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When freelance writer Mabel Ivey is offered a full-time job at "Real Men" magazine--the magazine dedicated to helping women find real-life heroes--she jumps at the chance. She's not sure whether to be complimented or insulted, however, that the first story is to be a makeover--"her" makeover!
Chicago detective Sean Calhoun has a knack for sniffing out trouble. And beautiful Abra Holloway is definitely trouble with a capital T! Pregnant, on the lam and incredibly sexy, she nevertheless needs his protection. What's a true-blue guy like Sean got to do but come to the rescue?As far as Abra is concerned, Sean can take a hike. She's got good reasons for hiding out. She doesn't need some gorgeous blue-eyed cop hovering over her. Even if he is hot stuff! Even if her hormones are going crazy and telling her to hit the sheets with him now. She's got to think of her unborn baby. But the longer Sean is around the harder it is not to imagine him changing diapers with her. And maybe making a few little Calhouns of their own...
He'd Been Blacklisted By Baby-sitters EverywhereSingle dad Alex Thornhill could manage multimillion-dollar deals, but he couldn't manage his own children...nor could anyone else! What his two little girls needed most was a mommy. What Alex needed was a fantasy wife.Setting his sights on Sabina Charles-the glamorous, bestselling author of The No-Fuss Guide to Parenting-Alex vowed to woo and wed her. But while Sabina was the image of serenity and grace, it was her shapely assistant, Meg, who caught his eye.But if Alex couldn't even get a handle on his feisty daughters, how on earth was he gonna get his hands on the fiery Megan Kaczmarowski?
Chicago cop Jake Calhoun is used to playing by the rules. But that's all for nothing when he's forced to team up with civilian insider Zoë Kidd, posing as romantic honeymooners at a resort. Flaky Zoë has no real job, reads tarot cards and claims to be psychic-not exactly "marriage" material for Jake. But her pert little body-and the cozy bedroom-has him constantly thinking about s-e-x.Zoë's never met anyone like sexy, blue-eyed Jake. Okay, he's got too many rules and is far too straight, but his karma is calling out to her. And she's determined to help play detective on this quirky case, despite his protests. But as they maintain their cover as loving newlyweds, it's harder and harder to stop thinking about s-e-x.The prospects for them slipping under the covers are heating up!
Not Your Average Honeymoon Hotel!Rumor has it that the Inn at Maiden Falls is haunted by a group of shady ladies who have a few things to atone for...Meet Rose Tate, who's determined to make up for the past when the inn was, uh, a bordello. The ghostly matchmaker is supposed to be helping Ned Mulgrew and his snooty fiancée find marital bliss. Except after one look at the sexy lawyer, Rose wants Ned for herself.Rose has more than a few tricks she could try on Ned in the bedroom. And after one sizzling kiss, Ned is ready to take on anything- including a woman who keeps disappearing into thin air unexpectedly.But can Rose ultimately convince a lovestruck Ned to accept less than a flesh-and-blood woman for life?
Lucie Webster is miserable! On the night of her thirtieth birthday, she's bridesmaid #13 at her younger sister's Scottish themed wedding. Sipping champagne for courage, Lucie decides to discard her scratchy kilt and have a fling with one of the safe ushers.But an accidental hotel key mix-up lands Lucie in a sinful romp in the wrong four-poster-with the wild and sexy best man!Ian Macintosh is shocked-and delighted-by the gorgeous female who's appeared in his bed. Footloose and fancy free, he's ready to continue the fling. But a mortified, conservative Lucie is convinced she's made a mistake. Especially when her gorgeous indiscretion keeps luring her back under the covers!
The Wedding PartyAnything can happen at a Bellamy WeddingCan a fake fiancé become a real husband?Bridesmaid Lizzie Muldoon had resolved to go stag to the weekend-long Bellamy society wedding. Except her "well-meaning" friends, poor planning, and a big secret had Lizzie hooked up with a fake fiancé!But groomsman Joe Bellamy stood head and shoulders above other men, a real man amid a sea of imposters, and he had Lizzie wishing he was the real thing. He believed in truth, honesty, simple virtues. So why was this stand-up guy "pretending" to be Lizzie's lover as if he meant business?Is he...the one?
