In the much anticipated follow-up to Once in a Lifetime, full-figured caterer Velma Brighton is constantly comparing herself to her thin, beautiful sister, Alexis, who seems to have everything. On Alexis's wedding day, Velma's insecurity kicks into overdrive when she puts on a formfitting maid-of-honor gown that reveals all of her curves. Worse still, the man who makes her heart race will be escorting her down the aisle. How will he react to her very shapely physique?Rugged, tough and a loner, Russ Harrington is every woman's dream. And Velma is his type of woman. He fell for her-beautiful curves and all. But he has little patience with her lack of self-esteem. Setting aside his concerns, Russ pursues Velma...until she tries to undergo a complete makeover. Ironically, Velma's attempt to attract Russ could cause her to lose the very thing she wants the most-his love.
Struggling to keep her corporate-recruiting firm afloat, Manhattan executive Melissa Grant has no time for love. Then Adam Roundtree walks into her life. But the charismatic businessman is no ordinary client. He's the man who can bring Melissa's career-and her heart-to life...until a shocking discovery jeopardizes their blossoming relationship.For Melissa and Adam, fate couldn't have played a crueler trick: their families have been embroiled in a stormy feud for generations, turning former business partners into lifelong enemies and leaving a bitter legacy that casts a long shadow. Then someone starts sabotaging Adam's work, and everything points to Melissa. Now they could lose everything...unless their love is strong enough to close the door on the past and open their hearts to the promise of the future.
For months, Leslie Collins has been trying to outrun the man who is trying to kill her. Determined to establish some semblance of a normal life while she finishes her masters degree, Leslie arrives at the home of Jordan Saber, looking for a job.Jordan takes pity on her and hires her to help out in the kitchen. He also falls in love with her.Jordan tries to protect Leslie from the pain of her past and the disapproving stares of those in her present. It seems lots of people don't like the fact that Jordan, a white man, has fallen in love with an African-American woman, even though they make a great team and really love each other. Although Jordan is dealing well with the race issue, Leslie must come to understand that regardless of the color of the wrapping, love is a precious gift.
Amanda Ross is thrilled when she is appointed junior high school principal in Caution Point, N. C. But her promotion will only be a pipe dream if the board of education discovers that she's pregnant--and single. She never expected her baby's father to desert her, but explanations won't satisfy a small town's rumor mill. A husband is what she needs, and handsome music engineer Marcus Hickson looks like the answer to her problem. Embittered by his ex-wife's selfish and cruel behavior, Marcus told himself he'd never marry again. That is, until doctors inform him that his injured daughter needs immediate surgery, and Amanda--financially independent because of her inheritance--offers to pay the medical bills if he'll be her husband. Desperate, Marcus agrees, as long as their arrangement" is strictly business. But days and nights under the same roof soon ignite mutual desire. Now Marcus and Amanda's marriage of convenience has become an affair of the heart. . . and a deception that endangers everything they hold dear.
One young woman is about to learn what tough love is all about. . .Thirty-three-year-old Kendra Richards just can't escape her reckless mother's endless requests for money that will never be repaid. Again and again, Kendra rescues Ginny despite the advice of her own father--a man who left Ginny and her cheating ways long ago. Kendra knows her mother is troubled--what she doesn't understand is why she can't tell her no--until she happens to meet psychologist Sam Hughes. . .Smart and sexy, Sam offers Kendra the answers--and the love and romance--she's been looking for. She's finally happy--until Ginny turns up for another handout. But this time the situation is desperate, and the stakes are higher than ever. Now, Kendra must finally decide if she's willing to lose everything for a woman who has nothing to give. . .Praise for the Novels of Gwynne Forster "Wise and wonderful as it points out, once again, the importance of honesty and appreciating what you have while you have it."--Publishers Weekly on A Different Kind of Blues" Touching, thought-provoking, and will make you think twice about ever keeping secrets from the one you love." --Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times bestselling author on If You Walked in My Shoes
