World-class sprinter Kelly Maxwell doesn't have time for romance. But when she suffers an injury on the track, she begins to reevaluate her life. Facing a difficult recovery at a physical rehab facility in New York, Kelly must decide whether she really loves the sport. But after meeting with her physical therapist, Dr. Alex Hutchinson, she faces yet another hurdle.Alex Hutchinson has fallen in love with the wrong woman before-another athlete just like Kelly. Now, years later, he doesn't want to make the same mistake twice. He tries to back off, but the attraction is too strong. And when he realizes that Kelly's coach has his own agenda, Alex tries to protect her even more. But is he ready to heal his broken heart?
With her sensual looks and free-spirited ways, Ashley Temple is the perfect agent for The Ladies Cartel, a secret crime-fighting organization. But her latest assignment--breaking up an illegal baby trafficking ring--is more than a job. It's personal. The stakes go sky-high when she teams up with FBI operative Elliot Morgan, a man so deep under cover he's off the radar.Life in the field is nothing compared to the adrenaline rush of passion and pleasure Elliot feels with Ashley. And when they pose as a happily married couple to stake out a suspicious adoption center, he knows he's in deeper than he's ever been. He can't risk falling for her--the danger's too great. But how can Elliot let Ashley go, when this sweet, sultry lady takes him beyond the point of no return?
It all started with one passionate night... Don't preach to Alexis Montgomery about settling down. She's got her act together-a fabulous new job, great friends and plenty of dating prospects. She's happily taking New York City by storm, so why would she ruin things by committing to just one man? If anyone could influence Alexis, it might be Graham Stone. He's gorgeous and brilliant, enough to make any red-blooded woman question her single status. Unfortunately, he's also her boss. When these two seductive forces collide, neither thinks past the sparks they are generating. But their rendezvous has an unexpected consequence during the holiday season-one that could make them never want to walk away...from each other.
Has fate led her to a real-life hero? Actress and model Dominique Laws has been living the Hollywood dream -- fame, fortune, a handsome and powerful husband, and adoring fans. Although her talent hasn't faded, lately good roles have been getting scarce. When Dominique learns that her business manager husband has been cheating on her -- personally and financially -- she finds herself down-and-out in Beverly Hills. With all that's happened, now is the time for Dominique to regroup and reconnect with what really matters. But a chance meeting with a Denzel-fine filmmaker may just be the opportunity to play the role of a lifetime. . .
Each one of us has the ability to effect change-to make our world a better place. The dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have changed lives, one good deed at a time. To celebrate their accomplishments, some of our bestselling authors written stories inspired by these real-life heroines. We hope More Than Words inspires you to get in touch with the real-life heroine living inside of you. In Carly Phillips's Compassion Can't Wait, two high school sweethearts are reunited and discover that if you believe in yourself and each other, anything is possible. Donna Hill's Someplace Like Home tells the story of how one woman's dream becomes reality, as three special people learn that it's never too late to form a loving family. In Jill Shalvis's What the Heart Wants, an honorable man must learn to forgive himself to regain the trust of the dedicated teacher who is the love of his life.
The right one is always worth waiting for... Dr. Olivia Gray's passion for history is sparked by the mystery surrounding her own birth parents. A research project in Sag Harbor promises to be her most intriguing assignment yet-especially when she meets Connor Lawson. Shared interests and easy banter give way to searing, unforgettable nights. Yet until she uncovers her past, she can't consider anything other than temporary bliss... The sting of his ex-fiancée's betrayal has left the intense, charismatic restoration specialist resistant to every matchmaking attempt-until Olivia moves to town. She's gorgeous, talented and determined to avoid commitment. That makes their wild attraction just perfect...until it's not nearly enough. One soul-baring revelation at a time, she's restoring his belief in love, but can he convince her he's offering the kind that lasts forever?
Joy Newhouse is the diva of the airwaves, a relationship expert who scores big with listeners for her jaw-dropping, scathing commentary on men, women, sex--no subject is taboo for this provocative radio shock jock. When she's fired suddenly by new management, Joy isn't happy off the air and out of the spotlight. So she writes a book that features her most titillating calls and letters, a bestseller ripe with the kind of gossip intended to put Joy back where she belongs: on top. Soon, however, negative and righteous feedback from those listeners she exploited in her book stirs up a media scandal, giving Joy a crisis of conscience--and a taste of payback. Perhaps it wasn't so wise of her to hitch her star to her readers' most personal stories--tales of secret affairs, office romances, baby-daddy drama, cheaters, swingers, sibling rivalries, job infighting and more. Perhaps there's a better way to reinvent herself?
