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Rich, super-successful New York attorney Maxwell Wade has never lost a case. Hired by Hopewell General to settle a potentially explosive lawsuit, the freewheeling bachelor plans to continue his winning streak by getting Camille Hunter into bed. The spunky PR manager is arousing a healthy dose of desire...but seems to be the only woman immune to his sensual charms. Camille wasn't expecting Prince Charming when she meets the suavely handsome hotshot lawyer. Forced to work together to protect the Virginia hospital from erupting scandal, she knows she won't be able to resist Max for long. But she doesn't plan to be just another notch in the seductive playboy's belt. Until Max stuns her with a passionate declaration and makes his case...for love!
Coco Stanley can't believe the way her high-end chocolate specialty shop has taken off. But herownexotic appetite is aroused when the most mouth-watering confection she's ever seen walks through the door. He's Ransom Winters, self-made millionaire and compassionate youth counselor To The troubled kids in their L. A. neighborhood. Ransom's proud of his program for at-risk teens. And once he meets the owner of Coco's Chocolat, The Grammy-winning songwriter gets another brainstorm. But jobs for his boys aren't the only thing Ransom wants from Coco. Now if only he can get the relationship-wary chocolatier to say yes to a lifetime of sweet bliss. . . starting on Valentine's Day! Because chocolate can be fleeting, but love is forever.
Divine is used to getting what she wants.... Thanks to her loving Aunt Phoebe and Uncle Reed, Divine Matthews-Hardison has a place to call home after the Hollywood life she was accustomed to fell apart at the seams. Getting away from the spotlight that nearly destroyed her own parents, Divine has changed for the better -- though there's still enough diva in Divine to keep life in Temple, Georgia, very lively, from mall shopping with her cousin Alyssa and her fashion-challenged aunt, to worshipping at her uncle's church, to dating. But what if it's too much too soon? Divine has boys on the brain and she's itching for a social life -- at least as much as is allowed under Uncle Reed's watchful eyes. She knows she's too young for the kind of secretive drama her cousin Chance is going through with his girlfriend, but still.... Turning to the internet, Divine gets a major crush on sixteen-year-old Sean, who sounds and looks like the perfect guy. But she is about to learn a difficult -- and potentially dangerous -- lesson: Things are not always what they appear to be....
There's only one boy for Divine.... When Divine Matthews-Hardison left the Hollywood fast lane to live with her aunt and uncle in sleepy Temple, Georgia, she figured she could say good-bye to dating excitement. Who knew she would find a guy she's crazy about in her small-town high school? Madison Hartford is all Divine thinks about...and he's crazy about Divine, too. But when they get "married" at an online wedding site, their friends think they may actually be crazy! Is Divine ready for "I do"? It's not a legal marriage -- more of a role-playing game. But the honeymoon is over when Divine's delicious secret gets out and races around school.... Meanwhile, real wedding bells are ringing for Divine's superstar mother, who's put her painful divorce behind her and found true love. It's all too much for Divine, who's read all about her mom's fiancé in the tabloids and thinks her mother is making a big mistake. But it's Divine who has a lot to learn about what it truly means to love someone, heart and soul.
It's up to Divine to decide.... Growing up in the Hollywood spotlight -- and the tabloid headlines -- Divine Matthews-Hardison knows how tough it can be to keep secrets. And nothing has changed now that she lives in Temple, Georgia, with her kindly pastor uncle and his family. There's no such thing as privacy in their boisterous household -- Divine can't even get close to her boyfriend at a school dance without Aunt Phoebe monitoring her, while Uncle Reed drives her nuts, quizzing her on his Sunday sermons. But Divine is about to learn that some secrets do more harm than good when kept under wraps. Does keeping silent help or hurt? When she begins to suspect that her friend Mia's domineering boyfriend is abusing her, Divine must decide whether or not to expose a painful secret for Mia's safety. Meanwhile, her cousin Alyssa confides in Divine about her own boyfriend troubles -- how far should Alyssa go to keep him? With her mother in nearby Atlanta, Divine has a fresh chance at reconciling her family -- but she has to get past her resentments of Kevin, her mother's new boyfriend. With so much drama going on, will Divine be able to look to her heart and know how to help her friends -- and herself?