Leticia Langley is used to fighting for what she wants. That's how she wound up being the first in her family to graduate from college. So what if she's never had a date? All that's about to change when she gets herself a job as a food columnist for The Journal--and treats herself to a makeover that will transform her life.With her hot weave and a dazzling new wardrobe that shows off her curves, the opposite sex suddenly takes a shine to Leticia. Except for Max Baldwin--a colleague who accuses her of trying to knock him down on her stampede up the corporate ladder. But Leticia is determined to stand her ground and get her due. And as she finds herself being offered more tantalizing prospects, including a trip to Africa, she also wins the respect--and admiration--of her handsome one-time nemesis, Max. Now she'll have to decide if she wants to let down her guard, and let in the one man she could get serious about. Praise for the Novels of Gwynne Forster. . . ". . .Wise and wonderful as it points out, once again, the importance of honesty and appreciating what you have while you have it." --Publishers Weekly on A Different Kind of Blues "Touching, thought-provoking, and will make you think twice about ever keeping secrets from the one you love." --Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times bestselling author on If You Walked in My Shoes
In her beloved Harringtons series, Gwynne Forster introduced the sexy, wealthy brothers from Maryland. Each found his perfect match, and now their family and friends are searching for happily-ever-afters of their own....Scott Galloway has always known how to get what he wants. A U.S. Ambassador at thirty-six, he's got ambition to burn. His latest goal-settle down and start a family. But finding the right candidate isn't easy. Especially when the one woman he can't stop thinking about is the one he ruled out years ago.Accomplished and successful in her own right, Denise Miller has never forgotten Scott, in spite of their disastrous first meeting. And now that their mutual friendship with the Harrington family has brought them together again, Denise is more and more intrigued. Scott is strong enough to stand up to her-and she could be the loving, equal partner he needs. But with hearts this stubborn, and passion this wild, can they find the compromise that leads to forever?
At thirty-six, Petra Fields gets a shock that causes her to take a look at her life, and she's not proud of what she sees. Her past is a catalog of secrets and lies that she's never had the courage to own up to, and Petra knows she won't find peace of mind until she's made amends. But the task is far more difficult than she expected. The first and hardest step is admitting to Krista, her teenage daughter, that the father Krista believed was dead is very much alive--a revelation that will change their relationship forever. Then there's the neighbor whose husband Petra had an affair with, the former coworker that she got fired, and a list of other acquaintances who are understandably angry at her sudden desire for forgiveness. Far from setting her free, the truth seems to bring more complications and heartache, but also opens up her life in surprising ways. And when Petra is granted a new chance at love, she'll face the biggest challenge of all--finding the courage to seize her own happiness and start over for real. . . Praise for the Novels of Gwynne Forster. . . "Accomplished prose that challenges us to think, feel, and imagine. " --Robert Fleming, author of The Wisdom of the Elders
Gina Harkness is stunned when an elderly woman she befriended leaves her an inheritance of millions. Suddenly the former accountant is living in a Park Avenue apartment and interviewing potential chauffeurs. Sexy, charismatic Justin Whitehead is definitely qualified, but hiring a man whose gaze sets her whole body on fire could be a huge mistake. . . . Reporter J. L. Whitehead will do anything for a story--even pose as a chauffeur for six months to write about the suddenly rich. His relationship with his beautiful new "boss" quickly turns from business to mind-blowing pleasure. But will Gina ever believe that, though his identity was a lie, their untamed passion is real?
She has to choose between her secret and a chance at love...Teacher Jeannetta Rollins is about to lose something infinitely precious...her eyesight. Only surgeon Mason Fenwick has the skills to perform the delicate operation to remove the tumor that threatens her with permanent blindness. But the brilliant doctor left medicine after a tragedy he could not prevent, and now he is refusing to take her case. But Jeannetta is nothing if not persistent....They meet on an unusual journey-a trip around the world. Mason admires Jeannetta, a woman who would risk everything to save her ability to see. But now Mason's emotions are on the line. The closer he gets to the proud, breathtaking beauty, the more he wants her...and he wants her to be whole again. Now her happiness-and their future-are in his hands. All he has to do is trust himself...and trust his heart.
Children's advocate Tyra Cunningham hasn't had time to think about men. After devoting her life to raising her younger brother and sister, it's now her turn to shine. But when her matchmaking siblings fix her up with hunky Byron Wright, doubts begin to surface. Is the single father and sweet, sexy powerhouse attorney too good to be true? Byron never dreamed he'd hit it off with Tyra! But being on opposite sides of an issue could derail their relationship before it gets off the ground. Now, as the controversy heats up, tempers--and passions--flare. The jury may still be out on Byron's future with Tyra, unless he can convince her that winning means nothing without having someone to share it with. . . .
