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New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller gave readers "a gift to treasure" (Romantic Times) with her acclaimed Springwater Seasons novels. Now, once again capturing the spirit of early America, she delivers a marvelous tale of love, family loyalty, and passionate desire on the Western frontier -- where fairy tales sometimes do come true. She was the only child of a rich and powerful rancher. He was the son of a drunken ne'er-do-well. But when eleven-year-old Luke Shardlow rescued eight-year-old Charity Barnham from drowning, she promised him one wish...any wish his heart might desire. Fifteen years later, Charity and Luke meet once more, but the gulf between them seems as wide as ever. Charity is engaged to a neighboring rancher her father has chosen for her. Luke still seems to be a Shardlow to the core -- a drifter, maybe even an outlaw, on a road to nowhere. But things are not always what they appear, for Luke has a few secrets to hide. And as a sweet, sensual passion begins to grow between them, Luke and Charity discover that the only wish either of them long to fulfill is to spend a sweet eternity in each other's arms -- no matter the cost.
Appearances can be Deceiving...Vanessa Lawrence had a talent: falling for the wrong man. Case in point, her ex-husband. On the outside, the football player had looked perfect-handsome and rich. But Mr. Perfect turned out to be a lying, manipulative philanderer, and Vanessa vowed never to compromise herself for a man again.Then she met Nick DeAngelo. He was also handsome and rich. And he just happened to be a former football player. His disarming charm gave her a rush, and he sure knew how to sweep a girl off her feet. But he was so much like her ex-husband...could she trust him? Could she trust herself?
With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn't ready to settle down on the Triple M family ranch in Arizona. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm he's injured-and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady in calico.The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James's room behind the schoolhouse says he's a McKettrick, but he looks like an outlaw. As they wait out the storm, the handsome loner has Piper remembering long-ago dreams of marriage and motherhood. But for how long is Sawyer willing to call Blue River home?As the gray skies clear, Piper's one holiday wish just might bring two lonely hearts together forever.
To heal the wounds left by a broken marriage and the death of her beloved stepson, Libby Kincaid returned to the ranch where she grew up. But instead of the solace she craved, she found Jess Barlowe-sexy, alluring...and mad as hell.For years Jess had been her constant opponent, and now malicious rumors tarnishing her reputation seemed only to enrage him further. But soon these adversarial sparks ignited into a fire of passion, and Jess wouldn't stop until he made her his bride. Unfortunately, Libby knew all too well that being married to a man was no guarantee of his trust...or his love.
New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller writes the kind of high-spirited, totally absorbing novels that captivate us right to the last line. Known for her fast-paced stories and delightful Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy blend of wit and sexual tension, she creates characters who "walk right off the pages and into your heart" (Rendezvous). Now Linda Lael Miller sweeps readers away -- and through time itself -- when a thoroughly modern woman encounters a dangerous, dashing eighteenth-century buccaneer. The result is a sensuous, joyous, utterly heartwarming tale of love.... Phoebe Turlow needs to get out of Seattle and forget about the man she just divorced, her dwindling finances, and the lonely nights that stretch ahead of her. But she can't foresee what awaits her on Paradise Island.... Duncan Rourke is known to historians as "the pirate patriot." He's been dead for two centuries -- or at least he's supposed to be, until Phoebe Turlow steps out of a van, into a run-down island hotel, and into his world. Neither Phoebe nor her pirate can envision the glorious adventure that is about to unfold. They understand only that they have found each other, and a grand passion, across the chasm of time...and they fear only the moment when it may vanish. Passionate, emotional, and completely entrancing, Pirates will steal your heart.
A visit with Bavia's royal family was supposed to be the stuff dreams were made of for Annie Trevarren, an American girl abroad. Instead it was turning into a disaster. First Annie impetuously crawled onto a castle roof and had to be rescued by Crown Prince Rafael St. James himself. Then her dearest friend, the prince's sister, Phaedra, balks at an arranged wedding. The peasants rebel. The throne totters. Worst of all, Annie is losing her heart. Alas, Prince Rafael is no knight in shining armor. His former mistress has moved into the castle, and his notorious temper is flaring. But when fate brings Annie and her prince together in a secluded cottage, she can see his stern gaze soften. And his fleeting caresses...is Rafael seducing her? A future with him is highly improbable -- but a life without him is unthinkable. Rafael may intend to offer her a lesson in passion, but she'll teach the arrogant prince a better one: nothing is a greater ruler than love!
