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Mr. SeptemberThe Single Dad: Wealthy bachelor Alex Hightower has three women on his mind....His Sassy-Mouthed Teenage Daughter: A girl with training bras on her mind.His "Steady Gal": A snooty socialite with marriage to Mr. Moneybags on her mind.Angeline Wydowski Perkins: An unsuitable woman with an endless supply of love for Alex on her mind.My steady's familiar-but about as exciting as a stale croissant. Angeline's exciting-but about as familiar as a total stranger. Of course, my daughter comes first in my life, and she adores Angeline...a woman who couldn't possibly be the next Mrs. Hightower!
MAN OF THE MONTH TALL, DARK AND HANDSOME MR. MARCH The Beast: Gus Wydowski, a brooding bachelor with a weakness for beautiful women--but not for bouncing babies! The Beauty: Mariah Brady didn't need a man who knew nothing about babies--especially when she was juggling a newborn! The Baby: Was cute little Jessie going to hook Mariah a husband? Gus couldn' t diaper an infant to save his life, but he also couldn't stay away from Mariah Brady. And Mariah and baby Jessie were a package deal, so before he knew it, he was knee-deep in bottles and diaper pins. And now the beauty was trying to turn the beast-bachelor into a family man!
Secret heiress Liza Chandler didn't want the money-or the rugged millionaire who'd suddenly come into her life. But Beckett had made a vow to get the job done. . . ;and he wasn't the type to take no for an answer. Especially not when he discovered that beneath Liza's plain-Jane exterior hid a passionate woman just waiting to be protected. But would Liza trust Beckett enough to take his money. . . ;and let him into her heart?
Police detective Carson Beckett had skirted the altar as smoothly as a sly criminal avoided handcuffs. Now the time had come to settle down and fulfill his ailing mother's wish-and he was halfway there with an unofficial promise to wed his childhood sweetheart. But first he had to repay an old family debt to the last of the Chandler heirs. When his search led him to the gray-eyed, mesmerizing Kit Chandler, his usual logic deserted him. Instinctively, he changed from benefactor to protector when Kit became the target of someone else's wrath. And when tension turned to passion, Carson realized he was in deep. He would get to the altar, but with whom?
Iced-in at the airport, cradling the kicking, squealing infant daughter he'd only just discovered, Jackson Powers was fresh out of patience. And now he'd hooked up with fellow strandee Hetty Reynolds, a woman who didn't fit into any of his neat pigeonholes. A woman who spoke softly and sang husky off-key lullabies to a stranger's crying baby...with eyes the color of rainwater and a body created for love. He needed a survival guide to family--and personal relationships--fast! Because once this storm was over, Jackson had to show both these ladies that he was a forever kind of man...
LAST-CHANCE BRIDE... Single father and marriage cynic Tucker Dennis was sure his too-romantic dad had been roped into saying "I do." So he hightailed it down to the Blue Flamingo Motel to halt the honeymoon and talk some sense into the elderly groom. And that's where he found the bride's riled relative... Annie Summer's heart melted with happiness when she saw the blissful newlyweds--or was it at the sight of the groom's son? But sexy Tucker didn't seem to have a heart of his own underneath that muscular chest! He'd stopped believing in love and marriage long ago, yet Annie believed in him...and years of inexperience were telling her to take a chance on Tucker...
"Will You Dance With Me?"Orphaned Cindy Danbury's heart beat faster when John Hale Hitchcock invited her into his arms. He was back-the handsome prince she'd adored from afar-and still beyond her reach. In fact, she should be serving at her stepcousin's wedding, not dancing with the best man! But something in Hitch's gaze coaxed her to say "Yes!" and gave fuel to her dreams.Not only gorgeous, rich and eligible, Hitch was gentle, kind and thoughtful. But could he see beyond Cindy's poor-relation facade to the vibrant, loving woman inside? Perhaps Cindy should wake her Prince Charming with a kiss of her own....
