personal battles that lie in wait?Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

California Sunset

by Casey Dawes

Divorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn't move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even if she hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He's got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.Unless . . .John and Annie must both face their pasts in order to greet the future. Can they risk it?Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

California Sunset

by Casey Dawes

Divorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn't move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even if she hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.<P><P> John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He's got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.<P> Unless...<P> John and Annie must both face their pasts in order to greet the future. Can they risk it?

California Thyme

by Casey Dawes

Mandy Parker doesn't want to turn out like her mother, an aging actress desperate for the love of the crowd. Avoiding anything Hollywood related is vital for Mandy's sanity; however, a bad economy forces her to take a job catering to a movie crew.Since the woman he'd loved married his best friend, James Lubbock has put women far behind his career in the movie business. The assistant caterer is attractive, but he's more focused on figuring out who's sabotaging his set.Sparks fly between Mandy and James, but can they overcome their painful pasts to risk a chance on love?Sensuality Level: Sensual

California Wine

by Casey Dawes

Single mother Elizabeth Ladina is done with men. From her father on down, all they want to do is control her life.Deciding to take her life into her own hands, she ends her five-year relationship and goes to Italy to visit Liguria, her family's original home and rediscover the thrill of being on her own. A visit to an upscale skin care boutique in Italy inspires her. Dreaming she could create an upscale lotion line that is splashed across the pages of the best glossy fashion magazines, she's eager to get home to California and make her vision into reality.Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life - to create the world's finest wine from the best vineyards in the world. His vineyards in Italy and France are producing prime wines that are already garnering awards and he has no time or desire for romance in his life. Emotional entanglements only lead to pain. His ex-wife had proved that.Still, when he sees the pretty American eating alone in a hotel dining room in Liguria, he's compelled to strike up a conversation, which leads to dinner and Elizabeth's invitation to see the vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains near her home in California. She claims they are equal, and cheaper, than anything he'll find in Napa, his original destination.Sparks fly when they meet again in Costanoa. Elizabeth and Marcos are determined to maintain their single-track focus on their businesses. But can they keep romance out of their lives forever?Sensuality Level: Sensual

California Wine

by Casey Dawes

Single mother Elizabeth Ladina is done with men. From her father on down, all they want to do is control her life.Deciding to take her life into her own hands, she ends her five-year relationship and goes to Italy to visit Liguria, her family's original home and rediscover the thrill of being on her own. A visit to an upscale skin care boutique in Italy inspires her. Dreaming she could create an upscale lotion line that is splashed across the pages of the best glossy fashion magazines, she's eager to get home to California and make her vision into reality.Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life - to create the world's finest wine from the best vineyards in the world. His vineyards in Italy and France are producing prime wines that are already garnering awards and he has no time or desire for romance in his life. Emotional entanglements only lead to pain. His ex-wife had proved that.Still, when he sees the pretty American eating alone in a hotel dining room in Liguria, he's compelled to strike up a conversation, which leads to dinner and Elizabeth's invitation to see the vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains near her home in California. She claims they are equal, and cheaper, than anything he'll find in Napa, his original destination.Sparks fly when they meet again in Costanoa. Elizabeth and Marcos are determined to maintain their single-track focus on their businesses. But can they keep romance out of their lives forever?Sensuality Level: Sensual

California Wine

by Casey Dawes

Single mother Elizabeth Ladina is done with men. From her father on down, all they want to do is control her life.Deciding to take her life into her own hands, she ends her five-year relationship and goes to Italy to visit Liguria, her family's original home and rediscover the thrill of being on her own. A visit to an upscale skin care boutique in Italy inspires her. Dreaming she could create an upscale lotion line that is splashed across the pages of the best glossy fashion magazines, she's eager to get home to California and make her vision into reality.Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life - to create the world's finest wine from the best vineyards in the world. His vineyards in Italy and France are producing prime wines that are already garnering awards and he has no time or desire for romance in his life. Emotional entanglements only lead to pain. His ex-wife had proved that.Still, when he sees the pretty American eating alone in a hotel dining room in Liguria, he's compelled to strike up a conversation, which leads to dinner and Elizabeth's invitation to see the vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains near her home in California. She claims they are equal, and cheaper, than anything he'll find in Napa, his original destination.Sparks fly when they meet again in Costanoa. Elizabeth and Marcos are determined to maintain their single-track focus on their businesses. But can they keep romance out of their lives forever?Sensuality Level: Sensual

