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Rust Creek RamblingsSeducing the Schoolteacher?We apologize, dear readers, for our brief hiatus in publication. The offices of the Rust Creek Rambler were damaged in the Great Flood, but we are now filing our reports from a bar stool at the Ace in the Hole. And do we have scandalous news for you!We have it on good authority that during the storm, gorgeous rapscallion Collin Traub was stranded with our beloved kindergarten teacher Willa Christensen-alone. In a barn. Overnight. No one knows why, but Willa could barely stand the sight of Collin before. And now? Oh, readers-we don't like to kiss and tell. But our sources tell us that the sexy Rust Creek cowboy has set his sights on lassoing the sweet schoolmarm...for good!
Together for the first time in one volume, two marriage of convenience stories from New York Times bestselling authors Christine Rimmer and Allison Leigh!The Marriage ConspiracyJoleen Tilly is facing every mother's worst nightmare-a custody battle for her son, Sam. When Sam's grandparents demand she turn over her son, Joleen turns to her best friend, Detective Dekker Smith, for comfort. Instead, he offers an astonishing solution: a most convenient marriage! But will Joleen be able to contain her growing love for her in-name-only husband?The Billionaire's Baby PlanTo save her family's fertility clinic, Lisa Armstrong agrees to have venture capitalist Rourke Devlin's baby. First, though, she has to become Mrs. Rourke Devlin! Rourke wants a family the old-fashioned way and marriage will give them both what they want. But their temporary arrangement blossoms into something much deeper and their agreement could be threatened.
Marsh Bravo comes to Norman after 10 years to see his dying father and learns that he has a daughter.
You are cordially invited to the. . . ;shotgun. . . ;wedding of Elena Cabrera Bravo and Rogan MurdochDate:As soon as labor is over. Time:Just enough for the bride to fit into something other than a hospital gown. Hosted by:The brothers of the bride. In fact, they insisted on it!Reason for Union:The bride and groom love each other. . . ;even if they're both too stubborn to admit it!RSVPto the Bravo Family. Gifts (wedding and baby) optional. . . ;
A ring and a baby . . . To fulfill her father's will and keep her precious ranch, Megan Kane needed to marry and bear a child. Since she'd always loved handsome neighbor Nate Brave -- a rogue she couldn't tie down -- her solution was simple. She'd beg Nate to wed her and bed her . . . And then she'd set him free Meggie vowed she wouldn't cling. Wouldn't linger. She'd cherish her marriage until she got pregnant. Then she'd raise Nate's baby lovingly . . . along. But all too soon Meggie swelled with child. And she learned some promises were hell to keep . . .
FIRST COMES MELINDA WITH A BABY CARRIAGE....Pure chance brought big-city girl Melinda Bravo and rugged rancher Cole Yuma together in time to deliver his sister's newborn. But it was pure desire-baby and otherwise-that convinced her there would be no harm in pretending the baby was hers and Cole's...just for a little while.THEN COMES MARRIAGE....And it only made sense that she and Cole also assume the roles of husband and wife-strictly for show, of course.THEN COMES LOVE!Melinda and Cole both knew that despite their mutual attraction, they had nothing in common! So why, suddenly, was each of them fantasizing about making their pretend marriage the real thing?CONVENIENTLY YOURS: The Bravo family's marriages may have begun in name only-but were they destined to be true love matches after all?
[From the back cover] REPENT IN LEISURE? Well, the wedding of Angie Dellazola and Brett Bravo may have seemed hasty. But in fact they'd known each other all their lives-and, as each of them was the self-appointed sole sane member of their respective families, what better way to ensure that they stay that way than to get married? Their marriage would be based on respect and common interests-none of that burning, all-consuming love that their family members seemed prone to.... And then, one week into their marriage, it hit both of them like a ton of bricks. Angie and Brett were wildly, madly, passionately in love-with each other! This was not the calm, collected marriage they'd counted on. Well, the best-laid plans...
Married by Mistake? Rust Creek Ramblings Welcome back, faithful readers! The Rust Creek Rambler has an exclusive for you: Jordyn Leigh Cates has gotten married! That's right, our innocent Jordyn, who came to town a few years back with the Rust Creek Falls "Gal Rush," tied the knot on July Fourth in what appeared to be a very impulsive ceremony. No one could blame the blushing bridesmaid for saying "I do" to Will Clifton. The sexy, blue-eyed rancher is six feet of pure muscle and charm. But are these two merely love-struck friends who got swept away at someone else's wedding? Our sources suggest otherwise. Stay tuned to find out the true story behind these surprise spouses-and see if they can make it past their honeymoon!