Heat up the winter nights with this trio of sexy, festive stories. A Promise For The Holiday Donna HillDevastated by her divorce, Cara Holiday vowed never to be vulnerable again. Now she's a wildly successful real estate broker, and wildly lonely. Restaurateur Mitch Davis has had his eye on her, but can't break the ice--until he cooks up a scheme to hire her. Soon Cara is enjoying his company--and secretly drawing out the process of selling his house. When their deceptions collide, will their blossoming relationship make it to the holidays? A Sexy Christmas Carol Zuri DayAfter years of travel working for a pop diva, Carol Robbins has moved back to Detroit in time for the holidays. She's bought a home and bonded with her family. As for romance, she's got no prospects--until she attends a VIP party and makes a surprising love connection. Soon she's torn between her old big life, her hopes for the future--and one man who may give her the greatest gift of all. . . Christmas Surprise Cheris HodgesTired of coming second to her wealthy husband's career, Lola Yvonne Joseph is sending him a very special gift this year: divorce papers. Then she's leaving Miami for the kind of wintery white Christmas she's always wanted. She definitely does not expect Jonathan to track her down, whisk her away, and do everything possible to win her back. If he succeeds, Lola has one more surprise in store for him. . .
Heat up the winter nights with this trio of sexy, festive stories. A Promise For The Holiday Donna HillDevastated by her divorce, Cara Holiday vowed never to be vulnerable again. Now she's a wildly successful real estate broker, and wildly lonely. Restaurateur Mitch Davis has had his eye on her, but can't break the ice--until he cooks up a scheme to hire her. Soon Cara is enjoying his company--and secretly drawing out the process of selling his house. When their deceptions collide, will their blossoming relationship make it to the holidays? A Sexy Christmas Carol Zuri DayAfter years of travel working for a pop diva, Carol Robbins has moved back to Detroit in time for the holidays. She's bought a home and bonded with her family. As for romance, she's got no prospects--until she attends a VIP party and makes a surprising love connection. Soon she's torn between her old "big life," her hopes for the future--and one man who may give her the greatest gift of all. . .Christmas Surprise Cheris HodgesTired of coming second to her wealthy husband's career, Lola Yvonne Joseph is sending him a very special gift this year: divorce papers. Then she's leaving Miami for the kind of wintery white Christmas she's always wanted. She definitely does not expect Jonathan to track her down, whisk her away, and do everything possible to win her back. If he succeeds, Lola has one more surprise in store for him. . .
Tragedy brought Maxine Sherman and Quinten Parker together years ago, but another woman stole him away from her. For as long as Maxine could remember, her nights were filled with dreams of his return. That was then. Now Quinn is back after another tragedy occurs in his life, and he wants things the way they were. But Maxine has a new life, a new man. . . and a secret that binds her and Quinn forever. Common sense tells Maxine she shouldn't put her heart in the hands of the man who once left it broken in pieces--and risk losing the love and devotion of Taylor Collins, who not only brings her joy, but the kind of love she always longed for. Is Taylor her real love or a substitute for what she lost? As Maxine struggles against Quinn's passionate pleas, and the old desires ignite between them, she must decide if what they have is strong enough to last this time, or if her feelings are only. . . pieces of dreams.
Nikita Harrell's drive and determination took her to the pinnacle of the New York publishing world. And it also swept her into the arms of Quinn Parker. A proud man with the soul of an artist and the strength to survive on the mean streets of Harlem, Quinn was everything Nikita had been taught to stay away from--and the one man whose passionate courage ignited desires neither could deny. But when Nikita refused to settle for less than a picture-perfect life, she lost the only man she ever loved. Now Quinn is back in her life as the author of a hot new novel that could propel Nikita's publishing house to unimaginable success. To secure both their futures means confronting the differences that once tore them apart, and fighting the reignited desire that burns more fiercely than either ever dreamed. Now, as unexpected rivals and a sudden crisis force them to gamble for one last, desperate chance to reconcile their dreams, can they fulfill the love that has claimed them body and soul?
It's the prize of a lifetime: one million dollars and your own hotel. All Sasha Carrington has to do is beat the competition on the new TV show Heartbreak Hotel . The daily challenges test her creative flair and business acumen, but it's fellow contestant Mitchell Davenport who's pushing her emotions to the limit. Before they knew they'd be rivals, Mitchell and Sasha shared two smoldering, unforgettable nights in Antigua. Mitchell--as fine as he is ambitious--was immediately drawn to Sasha's warmth and earthy sensuality. Now, winning is the only thing that matters to both. . . but what are they willing to lose to get there?