California Wishes: The Complete Series

by Casey Dawes

With majestic mountains, quiet vineyards, charming coasts, and Hollywood glitz, the Golden State offers the perfect backdrop for love. Romance blossoms under the California sun in this heartwarming collection:California Sunset: Annie Gerhard is struggling to keep her Silicon Valley techie job during a recession, while John Johnson is trying to make a go of his bookstore. Neither has time for romance, but fate is taking care of business.California Wine: Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life: to create the world's finest wine from the best vineyards in the world. Then he meets single mother Elizabeth Ladina, who shows him that his real dream just may reside in the mountains of Santa Cruz.California Homecoming: After returning from duty in the Middle East wounded in both body and spirit, Hunter Evans volunteers to help Sarah Ladina fix up a run-down Victorian in Costanoa's beach town. Can they get beyond their painful past and complicated present to find the love and respect they need?California Thyme: Mandy Parker has sworn to avoid the Hollywood scene that sucked in her mother, until she takes a gig to cater to a movie set. She soon finds herself helping sexy locations manager James Lubbock discover who is sabotaging his career and losing her heart in the process.California Sunrise: Dr. Raul Mendez finds himself drawn to single mother Alicia Fuentes, but their blossoming relationship must withstand the political and very personal battles surrounding immigration.Sensuality Level: Sensual

Heartbeats: 7 Medical Romances

by Casey Dawes Nicole Flockton Kathryn Brocato Katie Kenyhercz Peggy Gaddis Jillian David Ruby Lang

Bitten by the love bug? Then these seven medical romances might be just what the doctor ordered. From emergency room meet-ups to high-stakes house calls, these delightful couples will discover love is definitely the best medicine.Acute Reactions: The man with allergies never gets the girl, but that may change for restaurateur Ian Zamora when he makes an appointment with allergist Petra Lale. A little romance just might be chicken soup for his heart.Masquerade: Sophie Franklyn and Alex Scavoni spend a sizzling New Year's Eve in each other's arms, reveling in the anonymity of a masked party. But when next they meet, it's in the high-pressure world of a busy Perth emergency room where they must work side by side.Georgie's Heart: No one would ever guess that plump doctor's office receptionist Georgeanne Hartfield is the secret author of Faking It, the new sex guide everyone's talking about. Then Dr. Zane Bryant joins the practice and makes her feel like faking it isn't the only option. But if he discovers she's behind the infamous best seller, will he believe her feelings are real this time?Fair Trade: A surprise trade to the Sinners gives Grayson Gunn one last chance at the Cup before he hangs up his skates, and not even the injuries that send him to the team's pretty new doctor will stop him. Dr. Olivia Parker's professional focus has lost her countless personal relationships. Could a shot at real love be worth risking her ethical code?Immortal Flame: After a horrific accident, Peter Blackstone arrives in Allison La Croix's ER and heals himself before her eyes. Peter, an immortal, traded his soul to save his wife, and now he will hunt criminals forever. Can Allison find a way to unlock his forgotten, passionate soul?Flight from Love: Nurse Brooke Martin can't believe her good luck when rich playboy Reagan Hollingsworth proposes, but there's one problem: marriage is a sometime thing to Reagan and Brooke is a forever kind of girl. Is love something settled, or a wild, passionate affair?California Sunrise: Dr. Raúl Mendez finds himself drawn to plucky single mother Alicia Fuentes after he diagnoses her young son on the autism spectrum, but their blossoming relationship must withstand the political and very personal battles surrounding immigration.Sensuality Level: Sensual

