WIFE WANTED -- Love not required or even desired. Or so Chicago cop Jimmy Corona thought when he returned to his Oklahoma hometown and ran smack into Kara Brand. All Jimmy wanted was to find a mother for his son, someone to keep little Tyler safe while he took down his latest perp. Instead, he found that the shy, awkward Kara he'd known from high school had blossomed into a genuine beauty with a big heart and courage to spare -- qualities he learned to value when danger followed him to town and only Kara stood between his son and certain death. Suddenly love didn't seem like such a scary prospect after all.
Whether by birth, by chance, or even by default, the people in these two full-length novels find their path to parenthood in unexpected ways. Reissue.
Detective Vincent O'Mally has always been able to remain calm and objective while investigating even the most gruesome of crimes. But when he finds two missing children dead in an abandoned house, his well-ordered life turns upside down ... When the FBI takes over the case, a traumatized Vince reluctantly agrees to take some time off--but vows to find the murderer on his own. With a piece of crime-scene evidence to guide his investigation, he travels to a small town in upstate New York, where he meets Holly Newman--a fragile woman whose sister was abducted and killed years ago. Vince is convinced that her sister's death is linked to the recent murders--and that essential clues are hidden deep in Holly's mind. Now, desperate to solve the one case he just can't let go, he must find a way to reach this lovely, lonely woman--and help her confront the searing memories that have haunted her all these long, painful years ...
From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction...The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter, A Lords of the Underworld tale. An iron-willed demon assassin, angel Lysander has never known lust until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation....Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne. Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl's murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the "victim" is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets...and set her free. Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard. Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong...never dreaming that they are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.
This trio of irresistible stories from Maggie Shayne, Linda Winstead Jones and Day Leclaire touch the heart of who we are and what we desire. . . ;. Melinda Terwilliger is a mild-mannered teacher-until she accidentally becomesThe Toughest Girl in Town. But she meets her match in an undercover cop determined to get to know the real Melinda. . . ;with kisses hot enough to melt any woman's heart!When law secretary Nell Rose is snowbound with a handsome stranger, keeping her New Year'sResolutionbecomes nearly impossible. Why swear off men when a romantic weekend with a reclusive writer seems to be the ideal way to ring in the new year?Plain Jayne Myleston seduced her office crush at a masked ball-and then found she'd turned up the heat with the wrong man! Even after the ball, she can't say no to herMystery Lover. That is, until Jayne finds out who he really is!
Christine Feehan: In a dark jungle, a beautiful activist liberates animals from a secret laboratory - and stumbles across an unexpected prisoner. She releases the Carpathian from his bonds - only to unleash his voracious appetite on herself... Maggie Shayne: A science professor enters the steamy bayou to find a new species of animal, convinced that its presence is behind the stories of lycanthropy in the region, but finds herself tempted by a legendary creature straight out of her most sensual nightmare... Emma Holly: Little ever seems to stir in the sleepy woods of a small Vermont town, until a new owner takes over the exclusive local inn. He is centuries old and has traveled far and wide to find his queen - and now nothing will stop him from claiming her... Angela Knight: All's fair in the war between desire and resistance when a lady cop pulls over a speeder - and finds an immortal lover who is determined to seduce her into accepting her own passionate destiny...
BACK FROM THE DEAD? Ben Brand had thought nothing could hurt more than losing Penny, his cherished wife. He was wrong. When Penny mysteriously turned up on his ranch, dazed but alive, Ben faced a new kind of anguish. His beloved had no memory of her past-or of him.Ben set out to discover what had happened to his wife. Penny had to remember everything: who she was, where she'd been-the love they'd shared-because he couldn't stand to lose the only woman he'd ever loved-again.This family was born, bred-and bound to be wed-in Texas!
Four of today's hottest authors--Maggie Shayne, MaryJanice Davidson, Jacey Ford, and Angela Knight--present a quartet of sexy tales about bold women who take no prisoners, either in a fight or in love.
First you drink, then you DIEThe Nightcap Strangler, who terrorized the town of Shadow Falls sixteen years ago, has finally been executed. Case closed. Until Bryan Kendall's lover is murdered in the notorious killer's unique style and the rookie cop stands accused. Has someone committed the perfect copycat crime...or was the wrong man put to death?A continent away, Dawn Jones hears that her first love has been accused of murder and knows that only she can help him. But to do so, she'll have to face the very fears that drove them apart.Together they'll work to uncover secrets someone's willing to kill to keep, and renew a love as dangerous as it is inevitable. And their best lead is the girl found dead in Bryan's bed, reeking of the whiskey poured down her throat before her killer squeezed it shut.A killer who thinks that Dawn, too, could use one last drink...