Word on the street is that hotshot hotel magnate Connor McFarlane is in Thunder Canyon this summer to buy out the local resort! At first Tori Jones was furious, but now she seems to think Connor isn't the corporate shark everyone says he is. And when he asked her to pose as his fiancée to help him win custody of his son, she promptly said I do! Her fake husband-to-be is so irresistible--how can Tori help but wish it were the real thing? And my spies tell me the sassy small-town teacher captivated Connor from day one. He came to town to heal old wounds, but now all he seems to want is to claim Tori's heart. Stay tuned, faithful readers, to see if a summer romance can become a love affair for all seasons!
DO YOU...HAVE TO GET MARRIED, ADORA BEAUDINE?That's what all the town gossips were asking-and what else could she expect? Ladylike Adora was supposed to settle down to a life of solid respectability, and instead she was about to say "I do" to a motorcycle-riding outlaw named Jed Ryder. What, everyone wondered, had gotten into her?What indeed? She told herself she was marrying Jed so he could get custody of his little sister. For the child's sake, she insisted, she was about to give up every shred of her respectable reputation. It had nothing to do with the unrespectable way she felt when he swept her into his arms....
For Juliet Huddleston, being a virgin was anything but funny. It was downright humiliating. She's practically invisible to everyone, including hotter-than-molten-lava Cody MacIntyre -- her client, her oldest friend and eye candy for every woman in town. By her thirtieth birthday, Julie's had enough. She makes a resolution to ditch the quiet-mouse routine, and finally give her Inner Assertive Woman a voice. But no one -- including Julie -- was prepared for exactly how assertive she could be. Not only is she now the new director of the town's midsummer festival, slipping into super-sexy attire and driving a red-hot car, but Julie's also decided to indulge in a little midsummer fling -- with Cody. Now the entire town, including Julie herself, is wondering what happened to the old Julie. . .
Finding true love: priceless RUST CREEK RAMBLINGS People say that the odds of finding your perfect partner are rather like the odds of hitting the lottery: slim to none. It's hard to believe, faithful readers, but Nate Crawford may just have accomplished both. We have the scoop on Rust Creek Falls' best-kept secret: our former mayoral candidate is now a very wealthy man! Yet he is going out of his way to make sure no one finds out. The question is, why? Insiders whisper that Nate is also keeping another secret from his new girlfriend, nurse Callie Kennedy-a big one-and it could be a game changer. Place your bets, dear readers! What will she do when she learns her "regular guy" boyfriend is really a maverick millionaire?
Get lassoed by love in three reader-favorite Montana Maverick tales!Million-Dollar MaverickThe odds of finding your perfect partner or hitting the lottery are slim. Nate Crawford just did both, but is hiding it. He's also keeping a big secret from his new girlfriend, nurse Callie Kennedy--and it could be a game changer. What will she do when she learns her "regular guy" boyfriend is a maverick millionaire?From Maverick to DaddyEight-year-old Lily has charmed everyone in town....even curmudgeonly cowboy Caleb Dalton. Or could Caleb's real interest lie in Lily's adoptive mom, Mallory Franklin? It's hard to fathom that Mallory would date a playboy, but Lily insists the two are the perfect couple. Stay tuned to see if she can lead them down the aisle!Maverick for HireCarpenter Nick Pritchett is great with a hammer and popular with the ladies. Maybe a bit too popular, if you ask his best bud, Cecelia Clifton! She came to town looking for love. Nick is convinced he can help if she follows his instructions, but the only man he finds good enough for his childhood pal is...himself! Can Nick convince Cecelia that he's the man for her?
Taking destiny in hand, three women were determined to have families of their own. . . but never expected true love to be part of the bargain!Nurses Rachel, Lily and Jenna never thought meeting Mr. Right would be so tough. After all, they were smart, attractive and surrounded every day by the sexy doctors at Portland General Hospital. As their biological clocks grew louder, all three decided it was time-husband or no-to have babies of their own. But pregnancy tested their friendship in ways they never thought possible. . . and made the notion of happily ever after seem out of reach. Of course, dreams sometimes do come true. . . .
In Abby Heller's hero-worshipping eyes, Cash Bravo could do no wrong. But one urgent April night, Cash made a woman of Abby . . . and Abby became pregnant. Cash cursed himself for stealing her innocence and vowed to give their baby his name. Then he'd set sweet Abby free -- to find herself a better mate. After all, when a man loved a woman, heartache was nothing . . . but honor was all.
