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!
ANOTHER MAN'S FAMILY Safe Harbor ultrasound technician Zora Raditch has made some big mistakes, but sleeping with a man just before divorcing him takes the cake. And then she discovers she's pregnant-with twins. Struggling to deal with an unplanned pregnancy and accept that her ex wants nothing to do with her, Zora finds that the only man she can count on is her handsome and headstrong housemate, Lucky. Luke "Lucky" Mendez wants to protect Zora and her babies-he knows her ex won't suddenly turn into the husband she needs. But being a friend is a lot different than stepping in as a father. Can Lucky prove to Zora that he's the family man she and her babies deserve?
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?
BABY STEPS A baby is the last thing surgical nurse Anya Meeks expected from her passionate New Year's Eve fling. Growing up, Anya shouldered more than her share of responsibility, even raising her three younger siblings. She isn't ready to tackle a lifelong commitment to a child-or to a man-no matter how caring and attentive he seems. A drop-dead-gorgeous doctor like Jack Ryder is used to the women of Safe Harbor Hospital vying for his attention. Too bad the only woman he wants is avoiding him. Jack longs for a family-he'll do anything to persuade Anya not to put their baby up for adoption. But with her jaded views on relationships and family, it won't be easy. Can he convince her that their love is no accident?
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.
SHE'S UNARMED--AND DANGEROUS!Security expert Jack Arnett comes running when he hears his estranged wife, Casey, is being threatened by a stalker--and is stunned to discover he's a father-to-be.He's never wanted children--still doesn't.But one question keeps running through his mind. With all his experience dodging bullets and bad guys, how come Casey and their unborn child are the ones who've brought him to his knees?Originally published in 2004.
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.
HE'D COME TO CLAIM HIS CHILD... For Holly Rivers, giving her sister's baby a home and a father were her only priorities. So a marriage of convenience seemed the only solution-until a sensual stranger stole her and baby Ben and conquered her body and soul! The red-haired siren raising his son wasn't what Sheikh Sharif Al-Khalil had expected, nor was the white-hot passion that consumed them both. But love was a luxury he couldn't afford-Sharif's enemies had followed him from his homeland, threatening Holly and his child. Now Sharif was in a race against time-but could he save his son at the expense of Holly's life?
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...?
Anyone Can -- And Will -- Make a Mistake Dr. Connor Hardison's dislike of single mothers has every upstanding citizen in Downhome on his side. The person who isn't impressed -- for a little while -- by the town's newest bachelor is his nurse, but then, his disapproval is nothing compared with what she's already endured. An unexpected pregnancy may have ruined Yvonne Johnson's reputation, but she won't be the sole object of wagging tongues and pointing fingers once the gossips discover that the clinic's new physician doesn't exactly walk on water. Not only has he fallen for Yvonne, but Downhome's "fallen woman" isn't the only single parent in town. Just how welcome in Downhome can this dad by default and his nurse hope to be?
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
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
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!
IN LOVE WITH THE BOSS...AND PREGNANT WITH HIS BABY! Irony didn't begin to describe it! Natalie Winford, secretary for an infertility clinic, had become pregnant after one night of lovemaking with her sexy boss, Dr. Patrick Barr. Natalie planned to keep her baby's paternity quiet, not wanting to pressure the good doctor into an obligatory declaration of marriage. But trying to remain aloof around a man who sent her pulse racing proved more difficult than the battles against water gain and pickle cravings combined. And Patrick's affection for her hadn't seemed to lessen, but to grow, as sure as the baby grew in her womb. But when he found out about Natalie's little secret, would he be stung by betrayal -- or be bitten by the love bug? The Babies of Doctors Circle: Special deliveries straight to the heart!
A reserved doctor and a free-spirited receptionist prove that opposites attract in this reader favorite from USA TODAY bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond.Dr. Barry Cantrell has just spent two years on a remote island in the Pacific as a doctor for the Peace Corps. Now that he's back in L.A., he's more than ready to settle down--with an appropriate person, of course. He never intended to spend a glorious night with a beautiful woman who's his total opposite.Chelsea Byers doesn't know what to make of the uptight but gorgeous pediatrician, except that it's better they just stay friends. But a platonic relationship does not seem to be in the cards--Chelsea discovers that not only is Barry her new boss, she's also carrying his twins!
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
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. . . .
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