MIRANDA MARTIN-MOMMY?Beautiful and popular, Miranda Martin had the type of exciting, whirlwind existence that any single woman would envy. But when her two young nephews were unceremoniously deposited on her doorstep, her life took a turn toward the domestic-and fast!Fortunately, Miranda had a reliable friend to turn to: her accountant, Mark Wallace, himself the doting single dad of two little girls. After Mark opened his home to her new brood, Miranda began to feel differently about him...an emotion far deeper than friendship. As she came to terms with raising two young boys, could she also forge a new family-with Mark at her side?
All she wants for Christmas Doll-shop owner Ryan Clark wants one thing-a family. She's ready for a lifetime pledge of babies and deep, soul-warming contentment. But first she has to find a reliable man...All he wants for Christmas Max Monroe's sole aim in life is to be free. No ties, no commitments-that's his motto. Then he meets gorgeous Ryan Clark....All they want for Christmas Orphans Pip and Kelsey want a new mom and dad. And they have Ryan and Max in mind for the positions. With Santa backing them, how can they lose?
All Stacy Carter thought she wanted was a quiet, traditional life. One man, one woman, two-point-five kids and a dog. Maybe a minivan. She never envisioned a stock car thrown into the mix! That was before she met Jake Hinson, recovering from a boating accident at a secluded fishing cabin. Fact is, Jake's a NASCAR driver with plenty of cash, fans--and fame. Not something he's about to divulge to publicity-shy Stacy. But when the truth comes out, Stacy's not sure she can handle a celebrity lifestyle--despite Jake's reassurances. Besides, Stacy hasn't exactly been the pinnacle of honesty herself. And it's just a matter of time before her own cover is blown. . . .
The Evening Star's Police Blotter:WANTED!Small-town reporter Lindsey Gray is being charged with stealing police chief Dan Meadows's heart. Ten years her senior, Chief Meadows always thought of her as a little sister. But now that he's discovered her beauty, it looks like there might be something brewing there. Hopefully the chief isn't too late. Lindsey was last seen leaving town for a quick getaway. She is considered gorgeous and gutsy. If you have any information on this green-eyed goddess, please contact the Edstown Police. Chief Meadows is offering a reward to anyone who can lead him to her whereabouts!
A baby and a bride! You're cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Stephanie McLane and Cole McKellar... and the impending birth of their child! Free spirit Stephanie-aka Stevie-never expected to wed her good friend and neighbor, number-crunching Cole. But then she never expected to be pregnant and alone. Cole's offer of a marriage of convenience is the perfect arrangement. He's a widower who wants a child, and her baby needs a daddy. As Stevie's pregnancy hormones rage, Cole's got it all figured out. But the financial analyst has overlooked one detail: he is attracted to his wife-and the wedding night isn't part of their baby bargain. In six months they'll be parents...but will they ever be a family?
IN THE NAME OF...LOVE?Dating Bryan Falcon was only supposed to be a decoy, something for the tabloids to latch on to and run with. Still, Grace Pennington never expected to actually have feelings for the hard-core businessman. And although she'd simply promised her twin sister that she'd "date" Bryan until her sister's nuptials and then say goodbye, Grace sensed an attraction between herself and Bryan that was hard to deny. But were Bryan's signals for real, or was he doing an excellent job of playing the doting boyfriend? Either way, Grace knew that-if she let him-Bryan Falcon could invade parts of her life she had fiercely protected for years.For that reason alone, they had to part ways, no strings attached-and no broken hearts.... Or so she thought.
B. J. SAMPLES...INSTANT WIFE?B. J. Samples believed tracking down her uncle's most enigmatic-and devastatingly handsome-foster son would be the most difficult part of her P.I. assignment. But it was nothing compared to her job after she found him: pretending to be his blushing bride!Undercover cop Daniel Andreas was stunned when Brittany Samples walked back into his life and was instantly forced to play a role for her own safety-and for his. Despite the danger they courted, their attraction was stronger than ever. With so much at stake, could Daniel save them in time to offer her the role of a lifetime...as his real wife?
To: My assistant From: Scott Prince Re: Will you marry me? Bachelor Scott Prince knows he wants a family-so it's time to find a wife. But for a workaholic construction company owner with no time for romance, the perfect woman may just be his very loyal, very pretty assistant Tess Miller. For Scott, their engagement is a practical business deal...with a bonus. Scott's proposal is exactly what Tess needs to prevent another holiday season alone. And then he kisses her-and she realizes she's not as immune to her sexy boss as she thought. But this is a business deal, with no room for emotion...right? Or can Tess find a real happy-ever-after with her "Prince"?