Holiday Fling

by Kristina Knight Casey Dawes Nora Snowdon Laura Simcox Liv Rancourt Susanne Matthews Robyn Neeley J. Arlene Culiner Jennifer Decuir Ana Krista Johnson

Get swept away from your everyday troubles with these ten vacation romances. A change of scenery and a sexy stranger leads to sparks flying for these charming couples. But when their holidays are over, can they figure out how to turn their flings into forever love?What a Texas Girl Wants: The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl like Kathleen Witte, so why did he just wake up next to her on a Mexican beach with a ring on his finger? Once they're back in Texas, though, this all-business marriage might just turn into an all-consuming love.Summer Promises: Drama queen Carly Foster is stuck performing in a touristy ghost town with charming Asher Day. Is he flirting with her because he's bored or is there room for passionate play off stage, too?Jade's Treasure: Jade Sawyer simply wants to be left alone to manage her family's mountain resort and design her jewelry. Then world-famous author Matthew Riley McLaughlin books a room as a hideout, and their shared need for privacy becomes personal. But can she overlook a shocking betrayal?The Spanish Acquisition: When multibillionaire business mogul Carlos meets struggling art student Lily on vacation in the Dominican Republic, passion ignites. But they must overcome their differences as well as a mix-up of mistaken identity.California Wine: Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life: to create the finest wine from the best vineyards in the world. Then he meets single mother Elizabeth Ladina, who shows him that his real dream just may reside here in the mountains of Santa Cruz.Between the Sheets: An annual retreat is the perfect setting for music teacher Maggie Schafer to turn over a new leaf in her love life, but then a pretend romance with handsome Randy Devers gets surprisingly real.All About Charming Alice: Quirky Alice Treemont gives up hope of finding love in rural Blake's Folly, Nevada, until dashing and well-to-do author Jace Constant comes to town to research his new book. Opposites indeed attract, and soon the whole town is determined to make a love match.Just for the Weekend: Multimillionaire Sam Mason is sick of gold diggers. When he meets a role-playing kindergarten teacher at a sci-fi convention in Vegas, she seems like the real thing. Then - surprise! - he wakes up married to this sexy stranger . . . only to find his new bride has vanished. Is he looking for a swindler or the love of his life?Christmas Dinner: Amanda dreads returning home single for Christmas, but the only available man to play escort is her rival for the TV anchor spot. When he agrees, much to her surprise, they both see a different side of each other under the mistletoe.Trapped in Tourist Town: Cady Eaton dreams of the bright lights of New York City, but she's stuck playing tour guide to travel writer Burke Sanders in tiny Scallop Shores. When deeper feelings develop, can he convince her that everything they need is right in front of them?Sensuality level: Sensual

Love Between the Pages: 8 Romances for Booklovers

by Peggy Bird Becky Lower Terry Newman Casey Dawes Jenny Jacobs Kathryn Brocato Jennifer Decuir Ana Krista Johnson

