As she slipped into her wedding dress, Linda Farley felt the baby move for the first time... Nothing in Linda's life was happening the way she thought it would. Her adored husband, her baby's father, had been killed four months ago--after supposedly embezzling from his company. Now she was marrying his best friend. She didn't love her fiancé, but love had not gotten Linda far. What she needed was some stability, some safety, some kindness--all those things her fiancé could provide. But then she walked out into the California sunshine...and into the arms of the husband she thought was gone. The bride vanishes, but the questions are only beginning.
The Wedding Party Anything can happen at a Bellamy wedding! The wedding of the year was about to become the scandal of the decade! And social secretary Anne Crumm was in the middle of it. The groom-to-be was none other than her former flame, Eric Bellamy--and he looked none too happy about his upcoming nuptials. It was Anne's job to keep Eric out of trouble until the "I do's," but that's exactly where the trouble began. For Eric and Anne had never gotten over each other.... Eric was only days away from making the second biggest mistake of his life. Now with his wedding plans unraveling, he had the opportunity to rectify his first and worst mistake--this time he wasn't going to let Anne go!
Thanks to her anonymous sperm donor, a baby is about to be more than a gleam in Dr. Paige Brennan's eye. So why the Safe Harbor obstetrician just agreed to further complicate her life with a roommate, she'll never know. She still can't decide whether private detective Mike Aaron is irresistible...or just plain irritating. Though it is nice to have a man around the house.Until Paige gets the sneaking suspicion that her baby's "anonymous" father is none other than her new roomie.Helping out couples with fertility issues is one thing. Raising his own child is something Mike never envisioned. But the mother-to-be is bringing out his protective instincts. And some other feelings he didn't even know he had. Things are suddenly moving a little too fast. Or is Mike right where he belongs-on the fast track to fatherhood?
When Brooke Bernard learns she's pregnant, she knows exactly what's missing from her soon-to-be family. A daddy. That certainly isn't Oliver Armstrong, Brooke's new roommate. Oliver may be gorgeous and caring, but the ambitious developer definitely isn't father material. When Oliver agreed to let Brooke temporarily move into his condo, he should have known the free-spirited beauty would promptly turn his life upside down. Now she wants him to help her find a suitable husband! But weeding out all the Mr. Wrongs is just making Oliver realize that Brooke's ideal mate is closer than she realizes--right under the same roof!
They Know Everything About Babies...So why is recently single Stacy Layne suddenly on the mommy fast track? As Safe Harbor Medical's first successful egg donor, she should have known better. That goes double (or should she say triple?) for Cole Rattigan, the country's leading fertility surgeon.Cole prefers the operating room to figuring out what's going on inside a woman's head. But after an unplanned night of passion with his favorite nurse, the man who wrote the book on fertility is about to become a father...three times over!Stacy not only nixes Cole's marriage proposal-she plans to give up the triplets for adoption. Stacy wants to be swept away. Can a man who's just discovering his paternal side find the words to let the woman he loves know how much he cares?
Fired from her job as an investigative reporter, Alli Gardner wants to find out who's behind an illegal baby-adoption scheme.
GET ME TO THE CHAPEL... Marriage counselor Krista Lund didn't believe in predictions--especially when they involved her sexy but annoying neighbor, Connor Fallon, and her wearing a wedding dress and red gym shoes! Why, she had much better fashion sense than that... and much better sense than to fall for a ladies' man like Connor. But when he invited Krista on a romantic weekend--to help him with a case--she began to wonder if marrying this drop-dead-gorgeous man was such a crazy idea after all....
Rebecca Salter has turned up at the Breakfast Inn Bed in her wedding gown. Minus her groom. And with her best friend, and best man, Rick Travis, in hot pursuit!
It's the most romantic day of the year...a day symbolized by a heart, and dedicated to the expression of our deepest yearnings and strongest affections. Discover the irresistible power of love on this very special day with 14 captivating stories about the search for love and the fulfillment of romantic hopes and dreams. Bundle includes Her Secret Valentine, Knock Three Times, The Bride's Surprise, Just Say Yes, Once Upon a Mattress, Gabe's Special Delivery, My Man Valentine, Behind Closed Doors, Mom and Mr. Valentine, In Too Deep, To Die For, Dance with the Devil, Blind Date from Hell and Taking Her Time.