The husband: Dylan Rossi had bitterly agreed to the divorce his ice princess of a wife wanted so badly. But that was before the accident that had stolen her memory--of him, of their awful marriage, of much, much worse.... The wife: Someone was trying very hard to kill Caitlin Rossi, a wealthy woman who'd made enemies she couldn't remember--enemies that included the handsome husband she feared as much as she desired.... The marriage: Once separate bedrooms had kept the Rossis apart. Now only the continued loss of Caitlin's memory would keep them together....
"Once upon a time, there lived three witches...."As a child, Amarrah loved her grandmother's stories of three witches who were members of the king's harem. But they were more than just stories. Amarrah knows she was there with them...and now their legacy, along with an ancient box that once belonged to them, lies in her hands.Charged with keeping the box safe, Amarrah is heartbroken when it is stolen from her while she moves to America. Years later, she is shocked to see it on TV and is determined to get it back. Tracking the artifact leads her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson, a handsome soldier who stirs memories of a man she knew centuries ago in ancient Babylon. Is Harrison the key to finding the box-or could he be her destiny?Prequel novella to Maggie Shayne's exciting trilogy, The Portal.
The first three novels in Shayne's popular miniseries featuring the Brand family of Texas is now available in this volume. In "The Littlest Cowboy, " a newborn baby leads the sheriff to a mysterious woman. In "The Baddest Virgin in Texas, " a little Miss Nice Girl wants to change her image to snare a handsome cowboy. And in "Badlands Bad Boy, " the baddest Brand is shocked to find he actually needs someone.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy Before she joined Reaper in hunting Gregor's gang of rogue bloodsuckers, privileged princess Topaz was gunning for just one vamp: Jack Heart. The gorgeous con man had charmed his way into her bed, her heart and her bank account, taking her for half a million dollars and vanishing without a word. Now she and Jack--maddeningly attractive as ever--are supposedly on the same side. As Reaper's ragtag outfit scatters, Topaz sets out to solve a mystery that's plagued her all her lives, mortal and immortal: what really happened to her movie-star mother, who died when Topaz was just a baby? With four men claiming to be her father, why has she always been alone? And what stake does Jack have in discovering the truth about her past? Topaz is sure he's up to something--but her suspicions are at war with her desires. . . .
Maggie Shayne's Shadows Bundle. Don't miss these classic tales that started the Twilight miniseries! - includes Twilight Phantasies, Twilight Memories, and Twilight Illusions For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life . . . eternal love. Twilight Phantasies Cruel fate condemned Eric Marquand to walk forever in shadow - alone. To possess his soulmate was to destroy her. But Tamara believed in taking fate into her own hands. . . . Twilight Memories Rhiannon was a dangerous creature of the night. If Roland cast her away, it would be like driving a stake through her heart - exactly what the mortal on her trail wanted! Twilight Illusions He was the greatest of his accursed kind. But Damien's ancient mystic power was threatened by a terrible weakness - a passion for a woman of mortal flesh and blood. . . .
She was born to save what he is sworn to destroyA lapsed Wiccan, Indira Simon doesn't believe in magic anymore. But when strange dreams of being sacrificed to an ancient Babylonian god have her waking up with real rope burns on her wrists, she's forced to acknowledge that she may have been too hasty in her rejection of the unknown. Then she meets mysterious and handsome Father Thomas. Emerging from the secrecy of an obscure Gnostic sect, he arrives with stories of a demon, a trio of warrior witches-and Indira's sacred calling.Yet there's something even Tomas doesn't know, an inescapable truth that will force him to choose between saving the life of the woman he's come to love-and saving the world.
A dedicated doctor struggling to raise money for a much-needed community health clinic, Lucinda Brightwater is beginning to feel as though time is her enemy. Besides the clinic, she desperately wants a child, but how likely is that for a single thirty-four-year-old who works long hours--with no man on the horizon? So when a man who's hard to resist makes her an offer that's hard to refuse, Lucinda agrees to marry Holden Fortune for one million dollars. The notorious bachelor needs a "respectable" wife in order to claim his inheritance. Lucinda needs her clinic. The terms? One year. In name only. No strings. No strings, maybe, but there's a lot of heat, making it hard for cooler heads to prevail, especially since it appears Luanda's other dream is now on its way....
