Six years ago, she left Pleasant Valley to follow a dream, and now she's back, knee-deep in a nightmare...
In the darkest hours of the Dominion War, as the Federation's downfall seemed ever more certain, Jem'Hadar and Cardassian forces conquered Betazed, the homeworld of Deanna Troi. Their victory sent shock waves through the Alpha Quadrant, and put the Dominion within striking distance of Vulcan, Andor, Tellar -- and possibly Earth itself. To secure their position in the very heart of the Federation, the Cardassians begin constructing space station Sentok Nor in orbit of Betazed. The station is to serve as both the seat of the Dominion occupation and the site of horrific experiments by Cardassia's foremost exobiologist, the infamous Dr. Crell Moset. With Starfleet's forces spread too thinky in the ongoing struggle to retake Betazed outright, the U. S. S. Enterprise along with some old and new friends, is deployed to carry out a dangerous and desperate plan. But no matter what the outcome, the consequences could alter Betazed irrevocably, forcing Deanna Troi to choose between her world's survival and its very soul.
HER HUSBAND After a suspicious fire claimed the life of her father and nearly that of rescuer Ben Wells, Morgan Winters engaged in a marriage of convenience with Ben for protection--and vengeance. Swathed in bandages and wheelchair-bound, Ben enlisted a trusted investigator to expose a murder plot and to watch over his in-name-only wife. HER BODYGUARD "Josh" insisted on midnight meetings, disguises, anonymity. His evasiveness concealed his identity as surely as Ben's bandages covered his wounded face and body. But to prove the murderer's guilt, she had to believe in her husband's confidant--a mystery man who stirred Morgan's suspicions as well as her senses.
IN SAVING CELIAUnconscious and wearing a torn wedding dress, Celia Stevens washed up on the shores of Solitaire and threw Cameron Alexander's peaceful seclusion into complete chaos. Not only did her presence force him to reexamine his reasons for hiding out, but within days the walls around Cameron's hardened heart slowly began to crumble....HE'D SAVED HIMSELFCelia sensed her enigmatic captor had a dangerous past, one she'd be better off not learning. And yet, it was Cameron's tough exterior as well as his tortured soul that made Celia long to spend a lifetime wrapped in his arms. But just as a future together looked possible, the evil that Cameron had feared for six years reared its ugly head, threatening the dreams they had dared to dream....
Devon Clarke, author of the popular column "Bringing Up Baby," was America's best-loved baby expert. That's why two fans bequethed her a tiny tyke named Amanda. How were they to know that Devon was living a lie--that she wasn't really married and didn't know a thing about babies! At least Devon's new carpenter, Colin O'Reilly, was a jack-of-all-trades. He could change diapers, burp babies and warm bottles. But would Colin go along with Devon's plans for matrimony? When an urgent call sent her reeling, she not only needed a baby and a daddy, she needed an instant husband, too!
FOR JESSICA,The note was accompanied by a single red rose on a white satin pillow. For Miami businesswoman Jessica Landon, the gesture was anything but romantic. She'd been in snowy Montana less than a day, and already she'd become the target of a rifle-toting Santa, then run off the road and left for dead. Her protection through the holidays was sexy-as-sin cowboy cop Ross McGarrett-a man with a tragic past and a motherless young daughter....FROM YOUR SECRET SANTARoss liked city women and warm, tumbled beds. And Jessica fit him and his bed to a tee. With Christmas approaching, Ross dared to believe in love again-but could he keep Jessica safe through the silent and deadly night...?
Rebecca Warwick has always loved living in the remote mountains of North Carolina, especially since it's the perfect place to raise her little girl. But her peace and quiet is shattered when hotshot Dr. Matt Tyler visits the village to provide free medical care to its residents. Becca's hardened heart slowly begins to thaw the more time she spends with Matt, even though his West Coast reputation as Dr. Wonderful should be a warning to her not to get involved. Focusing on the benefits he'll bring her friends and neighbors helps keep her mind off his chiseled good looks and very capable hands. But then he kisses her....
Paging Dr. Dashing... Rebecca Warwick has always loved living in the remote mountains of North Carolina, especially since it's the perfect place to raise her little girl. But her peace and quiet is shattered when hotshot Dr. Matt Tyler visits the village to provide free medical care to its residents. Becca's hardened heart slowly begins to thaw the more time she spends with Matt, even though his West Coast reputation as Dr. Wonderful should be a warning to her not to get involved. Focusing on the benefits he'll bring her friends and neighbors helps keep her mind off his chiseled good looks and very capable hands. But then he kisses her....
