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When a letter arrived informing Jonathan Wescott that he was a father, the bachelor set out to find his child. But his little girl had been given away. The only way to see his daughter was through her adoptive--and widowed-- mother. And when Jon set eyes on Alicia Fallon, the plan seemed perfect. Jon's appearance had Alicia's safe world reeling. Her little girl loved him immediately, but Alicia wasn't about to fall for Jon's charms. For this man could destroy her family, and if she dared let him--her heart as well.
Her painful past had taught neonatologist Francesca Talbot to rely on no one but herself. Until an accident landed the mother-to-be in the hospital. . . and she was forced to turn to fiercely protective rancher Grady Fitzgerald-- her baby's father. Grady was determined to be part of his new family's life. . . which meant watching over mother and unborn child whether Francesca liked it or not! And once the irresistible beauty was ensconced at his Texas ranch, Grady knew it was where she belonged. So he'd just have to put his own heartache aside and break down the wall the wary doctor had built around her heart. Because it was no longer just their baby's future at stake. . . .
Gwen Langworthy had been abandoned as a child then left at the altar. She had given up on love and marriage and the entire baby-carriage thing. Garrett Maxwell had lost his child and his marriage and now he spent his life reuniting other families. And somewhere a down-on-her-luck new mother was longing for the baby she had been too frightened to keep -- and had left on Gwen's doorstep. Three people lost in the world. . . and one baby to bring them all home again.
The bond between them was instant: Laura a flower-power antiwar protestor, Brady a duty-bound soldier heading off to Vietnam. He'd returned a changed man, and she'd saved his sanity. They'd always been there for each other. They'd raised two wonderful children and weathered the ups and downs that are inevitably part of a life together, a life that stretched over three decades. And they'd stuck to the deal they made on their wedding day: never talk about the past. But the past has a way of catching up. . . .
Well, loyal readers, another spring, another blizzard. But this prospector has the pleasure of bringing you all some unusually hot gossip. it seems that the Queen of Hearts Mine may not belong To The Douglas family after all! Old Caleb has actually hired a private investigator to prove his ownership. Unfortunately, handsome playboy Brad Vaughn and his beautiful secretary, Emily Stanton, have been stranded up at the Douglas cabin. It's been rumored that Brad never mixes business with pleasure, and Emily looks like she'll only play for keeps. Still, despite their differences, they'll have to keep warm somehow. . . . Perhaps the spring thaw will bring more than sunshine to these two!
After losing his wife in a tragic accident, successful businessman Dawson Barrett was determined to help his son, Luke, who was dealing with his pain by acting out at school and at home. Luckily, the devoted dad knew just who to call....As talented as she was beautiful, music therapist Mikala Conti could work miracles. To her, the real miracle was that Dawson-the boy who'd once stirred her teenage heart, then vanished-was back in town. Still, Mikala wasn't sure Dawson was ready to move on. And she certainly didn't believe that one reckless moment of passion could change their lives forever. But it might just be the way to heal three troubled souls searching for a second chance at a forever family.
THE BEST MEN Three best friends, best fathers...best men to marry! Maid of Honor Falls For Best Man! Other than being in the same wedding party, Cade Gallagher and Miranda Sinclair had nothing in common--except intense attraction. After one soul-searing kiss goodbye, Miranda wasn't going to let the sexy cowboy get away so she followed the bachelor to Montana. But her chosen groom had three little cowpokes, determined to keep "Daddy" all to themselves!
It takes two to make a baby... When an injury forces bull rider Ty Conroy home to his family ranch, he comes face-to-face with a big secret. A tiny version of himself. His son. Ty never anticipated being a daddy, but there's no denying the adorable boy. Nor the one amazing night he had with the baby's mom, Marissa Lopez. A night Ty can't forget... ...but three to make a family. Moving to Ty's ranch was supposed to be just a temporary move for Marissa and the baby. Instead it's proving to be a temptation for her, and if appearances are to be believed, for Ty as well. But Marissa has to resist, for their son's sake. Because nothing-and no one-can keep a rodeo cowboy in one place. And when he leaves this time, she'll be damned if he takes her heart with him...again.
IT WAS THE CALL DYLAN MALLOY NEVER WANTED TO RECEIVE He'd lost the only family he'd ever known. His sister and brother-in-law were dead--and their premature baby was fighting for his life in a Wyoming hospital. The globetrotting photographer lost no time rushing to the preemie's side. But much to Dylan's surprise, he was not Timmy's rightful guardian. Why didn't his beloved baby sister leave him custody of the baby...instead of appointing her friend Shaye Bartholomew? Shaye loved Timmy, that much was clear. But Dylan wasn't ready to give up custody without a fight...or to deny his chemistry with the one woman who stood in his way.
