Jedidiah Kleyn had been convicted because Erica Towsley hadn't come forward. So the night he escaped from prison, it was with one thing in mind-find Erica and make her clear his name. But the moment he laid eyes on the angelic beauty, his hatred was overwhelmed by the ferocity of his still-burning desire. And then he saw the child-his child.He'd thought that proving his innocence was all that mattered. But whoever had framed him was now targeting Erica and his little girl. And as the woman he'd blamed and the child he'd never known laid claim to his heart, Jed would risk anything to protect them. Because now there was nothing more important than his family...not his freedom, not even his life.
A Bride At Last?Her sister's wedding is the last place Colleen McClintock expects to fall in love. Especially when the object of her affection is a man who has never given her a second look at the hospital where they both work. Sexy, irresistible Dr. Nick Jameson may be everything a woman could want in a man. But he's definitely not husband material. Best man at his best friend's wedding is the closest Nick plans to come to marriage. Even if he can't stop thinking about sweet Colleen. When the bride suddenly bails, scandal starts brewing and the town is in upheaval. And Nick and Colleen have to decide whether to give Cloverville a wedding after all. . . .
FAMILIAR STRANGERS...Amanda Smith's worst fear had been confirmed: the man she'd sent to prison was getting released. After surviving a brutal attack that had stolen her memories, she'd spent the past six years looking over her shoulder. And she was getting ready to run again, when she suddenly found herself in the protection of Evan Quade-the husband she couldn't remember.But proof of Evan's claim was stamped on the face of her five-year-old son. Though she knew she should keep her distance, Amanda was drawn to the larger-than-life man who swore to defend her-and their son-from a madman bent on revenge. Now, with only each other to trust, could they overcome danger-and desire?
NAUGHTY OR NICE?Meet three sophisticated women who aren't above a little mischief under the mistletoe to relieve holiday stress. CHRISTMAS PRESENCE ~ Donna BirdsellYoung widow Astrid Martin wants to boycott Christmas-but her husband's ghost won't let her! Before long she has a tree, even a gift-wrapping job at the mall, where she meets the man who holds the key to her Christmas future. SECRET SANTA ~ Lisa ChildsWhen Maggie O'Brien receives gifts from a secret Santa, she suspects one of the three men in her life has finally wised up to how special she is. Who's the mystery man--her ex, her boss, or that good-looking car mechanic? Come Christmas morning, will true love be waiting under Maggie's tree?YOU'RE ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS ~ Susan CrosbyDivorcee Lauren Wright opts for a Bahamas Christmas getaway--only to be stranded at the airport by weather. But a very personable fellow traveler makes the time fly--and temperatures rise. Bahamas or no Bahamas, things are about to get steamy. . .
Prepare for an exhilarating journey across the boundary of death into a shadowy, daring new world. As darkness falls on another year, five fanged rebels are ready to celebrate like never before.It's a time for bloodlust and stolen kisses, for clandestine bites and forming new bonds beneath the mistletoe. Succumb to the forbidden as these powerful vampires give you a Christmas you'll never forget....Includes five red?hot vampire stories that will make the season sizzle!
He'd been leading a secret life for years. But Thad Kendall got quite the surprise upon his return home-a child he'd never known about. The spy had left Caroline Emerson for her own good, never realizing she'd been carrying his baby and had raised his son alone. Now that was all going to change. Caroline knew Thad had returned to solve the mystery of his parents' murder-not to rekindle their romance. But she never dreamed that having the only man she'd ever loved back in her life would put her and their son in grave danger. For now they'd become the targets of the Christmas Eve killer.
Police officer Ty McIntyre was cursed to find a girl no one had seen in twenty years. And it was his job to save her from the dark forces swirling around her. He found her locked away in a psychiatric hospital, where she thought she was losing her mind. Born a witch, Irina Cooper was able to read other people's thoughts. She had never known the source of her power, or her true heritage--until now. Irina could read Ty's true intentions and sense his deepest desires. But with a witch killer seeking to destroy the Cooper legacy, could these ill-fated souls embrace Irina's gift and end her family's curse? And beyond that, would they be able to save each other?
Alaina knows she's lived before. And that a sinister secret lies behind her death. The gifted hands of a handsome lover. A gleaming knife and blood-curdling screams for help. That was all Alaina remembered from her past life and the reason she investigated serial murders for the FBI...including her own. Reclusive writer Trent was her prime suspect. An empath barricaded in a fortress-like home, Trent included details in his books that mirrored the murders...and that no one could possibly know. But one look at Trent and Alaina recalled their passionate embraces. Then the murders began anew...
Friend. Lover. Groom?Running out on her own wedding is the only way Molly McClintock can stop herself from making the biggest mistake of her life. But running to her childhood friend Eric South could land her in even more trouble. Ever since the second grade, Eric's always been there for her. Now the wounded war hero is back in her life. . . and igniting enough sparks to turn friends into lovers. How could Eric forget the girl who accepted his boyhood marriage proposal? Now, twenty years later, he's getting a second chance. With Molly back in his arms where she belongs, will Eric finally get his lifelong wish and meet the woman he loves at the altar?