A near death experience had changed his life... And Jared Slater vanished into the North Carolina mountains. Living in an isolated cabin, he told no one about the terrifying dreams of a killer stalking women. Or that those dreams had turned to nightmares because they were coming true. Jared even knew the next victim would be a woman named Tyler Harris. But when the lady actually walked into his life, she warmed him--body and soul. Somehow, he had to tell her the truth. But could he force himself to reject the only woman he could ever love--in order to keep her out of danger?
RETURN TO SENDER Could a single, twenty-year-old letter affect the lives and loves of two very different women? She'd lived without him--till now Dylan Wade had always claimed a good cop would never make a good husband--let alone a good father. So when Heather Taylor learned she was pregnant with his baby, she ran. But now a stalker had kidnapped her son and she needed Dylan more than he could ever know.... The cop in Dylan vowed to find the missing boy. The man in him still burned at the sight of the woman who'd set his heart on fire. Despite the years, he'd never stopped loving her. But Heather returned--in big trouble and with big secrets. What would Dylan do when he learned the biggest: that the boy he was searching for was his own son?
Dylan Wade is searching for a missing boy--and about to discover that the kidnapped child is his own son. Still, he's going to make a First-Class Father.
Most people dream of winning the lottery...Rebecca Warwick dreams of health care. A clinic for her small community in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is fully funded and fully staffed. Though she never thought "staff" would include Hollywood's Dr. Wonderful, Matt Tyler.Matt is everything Rebecca isn't-stylish, smooth-talking and wealthy. He belongs in Warwick Mountain about as much as the schoolteacher belongs on Rodeo Drive. Yet the residents of Rebecca's village desperately need his expertise, and for the sake of Warwick Mountain, she opens her home to the handsome doctor. But as she welcomes him into her home, she wonders if she can keep him from entering her heart...and taking it with him when he leaves.
A Place to Call HomeB and B owner Caroline Tuttle has dreamed of moving out West and marrying a cowboy ever since she saw her first horse. But then a friend wills Caroline a farm, and leaves her with two final wishes-to care for an orphaned girl and the farm's tenant, an artist named Ethan Garrison.Suddenly all the plans that Caroline has made-and thought she wanted-take a backseat to the warmth of the little girl's smile and Ethan's supportive embrace. But will her stubborn determination to fulfill a lifelong dream cost her the home and family she's found?
THE HOLIDAYS?-DON'T YOU JUST LOVE 'EM?Been overstressed at work? Ever wish the holidays would go on an extended vacation? Worried about finding the perfect gift? Or had unresolved conflicts with family that drive you up the wall?Detective Maggie Skerritt is every woman who's been there, done that.She also excels at her work, doesn't eat right or get enough sleep and loves to have someone else do her cooking. But her job is murder and she strives to make her city safe. In the process, she gathers her courage to risk loving again.But first she has to make it through Thanksgiving, Christmas...and another murder in Pelican Bay.
Who'd Been Sleeping in Her Bed?When Tory Caswell attended her sister's wedding in a magical old Victorian resort, her mind was filled with images of bouquets and garters. But when she awakened the next morning, she thought she was still dreaming. Because a gray-eyed hunk was sharing her pillow!Rand Trent had drunk some brandy the previous night, but not that much. He could never have forgotten sleeping in the arms of such a gorgeous woman. But was Tory Caswell sane? After all, the instant she got a second look at Rand, she started proclaiming that it was 1995-when he knew good and well that it was the 1800s....
By day these agents are cowboys; by night they are specialized government operatives. Men bound by love, loyalty and the law-they've vowed to keep their missions and identities confidential...THE MISSION: UNDERCOVER HUSBANDNo woman had ever looked more beautiful to Kyle Foster than the trembling female he rescued from the wreckage of an explosion. But he never dreamed he'd marry Laura Quinlan just days later! When traces of the bomb led to a security leak inside Laura's top-secret laboratory, a stricken Laura made Kyle a shocking proposal-marry her, and infiltrate the lab to find the traitor. As a Confidential agent and single father, Kyle would do anything to make the world a safer place. But living with Laura could prove a deadly distraction. Kyle's daughter loved her. Kyle's own heart was in jeopardy. And now the enemy knew it...
