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Happily single Frankie Fairchild was well aware her uncle Harry Hunt was trying to play matchmaker. So she decided to find herself a fake fianc#xE9; first! Utterly irresistible family friend Eli Wolf would make the perfect pretend groom, and thankfully, he also had permanent bachelor written all over his handsome face. Eli was only too happy to accept Frankie's proposition. Once the biggest playboy in Seattle, the millionaire contractor had long ago set his sights on the beautiful professor. Now he finally had the opportunity to seduce her with his notorious charm. Problem was, being so close to Frankie had Eli wanting more, wanting something. . . ;permanent. And this new desire could mean scaring off his commitment-phobe target for good. . . ;!
When he left Montana thirteen years ago, Cade Coulter swore he'd never return. But Joseph Coulter's first-born couldn't turn his back on the ailing family ranch. Or the woman who'd been given a home at the Triple C. With his irresistible blend of danger and potent masculinity, Cade was the quintessential cowboy. But Mariah Jones believed that beneath the loner's gruff facade was a man who secretly longed to reconnect with his family. Why else would he have come back to Indian Springs? She'd made a promise to Cade's father-one she intended to keep. And now she was in danger of losing her own heart to the sexy, guarded rancher...
If he was the last man on Earth...Nikki Petersen would still have tried to avoid the cowboy who'd broken her heart four long years ago. But suddenly, Cully Bowdrie was the only man who could help her fight for a much-loved child's life. When the guarded man walked into her little sister's hospital room, Nikki saw that he wasn't the same man she'd known and, as secrets, regrets and attraction smouldered between them, they worked to save the little girl. During their desperate venture, Nikki and Cully realised a primitive hunger for each other. But would history repeat itself, or had their brush with life and death made them accept their love that had survived against all the odds...
The gossips of Colson, Montana, said Quinn Bowdrie was a rogue, and unfit company for a woman. That put newcomer Victoria Dunning in a very compromising situation. For Victoria didn't know much about men--but no matter what people said, she couldn't deny the raging attraction whenever Quinn touched her. And although Quinn honestly believed he couldn't offer her a future, every female instinct in Victoria told her that a Montanasized heart beat beneath Quinn's lean, mean, lonesome exterior. He'd be the perfect man to take her virginity.... What would the gossips say then?
"Save me a waltz." Luke's voice was suddenly deeper, and tension vibrated between them. His words reminded Rebecca of the last time they'd waltzed together and how it feltj to be held in his arms. ; The need to leave her chair, to take the short two steps separating them, run her hands over the bare muscles of his chest and arms aind lift her mouth to his was nearly overwhelming. The force of emotions he raised in her was disconcerting. She decided to obey the alarm bells that were screaming caution in her brain. "I will-if you're there." Which, was as noncommittal as she could be without refusing him outright. She stood. "And since it sounds as if it's going to be a long day tomorrow, I think I'll try to get some sleep." She turned toward the screen door, hesitating to say good-night, before she pulled open the door. "Good night." His voice was hushed, quieter than usual, but it still sent shivers up her spine.
After three years in jail for a crime he didn't commit, bounty hunter Chase McCloud made one vow: to steer clear of the Harpers, who'd tried and convicted him long before a jury ever did. Then beautiful Raine Harper came along with an offer he should have refused: help her find her missing twin brother. If Chase could find him, there was a chance he could clear his own name. So Chase agreed. But he promised himself that once this was all over he would stay away from anyone with the last name of Harper--starting with Raine. Of course, there was always the possibility that she could "change" her last name. . . .
After thirteen years, roving rancher Eli Coulter had finally returned home to the Triple C. He was glad to be back with his brothers; less so to revisit the dark memories that had driven them all away. Intrepid reporter Amanda Blake insisted she meant no harm. Her persistent prying into Eli's past made him edgy, though. Or was it just her closeness that had him unnerved? After working with Eli for several weeks, Amanda had to admit it: she was falling for her research subject. She knew it was foolish to pin any hopes on the gruff bachelor. But as the holidays approached, the sensitive writer couldn't help but dream of her own happy ending with the sexy cowboy....