Final Wedding Details: 1) Call caterer 2) Pick up dress 3) Run off with handsome stranger! Kate Bingham was about to marry the wrong man, but she didn't realize it until sexy fugitive Mitch Connery swept her off her feet and out of the chapel! By helping Mitch clear his name, Kate risked falling for the kissin' cowboy. Once their adventure was over, would Mitch return her to her waiting groom...or marry her himself? The Brides of Grazer's Corners: Who will catch the bouquet next...?
The neighbor made Connie Simmons see red. An irresponsible party animal with the kind of magnetism that made her knees shake, he was mostly an irritation-with a generous dollop of temptation mixed in. But because he rescued her child from a fire and got hurt, it was only neighborly to call a truce. Detective Hale Crandall had spent months wondering how to patch things up with the blond bombshell next door. Saving her adopted son Skip-while it almost got him killed-had been a lucky break. Now he just needed to make himself an indispensable part of their lives-and wait! Harlequin American Romance #1163
Daddy by Chance Seven years ago, a masked and spellbinding stranger at a costume party swept Tara Blayne away for a night of dreamlike passion. Her son, Harry, was the very real result. Harry was definitely not your usual kid. His gift for making objects levitate just wasn't normal, even in California. Tara was starting to think Harry's dad was even more mysterious than she'd thought. But every time she'd tried to find his house, the streets seemed to rearrange themselves and signs pointed to different directions. Now a stranger had come into her life again.... Chance Powers, a man who had an oddly familiar effect on Tara...almost like a...spell.
Where were you when the lights went out? Dear Lonely in L.A.--You'll always have a place in my heart--but I am not ready to meet you... DG Dear Lady Love--Meet me at the Top Hat restaurant on July 4 at 11:00 p.m. You won't be disappointed... RW Dana Grant couldn't possibly meet her postal lover. The daring woman "RW" loved didn't even exist--except on paper! But RW, alias Nick Lyon, had his own problems--his whole life had been built around his secret identity. When their private letters fell into the wrong hands, they had no choice but to steal them back...only they hadn't counted on a blackout trapping them together. Two people, four identities and one major blackout--you'll never believe what's brought to light in the dark!
She may work at a fertility clinic, but the mommy track is definitely not in dedicated nurse Erica Benford's future. So when a one-night stand with hunky private detective Sherlock Vaughn leads to an unexpected pregnancy, Erica plans the only logical next step....Becoming a father was the furthest thing from Lock's mind. But he'll be darned if he's going to sign away his rights to his own child! Lock knows how it feels to be unwanted, and no way is he giving up his son or daughter for adoption. If Erica isn't ready for parenthood, he'll go it alone.Except-what does he know about being a dad? Nurse Erica will just have to train the single father-to-be. And hope she doesn't lose her heart to both of them in the process!
When Luke Van Dam unexpectedly gets custody of his young daughter, the busy obstetrician has a new mission: to be the best dad he can be. Except he can't do it alone. So he turns to his good friend and new partner--fellow ob-gyn Jane McKay. Ten years ago Jane and Luke were more than med-school buddies. Until Jane realized Luke wasn't ready to settle down. Now the ultimate babe magnet is becoming the ultimate baby magnet. He just became guardian of an infant girl! Luke knows it takes two parents to make a family. . . and now Jane's planning to start one of her own! Is the cautious single dad ready to risk his heart with the woman he loves--and who is changing him baby step by baby step?