A Convenient Christmas FatherHe claimed he was no Santa, so why had Nick Clark made Faith Hewitt's Christmas wish come true? After charming her son, single-handedly saving the Christmas pageant and making the usually staid Faith swoon at the most inappropriate moments, he'd gone and proposed marriage! She knew Nick's offer had only been to secure her son's future. What would a dashing bachelor like Nick want with a once-upon-a-time wallflower? Yet, as the time ticked away on their marriage clock, Faith desperately wanted her husband of convenience to stay. . . and let her become his wife in every way.
Could he be her little boy? Six years ago, Sara Hobart helped a childless couple create their own miracle. Now she needed one of her own. All her instincts were telling her she was Kyle Barclay's birth mother. Only one thing stood in her way: Kyle's widowed father. Ever since his wife had died, Nathan had tried to be the best parent he could to five-year-old Kyle. Then this sensual stranger showed up. Legally, Sara had no claim on his son. But how could he keep her from the little boy who already adored her? That went double for Nathan, who was suddenly yearning to go from single dad to devoted family man. . . .
She had all her baby plans mapped out. . . . Sam Barclay would father her child, and Corrie Edwards would get the baby she always wanted. It sounded like a good plan. . . until sperm donor Sam decided he wanted to be the daddy fate had once denied him. It was supposed to be strictly a business arrangement. Romance wasn't on Corrie's radar. But the closer they came to conception, the more Sam wanted to make things personal. Could he convince Corrie that, together, they had what it took to create the home and family theybothcraved?
By-the-book lawyer Ben Barclay didn't make mistakes--especially not one-night-stand mistakes. So when he learned that his lone reckless act with a beautiful stranger had lasting consequences, he was determined to do the right thing. And that meant marriage. When Sierra Girard learned she was pregnant, she didn't expect Ben to be part of her life. So she was stunned at his insistence that they be husband and wife--if only for the sake of the baby. But even cautious Sierra couldn't deny the smoldering embers of attraction that burned bright. It was a fire that could almost be mistaken for true love. . . .
Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors--and it seems someone has designs on murder. . . Life is a full house for Caprice these days. She's dating, she's rescuing adorable cocker spaniels, and she's decorating the roomy interiors of Kismet's most well-heeled residents with fun fantasy themes. But she's worried about her pregnant sister. Bella's marriage is coming apart like a bad wallpaper job, and to make matters worse, she's decided to meet up with a former flame Bob Preston, a house painter Caprice frequently employs. When he's found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it's time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella's husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit. . . Praise for Staged to Death "A fascinating inside look at the art of home-staging--but did I mention it's also an elegantly crafted murder mystery featuring an irresistible sleuth?" --Leslie Meier
Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors--and it seems someone has designs on murder. . .Life is a full house for Caprice these days. She's dating, she's rescuing adorable cocker spaniels, and she's decorating the roomy interiors of Kismet's most well-heeled residents with fun fantasy themes. But she's worried about her pregnant sister. Bella's marriage is coming apart like a bad wallpaper job, and to make matters worse, she's decided to meet up with a former flame Bob Preston, a house painter Caprice frequently employs. When he's found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it's time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella's husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit. . .Praise for Staged to Death "A fascinating inside look at the art of home-staging--but did I mention it's also an elegantly crafted murder mystery featuring an irresistible sleuth?" --Leslie Meier
A tragic accident had taken everything from Dane Cameron-his wife, his child, even his skill as a surgeon-so he'd come here to the New Mexico desert to practice a different kind of medicine. He was searching for a new beginning-but he found something more....He found Maria Youngbear, a dedicated doctor who awakened passions he had thought long dead. She-and the beautiful daughter she was raising alone-were a painful reminder of all he had lost, and a sweet glimpse of everything he stood to regain.And she was offering him a second chance at love-if only he could find the courage to take it...
These days, home stager Caprice De Luca's calendar is a full house. Her grandmother's health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she's torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend's house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough customer who balks at Caprice's ideas and all but commandeers the staging. Caprice almost isn't surprised when the snappish Southern belle is strangled to death with a tieback from her tacky velvet drapes. But just as she draws back the curtains on the truth, Caprice realizes she may be next on a murderer's set list...
