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It was bad enough being hauled out of bed by palace guards. Now Victoria McCallan had just offered to pay off her father's gambling debts--with herself as the prize! So the palace secretary was shocked when sexy Prince Kateb made her a counteroffer. . . . When Kateb whisked Victoria off to the desert to be his mistress for six months, the widowed ruler had no intention of falling in love. But the outspoken Texas transplant was soon tempting him to change his royal ways. Duty decreed the El Deharia sheik should wed a proper mate, but Kateb's heart was telling him something else: to claim Victoria as his woman--now and forever.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PALACE HAD ALWAYS INTRIGUED HER. . . Including the incredibly handsome crown prince himself. There was no denying that Murat was a man of mystery, power and many talents. But for a husband, Daphne Snowden wanted more. Sure, future "queen" sounded lovely, but she wanted someone who saw her as more than a woman to bear the next heir to the throne. Someone who respected her. Someone who loved her. Still, there was that niggling burning desire and unfinished business between them. . . . And though time had changed him, it had not erased her interest in the only man she ever loved. But obey his demands and marry him? Never!
FROM ROYAL NANNY TO PRINCESS BRIDE?Dedicated teacher Kayleen James was determined to safeguard the future of her orphaned students--even if it meant defying Prince As'ad of El Deharia himself! But the seductive ruler stunned her by offering to adopt the three little girls. On one condition. . . Suddenly As'ad was a single father in desperate need of a nanny, and Kayleen was the only woman for the job. Soon the palace was in an uproar--all because of the spirited redhead. Losing his heart wasn't part of the arrangement, until Kayleen showed the honor-bound sheik what he'd been missing. Could he convince her that she belonged in his exotic desert kingdom as his princess--and his wife?
Maggie Collins had come to the exotic kingdom of El Deharia to restore Prince Qadir's antique car. . . notto get married. The no-frills mechanic had been burned by love before, and marriage--even to a seductive sheik--didn't top her agenda. But then Qadir made her an offer sheshouldhave refused. It was meant to be a temporary engagement. . . until Maggie discovered she was pregnant. Now Qadir was honor-bound to give Maggie and her child the protection of his name. He never expected her to sweep him off his feet. Would there be a royal wedding after all?
"YOU'D BETTER GET MOVING, BIG GUY. " Prince Jefri of Bahania had just been bested. . . by a woman! And not just any female, but Billie Van Horn, his gorgeous, take-no-prisoners flight instructor who was more than a match for this ultramasculine male. Well, she might be an ace in the air, but when it came to romance Billie was determined to keep both feet on the ground. So why did the sexy sheik make her feel as if she were soaring high above the clouds? She knew that when royal honor called, her high-born lover would fly from her side forever. . . unless Jefri defied his destiny and chose love. . . .
"I'M WHAT. . . '" No, not pregnant, thank heavens. Emma would have known that. But married? Well, if the man standing before her--the very love of her college life--was to be believed, she was. And suddenly he was claiming to be a desert prince, too. Sure, they'd had a "pretend" ceremony and honeymoon in the Caribbean. But it was pretend, wasn't it? Prince Reyhan claimed his father, the king, had decided it was time for him to marry. There was just one little glitch--Reyhan was already married. So, the king ordered Reyhan's wife--Emma--to a two-week trip to paradise before he would grant a royal annulment. But wasn't paradise the perfect place for love?
When half-American Princess Sabra (aka Sabrina Johnson) is kidnapped by Prince Kardal Khan while searching for the legendary City of Thieves, she soon realizes that his heated touch makes her body betray her recklessly. She doesn't want to feel cared for in her captor's tender embrace. After living a lonely life, rejected by her father--King Hassan--and treated dismissively by her mother, all she's ever wanted was someone to love her. But falling for the sexy Sheik, otherwise known as the Prince of the City of Thieves, was simply out of the question! The virile Sheik didn't consider kidnapping Sabrina an act of theft; he was claiming what was rightfully his. Unbeknownst to the fiery beauty, she had been betrothed to be his wife!
When prim professor Zara Paxton ventures to distant Bahania, she wants only to find the father she'd never known. But her father turns out to be King Hassan of Bahania. The desert king promptly put his princess under the protection of a muscular, mesmerizing Sheik, who sets Zara's sense aflame, yet he refuses to quench the fire!Steely security liaison Rafe Stryker scorns lasting love. But before he knows it, the bespectacled brunette sneaks into his heart, making him throb with the urge to taste her sweetness. Clearly, innocent Princess Zara wanted to be his woman, but taking her was tantamount to treason. Rafe knows the consequences, but even he can stand so much temptation.