[From the back cover] HEART, HOME & HAPPINESS A Miracle Cure For Lonely Hearts Working in a small town was the easiest way for Dr. Sonya Vega to outrun her unhappy past, not to mention the sleepy little place fitted in perfectly with her dream to give at least one needy child a home. What she wanted now was the support of the town's citizens, but how could she get that when the prickly publisher of the local paper-a man who got under her skin in more ways than one-was nursing a grudge? Barry Lowell had been stuck in Downhome far too long, and all the ambitious newsman could think about was getting out. Until the tempestuous Latina talked him into helping with her adoption plans, leaving Barry to wonder if he could talk the doc into making room in her instant family for him.... Harlequin American Romance Sep06 #1130
[From the back cover] Straight-Arrow M.D. Meets Shoot-From-The-Hip Lady Cop And they are so wrong for each other! Russ McKenzie knows it the first time he runs afoul of Rachel Byers and stares down the barrel of her gun. But when the town's new doctor needs a temporary fiancee to gain custody of the daughter he's kept secret for the past five years, he's sure the shapely policewoman's chutzpah will compensate for what she lacks in feminine wiles. As they become enmeshed in the dicey charade, however, he starts to fall for Rachel and her refreshingly frank ways. Pretty soon he's wishing he had his own set of handcuffs, to guarantee that she stays where she belongs-with his little girl, and of course with him!
The Wait Might Just Be OverYears after a teenage prank ended badly and a young boy's testimony put his best friend in jail, Downhome, Tennessee, is still trying to heal the scars of the old scandal. Now the two are back in town-one trying to clear himself of murder, the other of betrayal-and long-buried feelings have been stirred.Karen Lowell is once again caught between the two men, with even more now at stake. Her brother's ongoing crusade to shift blame away from himself has already poisoned her past, and now it's tainting her dreams for the future.Because Karen yearns for a life that will include pediatrician Chris McRay, the man who is now-as he was so many years ago-her lover. A life where she and Chris will be a family at last.The choice is hers. Can she make it?
Josh Lorenz is the last man Diane Bittner wants for a neighbor--he's the holdout juror responsible for letting her husband's killer walk. But she finds herself outvoted when their preteen daughters conspire to bring their divided parents together. Josh has always followed his conscience and hopes Diane can forgive him for doing what he believed was right. But he realizes he wants a lot more from the attractive single mother. With the help of their kids and their close-knit community, he and Diane have to decide what really matters. Reliving the mistakes of the past? Or planning their future--together?
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Determined to be a Dad Biology teacher Peter Gladstone may have lost his beloved wife, but the tragedy only strengthened his resolve to create a family. With a donor egg and a surrogate mom, Peter is sure to be a proud papa soon, thanks to the fertility specialists at Safe Harbor Medical. Harper Anthony seems like the perfect choice for the donor. She's smart, beautiful and a great mom to her young daughter. The problem is, Peter has recently become reacquainted with the young widow and now sees her as a friend-or maybe something more than a friend. And Peter has chosen to keep his identity a secret. If the truth comes out, the consequences may threaten their budding romance. But only the truth can turn them into a family....
He looked just like his dad Eight years after the fact, Dirk Peterson thought the gift of life he'd given his brother had gone unused. Now his later brother's life brought him face-to-face with Dirk's own son-and Joni, the mother of his child.With a killer on the loose, Joni turned to Dirk for protection. But the knowledge that they shared a child despite never having shared their bodies made their instant attraction all the more powerful—and forbidden. Outside the safety of Dirk's arms someone was trying to frame Joni for her ex's murder—someone who lurked too close for comfort....
Bachelor Daddy Takes a Bride!San Antonio, TexasLadies, hang your heads and cry! One of the Lone Star state's most elusive bachelors has been hooked. Rancher Mason Blackstone, recently awarded temporary custody of his bubbly baby nieces, Is tying the know with pretty Maitland Maternity nurse Gina Kennedy. Folks wonder if this is true love, or if Mason's just out to keep those adorable twins. Only time will tell if his new "missus" can tame the wrangler into a suitable husband and daddy. We'll all be waiting to see what happens next!
Two in one! In "Kidnapped?", reporter Melanie Mulcahy can't believe her good luck when she's kidnapped by Hal "The Iceman" Smothers. She thinks it will lead to the story of a lifetime. He wants her to "be" the story of his lifetime. And in "I Got You, Babe", Nick gets conned into babysitting his infant niece when the right girl comes along. And he finds himself looking more like Mr. Mom than Don Juan.
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