The Jones Gang FROM A MODEL EMPLOYEE... For ten years Faith Jones had waited for Price Montgomery to see her as anything but the efficient employee she was. For ten years she'd kept not only his house, but his secrets-all the while hoping that one day he would see her as a woman, not a worker. ...TO A BRIDE IN TRAINING? But time was up-and Faith was ready to call it quits. And suddenly Price was noticing that his prim and proper housekeeper had a softer side. One he'd like to get to know better-if only he could convince her to stay. After all, good help is so hard to find....
A BRAVO BABY BRINGS SECOND CHANCES It was hard enough for Clara Bravo to face gorgeous Dalton Ames after he ended their idyllic fling. But confessing that she was pregnant took real guts! Oh, Clara didn't lack the fortitude to notify Dalton of his impending fatherhood. It was turning down the irresistible banker's proposal-just for their baby's sake-that she found difficult. Dalton pushed Clara away because he couldn't risk his heart again after his recent divorce-not because he didn't feel anything for the brunette beauty! When he discovered her pregnancy, Dalton was determined to create the picture-perfect home with the one woman he could never forget. Now, if only he could convince Clara that their family was forever...
The first three novels of Rimmer's Conveniently Yours miniseries tell the stories of three members of the Bravo family who are about to tie the knot. Cash, Nate, and Zach Bravo are not the marrying kind, but soon each makes an exception to their "no strings attached" policies.
Princess Liv Thorson thought she could skulk back to America, her uncharacteristic night of passion a deeply held secret, but then came the pregnancy symptoms...
Cold, distant Alexander Bravo-Callabretti was the last man Liliana of Alagonia had ever imagined marrying! After all, even a princess longs for happily-ever-after. But when a one-night fling with her nemesis led to a royal baby-on-the-way, only a wedding would satisfy their disapproving families. So with a fast, secret ceremony, they were joined for life.Alex had agreed to make an effort for the sake of the baby, even though letting the lovely Lili close was a threat to the barriers he'd long struggled to maintain. But the future of the throne-and his royal honor-was at stake. And when he and Lili posed as happy newlyweds for the paparazzi, he found himself wishing that their marriage could be for real after all....
From Texas nanny...to palace princess! It should never have happened-the night of forbidden magic that turned Lani Vasquez and Prince Maximilian Bravo-Calabretti into lovers. After all, Lani knew all too well that an affair between a lowly nanny and the heir to the throne could only end in heartbreak-her own. Which was why she had to end it before she lost her herself completely... His New Year's Eve with Lani had rocked Max's world-and now the Texas beauty wanted to be just friends? The single father had sworn he'd never marry again, but Lani had charmed his children and awakened his guarded heart. Will the prince catch his Cinderella before the clock strikes midnight?
Only a matter of urgent Bravo family business could bring Prince Rule to America. And he wasn't leaving until he met Sydney O'Shea......who happened to be the mother of Rule's toddler son. Rule didn't expect the firestorm of desire the regal Texas attorney stirred in him. With Montedori law decreeing that he wed or lose everything, the captivated prince came up with the perfect solution. Propose marriage, now. There would be time enough later to tell all...wouldn't there?
Ralphie Styles had a way with women-lots of women.Country-singer-turned-bartender Phoebe Jacks ought to know-she'd been married to him...before he'd moved on to her best friend. And then her other best friend. But you just couldn't stay mad at Ralphie.Or could you? When he's killed in a suspicious hit-and-run, pregnant wife #4 is suddenly a widow-and a suspect. It's up to Ralphie's best friend from out of town, P.I. Rio Navarro, and Phoebe to see that the old charmer's killer is brought to justice. But Ralphie never mentioned his pal Rio was so attractive-or that he might just be the stand-up guy Ralphie never could be....
Arabella Bravo-Calabretti came to Elk Creek, Montana, with a secret to deliver and a job to do. Being a Bravo Royale, she was going to do it right. Before she handed her best friend's darling son, Ben, over to his unwitting father, they would all spend Christmas together. Only then could she be absolutely sure that rancher Preston McCade was ready to be a dad.Or...was that really the reason Belle was hanging around? She and Preston were practically from different planets, yet the attraction was undeniable. Before long, someone was utterly in love with a rancher-and Christmas in Montana was presenting one surprise after another.
Elli Thorson, displaced Nordic princess, finds a handsome Viking in her living room, who has been charged with taking her home using any means.
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