New York Times bestselling authors Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna present two enthralling stories about the redemptive power of the holiday season STATE SECRETS Linda Lael Miller Secret Service agent David Goddard never expected to spend his Christmas surveilling the president's cousin. But after weeks of studying her, he finds that Holly Llewellyn's life continues to remain a mystery. Tangled in the controversy swirling around them, David wonders, is it her secrets that fascinate him...or Holly herself? THE FIVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Lindsay McKenna Morgan Trayhern's toughest mercenary, Colt Hamlin, is looking to lie low this Christmas, but he may just have a change of heart when his matchmaking boss puts him in the path of Montana's prettiest widow.
What do a half-ton of sugar, a bee costume, and an aging actress have in common? They all combine to make a romantic atmosphere!
Available as a stand-alone eBook for the first time ever, #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller's charming Western short story about an abandoned bride in search of a love she thought forever lost. In Resurrection, the writer whose "talent knows no bounds" (Rendezvous) travels back to 1880s Montana, where an abandoned bride searches for a love she thought forever lost in a story that makes it easy to see that "the sweetest kind of magic comes from the pen of Linda Lael Miller!" (The Literary Times).
Where does an outlaw go when he's ready to turn straight? For Wyatt Yarbro, reformed rustler and train robber, Stone Creek is his place of redemption. And lovely Sarah Tamlin is the perfect angel to help him clean up his act....But Sarah keeps a dark secret behind her prim and proper facade, even as her heart is lost to charming, sexy Wyatt. When a vengeful enemy prepares to unleash havoc on the peaceful town, Wyatt and Sarah will discover that they can't hide from the past. To win the fight, they must believe in something they never trusted before-the hope of tomorrow.
To win his father's ranch, a hard-living cowboy settles down and takes a wife -- another man's wife! The youngest McKettrick brother, Jeb, is the wild one who never could stay out of trouble. And trouble is what he gets when he proposes to Chloe Wakefield. No sooner had he and the pretty schoolteacher tied the knot than Jeb discovers she's already married! After a major dustup with Chloe in a Tombstone barroom, an irate Jeb hightails it back to the Triple M Ranch, certain that his chances of winning the spread in a marriage race with his brothers are dashed. Now Chloe has come to Indian Rock, hoping to find her beloved uncle John and a much-needed teaching post. But when she unexpectedly crosses paths with Jeb, her rage -- and passion -- flare even stronger than back in Tombstone. Chloe never intended to mislead Jeb about her previous marriage to a scoundrel of a man. But when she finds out Jeb needs a bride and a baby in order to inherit the Triple M, she is livid. Learning to trust will be the hardest part of this mixed-up marriage -- until a stagecoach robbery and the return of a dangerous stranger prove to Jeb and Chloe that they need each other to love and honor as long as they both shall live.
Kade McKettrick's got five mail-order brides-to-be at the local hotel, all more than eager to brave the frontier and provide the heir that will win Kade the Triple M ranch. But the newly appointed marshal has his hands full with a troublesome outlaw gang. Why, then, is he so easily distracted by pretty "Sister Mandy"--whose claim to be a nun is obviously false?On the run from her outlaw stepfather, Mandy Sperrin hides a wild, passionate nature beneath her solemn disguise. But when Kade makes it clear he wants her, she cannot resist her own heated desires. . . .Despite the secrets luring them both into danger, Kade knows marriage may be the only way to keep this spirited woman. But are her ties to a shadowed past more threatening--and closer--than Kade realizes? And while his strong, sensual embrace may charm Mandy's tempestuous heart, dare she surrender for a lifetime?knows? His strong, sensual embrace may charm Mandy's wild heart -- but will she surrender to a lifetime of his deep and powerful love?
Sierra McKettrick felt like a fraud. She might be moving to her family's ancestral ranch with her son, but being a McKettrick by blood wasn't enough to make her fit in. To make matters worse, from the moment she'd met the Triple M's ranch hand, he'd gotten under Sierra's skin. With his rugged body and tender compassion, Travis Reid was a temptation she didn't need or want. But as Sierra began to form a connection to one of her ancestors, Hannah McKettrick-also a woman with a young son and an inconvenient attraction to the wrong man-Sierra started to realize that there were some bonds that even time couldn't break. And there were some charmed places where even the loneliest of people could find home...and love. BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! Montana Royalty by New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels. Devlin Barrow would slay any dragon for local Whitehorse, Montana, girl Rory Buchanan. But their relationship was no fairy tale...because Devlin had a secret past that could threaten both their lives.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller is the queen of Western romance! Revisit the McKettricks of Stone Creek in one of her most popular stories...When single mom Sierra McKettrick moves to her family's ancestral ranch, she's equally attracted to, and disconcerted by, the Triple M's handsome caretaker, Travis Reid. Then her son claims to see a mysterious boy in the house, and an heirloom teapot keeps popping up.In 1919, widowed Hannah McKettrick lived at the ranch with her son and her brother-in-law, Doss. Her confused feelings for Doss occupied her thoughts-until the family teapot started disappearing...Could Sierra and Hannah be living parallel lives?Sierra's Homecoming. Let Linda Lael Miller take you home again!