Tis the season to be merry and the Morrison family are about to have their lives turned upside down. Denise has always been the faithful wife and dutiful mother. As a matter of fact, it seems that is all she has been in the twenty-plus years she and her husband, Edward have been married. But the kids are grown and out of the house and now she's ready to live a few dreams of her own. Edward, however, would like to keep things just the way they are and Denise realizes that if she doesn't do something drastic, then all she will ever be is a mother and a wife. So when she drops the bomb at Thanksgiving dinner that she is leaving their father and selling the house, everyone is stunned to say the least. And her announcement opens the door to Morrison Family Dysfunction 101. Edward is now living with his crazy aunt Etta and uncle Eddie, who's sex life is more active than his own; their daughter, Christine has moved back home because she suspects her husband is cheating on her; and their son, Anthony is simply dazed and confused. And in the midst of it all, Edward hatches a plan to get his wife back - no matter what. Not only does he plan to be back in their home and back in their bed, but come Christmas he and Denise will be Rockin' Around that Christmas Tree.
ROSIE'S CURL AND WEAVE: Four Novellas - STEP INSIDE FOR A DAY OF BEAUTY, LAUGHTER. . . . AND LOVE. Whether you want a cut, weave or braid; a facial, manicure, or massage; there's always a helping hand-and a sympathetic ear at Rosie's Curl and Weave on 125th Street in Harlem. And sometimes, when you least expect it, love walks in the door. So sit back, relax, put your feet up, and enjoy, as four talented writers render four magical stories about the love of beauty and the beauty of love. Rochelle Alers gets the sparks flying, as a high-maintenance banker finds herself falling, against her better judgement, for a handsome delivery man who walks into Rosie's. . . . Donna Hill puts the assistant manager of Rosie's in the path of a fine-looking contractor, whose hypnotic honey-brown eyes could be her undoing. . . . Felicia Mason helps the owner of Rosie's discover that you don't have to be young -- just young at heart -- to fall in love. . . . Francis Ray turns a timid, dowdy duckling into a confident, sexy swan -- and sends her into the arms of a handsome artist -- with the help of Rosie's Curl and Weave. . . .
Donna Hill returns to the beloved characters she introduced in If I Could with this poignant, insightful story of a woman who dares to say no to a loveless existence. . . and yes to the challenges and pleasures of living life on her own terms. Regina Everette never expected things to be simple when--to the shock of everyone around her--she walked away from her empty marriage. Of course, she never expected to find real love waiting around the corner, either. Now that she's with Parker Heywood, she knows what true happiness feels like. Still, it comes with a price. Her children want their father to be the only man in her life, and he's determined to win Regina back. Parker has his own obligations, too: a teen daughter who wants to be the first, and only, woman in his life. With everyone outside the relationship seemingly bent on pulling them apart, their love will be put to the ultimate test. But through it all, Parker is willing to stay by Regina's side forever. . . if she will only say yes. "[A] spellbinding story that will give any reader or book club plenty to talk about!"--Romantic Times
Donna Hill returns to the beloved characters she introduced in If I Could with this poignant, insightful story of a woman who dares to say no to a loveless existence...and yes to the challenges and pleasures of living life on her own terms.Regina Everette never expected things to be simple when--to the shock of everyone around her--she walked away from her empty marriage. Of course, she never expected to find real love waiting around the corner, either. Now that she's with Parker Heywood, she knows what true happiness feels like. Still, it comes with a price. Her children want their father to be the only man in her life, and he's determined to win Regina back. Parker has his own obligations, too: a teen daughter who wants to be the first, and only, woman in his life. With everyone outside the relationship seemingly bent on pulling them apart, their love will be put to the ultimate test. But through it all, Parker is willing to stay by Regina's side forever...if she will only say yes."[A] spellbinding story that will give any reader or book club plenty to talk about!"--Romantic Times
Virginia State assemblywoman Vaughn Hamilton is only a heartbeat away from her lifelong dream of winning a coveted congressional seat. Yet few know the desperate secret that has haunted her for so many years...a secret that her powerful family will do anything to keep hidden forever. When Vaughn meets business tycoon Justin Montgomery at a Washington D. C. , fundraiser, the desire that flares between them soon sweeps her into a passionate and reckless love affair. But the liaison ends abruptly when Justin decides to run against her in the election. Shattered by his betrayal, Vaughn vows never to let a man into her life...and her heart...again. What she doesn't know is that Justin unwittingly holds the key to her past, and to the love that binds them together....
The heiress to a political dynasty, Desiree Lawson is more interested in tossing her hat in the ring than in playing the field. But when Desiree's twin decides to play matchmaker in order to find her a suitable date, the serious-minded senator's daughter has a change of heart. Spence Hampton is a charismatic Baton Rouge playboy who is famous for his amorous exploits. He's also the man Desiree has secretly desired for years and when the opportunity presents itself, she knows it's time to take a chance. Forced to love and admire Desiree from afar, Spence finally has his chance to be with the stunning Louisiana sister. Their first date is beyond his most passionate fantasies. With everything finally going their way, can he convince the reticent beauty that his playboy days are over and become the top candidate for her heart?