Brenna Kelly just took that fateful walk down the aisle. . . as maid of honor at her best friend's wedding. But when the bride's a no-show, Brenna suddenly has to cope with a runaway wedding. . . and her own runaway feelings for the jilted groom. Dr. Josh Towers is sexy, gorgeous and strictly off-limits. And that includes his adorable twin boys. Being dumped by his fiancÉe could be the best thing that's ever happened to Josh. Especially when he's so attracted to the curvaceous maid of honor. Brenna is the woman Josh wants, to have and to hold for a lifetime. With all of Cloverville watching, will the single father meet his bride at the altar after all?
Was he her savior or her worst nightmare? Ariel Cooper is about to marry her soul mate, but she has a secret. She can see ghosts. For years Ariel's resented her gift, believing it a curse. She's been hiding it from her powerful, brooding fiancÉ, David, afraid that he wouldn't understand. But now she has to tell him. Twenty years ago, she and her two sisters were separated to protect them from a man who had vowed revenge on the women in her family. And someone has resumed the hunt. Ariel knows she must warn her sisters before it's too late-the killer is closing in and his power is growing stronger. With David's help, they begin the search. But the closer Ariel comes to finding her sisters, the more secretive he becomes. Can she trust the man she plans to spend eternity with? Or has he been waiting for the perfect moment to destroy her?
Sundown by Linda Winstead JonesAfter distancing herself from a very attractive cop, vampire Abby Brown discovers she wants only one thing for Christmas--Leo Stryker. But when a murder investigation endangers his life, she may be the one to give him a present. . . . Nothing Says Christmas Like a Vampire by Lisa ChildsSienna Briggs never knew she had a guardian vampire. But, when she stumbles across the truth surrounding the Secret Vampire Society, her guardian--the handsome Julian Vossimer--has only one solution to save the woman he's loved for so long. Unwrapped by Bonnie VanakAdrian Thorne never expected to see Sarah Roberts again. But she's presented to him as a special gift. The vampire is elated to finally avenge the werewolf who broke his heart. . . except Sarah may be the only one who can mend it!
For generations, local residents have whispered about an evil menace lurking near the shore of the Lake of Tears. The recent murder of landowner Damien Gray's bride, Olivia, confirms the worst. Now, confused and heartbroken, Olivia's spirit survives death and seeks vengeance upon the man she desired more than life itself, the man she now suspects was her killer--Damien. But an angry shaman has his own vicious agenda, one that will bring Damien to understand his Native ancestry. Steamy passion and ancient vendettas will draw them ever deeper into a drama of a family's legacy, murder and a love so strong it can withstand even death.
There was a live body on her morgue table. Macy Kleyn hadn't expected to find a perfectly healthy Rowe Cusack lying inside a body bag. The man claimed to be a DEA agent who'd escaped from prison by faking his own death. But despite using a disguise, someone knew the truth. Now they wanted to keep Rowe locked up inside. For good.Taking a civilian on the run went against Rowe's lawman code, but leaving Macy behind could mean putting her in even greater danger. On their own, they were targets, but together they might still have a fighting chance. It's a chance he's willing to take in order to protect the one person he could trust-and the one woman he was falling for.
Being Strong Is a State of Mind...Everyone in town thinks Holly DeJong has handled her husband's death well, including her. Until the day she spots a cupcake display at Smiley's General Store and lets loose. Holly's husband is dead...because he cheated on her. He didn't have just one Kitty Cupcake on the side; he had boxes of them!Now everyone in town thinks she's lost it, except Holly. For the first time in months she feels as if she can handle anything, including her children, dating-minded family members and a certain deputy with more on his mind than the cupcake massacre. Just like the hula dancer on her husband's favorite lamp, Holly is learning that happiness comes from swaying with whatever possibilities life throws her way.
The exceptional skill to heal supernatural beings is Doctor Benjamin Davison's gift--and his curse. His profession demands secrecy. A secrecy that once cost him his marriage because his wife, Paige, refused to accept his covert life. But even she can't deny the potent passion that continues to draw them together....The last thing Paige Culver wants in her life is a fresh web of lies. But that's what she finds herself trapped in once she agrees to run the popular nightclub Club Underground. Her quest for the truth reveals that no one in her life is who they seem--not her customers, her ex-husband...not even herself.But when an evil is unleashed, Paige gets more answers than she bargained for. Now she and Benjamin must reunite to save themselves and their hopes for the future....
Some said he was a phantom. Others called him a monster.But for investigative reporter Jillian Drake, the masked man who'd rescued her from a burning building was a savior...and a mystery. He lurked in the shadows. He had no name, no face. But he had secrets. And despite his whispered warnings, Jillian wouldn't rest until she found out every one.As she unraveled his past, Jillian found herself haunted by the memory of his powerful arms protecting her. But getting close to him was dangerous. He was a man with enemies--killers who now set their sights on Jillian. And she had nowhere to turn but the shadows....