Is there anything sexier than a man who likes to read? Crawl between the pages with these literary hunks and live out your next fantasy chapter:The Professor's Secret: English professor Claudia Manchester secretly writes spicy romances under a pen name to keep her side job under wraps till she's secured tenure. But when she meets historical romance writer Bradley Davis while dressed as her sexier alter ego as at conference, can they build love on lies?Sadie's Story: When businessman Jordan Blaise walks into Sadie Rose Perkins's bookstore, she's hoping to sell a paperback or two, but she's ready for anything, including an adventure. Then he asks her to pose as his wife-to-be so that he can convince his dying mother that he'll have the happily ever after she has always wanted for him. Even Sadie isn't prepared for the adventure falling in love turns out to be.A Late-Blooming Rose: When bitter and downright beastly wheelchair-bound Eva Mitchum propositions handsome bookseller Beau Landry to stay with her as her new caregiver in exchange for a rare book collection, a surprising connection blossoms between the prickly pair. Eva must decide if she has the strength to move past her tragic circumstances and embrace a new life and new love.California Sunset: Annie Gerhard is struggling to keep her Silicon Valley techie job during a recession, while John Johnson is trying to make a go of his bookstore. Neither has time for romance, but fate is taking care of business by writing them a new story.Out of Character: As a writer, JJ Sprightly tries to create characters that jump off the page, but she never expects that one day her hero and heroine will literally pop out of the book and grab a seat on the couch. Seems they've made this fantastical journey to help her find the man of her dreams. But how can this be a happily ever after if JJ wants nothing to do with Kennedy King Cooper, the man her characters have chosen? Nothing's final until you reach The End.The Duplicitous Debutante: Writing the popular Harry Hawk dime novels as F.P. Elliott, Rosemary Fitzpatrick is too busy hiding her female identity from her new publisher, Henry Cooper. But Henry is neither the typical Boston Brahmin nor the typical publisher. When her deception begins to unravel at the Cotillion Ball, will Henry be able to forgive her, or has deceit cost her the man she loves?Georgie's Heart: Georgeanne Hartfield, author of the explosive, best-selling nonfiction book Faking It, wrote her book about faking sexual pleasure as a means of coming to terms with her own failed marriage. She never counted on meeting a man like Zane Bryant, who makes her feel like a woman for the first time in her life. But if Zane ever discovers she is the person behind the pen name Fritzi Field, how can he possibly believe that her response to him is the real thing?Jade's Treasure: Booked at a mountain resort under an alias, world-famous author Matthew Riley McLaughlin expects to be left alone to write. Until he meets the charming Jade Sawyer - surely, a bit of pleasure with his business is exactly what he needs. But this plot doesn't suit Jade's idea of a good story, especially when she learns their attraction was built on a lie. Matt knows he messed up - but can he create another ending to their story?Sensuality Level: Sensual

Love Under the Sun

by Heather Rodney-Diaz Eva Shaw Casey Dawes Nicole Flockton Caroline Carter Peggy Gaddis Christy Newton Jennifer Decuir Dana Volney Diana Jean

True love comes rolling in with the tide in these ten oceanside tales. From the crystal waters of the Caribbean to the sunny shores of Hawaii, the historic coast of Melbourne or a fishing village in Maine, these beachfront books will deliver the joys of summer loving any time of year!Island Pursuits: Former U.S. Marine Adrian Mendez returns to his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago only to run into a feisty island goddess with one flaw - she has no love of anything military.Caribbean Melody: Their dancing duo was an overnight sensation at the posh Martinique hotel, but is Kristen just Leon's ticket to stardom or something more?Surge: University transfer student Marcus sets out to earn fellow student Lara's friendship, but a secret could jeopardize everything he's worked for his entire life. As the heat rises, he must choose between love and his dreams.Doubts of the Heart: Recent breast cancer survivor Nica Dobson is trying to regain her spirit and accept the changes in her body and mind. Now an old flame and ancient secrets challenge her to embrace love, too.Naturally Enchanted: As a struggling journalist, Owen Cooper has to make a name for himself, and a tip that a real-life witch is living on Mango Cove may just lead to the big story he needs. Undercover as a shipwrecked tourist, he worms his way into Ezra's family and their secrets, but can he get her out of his heart?Seducing Phoebe: Phoebe Fitzgerald is about to marry wonderful Marco Petronelli - until her ex turns up and declares his undying love for her. Confused about her feelings, she calls off her wedding. Can Marco convince her their relationship is worth saving?His Hawaiian Christmas: When Clara O'Fallen gets a promotion to paradise, she can't help feeling homesick for her Wisconsin winters. But smiling surfer Kai Schmitt might just show this scrooge how to hang loose and catch the spirit of the season - the aloha spirit!Paradise Point: Inheriting half ownership in Paradise Point marina is a break Liv Barnette embraces with open arms. The sexy downside? Sharing her windfall with Army Ranger Adam Lark, who wants her gone . . . or so he thinks.California Sunset: Annie Gerhard is struggling to keep her Silicon Valley techie job during a recession, while John Johnson is trying to make a go of his bookstore. Neither has time for romance, but fate is taking care of business.Five of Hearts: As lead singer for the boy band Five of Hearts, Dean learned that women only want him for his money and fame. So he has a good reason for hiding his alter ego from his neighbor, Shannon, and everyone else in Scallop Shores. But the closer he gets to Shannon and her children, the more he realizes he may have made a mistake.Sensuality Level: Sensual