The wedding of my dreams was only days away. . . until I discovered my fiancé had a nasty habit of unfaithfulness. So to mend my wounded pride, I turned to the most eligible man I knew: my boss, Prince Rafiq of Lucia-Serrat! Although the dashingly handsome prince had enticed dozens of women, I had just one thing in my mind when I proposed becoming Rafiq's mistress: revenge on the man who'd humiliated me before. It was easier than I'd expected to go from Rafiq's chaste secretary to his lustful lover. What I didn't expect was to fall head over heels for a man who could give me anything I wanted, except his heart. . . .
Man-shy American Heidi McKinley winces when the king himself insists she marry--and make heirs with--his sinfully sexy royal son! For Prince Jamal was a legendary lover, an expert on erotic intrigue. Whatever would he see in serious-minded Heidi?Plenty! Up to his crown in gold-digging bubbleheads, Jamal is secretly enchanted with the sweet and studious virgin. So why was homespun Heidi donning silken disguises and posing as siren Honey Martin to seduce him? And how could Jamal hope to choose between a bold, brazen mistress and a bashful, blushing bride?
Swept away by the passionate Prince Khalil Khan, Dora Nelson reveled in her new fairy-tale life as princess of El Bahar. But once she learned that the love and affection Khalil had showered her with were a sham, she refused to bend to his will. For he'd tricked her, and she couldn't forgive him. . . . But she also couldn't stop loving him. More than anything else, Dora wanted a happy home and an adoring husband. Still, when Dora's feistiness met Khalil's arrogance, sparks flew. And unless Dora and Khalil agreed to meet halfway, this fiery marriage threatened to consume them both!
"The Sheik's Virgin" by Susan MalleryHe was the brazen stranger who had made it his mission to chaperone innocent, beautiful Phoebe Carson around his native land. But what would Phoebe do when she discovered her suitor was none other than Prince Nasri Mazin-and he had seduction on his mind?"Sheikh of Ice" by Alexandra SellersShe came in search of adventure-and discovered passion in the arms of tall, dark and handsome Hadi al Hajar. But once Kate Drummond succumbed to Hadi's powerful touch, would she succeed in taming his hard heart?"Kismet" by Fiona BrandA star-crossed love affair and a stormy night combined to bring Laine Abernathy into Sheik Xavier Kalil Al Jahir's world. Now, As she took cover in her rugged rescuer's home, Laine wondered if it was her destiny to fall in love with the mesmerizing sheik. . . .
Single mom Liana Archer has read her share of romance novels featuring dashing, passionate Sheiks. Despite her fascination with the genre, she is astonished when sinfully handsome Malik Khan, Crown Prince of exotic El Bahar, hijacks her and her young daughter off an airliner and into his lavish desert palace. What does this sexy prince want with a passably pretty, slightly overweight schoolteacher from San Bernadino? Dazed, breathless and mesmerized with desire, Liana quickly becomes Malik's royal bride after an intimate desert ceremony she does not understand. When she learns she is in fact married, she must face whether she can entrust her daughter, or her heart to a man would give them everything. . . except his love. How might a caring American mother and child finally move this proud, imperious monarch and make his kingdom complete?
When Jeff Ritter offered Ashley Churchill shelter, the struggling single mom longed to lean on his broad shoulders. And though she accepted a job as his housekeeper, Ashley was determined to make her own happiness, without the heartbreak of loving a man. No matter how tempting that man was....It was Jeff's nature to protect, but his heart was off-limits--even to the woman and child he came home to each night. For life had made Jeff a hardened soldier, not a man to love. And despite the hope he saw shining in Ashley's eyes, Jeff didn't dare dream she could truly be his....
A PLACE TO STAY Shelter-it was such a basic need, and one that single mom Ashley Churchill had always been able to provide for her little girl. Until her luck turned, and the only protection she could find was in her stony and taciturn boss, security specialist Jeff Ritter. Jeff warned he was only offering to share his home, not his life, and that suited Ashley just fine. She would make it on her own. And yet, Jeff's broad shoulders were oh-so tempting to lean on, and in his arms, Ashley found a whole new kind of shelter-a home. But no matter how close they became, Jeff always barricaded a part of himself away. And Ashley wondered if he could ever allow himself to come in from the storm and find his own shelter...with her. BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! Donovan's Child by New York Times bestselling author Christine Rimmer Pain and loss had consumed the Donovan McRae that Abilene Bravo had known. She couldn't erase his past, but she just might be able to give him a future.