Old and forbidden desires began to reemerge when Brock Warner returned to Wyoming to help Kylie run his family's ranch. He hadn't pursued her years ago because she'd been too young and achingly innocent--and then his brother had claimed Kylie for his own. Kylie's failing marriage had ended with her unfaithful husband's death. Now she was left only with bittersweet memories, an empty bank account and a baby on the way. Brock's homecoming had her thinking back to the kiss they'd once shared. And had her wondering about what could have been. . . .
BABY BONDFor months Jenna Winton had envisioned another man's features on her precious growing baby. That was before she'd learned about the medical mix-up that brought a powerful stranger to her door demanding his child!From their first meeting, Jenna knew that Blake Winston always got what he wanted. And within weeks she found herself wed to this selfmade CEO who promised their child everything he'd never had and who vowed to resist making their marriage real until she was ready. Perhaps it was the yearning he stirred at a touch or his tender look when he felt their baby kick, but suddenly Blake was consuming her heart and dreams...even when she couldn't be certain of his love....
After real-estate mogul Alan Barrett first laid eyes on Lisa Sanders, he couldn't keep the intriguing-- and much younger--office manager from his mind. When Lisa was tapped to assist with a lucrative deal, the sparks between the two soon burned as bright as the stars over Alan's ranch. Lisa wanted all the business experience she could get. What shedidn'tcount on was negotiating a chemistry with Alan unlike any she'd ever felt before. And Lisa was also hiding secrets of her past, a past that was in plain view. Would her love for Alan propel her into the future. . . or leave her shackled to what she just couldn't leave behind?
GUESS WHAT...WE'RE (STILL) MARRIED! She was only seventeen when Chase Parker swept Lady Lucie Fortune Chesterfield off her royal feet. His oil magnate father cut their love affair short and forced them to annul their union...or so he thought. Ten years later, the wealthy Texas rancher uncovers a secret-he's still wed to the one woman he's never been able to forget! Lucie was always "the quiet one." While her mom and sister have been tailed mercilessly by the tabloids, she's maintained a low profile and a gracious image. No one has ever uncovered her deep, dark secret-an impulsive teenage marriage. When Chase tracks her down, she still finds him hard to resist. And as they prepare to untie the wedding knot, Lucie wonders: What if their biggest mistake was saying goodbye?
Ever since Dr. Dillon Traub arrived at Thunder Canyon Resort, tongues have been wagging about the chemistry zinging between the Texas oil tycoon and his new receptionist. Those broad shoulders of his may be awfully tempting&but single mom Erika Rodriguez knows better than to give in to her attraction to the handsome bachelor doctor. So why is the sought-after playboy going out of his way to prove to the love-burned Erika that he'd make the ideal husband-and perfect father to her adorable baby girl? Stay tuned, dear readers, to see if the town's favorite new physician will be heading back home. Or if this Dr. Daddy is writing a prescription for lifetime happiness!
Motherhood doesn't always wait for the perfect moment.UNEXPECTING...AGAIN!When the daughter she gave up for adoption appears in her life eager to meet both her birth parents, Amelia Copperstone nervously agrees to track down a man she hasn't seen in thirty years. What she finds is rekindled passion-and, at age forty-eight, a very unexpected pregnancy.IMPERFECT TIMINGApril Renquist is riding the corporate fast track when pregnancy challenges her to sort out her priorities: from the fiancé she broke up with, to the fears that plague her...to the dawning realization that perhaps life doesn't stop with motherhood.HOME AT LASTA couple shattered by the loss of their daughter opens their home to an orphaned Russian girl-unprepared for the emotion she unleashes. As guilt and grief war with the need to love a child again, the remarkable little girl offers healing and hope.
Between training her new puppy, helping her sister with her baby, and searching for the perfect vintage dress for Kismet's Valentine's Day dance, home-stager Caprice De Luca has a lot on her to-do list. But she's never too busy to do a little staging, and she's looking forward to thawing February's frozen real estate market with her Hearts and Flowers Open House. Her client Louise Downing's romantically decorated home practically staged itself. But when Louise is found murdered, Caprice is forced to turn her attention from sweethearts to suspects. And as the truth comes out in stages, she discovers that Louise had more secrets than a box of chocolate truffles. . .Praise for Staged to Death"A fascinating inside look at the art of home-staging--but did I mention it's also an elegantly crafted murder mystery featuring an irresistible sleuth?" --Leslie Meier
THE BEST MEN The closest friends, the finest fathers, the best men to marry! Wanted: Willing Man To Wed Widow She popped the question after knowing him for one hour. For Beth Warren desperately needed a husband, and Nathan Maxwell was the perfect groom. But though she had planned on a marriage in name only, Nathan wasn't saying "I do" without the promise of a very real wedding night....
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