FLYING HIGH U.S. marine Colonel Nelson Wainwright was lucky to make it back from Afghanistan alive after his helicopter went down in a blaze of machine gunfire. Now he's bent on denying the excruciating pain he still feels months after the crash, fearing it will keep him from attaining the only thing he wants-a promotion to four-star general. But when he meets the distractingly beautiful Audrey Powers, his world is rocked. Could there be something Nelson desires more than four stars? As a physician, Audrey knows the pain in Nelson's neck could mean trouble-and when her interest in him becomes more than medical, she's got some trouble herself. Scarred by an early heartbreak, she wants nothing to do with a romantic involvement. Now, as their lives intertwine, the two find it's time to face old wounds, and discover whether new love has the power to heal their hearts...forever.
After a devastating tragedy sent her into a severe depression, Justine Montgomery gave up her newborn daughter for adoption. Realizing her mistake too late, she discovered her daughter had been adopted by divorced journalist Duncan Banks--and that he was looking for a nanny. Without revealing her identity, Justine took the job. But she never anticipated Duncan's growing suspicions about her--or the powerful attraction between them. A poverty-ridden childhood and a failed marriage left Duncan Banks unwilling to trust in anyone but himself. It didn't take him long to realize that there was something not quite right about his daughter's otherwise perfect nanny. But in trying to uncover Justine's secrets, Duncan soon found his own vulnerabilities were at stake. With divided loyalties and an unexpected passion threatening their fragile relationship, Justine and Duncan must risk revealing more than they ever imagined to achieve what they never dreamed possible. . . .
Sex changed everything?After marrying off her sisters, Ruby Lockhart could finally concentrate on her career. After all, love wasn't in the cards for the pragmatic Ruby. Only she could wake up the morning after her sister's wedding with a gorgeous, sexy man in her bed and have him be her best friend!Mr. Sexy-aka Luther Biggens, ex-navy SEAL-had always been Ruby's rock. Now he was her problem. She couldn't look at him without remembering the ways he'd pleasured her. More troubling than how she'd ended up in bed with Luther was that Ruby wanted to do it again? and again'.
"Pure satisfaction." -RT Book Reviews"You'll eagerly keep reading to learn how the characters' lives intersect and will sigh with pure satisfaction when it ends." -RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICKAfter sixteen years, Susan Pettiford has come home to North Carolina for good. Thanks to an inheritance, she can start her own interior design business. It's not quite the life Susan hoped for, but she's determined to chart a new course...and shake things up.When architect Lucas Hamilton accepts Susan's dinner invitation, the result is a night of seduction neither can forget--yet neither intends to repeat. While Susan focuses on her new life, Lucas focuses on becoming wealthier than the absent father he resents. But when his father resurfaces, Lucas finds himself turning to Susan for counsel. And as their paths cross repeatedly, their feelings for each other strengthen. Yet the secret Susan is hiding may destroy any future they share..."A love-conquers-all story with a few twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. Getting Some of Her Own is classic Gwynne Forster." --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Rochelle Alers' "Stand-in Bride" Savannah wedding planner Katherine Langdon agrees to coordinate the "wedding of the season" between a spoiled debutante and her French fiance for one reason--the gorgeous father of the bride. Now she hopes that the wedding won't be the only occasion worth remembering ... Gwynne Forster's "Learning to Love" Working for the United Nations has given Sharon Braxton a passion for other cultures--and for a Nigerian prince. What can stand in the way of their love besides two vastly different worlds? The other bride his father has arranged for him to wed ... Donna Hills' "Distant Lover" Can anything be more glamorous than a job that takes career-minded Mia to the Caribbean? Yes! A hot, sexy hunk from Barbados, who wants to sweep her to the altar, but his old-fashioned values keep driving them apart. And the intense passion is too irresistible to ignore ... Francis Rays' "Southern Comfort" A bridesmaid for the eighth time and not the bride, political fundraiser Charlotte Duvall is fed up. Worse, she finds a major problem at this wedding--the Best Man. They're fighting about her clothes (too sexy), her behavior (too flirty), and his macho views (wives shouldn't work). it sounds like they just might be falling in love!