Ari Alexander just got the shock of his life. He's heir apparent to a glittering hotel empire. But the legacy comes with rumors of an explosive family scandal. The last thing the grieving widower needs is Natasha LeBlanc-a stunning consultant with attitude. So why is he so determined to uncover the sensual woman beneath Natasha's all-business facade?Natasha was hired to protect the interests of the luxury resort chain. But Ari doesn't seem to realize she's on his side. Worse, the far-too-sexy brother is arousing desire she's never felt before, making it impossible to keep her professional distance. From Aspen to celebrity-studded Beverly Hills, Natasha and Ari are caught up in a breaking scandal that could end their five-star love affair before it begins...
Can what happens in Vegas...Beverly Hills' most irresistible bachelor, hotel heir Blaze Alexander, has always upheld his reputation-until the night he marries a beautiful stranger in Vegas. But then his passionate bride vanishes, leaving Blaze with only tantalizing memories. Fast-forward two years... Blaze has finally found his runaway bride again. And this time he doesn't intend to let her get away....lead to a lifetime of love?Desperate to forget the morning she woke up beside a gorgeous mystery man, Livi Carlyle flees without a word. Now her husband-a man she barely knows-is back in her life, seducing her with a passion that leaves her breathless. When a frenzied media storm threatens to turn their secret marriage into tabloid headlines, will Livi and Blaze transform their one-night fling into a forever love?
She knows how to seduce a man in style!Fresh out of grad school, Zaire Alexander dreams of someday becoming a major force in her family-owned chain of Beverly Hills hotels. But the heiress and self-motivated go-getter has another goal for her immediate future: seduce Tyrese Bemingham. Too bad the sexy powerhouse attorney seems just as determined to resist her.As lead counsel for the prestigious Alexander-DePaul luxury empire, Tyrese has a lot riding on this gig. But he keeps running into the exotic, strong-willed beauty, who makes it clear she's interested-and available. In the etiquette of romance, dating the boss's daughter is a definite don't. And Tyrese has had enough heartbreak for two lifetimes. So why is he finding it so hard to say no, especially after Zaire's life is threatened? All he knows is he can't lose her...even if it means risking everything that matters most.
Working undercover has its advantages...especially when Ryan Manning encounters one of the most beautiful women he's ever seen. The investigative reporter took to the streets of Beverly Hills to expose the plight of the homeless. Now he's installed in Sage Alexander's fabulous luxury resort and spa...being given the royal five-star treatment by the hotel heiress herself!Something about the tall, handsome stranger in rugged clothing touches Sage's heart-until she discovers who he really is. Stung by his deception, Sage vows to keep her distance from Ryan. But it's too late, she can't control her feelings-or her passion-for the courageous journalist. Ryan's masquerade is over, but is their love affair just beginning?
Faith, family, and forgiveness are at the heart of this powerful story collection from four bestselling African-American authors. Meet a group of unforgettable women in these tales of hope and inspiration and discover how doors can open if you just Have a Little Faith JACQUELIN THOMAS Signs of Light Businesswoman Lorna Hamilton has always looked down on unemployed single mothers, but she learns a valuable lesson when she befriends devout single mom Brittany Spencer and finds the family she's been praying for. RESHONDA TATE BILLINGSLEY Faith Will Overcome Determined to leave her small town and broken family behind, Faith Logan believes finding a man is the solution to all her problems. But a chance meeting with Darius Williams helps her realize that all she needs is faith to find true happiness. J. D. MASON Maybelline Olivia Phillips's world is falling apart, and the last thing she needs is her elderly neighbor knocking on her door. But kindly Maybelline won't take no for an answer, and an uplifting friendship takes hold thanks to a little persistence and some homemade pie. SANDRA KITT Survival Instincts Even after an attempted mugging, librarian Lynn Hayes is devoted to her work in the bad part of town. Her rescuer, reporter Davis Manning, isn't so forgiving, and it's up to Lynn to show him that it is possible to save a community, one person at a time.
