Nina Kennerly has a full life, but she's always regretted giving her daughter up for adoption and losing Reid Robertson, her first love. Now her grown daughter has found her -- with her own baby girl in tow! -- and Nina must face Reid again. Nina and Reid are determined to be there for their new family. But spending so much time together brings back a lot of complicated feelings. And complicated is not something Reid, a widower with another daughter, needs. Are Nina and Reid just dredging up the past. . . or are they actually making a future?
She has it all worked out Sarah Templestowe figures she'll take two weeks off work, fly to Australia and buy out the other owner of the outback cattle station her father left her. Then she'll return to Seattle, give the station to her mother as a retirement present and pick up big-city life where she left off. He has other plans But Luke Sampson is not about to let go of his dream of owning a cattle station. He's not about to let go of Sarah Templestowe, either. Warm, caring and frank, she stirs him the way no other woman has in years. Luke, though, is a man of few words, and he can't seem to tell her that. Now what? Sarah's trip Down Under turns her world upside down. Her short time in Australia provides endless surprises, especially where Luke is concerned. She loves him -- enough to get out of his life forever. But who said a cattleman wooing his bride would be a simple matter?
How can she love him? He doesn't take her seriously!Hainesville, Washington, might not be glamorous, but it's the place supermodel Geena Hanson wants to be after she collapses on a Milan runway and has a near-death experience that sends her back into life with the promise of having a child.How can he love her? She's seriously offbeat!Dr. Ben Matthews is in Hainesville filling in for the local family physician. A man of science if ever there was one, Ben couldn't be more different from warm and intuitive Geena, his temporary receptionist.Opposites attract? Geena and Ben certainly do. The swift attraction blossoms and love looks as if it will endure.Until Ben's brother goes missing and Geena tries to comfort Ben with what happened to her "on the other side"...
He's raised one child who might not be his own. Does he have it in his heart to do it again?Fire chief Nick Dalton has a lot on his plate. He's had to move to a small town in Washington to get his twelve-going-on-twenty-year-old daughter away from the rough crowd she was hanging out with in Los Angeles. He's also struggling with the knowledge his late wife imparted on her deathbed-their child might not be his biologically.Erin Hanson has returned to the small town she grew up in to come to grips with a failed romance, and Nick is just the kind of man to make her quickly forget her woes. But suddenly she has a more wrenching situation on her hands-she's pregnant with her ex-fiancé's child.Erin knows Nick loves her. Now they both have to find out if he can love her baby, too.
He Wants a SonMax Walker loves his daughters with a ferocity and depth that constantly surprise him. But in the deepest corner of his heart, in a place not even his wife knows about, he's always wanted a son.She Wants a LifeKelly Walker adores her children-and she adores her husband of thirteen years. But recently she's developed interests outside the home.They each get what they want...in unexpected ways
From darkness to light...Marc Wilde once prided himself on living up to his last name. He was a respected foreign war correspondent and former champion snowboarder, but his life took a brutal twist when a bomb blast in the Middle East landed him in a wheelchair with only a tentative chance of recovery.Frustrated and back at home in Whistler, Marc finds himself turning to drink to obliterate his shattered reality. That is until Fiona Gordon-living with tragedy and responsibilities of her own-helps him understand his future is wide open, full of light...and even love.As hard as he tries, Marc finds it's impossible to remain cynical around Fiona. But as the reality of his life sinks in, Marc must decide to choose life--and overcome his greatest fear-or risk losing Fiona forever.
A man with a child needs a home.... Daniel had a young daughter with the flu and no place to live after flying to Vancouver from Australia. He thought he'd rented rooms from Karina, but Karina thought otherwise. A woman with a problem needs her space... After a personal crisis, Karina had found that she was happiest living on her own, creating whimsical papier-mache creatures and filling her house with music and friends. She was not hiding from her fears--or so she told herself. A lonely child needs a family... Karina couldn't say no to a sick child, though, and soon Daniel and Natalie had made their own place in her chaotic household and her heart.