When she moved to her family's ancestral ranch, single mom Sierra McKettrick was disconcerted by the Triple M's handsome caretaker, Travis Reid. But when her son claimed to see a mysterious boy in the house, and an heirloom teapot started popping up in unexpected places, Sierra wondered if the attraction between herself and Travis might be the least of her worries. In 1919, widowed Hannah McKettrick lived at the ranch with her son and her brother-in-law, Doss. Her confused feelings for Doss and her son's health problems occupied all her thoughts...until the family teapot started disappearing. Could Sierra and her ancestor, Hannah, be living parallel lives?
They are the women of Primrose Creek, and their strength and passion is a match for the Nevada frontier they call home. Linda Lael Miller masterfully captures the hardships and dangers of a country swept by the winds of war -- and the daring and determination, the hopes and dreams of four unforgettable women -- in a thrilling new series. Skye McQuarry's heart belongs to one man -- Primrose Creek's lumber baron, Jake Vigil. After a shattering heartbreak in his past, Jake vowed to never again take a chance on love -- until he came to know beautiful Skye. But their delicate bond faces the ultimate test when a business deal threatens to tear them apart -- and battle lines are drawn between two passionate hearts. Skye is determined to stand her ground. Then a surprise from Jake's past unexpectedly comes to her -- a discovery that may be just the key to unlocking the true, deep, and trusting love that she knows lives deep within Jake Vigil. Be sure to read all of Linda Lael Miller's splendid Primrose Creek novels!
Nathan McKendrick is world famous, handsome and passionate. The world loves him. Mallory O'Connor McKendrick is successful in her own right. Their storybook marriage had defied the odds as well as the rumors. They believe their love will never die-until suddenly the marriage is crumbling. What could destroy such a strong bond and what could they do to save it?Look for more captivating titles from #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller! Big Sky River is available now from Harlequin HQN. And don't miss The Man from Stone Creek, coming in March 2013!
Christmas 2014: Nathan and Mallory McKendrick remember the troubles and triumphs they faced in the early days of their marriage. But their love story is far from over! It's a story they tell each other often...especially at Christmas. Winter 1984: International singing sensation Nathan McKendrick had it all-the looks, the talent, the charisma. It's not surprising that half the world was infatuated with him! No one more so than his wife, Mallory. The success of their marriage had always defied the odds-and the rumors. Then, suddenly, the bond between them was damaged, and Nathan and Mallory had to choose-fight for the love they still shared or let circumstances destroy it. In the end, there was only one choice. They had to save their marriage. And now, every year that goes by, every Christmas they spend together, reminds them that their love is everlasting....
Come home to the heart of a frontier town.... Linda Lael Miller created magic in five novels set in Springwater, Montana -- and in the delightful characters whose lives and hearts entwine in each of her enchanting tales. Now, come back to Springwater for an unforgettable holiday -- and join in the tears and the smiles when a prodigal son returns to find love at long last. When Jack McLaughlin drifted into Springwater, he carried little more with him than his bitter memories of the Civil War and the shattering secret of a promise betrayed in the heat of battle. Wounded soul-deep, and fearing the wrath of his own parents, Jack has hidden his identity and come to Springwater to see his mother and father from afar, even if he can't bear to face them. Taking odd jobs and keeping a low profile, Jack finds a safe haven at the town's new rooming house. Olivia Darling had never done anything impulsive -- until she left the east and opened a boarding house in Springwater. But still an outsider at heart, and struggling to make a success of her business, Olivia finds herself turning to the other newcomer in town, the rough-hewn and embittered man she's taken in. As the Christmas season brings them together, Olivia finds in Jack's arms a passionate sweetness she never knew existed. And with the stunning revelation of Jack's true identity, all of Springwater witnesses a heartwarming reunion that will change their lives forever.
