[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...
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?
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....
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.
Hot off the press! Word around town is Ethan Traub- of the Texas Traubs-is bringing the family oil business to Thunder Canyon, along with his sassy personal assistant, Lizzie Landry. Settling down isn't part of this wealthy bachelor's game plan. So why are we hearing rumors that he's starting to see Lizzie as something more than his devoted employee? Lizzie may be secretly in love with her heart-meltingly handsome boss, but she knows better than anyone that he's not the marrying kind. Besides, she's got her own dreams-to hightail it back to Texas to open her own bakery. But my sources tell me the oil baron won't let her go so easily. Stay tuned, faithful readers, to find out if this is one deal Ethan will seal with a kiss!
Well, timing never had been his strong suit...And the fact that Bowie Bravo walked in the door, after seven years away, just when Glory Rossi was about to go into labor with another man's child certainly proved the point. Because the last time Glory had seen Bowie was when she was delivering his child-a little boy who'd never known his real father. But according to Bowie, that was about to change.Bowie was now a respectable businessman, and he was more than ready to be a father-to both of Glory's children. He was also ready to be a husband to the woman he'd never been able to live without. And when he saw that their feelings for each other still burned bright, he didn't see any reason why he'd have to....
FAMILY BONDS AND MESSAGES OF LOVEWhile Red Rock, Texas-beloved hometown of the celebrated Fortune family-prepares for its annual Spring Fling dance, three compelling couples discover the joy and passion of falling in love...Despite their long-standing feud and the town's annoying matchmaking efforts, rival business associates can't keep their hands off each other in SECRET KISSES by Ann MajorAfter surviving a robbery, a bank teller realizes that love is all that matters and confesses her secret desire for a courageous cop in HIDDEN HEARTS by Christine RimmerMarried for several years, a husband and wife who've drifted apart find the magic of spring breathing new life into their troubled relationship in DREAM MARRIAGE by Karen Rose Smith
A PLACE TO STAY Shelter-it was such a basic need, and one that single mom Ashley Churchill had always been able to provide for her little girl. Until her luck turned, and the only protection she could find was in her stony and taciturn boss, security specialist Jeff Ritter. Jeff warned he was only offering to share his home, not his life, and that suited Ashley just fine. She would make it on her own. And yet, Jeff's broad shoulders were oh-so tempting to lean on, and in his arms, Ashley found a whole new kind of shelter-a home. But no matter how close they became, Jeff always barricaded a part of himself away. And Ashley wondered if he could ever allow himself to come in from the storm and find his own shelter...with her. BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! Donovan's Child by New York Times bestselling author Christine Rimmer Pain and loss had consumed the Donovan McRae that Abilene Bravo had known. She couldn't erase his past, but she just might be able to give him a future.
The Thunder Canyon Nugget reports that the annual mail-order bride reenactment was a smashing success-until librarian Katie Fenton found herself hitched to a mystery man! Our local cutie was stunned to find herself gazing into the eyes of handsome businessman Justin Caldwell. This reporter suspects that more than sparks have flared between the "bride" and "groom" since their fabulous fake wedding-And The blizzard that kept them snowbound afterward. Rumor has it that Justin's got a grudge against local real-estate magnate Caleb Douglas. And Katie is part of the Douglas clan. . . . Does the sexy stranger have more than romance up his sleeve? Stay tuned, loyal readers-this prospector will soon reveal all!
After being dumped by her boyfriend, Tessa wasn't taking nonsense from any man. But how could she turn away this injured stranger who'd stumbled onto her property in the middle of a blizzard? A man who didn't know who he was or how he'd ended up in the California Sierras. . . He couldn't recall his name, but there was no mystery about his tender passion for the woman who'd saved his life. With no memory of the past--only recurring images of a Texas ranch--what could he offer Tessa? Just a life together, if she was willing to take a risk on the future, no matter where it led. . .
It Was Nothing Short of Shocking!Heather "Sunshine" Conway was a respectable, small-town widow cheerfully waiting tables to make ends meet. Her brother-in-law, single father Lucas Drury, was a scandalous celebrity-the Shadowmaster. Only their shared desperation over Lucas's runaway son could have plunged them into a night of dangerously explosive desire.... Yet Heather sowed hope in Lucas's haunted soul. And, during the darkness of night and the wonder of passion, Lucas gave Heather a child. But the real fireworks were just beginning....
Regal, reserved Irina Lukovic was the perfect live-in housekeeper. Until she found out she was being sent back to her war-torn homeland. So Caleb Bravo came up with the ideal solution. . . one where they'd still be living together on a morepermanentbasis. . . . The handsome bachelor proposed!Irina couldn't believe that the footloose mogul was giving up his freedom for her. But now that they were officially husband and wife, she suddenly yearned to belong to Caleb in more than name only. To be his wife. . . in every sense of the word. . .
Can he embrace the child he never knew he had? Nine years ago, Kelly Bravo and Michael Vakulic went their separate ways--he to a new name and a new life, she to a family she never knew she had. And then Kelly comes across an tantalizingly familiar photo in the newspaper. Her long lost Michael has reinvented himself--as Mitch Valentine, multimillionaire entrepreneur. As for Kelly, she's got a new name too--mother! And a little girl with Michael's eyes. . . How can she tell him the truth? How can she not?
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