THE BLACKMAILED BRIDE How hard could it be to find a suitable wife for a gorgeous, rich cattle-and-oil baron? Since Cleo Lawrence refused Roane Gallagher's ridiculous marriage proposal, it was suddenly her job to round up some pretty Western women, sashay them around his ranch-and pray he'd like one of them. Then, all Cleo's problems would be solved. Except for one. Now that Roane had some wannabe wives under his roof, Cleo wanted him for herself!
MEN of the YEARMAN of the MONTH"I'm not a family man, but I sure as hell am willing to try."Travis Holiday, former Coast Guard officerWhen Travis learned he had a son, he'd gone into emergency mode: build a home, become a dad, settle down. No more heroics. But when he came upon the dark-haired goddess stranded in a coastal storm, Trav just had to help. He knew Ruanna Roberts was running from something...but all that mattered now was his son. So why did his arms instinctively open up to Ruanna-and not let go?Some men are made for lovin'-and you'll love our MAN OF THE MONTH, the last of The Lawless Heirs!THE LAWLESS HEIRS
Stand-In Father: Former detective Joe Dana, he arrived in the nick of time!Expectant Mother: Sophie Bayard hadn't expected a handsome stranger to help deliver her baby. . Joe felt he'd had no choice -- the woman had been in labour! All he'd planned to do was pick up the family heirloom that the baby's father had stolen -- and then return home as fast as he could. Instead, he'd been left holding the baby! Joe had a weakness for beautiful women -- not pudgy babies! But he was beginning to like -- even love -- this daddy stuff! It seemed that both Sophie and her newborn were in on a conspiracy. . . to turn this bachelor into Father of the Year!
Mr. MayIrresistible Man: Stone McCloud couldn't let a big-mouthed floozy ruin a family's good name!Unattainable Woman: Having bad taste in husbands and being trapped in a femme fatale's body were only two of Lucy Dooley's problems.Unexpected Happening: Hah! They've both been hoodwinked!When Stone was sent to North Carolina's Outer Banks to spy on Lucy, a big-mouthed floozy was nowhere to be found on Coronoke Island. Seemingly sweet and wonderful, Lucy was obviously planning to wrap him around her ringless finger and then do him in!
Businessman William Bradford hadn't thought wedding bells were tolling for him until he met secretary Diana Foster, who was vulnerable, alone - and just a little bit pregnant. . . with another man's child. His protective instincts aroused, Will did the honorable thing and proposed. But marriage was turning out to be anything but convenient for the tall, dark Texan. The passions that his new bride inspired in him soon had Will wanting to extend their temporary arrangement so that he could love, honor and cherish Diana for a lifetime!
Diet was a four-letter word. But then again, so was Rafe, as in Rafe Webber, the hard-edged playboy - and culinary wizard - whod suddenly invaded Mollys week in paradise. A week in which this small-town girl had vowed to reinvent herself. But with every sexually charged minute of their acquaintance, Mollys hunger turned into something else altogether. . . . From the boardroom to the kitchen, Rafe was always in control. But when he found himself stranded with the delectable Molly Dewhurst, his self-control disappeared. Molly refused to believe that his intentions were true, and Rafe was determined to show her that she was every inch the woman for him!
MAN of the MonthTHE LAWLESS HEIRSMR. MAYThe G-Man: Secret agent Daniel Lawless...double-crossed by his own agency!The Woman: Brokenhearted beauty Jasmine Clancy...betrayed by her fiancé and best friend!The passion: Suddenly trapped together in a remote hideaway, the two hotheads exploded with desire...for each other....Agent Lawless had a bad guy to nab. More, he had his own untouchable heart to guard. Yet from the moment he met the lovely and mysterious Jasmine, keeping his mind on his mission got harder and harder. And keeping his hands off the forbidden Jasmine was even more of a mission impossible....THE LAWLESS HEIRS: A surprise will unite the Lawless family-and leads them to love!