Putting herself in the line of fire is a dangerous way to make a living. But Roberta Meyers is proud of her job with the Lakewood P. D. No one's going to tell the dedicated police officer how to live her life. Including Holden Thomas, who thinks law enforcement is no career for a single mother. Then why is Robbie finding the outspoken youth minister-- a single dad himself--so hard to resist? Holden's proud of the shelter he runs for troubled teens, and proud of the niece he's raising single-handedly. He can't let his attraction to Robbie get in the way of creating a stable home for his family. So why is Holden feeling as if he never wants to let her go?
Taking a bullet meant for someone else made Kent Terlecki a hero in the eyes of his fellow detectives. But Erin Powell doesn't see a brave cop-only the man who put her brother in jail. When the justice-seeking reporter enrolls in the Lakewood Citizen's Police Academy asking some tough questions, she never expects tofallfor the sexy sergeant. With her nephew to protect, it's a betrayal of everything she stands for. Isn't it?Being wounded in the line of duty is part of being a cop-Kent isn't looking for any medals. Even if Erin acts as ifhe'sthe one who did something wrong, they can't ignore what's happening between them. He'll just have to give her the answers she's looking for...and the chance to get to know the real man behind the badge.
Chad Michalski is just doing his duty when he pulls over Tessa Howard for speeding. But from the moment the vivacious blonde strolls into traffic court, the widowed cop knows he's headed for trouble. Especially when she enrolls in the Lakewood Citizen's Police Academy, where he can keep a stern eye on her...and attempt to resist her much-too-tempting charms. Tessa has always admired a man in uniform. But the sexy lieutenant's by-the-book attitude could derail their relationship before it picks up steam. That's when Tessa, who's working hard to support her six younger siblings, decides it's time to show Chad what it really means to protect and serve. And maybe even land the lawman in the process!
Elena Jones thinks that her dream-visions are why her life has been a living nightmare. She would do anything to stop them-- anything to give her daughter a normal life. But when her dreams show her long-lost sisters in danger, Elena has the chance to transform her curse into a gift. To stop death, before it strikes. Joseph Dolce is her grandmother's right-hand man, with violence in his past and darkness in his soul. Elena dreams of him, too-- sweeter dreams, but just as dangerous. Joseph doesn't want to be her knight in shining armor. But his generous lovemaking and selflessly heroic actions cause Elena to have a change of heart. Now, instead of seeing unwanted visions, she'll do everything in her power to make a special one come true. . . .
Passion, peril and a princess in hidingForced into hiding after a threat to her life, Princess Gabriella St. Pierre must protect both herself and her unborn child. Working at an orphanage, the princess tries to suppress memories of a passionate night long ago with Whit Howell-her father's royal bodyguard and a man she never thought she'd see again.When an attempted abduction occurs as Princess Gabriella is leaving the orphanage, Whit rescues her and vows to keep her safe. But how can he shepherd the princess back to her country without knowing who is orchestrating these attacks...and why? It is the most important mission of his life-and he'd risk everything to save the one woman he can't live without.
A princess and her doppelganger are missing, and a grief-stricken king turns to Aaron Timmer for answers. As a bodyguard to the king, Aaron's mission is clear when one of the women is found: keep her out of danger and find the abductor. But how can he do that when the mystery woman doesn't remember the events leading up to her disappearance?Terror strikes a young woman when she wakes up in a private hospital with no idea who she is, how she came to be hospitalized...and whose baby she's carrying. But there is something about the man sent to protect her that makes her feel safe. As they seek the truth together-and the secrets of her past finally begin to resurface-they must prepare for the dangers that await them...and a desire that may be all too familiar.
Prince Sebastian Cavanaugh knew a frightened witness when he saw one, and Jessica Peters was it. Not that he blamed her. The moment she came forward to offer the information he was seeking, bullets started flying and someone tried to put a price on his head. Now, protecting Jessica and her four-year-old daughter came first and he wasn't leaving Wyoming until they were safe. But Jessica claimed there was much more to the danger and that her past had finally caught up with her. With too many people hell-bent on silencing the beautiful single mom, Sebastian marveled at her strength and determination to survive. Qualities that would make her an exceptional princess. . . ;
Anya has had plenty of firsthand experience with the devastation of war. . . particularly the scent of blood as she laid her hands on fallen warriors, bringing them back to life. Resurrecting the dead is her gift, the special ability bestowed to every other generation of women in her family--and the reason Anya was taken from home to help her captors in battle. Now, they have brought Anya to a magical new land, intent on claiming it as they had claimed her. But their arrival is not unexpected, especially to warrior Gray Wolf. The men with pale skin and hair had come before, promising friendship and trade, only to kill his people. . . including his woman. Now a shaman has warned Gray Wolf of the invaders' return--and about the woman who can make them invincible. His must kill Anya in order to save his people--but once he touches the ethereal beauty, he feels a connection to her more powerful than anything he's ever felt before. Torn between loyalty and passion, Gray Wolf must choose: fulfill his mission to protect his people, or save the one woman who can make him feel alive?
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