Ten years. Eight grads. One weekend. The homecoming of a lifetime. Enjoy the first two stories of the Hollington Homecoming series, where old friends reunite...and new passions take flight.... RSVP WITH LOVE by Sandra Kitt Event planner Chloe Jackson is sure that her college reunion is going to be the most spectacular weekend she has ever put together. But her co-organizer has her feeling like a tongue-tied schoolgirl. Kevin Stayton, once the Most Popular Guy on Campus and now the owner of Atlanta's hottest clubs and restaurants, is also Chloe's secret crush.... Beneath Chloe's strictly business facade is a sensual woman Kevin wants to get to know a lot better. But when their sizzling romance thrusts them into the public eye, Chloe backs off. Kevin then turns up the heat on their love affair that is destined to be one for the books! TEACH ME TONIGHT by Jacquelin Thomas Tamara Hodges has never forgotten Micah Ross, the guy who got away. Their reunion could be her chance to make things right. But the computer geek turned hip record producer is giving her a very cool reception. Until Tamara turns up the heat... Even after all these years, Micah is still hot for Tamara-but hurt by her cruel rejection. So when the magazine writer shows up to interview a singer on his label, Micah seizes his opportunity for sweet revenge. But his scheme goes awry when passion ignites. Is this Micah's chance to walk off with the ultimate prize-the homecoming queen of his dreams?
Marrying handsome, wealthy lawyer Lawrence Collins and living in his luxurious Hollywood Hills mansion is a dream come true for twenty-four-year-old Jana. True, she put her studies at a local Bible college on hold in order to wed after a six-month whirlwind romance. Beautiful and vivacious, Jana knows men like Lawrence don't come along every day, and she vows to be a perfect companion--the ideal wife--to this sexy, powerful man. But at what price? From her wardrobe and hairstyle to her friends and her choice of church, Lawrence seems to want to change Jana into someone she's not . . . and soon, the man Jana thought she knew will test her values and her faith with a shocking revelation. Now Jana--the modest, smart, and strong woman who knows what she stands for--must put her trust in God and follow His guiding light out of the darkness of a broken relationship.ust in God, and follow His guiding light out of the darkness of a broken relationship.
From bestselling author Jacquelin Thomas comes the first novel in a spin-off of her inspirational teen fiction series featuring Divine Matthews-Hardison and her friends. Senior prom is only one day away and Divine's friend, Rhyann Hamilton, is having a really bad day. She is in desperate need of major hair repair after her cousin's attempt at styling has wreaked havoc on Rhyann's tresses. In tears, Rhyann schedules an emergency appointment at an unknown salon only to end up with most of her hair chopped off, and not enough money to pay for the expensive appointment. Luckily, the owner is sympathetic and offers Rhyann a chance to work off the money she owes. Through this arrangement she meets a very special person who will challenge her, inspire her, and change Rhyann's life forever... Fast-paced, fun, and inspirational, It's a Curl Thing features wonderfully engaging characters facing everyday challenges, as they try to find a balance between personal success and maintaining their Christian principles.
The youngest of five siblings, Marissa Hamilton is determined to prove herself in her family's powerhouse Philadelphia law firm. She has a close confidant in handsome and ambitious fellow attorney Griffin Jackson. But ever since the night they gave in to the passion smoldering between them, Marissa's world has been filled with lies, including one that could turn her whole life upside down.Griff secretly desired Marissa for years before they went from colleagues to lovers. And now she's keeping a secret from him. Will Griff be able to save Marissa before an explosive Hamilton revelation destroys the future they could have together?
New preacher Wade Kendrick might as well have taken out an ad for a wife -- all the church mamas paraded their daughters in front of him every Sunday. But after a tainted past, Wade wanted a reserved, traditional woman. Everything his star gospel singer was not. But he only had eyes for her -- Pearl Lockhart, aka Ms. Wrong. Pearl had her eye on gospel stardom. She didn't fit into the preacher man's world any more than he fit into hers. But he was one fine black man -- and their sexual chemistry downright sizzled. What was a sister to do?
Samson Taylor has just been installed as assistant pastor at a thriving North Carolina church. He's a man of God--and most definitely no saint. Handsome and charismatic, Samson is controlled by his lust for beautiful women, a weakness that stirs up trouble, heartache, betrayal, and damaging rumors--and soon costs him his marriage, his best friendship, and even his new job. Samson loves God and tries harder than ever to keep his temptations in check. Then he meets Delinda. . . .Beautiful, irresistibly sexy, and married to a famous NBA star, Delinda has Samson head-over-heels in love . . . in a dangerous affair that leads to a physical confrontation with Delinda's husband.Now, the disgraced pastor begins a journey he could never have anticipated, where his heart is now his guide--not a heart of lust, but of new wisdom and a new kind of seeing. God will forgive Samson's past--but will Samson himself be able to let go of bitterness and regret, and find a new light in his life?Inspired by the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah, Jacquelin Thomas powerfully portrays a modern-day pastor's dance with earthly desires . . . and the faith that made him whole.