"Any woman who can make a man laugh and want to jump her bones at the same time is more valuable than rubies and pearls." - Rocky Waters, ex-hotshot journalist and unlikely hero. Rocky Waters first met Sarah Jones when she was a shy teenager. Now scandal had followed the senator's daughter to North Carolina, and Rocky had to warn her. Sarah fiercely guarded her privacy - and the child she secretly supported. But Rocky was just as determined to win over this sensual, spirited widow who aroused his protective instincts - and a whole lot more. . . .
BLUEBIRD WINTER by Linda Howard Kathleen Fields had to reach the clinic, but a Christmas blizzard left her stranded, without hope for her life--or her unborn baby's. Then Derek Taliferro arrived with his doctor's skill, his caring heart. Together they brought Kathleen's child into the world and discovered love, the greatest gift of all. HENRY THE NINTH by Dixie Browning Being fixed up with her landlady's brother was not Mary Pepper's idea of a good time. But when a horrible cold and a horrendous work schedule obliterated Christmas, Henry whisked her off for a late celebration on Hatteras Island, where they found themselves creating some rather unusual new traditions of their own.... SEASON OF MIRACLES by Ginna Gray The town spinster, tenderhearted Kathryn Talmidge, had long adored Daniel Westwood in silence. The gruff widower finally proposed--but solely to give his kids a new Mom for Christmas! Though motherhood and sharing Dan's life were all Kath had ever dreamed of, now she prayed for the miracle of his love.... THE HUMBUG MAN by Diana Palmer Montana rancher Tate Hollister had to be the grouchiest, grumpiest humbug man widow Maggie Jeffries had ever met. But, as the holiday season progressed, Maggie discovered that Tate wasn't completely immune to the Christmas spirit--his loving embrace on a cold winter's night could prove to be the gift of a lifetime....
For Her Thirty-Seventh Birthday, JeanAnn's Friends Place a Personal Ad For Her....The Three Blind Dates:Bachelor #1: Nice enough-except for that little problem.Bachelor #2: Talked nonstop about his ex-wife.Bachelor #3: Gorgeous and a gentleman-until the big incident.Mr. Right?After all the perfume (which he doesn't respond to), all the small talk (which he doesn't make) and all the dry goodbye kisses (he's too passionate for that), JeanAnn finally falls in love. Hint: He's the only one who's not the least bit interested....
Rugged Kurt Stryker wasn't a man of many words, but he did have a hot desire for Debranne Kiley. So when he needed a wife to keep custody of the boy in his care, he started practising his 'I do'. Problem was, whenever he had Debranne in his arms, he couldn't get the proposal past his lips! Now this sweet, loving woman had him longing to say three little words he'd never planned on uttering again. . .
THE OIL BARONHe was the epitome of masculinity-and rich as sin. But with midlife approaching, Texas baron Hank Langley was in sore need of a wife. And finding a Mrs.Langely from the bevy of social-climbing beauties was a challenge even for this ex-military man. Until Callie Riley, his new, much younger secretary, breezed into his life and took Hank's hardened heart by storm. Suddenly he was learning more about love than he'd ever thought possible. Could the millionaire convince this fresh-faced country girl to say "I do" to an older man?Five wealthy Texas bachelors-all members of the state's most exclusive club-set out on a mission to rescue a princess...and find true love.
Brace Ridgeway:Okay, I was dumped. No big deal. I'm not too upset at being single again, but the reason I got jilted was pretty embarrassing. So I escaped to North Carolina's Outer Banks to be alone, and what do I get? A woman who wants to know my business.Frances Jones:What's a gal to do when she gets a scrumptious-looking, sexy man for company, and he's not much of a talker? I know he's been through something, but I also know that underneath that hard, muscled chest I can't keep my eyes off is a soft heart I want to make mine forever!
Hell-bent on revenge, navy SEAL Curt Powers set out to find the person who had stolen his heritage. But when innocent beauty Lily O' Malley turned out to be the object of his search, Curt disregarded his careful strategy and took the biggest chance of his life... Sweet Lily had never met anyone quite like Curt Powers. Rough, tough-- and sexy as all get-out-- he stirred desire deep in her soul. But Lily had never given her heart-- or her body-- to any man. Could Curt convince her that some risks were worth taking... ?
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