Self-professed nerd Maddie Maloney is an expert on jewels. Jewel thieves are another matter entirely! So when a mysterious Englishman warns her that a thief known as The Chameleon is after the rare pink diamond on display in her aunt's shop, she tells herself it's just a joke. Even if she can't get Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome out of her mind...But Fabian Montgomery doesn't give up easily. He's everywhere she goes, convinced the thief will strike. And when the diamond does go missing-and Maddie is suspected of stealing it-he whisks her away from the police and together they pursue The Chameleon.Fabian plunges her into a glamorous world far from her humble workshop and transforms geeky Maddie into a sophisticated siren capable of espionage. Her mission: to seduce The Chameleon and steal back the diamond.But Fabian isn't telling her everything-like who he works for, and why he's so interested in The Chameleon...86,000 words
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All right. So Jack Thatcher has experienced deep, personal tragedy. Dr. Sienna Maxwell gets that. But how can the man drop out of life the way he has, pretending to be happy hosting fabulous dinner parties and puttering in his back shed? That's something she will never be able to understand. Because he is only pretending, right? Sienna's a shoot-from-the-hip high achiever, who demands no less from everyone around her. Driven and determined to make her new medical practice-and everything she touches-a success, she wants a whole lot more from Jack than charm. . . ;and kisses. She wants nothing less than perfect.
A place called Hope Hayley Sorenson uses horses to help people heal. But when neighbor Adam Banks asks for her expertise with his teenage daughter, she says no. How can she get involved when all she sees is their past? And the attraction Hayley feels for Adam makes her anything but objective! Yet Adam isn't deterred, and in getting to know the woman they call the horse whisperer, he realizes that she's dealing with her own pain. As Hayley etches a place in Adam's heart, all he wants is to give her the home she truly deserves.
The return of the runaway bride...Ten years ago Nate Wilde's wife, Angela, left and never came back. Nate is now quite happy to spend his days on the rugged trails of Whistler, British Columbia. But when Angela returns to the resort town, the same old attraction flares to life between them.Nate realizes he never stopped loving Angela and hopes to change her mind about filing for divorce. They've both done a lot of growing up over the years and changed in ways neither expected. Will Nate be able to convince his wife to stay for good this time?
Going back to Red Hill, Australia, means coming to terms with Cole Roberts. Great. Jane Linden's high-school sweetheart had given her a child and offered her the security of small-town life. . . when all she'd wanted were the bright lights and a movie career. Now the town's charismatic real estate agent is a single parent himself. Not only that, it's clear Cole wants to make up for lost time with his daughter--whether Jane likes it or not. The young love they remember seems to have burned itself out. Until their kids find a way to turn back the clock.
Renita Thatcher never imagined she'd see Brett O'Connor in town again-let alone in her office. Over the years, Renita has only caught glimpses of her old crush in the tabloids as Brett jet-set his way to football superstardom. . . ;. Oh, who's she trying to kid? She'd followed his career religiously. And his marriage to the gorgeous, high-profile trophy wife. Ex-wife. Now Renita, the only loans officer in Summerside Bay, has something Brett wants. Just like in high school, she's in a position of power over him, but this time, she doesn't want to mess it up. Her next move is critical. Does she want revenge or does she want to surrender herself to a guy who looks even better than her best fantasy?
Just when they thought they were through...What are the chances of running into your ex-wife on a singles cruise? Apparently very high, as Darcy Lewis discovers. With their messy past, surely he and Emma can stay on opposite sides of the ship and leave each other alone.They can't. Instead, they spend a sinfully hot night together. Too bad the morning after proves they separated for good reason. Even when Emma tells him she's pregnant, they decide they're better apart. Or are they? Because somehow they keep turning to each other for support. And it's clear the attraction is still there. Maybe this is their second chance-a new baby, a new chance to make this work.
Ski patroller Aidan Wilde doesn't get too festive during the holiday season. Not since his wife, Charmaine, fell to her death off Whistler Mountain on Christmas Eve six years ago. Though the whole town had gossiped about his failure to save Charmaine, Aidan has been able to hide the horrifying circumstances of that day from his daughter, Emily. Until Charmaine's cousin, Nicola, returns home.While digging up the truth and finding some unexpected answers, Nicola works her way into Emily's heart and unexpectedly wins over Aidan, too. Might this single dad really be ready to let go of the past and give his daughter the one thing she really wants for Christmas-a mom?
But playing nanny to Gregory Finch's daughter wasn't exactly the Something Big Melissa had anticipated. And she would've turned down his job offer if it hadn't been for the family of fugitives she found hiding out in an abandoned cottage on Gregory's farm. They needed to stay hidden, and she was the only one who could help. Playing nanny is the perfect cover for Melissa until she can be sure these three lost souls are safe. Except Gregory can never find out what she's doing. And she can never let herself love a man she has to lie to. Besides, she can't find Something Big if she's busy taking care of Gregory and his sweet little girl. . . . Can she?