When Katie McCormick finds out that her sister is marrying her ex, she finally agrees to a setup for the big day. To her surprise, Jackson is a catch. But when wedding catastrophe ensues, will their sparks fizzle or ignite into flames?
A spiteful article about the former pitcher and current playboy questions his talent in the bedroom. And the newspaper's just the first bad news. Reid's grandmother Gloria's broken hip means she needs constant care-but Reid hired Nurses 1 and 2 for their bedside manner with him. So for Number 3 he chooses Lori Johnson, the first candidate who seems immune to his brand of charm. Lori's never wasted her time with amoebas like Reid Buchanan. So why are her well-fortified defenses starting to crumble under the force of his sexy smile-and the kindness he shows her at every turn? There's only one explanation for the feelings flaring between them-chemistry. Chemistry so hot, it's sizzling!
Renowned for her compelling family tales, "New York Times"-bestselling author Mallery is back with the classic story of a city girl returning to small-town life.
For the Marcelli sisters of California wine country, the season is ripe for romance! THE SPARKLING ONE A party planner extraordinaire, Katie Marcelli loves her big, boisterous family -- even when their chronic matchmaking drives her crazy! In the Marcelli household, fine wine and good food are as celebrated as true love, so when her eighteen-year-old sister announces her engagement, Katie promises her the perfect wedding. There's only one hitch: the father of the groom, Zach Stryker, who is adamantly opposed to his son marrying so young. Now, despite her instant attraction to the handsome, arrogant attorney, Katie must approach with caution: Zach, who hired Katie for a major fundraiser, holds the fate of her business in his hands -- and how can she trust a man who is willing to break her sister's heart? It will take a passionate battle of wills to determine if wedding bells will ring for a Marcelli bride, and to unlock the deepest desires -- for family, love, and home -- inside a strong-willed man's heart.
Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up, leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical? Or is someone else out to get them?When her sisters enroll her in a survivor training camp, Izzy is not happy. Nick, her instructor, is determined that she won't be left in the dark. In more ways than one. But if he tells her the terrible truth behind why he's helping her, he'll never see her again. Unless they're both willing to take the biggest risk of all.
Successful businessman Ryan Bennett had agreed to masquerade as his wealthy cousin for a blind date. But from the moment Ryan saw Julie Nelson to the moment he should have said good-night, he was captivated and couldn't resist an invitation to share her bed. In the hazy afterglow of their heated lovemaking, Ryan confessed his true identity, claiming the passion between them was real despite his deception, but Julie wasn't buying it. Obviously she considered him the enemy. Except now she was having the enemy's baby. . . ;.
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to-the Castle Ranch in Fool's Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could've prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he's finding Heidi-and life as a cowboy-much more compelling than he wants to admit.For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she's always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won't give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less...wholesome.As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they'll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.
Horse whisperer Shane Stryker is done with passion. This time around, he's determined to meet someone who will be content with the quiet life of a rancher's wife. And the fiery, pint-size redhead who dazzles him at the local bar definitely does not fit the bill.Small-town librarian Annabelle Weiss has always seen herself as more of a sweetheart than a siren, so she can't understand why Shane keeps pushing her away. Shane has formed the totally wrong impression of her but only he can help her with a special event for the next Fool's Gold festival. And maybe while he's at it, she can convince him to teach her a few things about kissing on hot summer nights, too-some lessons, a girl shouldn't learn from reading a book!
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's fan-favorite story about finding love in the unlikeliest of places...Heather Fitzpatrick is very pregnant, utterly alone and definitely finished with men...until she steps into an elevator with Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome. Pilot Jim Dyer proves to be a heart-stopping hero, too, when the elevator suddenly stalls-and Heather lurches into labor!Jim's manly midwifing creates instant intimacy, and he dotes on the baby like the world's proudest papa. But despite their sizzling chemistry, both heartsore Heather and woman-wary Jim are staunchly barricaded against marriage. Can one tiny newborn break down their defenses...and teach them to believe in love?
Jamie Sanders was finally turning her back on her secret life as government agent to search for who she really was--as a person, and as a woman. But first she had to take on one final mission. She was determined to help the man who had made her into a lethal killing machine--the man who had also awakened the woman within her. . . . But as she rescued Zach Jones from his foreign captors and tried everything in her power to heal the wounds that scarred him, inside and out, she had to accept what she'd been hiding from for years--that he was what she'd been searching for all along.
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