The feisty women who sell Tender Loving Care body products are hiding a secret: they're undercover operatives in The Ladies Cartel--the flip-side organization of TLC Cosmetics. They're sworn to an oath to never reveal their clandestine activities, and not even their families know about their alternate lives. Danielle Holloway is the newest member of the group. Her first assignment: infiltrate a ring of identity-theft criminals. With cool wit and seductive charm, Danielle uses her skills to piece together the clues, and she's shocked to discover a cloud of guilt hovers over her beau, the very sexy and charismatic Nick Mateo.
She has a secret. . . The sassy sisters who hawk Tender Loving Care body products are on a mission that goes way beyond fighting wrinkles. These lovely ladies are also undercover operatives in The Ladies Cartel--the flip-side organization of TLC cosmetics. They are so deep under, even their families and spouses don't suspect their real work or know their identities. . . . Executive assistant extraordinaire and TLC agent, sexy Savannah Fields gets her next assignment--investigate corporate espionage at a construction site in NYC. But Savannah is in for the shock of her life when the trail of the dirty dealings, deception and adultery leads right back to her neat suburban split-level. . . and her hunk of a husband, Blake!
Descended from a legendary political dynasty, Lee Ann Lawson has been the glue that holds her sprawling clan together. But being primary caregiver has meant putting her own dreams on hold. Preston Graham is about to change all that. From the moment they meet-at an estate in Baton Rouge-Lee Ann can't stop thinking about the ambitious, seductive junior senator from Louisiana. All his life, Preston has focused on only one thing: rising up the political ladder. Marriage isn't even on the ballot. Until Lee Ann. The passion she arouses is hot, irresistible. . . ;and all-consuming. Can he convince the senator's daughter to toss her hat in the ring-by giving her heart to him and a love that comes only once in a lifetime?
Her RulesDominique Lawson lives life on her terms, making up the rules along the way. This beautiful Lawson twin and heiress to a glittering Louisiana dynasty goes after what she wants-and usually gets it. But Trevor Jackson seems immune to her charms. That's until Dominique plots her all-out sensual assault on the blatantly sexy contractor, who's as cool as they come. Now passion is heating up the Southern sky....His PassionDominique may be his boss, but Trevor plans to show the pampered princess what desire is really about. Never mind that they clash on just about everything-it's only a matter of time before the blue-blooded beauty is his. Can he convince Dominique that they belong together, now and for all the sensual nights to come?
If Desire Can Be Had For The Asking. . . In the lavish San Francisco valley, Noelle Maxwell unveils her secret. Liaisons is the ultimate fantasy--a chic retreat where romantic dreams are yours for the right price. But Noelle has other secrets--a past in New Orleans, a marriage to a powerful man who fulfilled all but her deepest longings and a vow to uncover the truth behind his mysterious death. Yet the only man she can trust is a stranger whose explosive sexuality awakens desire--and fear. . . . Is Love Worth Any Price? From the moment the man calling himself Cole Richards meets his partner's beautiful widow, the stakes in a dangerous game rise even higher. But the closer he gets to Noelle's seductive flame, the more he risks being burned--and the more he must hide a shocking truth that could destroy the love he so passionately craves. . . .
As CEO of an event-planning company, sultry siren Nia Turner deftly navigates the corporate boardroom. No one would ever guess she's also an undercover agent for The Ladies Cartel. TLC is a clandestine organization that operates under the guise of selling Tender Loving Care body products--but their true mission is crime-fighting. Living a double life can be stressful, especially when Nia is dating sexy architect Steven Long. As she vigilantly attempts to identify the players in what could be the biggest sex scandal the city has seen in decades, Steven begins to suspect that she is stepping out on him. Nia gets caught in a web of lies and scandal that threatens to tear her relationship apart.
Two classic TLC novels from Essence Bestselling Author Donna HillThe women who sell Tender Loving Care body products are hiding a secret: they are undercover operatives in The Ladies Cartel-the flip-side organization of TLC Cosmetics. They have sworn an oath to never reveal their clandestine activities, so not even their closest families and friends know about their covert lives....Sex and LiesExecutive assistant extraordinaire and TLC agent, sexy Savannah Fields gets her next assignment-investigate corporate espionage at a construction site in New York City. But Savannah is in for the shock of her life when the trail of the dirty dealings, deception and adultery leads right back to her neat suburban split-level...and her hunk of a husband, Blake!Seduction and LiesDanielle Holloway is the newest member of the TLC group. Her first assignment: infiltrate a ring of identity-theft criminals. With cool wit and seductive charm Danielle uses her skills to piece together the clues, and she's shocked to discover that a cloud of guilt hovers over her beau, the very sexy and charismatic Nick Mateo.
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