Grandmothers know best...especially these three grandmothers, all soldiers' brides. Their generation lived through war and peace, good times and bad, love and loss.5-B Poppy Lane by Debbie MacomberAll her life, Ruth Shelton has loved visiting her grandmother in Cedar Cove, Washington. Now Ruth comes to ask advice about her own romance with a soldier-and discovers a secret in her grandmother's past.The Apple Orchard by Katherine StoneClara MacKenzie's granddaughter Elizabeth arrives at Clara's Oregon farm needing comfort. That's exactly what Clara offers-and so does a childhood friend named Nick Lawton. But Nick wants to offer Elizabeth more than comfort. More than friendship...Liberty Hall by Lois Faye DyerWhen Professor Chloe Abbott finds herself caught up in a troublesome mystery, she turns to her grandmother. She needs Winifred's expertise as a wartime code breaker. She doesn't need suggestions about her love life-all of which involve ex-marine Jake Morrissey!
That's My Baby! HE HAD HIS DADDY'S EYES... but not his daddy's name. And for four long years lonesome cowboy Josh Hightower hadn't even known his son existed. But now he knew.... It had been heartbreak enough when Sarah Drummond hightailed it out of town without a backward glance or so much as a goodbye. She'd been his first love-his only love-and she'd betrayed him then, just as she was doing now. Sarah insisted J.J. was no Hightower. But even as she denied Josh's paternity he saw the agony in the depths of her beautiful eyes. She was trying desperately to hold on to her secret but Josh wanted just as desperately to lay claim to his little boy.... THAT'S MY BABY! Sometimes bringing up baby can bring surprises...and showers of love!
Their lies sent her brother to jail and broke her grandfather's heart. Which was precisely the reason Jessie McCloud couldn't tell her family the truth about that terrifying night in her past -- how fear had sent her straight into the arms of one of the hated Kerrigan men. . . Their encounter four years ago was just a momentary lapse, and hell would freeze over before he'd contact Jessie again. But Zach changed his mind after he came home and discovered her lie. Every one of Wolf Creek's townsfolk knew better than to stand between a Kerrigan and his own flesh and blood. All except for the woman who denied him his son. . .
LONESOME COWBOY She saw the Stetson first. Then the tall, broad-shouldered body and tight, well-worn jeans. But it was the hard blue stare of Lucas Hightower that made Jennifer McCleary realize she was in over her head. The tight-lipped rancher had agreed to give her student Trey a job at the Lazy H. As Trey's tutor, Jennifer would spend most of her summer at Lucas's ranch. Most everyone in Butte Creek, Montana, knew Lucas's history. They knew Jennifer was barreling headfirst into trouble-but no one was talking. Only Jennifer dared to break down those small-town walls-and discover the real Lucas Hightower....
He' s the last man in the world she should even be talking to. But Rachel Kerrigan needs rancher Luke McCloud' s help-despite the fact that their families have been feuding for as long as the Hatfields and McCoys. To get back the land the Kerrigans stole from his family generations ago, Luke is more than willing to turn Rachel' s unruly horse into a champion. And they both agree it' s strictly business. So what if Luke is the hottest cowboy Rachel' s ever seen? Or that the memory of the one kiss they shared years ago haunts her dreams? Luke' s trying to get Rachel' s horse under control-but the rising attraction between them could prove much harder to rein in!
HER HOMETOWN SWEETHEARTTheir first kiss had been under the mistletoe, when Caitlin Drummond was little more than sweet sixteen. But years later, what started as a flirtation with Trey Weber grew into a fiery passion...one the aloof cowboy seemed reluctant to pursue. Until they cast the consequences aside one night to give each other comfort...and wound up creating a baby....Now Caitlin's childhood dream had come true: her handsome Montana man had proposed marriage. But before she said "I do," she needed to know that Trey wasn't just doing the honorable thing. She needed to know she was his one and only...just as he had always been hers.