When plain, boring marketing drudge Stephanie Blanton reinvents herself as Stevie Bliss, the world finally takes notice! Her sizzling book, Blissfully Single, is soon rapidly climbing bestseller lists. Meanwhile, Stevie is sending men's libidos out of control with her philosophy of "lovin' 'em and leavin' 'em."Reporter Owen Dasher wants to interview the sexy singles expert. He's hot for her bod, yet senses underneath Stevie really yearns for babies and white picket fences. How so? He'd love to expose a few of her secrets. But as Christmas draws near, the real scoop might well be how "Dasher Conquers the Vixen"-both in bed and out!
Name: Thomas Michael "Tripp" AshbyAge: 34Status: S.T.U.D. #2Occupation: JockWhat was a STUD to do? Tripp Ashby actually had more women than he could handle!Thanks to his matchmaking mom's personal ad proclaiming his supposed desire to marry, strange women were turning up naked in his shower, breaking into his cabin, car-jacking him-and driving him nuts!Bridget Emerick had bailed him out before, why would she mind doing it again? Sure, she was engaged to be married, and she couldn't stand his mother. But how could she possibly resist a little dress rehearsal-especially with him as the groom?
The Socialite and the Bad BoyLockett Kensington, pampered and rich, faced the spectacular society wedding of the year-her own. She had more than a case of cold feet-they were numb! Taking the most direct route, she gathered up her skirts to descend the trellis from her bedroom window, when she fell into the waiting arms of the original rebel-Antonio Ryan, her ex-husband.As a teenager, she'd married Ryan to spite her dad, so she thought. But as Ryan rescued her in her prenuptial hour of need, dark eyes snapping and leather jacket gleaming, she wondered what it would mean to climb onto his motorcycle...and back into his life.
How to cause a scandal?Jordan Albright loves teaching her popular course--Scandalous Women 101. Quiet, mousy Jordan never makes any waves, not even with her staid fiancé. Leap before you look. . . Until suddenly, inexplicably she travels back through time--to 1893! And lands right in the tempting arms of Chicago department-store heir Nick Tempest. Soon Jordan's creating a scandal of her own--short skirts, no corset and steamy talk about sexual liberation. Throw out the rules. . . Nick can't keep his hands off the sexy, free-spirited Jordan despite her worries about returning to the future. Hey, he's willing to make history together with her. But can he really believe she's been sent to save him in the nick of time. . . '
This Harlequing duet follows twins Polly and Cassie Tompkins.<P> STAND-IN BRIDE: Polly Tompkins hasn't pulled the old switcheroo with her identical twin, Cassie, since she left Pleasant Falls--never to return. And she can't think of a worse time to trade places, two weeks before her sister's wedding! But she can't say no to Cassie...and then she really can't say no to her long-lost childhood sweetheart, Michael Kennigan. Who just happens to be the groom's brother!<P> THE SISTER SWITCH: Cassie Tompkins has two weeks to sow her wild oats before marrying the most boring man in Pleasant Falls. Trading places with her freewheeling, city-dwelling twin is just the ticket. Now, if she can just find a stud to help her with those oats... And then along comes Dylan Wright, a hunk and a half who makes her feel crazy and magical--and SO not homesick!
MORE THAN MENHis senses were all-powerfulCaught in a cave-in, photojournalist Lucas Blackthorn was buried in a labyrinth under an ancient palace. When he emerged, he'd developed superacute senses. He kept them secret, but they made the world outside Blackthorn Manor almost impossible to bear...Only Lucas's childhood crush, Gilly Quinn, was determined to lure Lucas from his lair. But she had another project, too-to clean up her dangerous neighborhood. And when that landed her in hot water, a mysterious crime avenger magically appeared!Gilly quickly began to fall for "Nightshade," her sexy rescuer-and to wish that he and Lucas could be one and the same man. And then suddenly she began to suspect her crazy wish was more than a fantasy....
Mommy doesn't know a great catch when she sees one!Tim like to play with me and tells Mommy she's beautiful.He's gallant, just like in romantic stories. But Mommy just wants to get rid of him. What is she afraid of?TuesdayKally Malone used to have her life firmly in control. But now Tim's obsidian eyes and quick kisses in the kitchen made her all jittery-and if she were honest, made her feel alive. And her daughter, Tuesday, seven going on thirty, had a mission: to make Tim part of their family-as the daddy. But Kally didn't know if she was ready for a husband!
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