Then Sings My SoulFrancis Ray Tempers flare and sparks fly when Summerset Junior College's hip band leader and Peaceful Rest Church's prim choir director are teamed up to organize a musical for a college celebration. It seems opposites do attract. Soon Grace Thompson and Caleb Jackson are meshing more than just their music.Make a Joyful NoiseJacquelin Thomas Bradley Rhodes knows that the Peaceful Rest Church choir is his ticket back to the big time, but he arrives at the church to find that the current standout voice in the choir stands out for all the wrong reasons. Yet as he helps Desiree Coleman, her music starts to work on his soul...and his heart.Heart SongsFelicia Mason Reverend TC Holloway, Peaceful Rest Church's most famous alum and a renowned television evangelist, finds a second chance at love at his reunion with Carys Shaw. Can TC's and Carys's musical talents combine to create a love song that will last forever?
Divine AND FRIENDS These girlfriends get through bad hair days together -- and anything else that life in L.A. throws at them! Kylie Sanderson isn't looking for a handout or anyone's charity -- what she needs, as she summons up her courage outside the Crowning Glory Hair Salon, is a job. Tired of moving, currently homeless, she's learned to depend on herself, not her hard-partying and irresponsible mother, which is why she's quit school and is desperate to work. Now, thanks to the salon's owner, Kylie is the shampoo girl at Crowning Glory, and almost overnight her life turns around: she has a place to call home, a future as a stylist, and a dream of one day going to college. And when she meets diva sensation Kara Matthews and spends a luxurious weekend with the superstar's faithful and welcoming family -- including her styling daughter, Divine -- Kylie truly feels like someone should pinch her, because she must be dreaming! Then out of the blue, Kylie's mother turns up with plans to make a fresh start...but is Kylie ready to trust her and forgive the past?
Love in high fashion... Manhattan's most successful, cutting-edge designer, Kyle Hamilton, has a flair for what's hot and hip in the city's competitive fashion world. And with his sensual good looks, the dedicated bachelor has his choice of any woman...except the one who got away. Zoe Sinclair was a naive intern at Roger Hamilton Designs when she met Kyle. But she never forgot the forbidden kiss she shared with her hunky boss. Now she's moving up the ladder at a rival house, sworn to stay away from the playboy whose touch she still craves-until a family crisis throws them together during New York's Fashion Week. Working with Kyle to find his kidnapped sister, Zoe is falling once again under his seductive spell. And this time it's more than just her job on the line....
She always said they were just friends . But Tamara Hodges has never forgotten Micah Ross, her smart-as-a-whip college math tutor--and the guy who got away. Their ten-year reunion could be her chance to make things right. But the computer geek turned hip Beverly Hills record producer is giving her a very cool reception. Until Tamara turns up the heat. . . . Even after all these years, Micah is still hot for his gorgeous ex-pupil--and hurt by her cruel rejection. So when the sorority sister turned magazine writer shows up to interview a singer on his label, Micah seizes his opportunity for sweet revenge. But his scheme goes awry when passion ignites in an evening neither can forget. Is this Micah's chance to walk off with the ultimate prize-- the homecoming queen of his dreams?
They meet on a romantic Mediterranean cruise. Moonlight, open seas, kisses under the stars. It's everything Cherise Ransom ever dreamed of-and so is Steven Chambers. Passionate, driven and attentive, Steven sweeps her into a whirlwind courtship. . . ;and before she knows it, Cherise is engaged! But her past just might derail her chance for happiness before she makes it down the aisle. . . ;. Once he meets the sensual, voluptuous counselor, Steven knows his bachelor days are over. The celebrated architect has found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Except Cherise is keeping a secret. He hopes their love is strong enough to overcome anything-but she's got to be willing to take a chance and trust in their future together. . . ;.
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