Personal Politics

by Iris Leach Casey Dawes Susan Blexrud Holley Trent Elley Arden Monica Tillery Ashlinn Craven

This season, cast your vote for love! Hit the campaign trail with these seven couples who discover that politics can make for strange but decidedly sexy bedfellows.The Election Connection: War widow Lily Ashton's heart is closed to love, so she's the perfect choice to play fiancee to help secure a re-election for her pal, Congressman Ford Richardson. But as they work together, their not-quite engagement starts to feel much more real than either is ready to admit.Crashing the Congressman's Wedding: Actress Alice Cramer wants her local congressman's help securing a federal grant to open an historic theater - and that starts with dramatically interrupting his wedding. You don't want to miss a minute of Alice and Justin's mismatched, headstrong, passionate, perfect relationship.Sold as Is: Mandy McCarthy is the perfect gal to help Aaron Owen's charity, and their attraction is firing up the gossips. The problem? Aaron's father is running for re-election as governor, and he's not above blackmail and threatening to pull his son's grant funding if he doesn't cease this scandalous affair.Looking for Prince Charming: Glory agrees to pose as her boss's girlfriend while he campaigns for Lord Mayor of Melbourne - which might not be the best idea since she's already in love with him!Core Attraction: When Dr. Declan MacCarthy protests outside the power plant where Fiona Halpin handles public relations, she's almost too busy doing damage control to notice how gorgeous he is. As Fiona slowly warms to Declan and his passion for his cause, can she drop her defenses enough to let him reach her inner core?California Sunrise: Dr. Raúl Mendez finds himself drawn to single mother Alicia Fuentes, but their blossoming relationship must withstand the political and very personal battles surrounding immigration.Valentine Vote: Courtney Larson is a lobbyist for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Eric Morrison is a U.S senator from a North Carolina tobacco family. They're entrenched on opposing sides of a new tobacco tax, but their sexual tension can't be denied. Can they find common ground on the Senate floor and in the bedroom?Sensuality Level: Sensual

Romance in Color

by Elley Arden Ruby Lang Casey Dawes Holley Trent Ellen Parker Heather Rodney-Diaz Angela Smith Synithia Williams Alexia Adams Lotchie Burton

Variety is the spice of life, so check out these ten diverse romances featuring multicultural heroes and heroines that you'll adore. With a wide array of cultures and heritages reflected in these emotional love stories, this collection offers passion and pleasure in vibrant, living color.Making It Real: After five years in prison, Kareem Henderson is starting his life over and his barbershop is thriving. But the road back is rough, and he never expected his second chance to come from sexy female barber Neecie Baldwin.Hiding Places: Mona Smith is on the run to avoid getting mixed up in some dirty business with a drug kingpin. Will she find escape or more trouble in unexpected savior Linc Dray's arms?My Nora: Matthew Vogel considers painter Manora Frederickson the perfect neighbor - unfortunately, she only has eyes for her artwork. How can he convince her to take a chance on love?Acute Reactions: The man with allergies never gets the girl, but that may change for Ian Zamora when he makes an appointment with allergist Petra Lale. A little romance might be just what the doctor orders.Nothing's Sweeter than Candy: Brice Coleman is proud to be a player until he meets Candace Brown, who doesn't believe in Prince Charming. What's a fellow got to do to heal his woman's broken heart?Final Mend: Jake Inman needs a private investigator to track down his kidnapped goddaughter. Winona Wall left the PI game, but now to save herself she must team up with Jake - and avoid love at all costs.California Sunrise: Dr. Raúl Mendez finds himself drawn to single mother Alicia Fuentes, but their blossoming relationship must withstand the political and personal battles that lie in wait.Running Interference: An offensive linewoman for the Cleveland Clash, Tanya Martin is determined to save her father's gym, even if it means calling in a favor from her former friend, Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons.Singapore Fling: Lalita Evans has three weeks to jet across eight countries and prove her worth as the next CEO in the family business. The problem is, she also has to take along Jeremy Lakewood, the new director of marketing. Which comes first: love or career?Island Pursuits: Former U.S. Marine Adrian Mendez returns to his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago only to run into a feisty island goddess with one flaw - she has no love of anything military.Sensuality Level: Sensual