Ally Cummings may be the only "normal" one in her family, but her love life is anything but. No sooner does she find a stable, secure, predictable guy than she wants out. She's through with romance until she can figure out what kind of man is right for her.Certainly not her new tenant, Ben Gillard, who is the exact opposite of everything Ally's looking for. Suits him just fine. He's sworn off a social life so he can be a full-time dad to his twelve-year-old-son, Danny. And he doesn't need any more women "organizing" his life, especially not the uptight and prim Ally.It's agreed-platonic friends is as far as this will go. Except it's not just his skill with a sautÃ© pan that's creating the sizzle between them....
Paula Drummond is finally back on a police force. And with so much at stake-she's a single mom atoning for an almost career-ending mistake-she's not risking anything but stellar performance. That means, regardless of whatever attraction is brewing between her and her partner, Officer Riley Henning, she will not get involved.Still, working side by side with a man as hot as Riley and not giving in to temptation isn't easy. Especially when he goes above and beyond to help keep her son safe. With all that evidence piling up, it seems as though her partner on the job is destined to become her partner in bed...and maybe even in life.
Promises, promises... Maeve Arden had promised to love forever, but the marriage failed. Now, five years later, Maeve has finally found peace - peace she's promised herself to keep. The last thing she wants is a new man in her life. Her joy comes from her work - designing landscape gardens. Will Beaumont hires Maeve to design his garden. He, too, isn't looking to have anyone else in his life - no matter how much she attracts him. He's just agreed to a platonic marriage with another woman - and it's a promise he intends to keep. But circumstances conspire to remind Will of a second promise he's made. The most important promise of them all...
A LITTLE SECRETThe first time he left without telling herThe second time she asked him to go...Meg McKenzie, a marine biology student with a passion for killer whales, is shocked to discover that Spencer Valiella is her thesis supervisor. Spencer is an old flame-the love of her life, actually, and, although he doesn't know it, the father of her son. They met and fell in love one summer while Meg was an undergraduate student...but then Spencer left.To the surprise of neither Meg nor Spencer, the intense feelings they had for each ofhter still exist, and when Spencer learns Meg had his child, they grow even stronger.But old demons plague him-that restlessness, that yearning, that need to be unattached. In spite of Spencer's great love for her and their son, Meg knows he has to leave.It takes a terrifying experience for Spencer to see that living with Meg and his son, loving and caring for them with abandon, is what will truly make him free.
Veronique Dutot and Burton O'Rourke---each has something the other needs. Veronique is a talented chef, while Burton happens to need a chef for a new cooking show he's about to produce. Veronique, on the other hand, needs her visa extended so she can live in Vancouver near her former mother-in-law. Burton proposes an old-fashioned solution to their very modern problems. A temporary marriage. A marriage of convenience. Veronique accepts---although there's nothing temporary or convenient about the way she's starting to feel.
What do you do when your dreams for tomorrow happen today? John Forster's plans to eventually be a father hit high gear when he's granted custody of his little girl. Although he does his best, it's soon clear she needs help adjusting to this small Australian town. Fortunately, there's one person with the right skills to assist-Katie Henning. Too bad she's his ex-fiancée.Seeing Katie with his daughter resurrects John's dreams about having a family together. And the simmering attraction that still sparks when he's with Katie makes him think, maybe. Maybe he can make up for their past. Maybe he can build on what they share now. And maybe they can have that future he's always wanted.
"You're being audited. "That's hardly his most winning opening line, but Rafe Ellersley isn't here to make friends. He'd promised himself-and his boss-that this audit would be different. This time, he would be the consummate Australian Tax Office investigator. Cool, detached, professional. He'd bring Lexie Thatcher, tax-dodging artisan, to justice with ruthless efficiency. No more bending the rules. It's the only way to save his job. But Lexie proves a far greater challenge than he's been prepped for. Her world is a crazy canvas of chaos and confusion, complexity and color, unlike anything he's ever known. So who can really blame a tax guy like him for what happens next. . . ;.
Falling in love was easy for Chloe. She met Evan, a handsome Australian doctor, and felt sure he was the man for her. But Chloe's whirlwind romance ended abruptly when Evan left to work overseas. For comfort Chloe turned to her new friend Daniel Bennett. When she discovered she was pregnant, Daniel married her, despite Chloe's feelings for Evan. More than twenty years later Chloe finds herself once again torn between the two men. Daniel, with whom she's raised a daughter and shared the everyday problems and triumphs of life. And Evan, the man who-she believes𔃈has always held her heart. Only now, after two decades of marriage and a crisis, does Chloe learn what true love is. . . and what it isn't.
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