For the first time in her life, shy secretary Allison Baker threw caution to the wind. No sooner did she enter the party than suave attorney Jorge Perez whispered sweet compliments in her ear. Breathless, Allison was captivated by her handsome admirer but anxious about the aftermath of their fireworks. Weeks later, she made a stunning discovery.Though stubborn and proud, Jorge moved mountains to find his disappearing damsel after their special night. And then he was humbled by Allison's two-word declaration-"I'm pregnant." Of course, Jorge had to marry her for their baby's sake. As for love, could he admit to his new wife the tender feelings brewing in his soul?
Deciding to focus on her thriving business as a wedding planner, Emily Parks had given up her dream of finding the perfect man. Yet when handsome Prince Lazhar Eban asked Emily to plan his royal wedding, she accepted, never guessing that she was the bride-to-be! He' d agreed to marry Emily as part of a business deal and to please his own ailing father, but Lazhar had never expected to fall for the beautiful career woman. Soon he realized that she' d captured his heart. He knew she felt the same way-but what would she think once she discovered the false pretenses behind his proposal?
When curmudgeonly software tycoon Harrison Hunt issued a challenge--his four sons had to marry within one year, or forfeit their inheritances--Justin Hunt couldn't believe it. The family ranch was his flesh and blood, and he'd do anything to keep it. Even if anything meant marriage. Now he's chasing after entrepreneur Lily Spencer, the only woman who had ever come close to touching his guarded heart. But when he turns up on her doorstep, Justin finds more than an angry ex-girlfriend waiting--there's a little girl in her arms that looks a lot like him!
"Call me Quinn."The moment the suntanned stranger showed up in town, Abigail Foster knew she was in trouble. Big-time. Wolf Creek's stand-in sheriff--and secret member of a legendary ranching clan--was gorgeous, charming and irresistible. Abby was too smart to trust her heart to a man like that...especially one who wasn't planning to stick around.But Quinn McCloud wouldn't take no for an answer....The widowed librarian had to be the most stubborn woman he'd ever met--and the most desirable. Quinn lived by the loner's law, but Abby was tempting him to put down roots. Could he convince her to believe in the love he was offering and make this a Christmas to remember?
SOMETIMES KEEPING A SECRETLeft for dead in a ditch by the side of the road, Trey Harper had no idea why he was in Granger, Montana, although it was clear someone wanted him out of the way. The smart thing would be to lie low until his memory returned. Maybe then he'd recall why he'd been targeted. . . and remember his own name. MEANS TELLING A LIEWhen the broad-shouldered cowboy walked into her establishment, Lori Ashworth automatically assumed he was the new bartender she'd been expecting. Troy Jones couldn't be more perfect for the job-or her. Until his past caught up with him and she realized she had to forgive her employee on two counts. For stealing her heart. . . and for doing it with a lie.
As financial analyst for the Fortune foundation, Nicholas Fortune was used to crunching numbers--not changing diapers. But when he learned he'd just become temporary guardian--to triplets!--the overwhelmed new father needed to find a nanny, pronto.Charlene London was the answer to the Texas bachelor's prayers, even if she couldn't see it. And though it took no time for the three baby girls to steal Charlene's heart, their substitute dad was another story. Because her sexy boss was strictly off-limits, even if her job was just temporary. Unless he made her another offer--one she couldn't refuse....
Cynthia Deacons was saving herself for the right man. That man was not Zach Coulter. The charming, second-born Coulter son had hired her to refurbish his family's legendary lodge. She refused to mix business with pleasure even if Zach was impossible to resist. But what happened once the footloose tycoon discovered Cynthia didn't play around...she played for keeps? Hiring Cynthia to run the newly restored Coulter Lodge was a stroke of pure genius. The petite blonde hotel manager had the hands-on expertise Zach needed. But the bachelor rancher was finding it hard keeping his hands off her. Someday soon, Cynthia was going to give up and give in to the powerful passion zinging between them. He'd bet the ranch on it....