Spotlight on Love

by Casey Dawes Alicia Hunter Pace Stephanie Cage Monica Tillery Ellie Darkins Melinda Dozier Jennifer Decuir

We've turned the spotlight on seven couples who aren't pretending when it comes to setting their sights on fame. They're witty, they're sexy, but falling in love isn't in the script. Can they ignore the flash of the cameras and the roar of the applause long enough to find happy-ever-after off the red carpet?Forgiving Jackson: Country music superstar Jackson Beauford has returned home to Tennessee after a tragic concert fire to lick his wounds at his family estate, where Emory Lowell is trying to erase her own painful memories by running an event-planning business. As a passionate attraction flares between these two wounded souls, can they save more than just Beauford Bend?Hiding from Hollywood: Waitress Abby Richards is terrified when movie producer Ethan Walker walks into her diner. The last thing she wants is her name connected with his; her life is now about hiding from the tabloids. But when she's left without a safe place to stay, Ethan offers her sanctuary in his home, and Abby must decide whether she can finally stop running and trust Ethan with her secret.New York Minute: When rock star Diego Diaz flashes his bedroom eyes at shy accountant Veronica Bass during a wedding reception, she invents a cover story and leads him to the nearest hotel room. Diego's secrets are the kind that blow up any lasting relationship. Is their love destined to last for only a New York minute?Five of Hearts: As lead singer for the boy band Five of Hearts, Dean learned that women only want him for his money and fame. So he has a good reason for hiding his alter ego from his neighbor, Shannon, and everyone else in Scallop Shores. But the closer he gets to Shannon and her children, the more he realizes he may have made a big mistake.Perfect Partners: London's latest hit dance competition television show throws Lisa Darby and Redmond Carrington into each other's arms. The problem? These former flames aren't looking for a repeat performance. Can they stay in step with their goals and ahead of their past?California Thyme: Mandy Parker has sworn to avoid the Hollywood scene that sucked in her mother, until she takes a gig to cater to a movie set. She soon finds herself helping sexy locations manager James Lubbock discover who is sabotaging his career and losing her heart in the process.The Confection Connection: Baker Carly Piper's only way to save her bakery is to partner with her rival on a TV reality show to produce a wedding cake for a wealthy bride. Is this a half-baked proposal, or will love be the icing on the cake?Sensuality Level: Sensual

Sweet Montana Christmas

by Casey Dawes

Leaving behind her stifling Texas roots, Sue Anne Devereaux plans to open a chocolate shop in her new hometown of Missoula, Montana. She's busy as a bee, joining the women's business league and drumming up new customers. But there's one big distraction: Zach Crippen--the kind of good-looking devil who makes her question if chocolate alone can give her life the sweetness it needs.Security guard Zach can't wait to finish his penance at Missoula's tiny airport, where he was banished after he made a mistake at a larger airport. He'll do anything it takes to get back his reputation and move on to a metropolitan assignment. A casual fling--no strings attached--would be fine with him, but the quirky woman who makes the best chocolate he's ever tasted deserves more than he can give her.Will their dreams cost them a chance at the future, or can they find a way to have their chocolate and eat it, too?Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Sweeter than Chocolate: 3 Contemporary Romances