Spellbinding paranormal stories by four stellar authors that will send shivers of desire down your spine. In "Tempting Fate" by Susan Sizemore, Desiree dreams she spent a passion-filled night with sexy rock star Jon Coyote...and that he told her he was a vampire. But when Desiree discovers she is mysteriously pregnant, her erotic fantasy takes a strangely realistic turn. An angry ghost is haunting Caroline's house in "The Darkness Within" by award-winning author Maggie Shayne. But when sexy private investigator Jim Lipton offers to help discover what is going on, Caroline suspects that he has a personal interest in her ghost -- and in her. In "Cobwebs Over the Moon" by Lori Handeland, Manhattanite Carly Kelly is pursued by werewolves across the wintry Alaskan wilderness, and only ruggedly handsome soldier Dylan Shepard stands between her and death. Lycanthropy takes an exotic tropical twist in "Crazy for the Cat" by Caridad PiÑeiro. When scientist Jessica Morales travels to the Amazon jungle, she discovers that beneath the savage grace of her local guide, the handsome Javier da Costa, lurks a hidden wildness that is as tempting as it is dangerous.
DANCERS IN THE DARK by Charlaine HarrisDancer Layla Rue Le May's childhood prepared her to handle just about anything, including her aloof partner, Sean McClendon, a three-hundred-year-old vampire. But when she acquires a stalker, Layla Rue is surprised to find that Sean is the only one she can trust.HER BEST ENEMY by Maggie ShayneKiley Brigham refuses to believe there's a ghost in her house, but when an unseen hand leaves a bloody message on her mirror, she's forced to turn to local psychic Jack McCain. As the two work to uncover a long-buried secret, Kiley finds that she's haunted not by spirits, but by thoughts of Jack....SOMEONE ELSE'S SHADOW by Barbara HamblyMaddie Laveau worries about her young roommate, Tessa, when she stays late to practice ballet in the old Glendower Building...and when Tessa goes missing, Maddie enlists mysterious tenant Phil Anderson to help. But is Phil the white knight she needs, or the predator she fears?
4 stories: Interlude in Death by J. D. Robb, Kinsman by Susan Krinard, Immortality by Maggie Shayne, Magic Like Heat Across My Skin by Laurell K. Hamilton
TIME AFTER TIME...Esmeralda Montoya would never understand the strange magic that had saved her from certain death in the Old West. All she knew was that she had been swept through time, into a world unlike any she had ever imagined--and into the arms of a man unlike any she had ever known....But she could not surrender to the wildfire passion that raced through her whenever this man from the future touched her. For Elliot Brand was her sworn enemy, and she must keep all the secrets of her heart from him--even the knowledge that she was carrying his child....This family was born, bred--and bound to be wed--in Texas!
Foretold centuries ago, it is a destiny they cannot escape... The immortal Vlad Dracul has wandered for centuries in search of the reincarnation of his wife, Elisabeta. Now he believes he has found the woman possessed by his beloved's soul and is prepared to make her his for all eternity. Tempest "Stormy" Jones has long sensed the other, someone inside her fighting to take control, a feeling that burns stronger when the dark prince is near. As Stormy denies the passion between herself and Vlad, she must resist allowing Elisabeta to take over and claim him as her own. When Elisabeta discovers Vlad's feelings for Stormy, her wrath knows no bounds. She demands that her destiny be fulfilled, leaving Vlad tormented by what was...and what could be. Now only he can choose who will live...and who will die.
While researching the New York underworld for her newest novel, writer Toni del Rio witnesses a mob hit. Undercover FBI agent Nick Manelli knows if he doesn't hide her quickly, they'll both be dead, so he takes her to the only haven he knows--his place. Reissue.
Dori Stewart's six-figure Manhattan job has vanished, and her lover and friends have vanished with it. She's scraping by as a waitress and awaiting the day she can return to New York in triumph. Maybe a ritual on the winter solstice can renew her wavering faith. What she needs is just the right candle. . . and Jason Farrar, an old boyfriend, by her side.
Former Secret Service agent Alex Stone was the best of the best, so impersonating missing foreign dignitary Thomas Barde seemed easy. Convincing the world that rough-and-rowdy Melusine Brand was actually Katerina, Thomas's ultra-feminine bride and the president of Tantilla's beloved daughter, was another story. And while Alex was no stranger to difficult assignments, hiding his history with Melusine bordered on impossible. Physically, Melusine could have been Katerina's twin, but the resemblance ended there-something Alex was grateful for when their simple plan turned dangerous. As they tangled with terrorists in the Texas desert, Alex wondered not only whether a future without Melusine was worth living, but would they survive to see any future at all?
Through the eyes of a killer... Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders-crimes she soon learns are all too real. Detective Mason Brown's own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother's organs, though he's kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.
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