Handsome but cynical Ethan was hardly a believer in Aislinn Flaherty's special "gifts. " And despite her attraction to him, the full-time cake maker/part-time psychic vowed to ignore Ethan. Really. Until she started having "feelings" about his long-lost brother. Deep down, she knew she could reunite Ethan with the relative he was sure was gone forever. If only her feelings for Ethan were just as reliable. . .
TEMPORARY BRIDE Dana Preston was wary when Cody Carson proposed a temporary engagement--even if it was just a prank on his meddling, matchmaking family. But although he never could have guessed why, a fake fiancé was just what she needed right now. Dana never expected to love Cody's family so much, or for them to be so thrilled at his choice in a bride. So when he discovered her secret and offered a real wedding, Dana had an impossible choice. Could she spend her life with a man she loved--and who would be the perfect husband--but who might only be doing the honorable thing?
He was the one you called when you needed rescuing...But who was Taft Bowman going to call when he needed help? Because ten years ago Laura Pendleton, the love of his life, had left town without a word, then or since. Now she was back, with a new last name-and two adorable, high-needs little ones in tow. Well, Taft had been stupid enough to let her go once before...he wasn't about to make the same mistake again. He'd never stopped loving her-and one look at those adorable little faces and he knew that he was meant to be with Laura and her kids forever. All he had to do was convince her that this time he was a man she could count on!
A CONTRACT...BETWEEN LOVERSLiterary agent Adrienne Corley liked Gideon McCloud's books, but that didn't mean she liked him. Meeting her temperamental client face-to-face had everything to do with his career and nothing to do with how she found the reclusive writer sexier than she'd dreamed possible....Gideon enjoyed his solitary lifestyle-until his gorgeous agent turned up demanding he attend to matters professional andâ ¦personal. Enthralled by Adrienne's sexy smile, Gideon welcomed her into his home-and into his bed-but could he keep his heart out of the deal?
TALL, DARK, HANDSOME...AND THE PERFECT FATHER?Unexpected sparks flew when midwife Cecilia Mendoza met young Geoff Bingham, Merlyn County's most eligible bachelor. But she was even more surprised when their dinner date exploded into a night of passion that neither of them would soon forget.Practical-minded Cecilia wanted more than just one evening of romance; however, she needed Geoff's help to realize her lifelong dream-to have a baby. With only a few weeks left in town, Geoff plunged into their affair-and embraced the idea of having a child with no strings attached. But was it only baby-making that was in the cards, or was this love?
Attending her neighbor's high school reunion wasn't exactly Nicole Sawyer's idea of a good time. But widower Joel Brannon had asked her along to help fend off his classmates' prying questions, and she couldn't seem to refuse him anything. Except after a few slow dances-not to mention moonlight kisses-Nic wanted more than a stolen weekend with a man she knew wasn't ready for a relationship. . . ;. Or was he? Joel had loved and lost, but he wasn't quite ready to give up on the possibility that he'd find love again. Because the walls time had built around his broken heart came dangerously close to collapsing whenever Nic was near. . . ;.
THERE WASN'T A WOMAN ALIVE WHO HAD EVER REJECTED REPORTER RILEY O'NEAL.All he had to do was smile and flash those dimples. But there was a first time for everything. Riley's first came in the form of waitress Teresa Scott, and what a lovely form she had. It was a ritual. Every morning he ate breakfast at the Rainbow Café, where, along with great coffee, Teresa served up a big "No."But when a scandalous news story led Riley to discover that Teresa wasn't exactly who he'd thought she was-but instead was a single mom and a...criminal-he hoped that the gorgeous waitress would try to steal his heart.
Finding out he had a six-year-old daughter was the shock of Connor Hayes's life. And the about-to-be medical student needed help--stat! So he turned to his cherished buddy--his best, platonic friend--Mia Doyle. After all, she was great with kids and could provide on-premises childcare. . . just until he got the hang of daddy detail. But then he started sharing late-night kisses with his temporary nanny. . . and Connor realized he had a different role in mind for Mia: doctor's wife!
Out-of-town bridesmaid Madison Baker was looking forward to a fun wedding of one of her oldest friends. She never thought she'd meet a groomsman that made even her measured mind-of-a-psychiatrist spin.Of course, he was the one guy who was off-limits.Steadfast Dr. Jason D'Alessandro was wedded to his work and his patients. Why, even the bride's beautiful sister couldn't turn his head! Still, stunning Madison stirred his impulsive, romantic side, although she insisted that their hot-and-heavy romance remain top secret.But this was one forbidden weekend fling that might just be for keeps....