By day, she's Jacqueline Ann Parkton, Ph.D. But come nightfall, she lets her hair down...The patrons of the swanky gentleman's club Allegory, Inc. know her as Jackie Parks, the chestnut-brown beauty with legs up to there, who serves them drinks with a wink and a sultry smile. Business mogul Warren Holcomb has taken a particular interest in Jackie-though she's not exactly the type of woman you'd take home to mama.Or is she? As Warren is about to find out, things aren't always what they seem. Will Jacqueline's charades put an end to their hot new romance-or will the truth set them free?
Kisha Moran can't get news anchor Craig Jackson off her mind, but he's too secretive for her. Craig's tired of celebrity-hunting women, but something tells him Kisha's different. So what gives when Kisha goes ice-cold on him? He yearns for another chance to open up to her. Original.
Felicia Parker is a successful newspaper columnist with a Rolodex full of celebrity connections-and zero social contacts. When a glitzy society event requires bringing a date, she hires an escort, and the tall, stunningly handsome man who arrives makes even romance-shy Felicia want to get up close andverypersonal. John Ashton Underwood is a high-powered CEO looking for a stable, traditional partner, not a jet setting reporter known to half of New York. Their worlds, not a jet-clash, but the scorching attraction between them could burn up the pages....
How Much Will She Risk For Love? Fired from her prestigious job, journalist Allison Wakefield is now working for a tabloid newspaper, and she's desperate to find a way to get her career back on track. Her new assignment, an explosive story involving mysterious bestselling author Jacob Covington, could be the answer. When Allison first encounters the author while visiting her aunt's home on Idlewild Lake in Michigan, she realizes that Jacob is one subject she wouldn't mind getting to know more intimately.... But as they work side by side during Jacob's book tour, Allison finds herself falling in love-and in a dilemma about what to do. The exposé is her ticket to success, but revealing the truth about Jacob's past as a State Department undercover operative could jeopardize his career-and destroy a summer romance that holds the promise of a lifetime of happiness.
Love Me or Leave MeEngineer Drake Harrington has spent years living in the shadow of his older brothers. His extraordinary good looks have earned him a reputation as a ladies' man, but Drake's real goal is to make his mark in the family business. When he meets television news anchor Pamela Langford, Drake gives in to his attraction. And although he's reluctant to settle down until he realizes his career ambitions, Pamela is not interested in playing the waiting game. A business trip to Accra, Ghana, could confirm Pamela's fears about Drake's inability to commit-or help him to recognize a once-in-a-lifetime love...
After a bitter divorce, twenty-nine-year-old Lynne Thurston is faced with the prospect of not knowing what to do with the rest of her life. Once a highly ranked pro tennis player, she gave it all up six years ago when she got married. Now, with nothing else to lose, can she make a comeback on the tennis circuit? And more important, can she regain her self-confidence and faith in love? Sloan McNeil is a businessman whose gruff manner and appearance belie his sensitive and caring nature. When he meets Lynne, all of that changes as he tries to convince her that she still has what it takes to compete in professional tennis. But with Lynne's ex-husband relentlessly pursuing reconciliation, will Sloan be able to convince her to take another chance on love...with him?
With a young daughter to support, recently divorced Alexis Stevenson jumps at the chance to become the household manager for wealthy businessman Telford Harrington and his two brothers. She's ready for the job, but not for the red-hot chemistry between her and Telford. Original.
Everybody's guilty of something. . . And Judge Kendra Rutherford is guilty of letting handsome architect Reid Maguire become a tempting distraction, and allowing his legal battle to become entirely too heated and personal. But after losing his reputation in a bitter courtroom fight with his ex-wife, Reid is determined to clear his name and rebuild his career. Now only the sexy judge presiding over the trial can give him back everything he lost. But she's making it hard for him to keep his priorities straight, especially when their passion and rival ambitions collide, and they're both guilty of losing their hearts. . . ;
Determined to prove herself to her siblings and her boss, Darlene Cunningham has made a name in the exciting, sometimes dangerous world of criminal law. When Darlene travels to Memphis in pursuit of a witness, the Maryland attorney doesn't expect to be under the surveillance of the rugged Tennessee cop who sets off sensual sparks from the moment they meet. It's a one-two punch straight to his heart when the sultry beauty walks into the house Mike Raines is staking out. He can't let Darlene compromise his investigation. And he can't let her go. His desire is tempting the detective to break a few laws of his own-like the one that says never mix business with pleasure. But how can he resist the passionate woman who has changed his life? And whose love he'll risk any danger to claim?
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