Marrying a stranger! Rancher Wade Garrett's mail-order bride showed up with a boulder-sized bump on her forehead, an unrecognizable ID, and a case of amnesia. Rachel O'Riley didn't know who she was -- or that she'd agreed to a marriage in name only! But much to Wade's delight she didn't want a pretend marriage. Rachel wanted Wade to be a real husband to her, and he fell for his beautiful bride-to-be like a ton of bricks. And just when he knew waiting for their wedding night was going to be impossible, he uncovered a secret that changed everything.... The woman in his arms wasn't Rachel O'Riley.
BITTERSWEET REUNIONFive years ago, Catherine Erickson's world shattered the day she learned her fiancé, Lieutenant Ryan Christopher, had been killed in an embassy explosion. She'd lost the man she loved-and the father of her unborn child. And it wasn't until the mysterious Trace Gallagher showed up on her ranch with his hauntingly familiar eyes and gentle touch, that she even dared to think about long-forgotten desires....Seeing Cat again was like coming home. And learning he had a daughter made hiding his identity pure torture. But as a soldier he had a job to do: protect the Ericksons from a man hell-bent on revenge-at all costs.That meant keeping his feelings locked away, no matter how much they begged for release. Or how badly he ached to love Cat once again....
MAN OF MYSTERYDesperate to learn the truth behind her sister's disappearance, Trish Devlin changed her name and went undercover at the exclusive Endless Sky resort...the last place her sibling was seen alive. Once there, the mystery deepened as Trish found herself curious about-and highly drawn to-her private guide turned bodyguard, O'Neill. The enigmatic man insisted she had nothing to fear from the mountain hideaway, but strange sounds in the night and hazy apparitions convinced Trish otherwise. Now, as the passing days generated more questions than answers, Trish vowed to bring her sister home...and peel away the layers keeping her man of mystery just out of reach.
Jodie's only experience with love had resulted in a pregnancy at age 15. Now she has a rebellious teen. The last thing she needs is a boyfriend.
Witty and irreverent homicide detective Maggie Skerritt likes her quiet, sleepy workdays. Violence in Pelican Bay, Florida, was rarely an issue, and Maggie certainly wasn't itching for the tide to change. Maintaining a professional distance had always been Maggie's M.O., but the more she learned about the homicide victims, the less sleep she got. Each woman had started to get her life back on track--something Maggie had been meaning to do for years. It was a wake-up call--and Maggie was more determined, once she solved the case, to reevaluate her own life. Especially her relationship with a certain former police detective...
B and B owner Caroline Tuttle has dreamed of moving out west and marrying a cowboy ever since she saw her first horse. But with her recent inheritance of Blackberry Farm, Caroline's future seems bleak...until she meets her sexy, secretive tenant, Ethan Garrison, and a young orphan who breaks down both their defenses.Now all the plans that Caroline made-and thought she wanted-take a backseat to the warmth of the little girl's smile and Ethan's supportive embrace. And before long, the notion of leaving South Carolina doesn't seem quite so appealing....
B and B owner Caroline Tuttle has dreamed of moving out west and marrying a cowboy ever since she saw her first horse. But with her recent inheritance of Blackberry Farm, Caroline's future seems bleak. . . until she meets her sexy, secretive tenant, Ethan Garrison, and a young orphan who breaks down both their defenses. Now all the plans that Caroline made--and thought she wanted--take a backseat to the warmth of the little girl's smile and Ethan's supportive embrace. And before long, the notion of leaving South Carolina doesn't seem quite so appealing. . . . Because everyone needs. . . a place to call home.
SPRING BREAKDOWNIt's springtime again, and all P.I. Maggie Skerritt and her charmingly levelheaded business partner and fiancé, Bill Malcolm, can do is hope that rite of passage infamously known as spring break is quiet and painless. Luckily, as the week progresses, Maggie and Bill find the influx of college kids committing only minor offenses, albeit they're piling up like empty kegs at a frat party.If only life could remain that simple...While the tourists wreak mostly harmless havoc, the murder of a woman and her possible connection to a local politician grabs all Maggie's attention. And when that same connection leads her and Bill back to the unsolved case that changed-and still haunts-both their lives, Maggie suddenly wishes party patrol was all she had to worry about.
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