Linda Lael Miller's national bestselling novels of frontier life overflow with the passion and warmth of Springwater, a tiny stagecoach stop that blossoms into a bustling Montana town. Rachel Springwater's first schoolteacher, she crosses paths with rough-hewn barkeep Trey Hargreaves -- who puts a slow burn on her proper Eastern ways. Savannah Behind her rouge and bangles, the dance-hall girl has a sure and steady heart. Can her kind, gentle love help Dr. Prescott Parrish heal his wounded spirit? Miranda An unwed mother in search of a place to call home, she finds her heart's desire in Springwater -- and in the arms of rancher Landry Kildare. Jessica The sparks fly when she comes to take charge of her late brother's bankrupt newspaper -- and finds herself in a heated love match with town mayor Gage Calloway. FOUR SPLENDID SPRINGWATER NOVELS -- TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME!
Evangeline Keating came west because she had to: after her husband's passing, she needed to build a new life for her young daughter, and marrying a stranger from Montana Territory was her best chance. After a difficult winter journey, she arrives at an isolated outpost called Springwater Station. But the handsome man who's come for her is not her husband-to-be, and Evangeline soon finds herself thrust into a most inconvenient -- and highly improper -- arrangement. Scully Wainwright never intended to be left alone with his ranching partner's fiancée. But his partner's not due back until spring, and he can't leave a defenseless woman and her child unguarded -- not with wolves and Indians threatening. Biding his time with the lovely Evangeline begins to feel dangerously close to setting up a real home. But as a reckless passion sparks between them, Scully and Evangeline discover a destiny -- and a passion -- as boundless as the open frontier.
Linda Lael Miller returns to an unforgettable Montana town for a very special occasion.... SPRINGWATER WEDDING Once a frontier stagecoach stop, tiny Springwater has grown and changed and entered the twenty-first century. Cattle rustlers may still be stirring up trouble, but now they're high-tech operators in a modern world. Where stagecoaches once rolled along muddy roads, the Internet is now the newest highway in town. But heartbreak is still heartbreak and love still love, and Springwater still boasts a rich legacy of joy, sorrow, and second chances -- as two childhood sweethearts discover when they rekindle a long-ago passion in the place they will always call home. Maggie McCaffrey left her fast-paced corporate job to take a chance on a more rewarding -- but riskier -- business venture: turning the dilapidated Springwater Station into a bed-and-breakfast. But Maggie didn't count on running straight into J.T. Wainwright, the hometown boy who stole her heart many years before. A tough former New York City cop, J.T. survived a grave gunshot wound and returned to Springwater to find a better way of life. Now, as deputy town marshal, he's facing off with modern-day cattle thieves who are plaguing local ranchers. Stronger than ever, J.T. seems ready for anything -- except, of course, Maggie. As Maggie's B&B begins to take root, a delightful new cast of Springwater locals passes through its doors. Maggie's parents, Kathleen and Reece, are finding that their forty-year marriage requires a little renegotiating now and then. Cindy, a teenage newlywed with a baby on the way, is learning about love and sacrifice for the first time. And town marshal Purvis Digg is turning Springwater upside down by dating a woman he met on the Internet. As always, Linda Lael Miller enchants readers with her portrayal of the complex tangle of life and love in a small town. With her trademark sensuality and her Þair for wit, she once again brings Springwater to life -- this time, at the dawn of a new era.
#1 New York Times bestselling author LINDA LAEL MILLER is the First Lady of the West-at Christmas and every other time of the year! Join her for this special new edition of her popular story, A Stone Creek Christmas. Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially globe-trotting architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia meets him when she cares for his daughter's pony, and it's not long before she finds herself conspiring with twelve-year-old Sophie to get Tanner into the Christmas spirit. The two of them stage events that include Kris Kringle arriving in a sleigh pulled by seven reindeer...and a donkey. But will a holiday miracle transform Tanner into a rancher-and family man-for all seasons? There's no Christmas like a Western one! And no one knows the West-and romance-better than Linda Lael Miller!
LINDA LAEL MILLEROne Last WeekendCollege sweethearts Teague and Joanna Darby are on the brink of divorce. But when a ferry strike leaves them stranded at their beloved beach cottage, falling for each other all over again makes for one steamy getaway...SHELLY LAURENSTONMy Kind of TownDeputy Kyle Treharne hates Yankees--especially exotically beautiful ones like Emma Lucchesi who show up in his seaside North Carolina town. But if the sexy New Yorker's got a few tricks up her sleeve, so does the lawman. Something's gotta give...JENNIFER APODACAYou Give Love a Good NameWhen wedding planner Lexie Rollins defended herself (with a staple gun) against a sleazy groom, who knew the assault and battery charges would stick? Now Lexie's running from gorgeous bounty hunter Nick Vardolous, who always gets his woman--every which way imaginable...
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