by Casey Dawes Olivia Logan Jasmine Nightshade

Chocoholics will delight in this trio of delicious romances featuring candy connoisseurs who find true love at last. Sit back and savor these tales that will melt in your heart (not in your hands)!Sweet Montana Christmas: Leaving behind her stifling Texas roots, Sue Anne Devereaux is busy getting a chocolate shop in Montana off the ground. The one big distraction: security guard Zach Crippen, who can't wait to finish his penance at Missoula's tiny airport, where he was banished after he made a mistake at Denver. A casual fling - no strings attached - would be fine with him. Will their dreams cost them a chance at the future, or can they find a way to have their chocolate and eat it, too?Urgent: One Nanny Required: Entrepreneur Rania George is offered a sweet gig babysitting a boy who hangs out at her candy store. Only catch? She has to fly to Hollywood - a place she loathes - and spend three weeks with his devastatingly handsome and arrogant father. Can she lick this hurdle and end up with the life she has molded?Sweet Tooth: Artist Micah Taylor has returned home to tiny Fiesta, Florida, to pick up the pieces after the death of the father who disowned him. Cash Callahan, a born entrepreneur, bought a town icon and turned it into the Sweet Tooth. When Micah decides to buy his father's favorite candy to lay on his grave, it leads to a partnership that becomes a scorching-hot relationship. Micah wants to publicly celebrate their rekindled feelings, but Cash fears the backlash from small-town minds intolerant of both gay and interracial romance. It's up to Micah to convince him that life is sweeter when you're true to yourself.Sensuality Level: Sensual

To Protect & Serve: 7 Military Romances

by Mari Manning Heather Rodney-Diaz Anji Nolan Casey Dawes Jenny Jacobs Alicia Hunter Pace J. M. Stewart

Duty, fidelity, honor . . . what's not to love about a military man? Meet these seven irresistible heroes who fight just as passionately for true love as they do for their country.Healing Beau: USA Today best-selling author Alicia Hunter Pace spins a poignant small-town story of healing and homecoming. After recklessly destroying his military career, Ranger Sergeant Beau Beauford retreats home to Beauford Bend . . . only to promptly impregnate his best and oldest friend. Christian Hambrick is made of guts, steel, and plain good sense, except for that lifelong torch she's held for Beau. When old secrets resurface, she'll wage full-scale war on Beau's past to preserve their future.Her Soldier's Touch: When U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Colten Taylor returns briefly to Phoenix to bury his brother, he's shocked to see Rachel Madison waiting for him at the airport. He regrets the morning he walked away from her; coming from an abusive home taught Colt to put limits on all his relationships. But now that she has his son in tow, will he keep running?California Homecoming: After returning from duty in the Middle East wounded in both body and spirit, Hunter Evans volunteers to help Sarah Ladina fix up a run-down Victorian in the beach town of Costanoa. Can they get beyond their painful past and complicated present to find the love and respect they need?Island Pursuits: Former U.S. Marine Adrian Mendez returns to his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago only to run into a feisty island goddess with one flaw - she has no love of anything military.Angel Without Wings: After resigning from a promising army career to help his mother and wounded brother, Jesse McCormick struggles to save the family farm. Only one plan will earn him enough money to get his family out of debt - a dangerous assignment with a paramilitary group. But he's slowly losing his heart to Linnea Reyes, a war widow helping to save the farm. Can he give up her love just when he's found it?The Cormorant Club: When they're reunited by chance, Holly and Scott's attraction is as undeniable as when they met in a MASH unit in Vietnam. But when a murder-for-hire group starts targeting their war contacts, will they lose their second chance at love?Enlisted by Love: Ex-army officer Matthew Blake is eager to start a new career, until he comes up against the most challenging obstacle he's ever encountered: Greta Ferguson, the interior designer who challenges his every order.Sensuality Level: Sensual

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