Pediatrician Kate McNeal thought she had it all. But the one thing she longed for-the child she'd given up for adoption nine years earlier-remained just out of reach. So when she learned the girl was living with her adoptive father in Jackson Hole, Kate moved her practice lock, stock and stethoscope, to be close to the daughter she'd never forgotten.Joel Dennes used to think he had it all-until tragedy tore his family apart. Now the single dad needs help with his little girl, and the new doctor in town seems like the perfect woman for the job-and soon he thinks she may be the perfect woman for him! But when Kate's secret comes out, will the betrayal be the end of their fairy-tale ending?
Southern SCANDALS Bestselling author Gina Wilkins has created an unforgettable trilogy about three Southern women--and the secrets they're hiding-- Emily McBride, the youngest of the McBride cousins, was fed up with always being the "good girl." All her life she'd lived in the shadow of her family's scandalous past, never drawing attention to herself, never rocking the boat. Well, those days were over. Emily intended to live a little. She was going to be daring, reckless...free. But she never expected to end up on the wrong side of the law, even by mistake. Wade Davenport, the sexy new chief of police, insisted he wasn't letting her out of his sight. And suddenly Emliy realized that a life of crime might not be so bad...
HOPELESSLY IN LOVEYouthful, soul-shattering mistakes? Deborah McCloud had made more than her share. She'd believed in her father, only to discover her trust had been cruelly misplaced. And her heart? She'd misplaced that, too, by falling hopelessly in love with Dylan Smith, a man too sexy and too smart for her comfort. Wanting, needing, Dylan was more than she could bear, so she'd left. Seven years ago. And she'd been running ever since.But now, threats against her family had brought her home to face the people she'd hurt, the mistakes she'd made...and the one man who could rekindle the passion she'd sworn to leave behind.
On Today's Agenda: LOVEFrom the moment Caitlin Briley stepped into his law office with her smoky eyes and burning ambition, Nathan McCloud wanted her. As a bachelor he would have had time to charm his way into her bed-and into her heart. But now he was a single dad, trading golf clubs for dollhouses. Could he convince her to follow him from footloose freedom to family responsibility?Caitlin was a lawyer with a plan-and it didn't include falling for her gorgeous partner or the adorable little girl he'd adopted. For Caitlin, making it big meant leaving small-town Mississippi-and Nathan-behind. But when Nate's smile melted her heart, she was tempted to revise her schedule...and reach for the stars.
FALLING IN LOVE SEEMED LIKE THE NEIGHBORLY THING TO DO... Tucker Hollis was the last thing cautious Margaret McAllister needed. Her perfectly organized, perfectly predictable life was just fine without the handsome single dad and his rambunctious little children. Why, she and Tucker were exact opposites! But you know what they say about opposites attracting... Tucker didn't know what it was about his prickly neighbor, but he was smitten. And he was bent on seduction. All Margaret needed was to loosen up a bit and have some fun. And he was just the guy to help her with those goals. Whether she knew it or not, she was perfect mom--and wife--material!
Her family drove her nuts. As the only sane one in a group of crazy relatives and friends, Rachel Madison was calm, comforting. . . and desperatley needed someone to care for her. Her interior-design work was her refuge, and her latest client, Dr. Mark Thomas, a sexysolitaryman, tempted her to go beyond a purely business relationship. Then a knock on Mark's door introduced him to a brother--and a family--he'd known nothing about. Suddenly his predictable world was askew--and only Rachel could ease his confusion. But dare she risk involvement with a man who didn't know his past. . . and who wondered about his future?
It had been months since an unidentified rugged cowboy had saved Victoria Fortune from the rubble of the tornado-and she'd been haunted by his image ever since.Garrett Stone knew her name, all right. Everyone in Red Rock knew the Fortunes. And now the pampered princess had shown up on his doorstep! The taciturn rancher braced himself for trouble. Victoria was too young, too spoiled-and way too tempting. She saw Garrett as some kind of hero. But he was just a man. A man with a shadowed past who didn't deserve the glow he saw in her eyes...
Claire Winters was a society girl. Jack Murphy was born a roughneck. But at a time when women were expected to play by the rules, Claire was determined to break all of them. . . . Rebecca Murphy was planning her grandparents' wedding anniversary party when she was reunited with her onetime wedding fling, Ryan Fuller. But while their chemistry still sizzled, Ryan maintained his position--he was always the groomsman. . . and never the groom! Successful businessman Nate Aldrich had always avoided settling down. . . until single mom and restaurant owner Jordan Chelsey showed him just what kind of life he might find inside that fabled white picket fence.