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Revenge has never been so sweet as in this Kings of California novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child... She married him. Used him. Then left him. Rico King has waited five years for revenge. Now he's got Teresa Coretti where he wants her. To save her family, she'll return to Rico's island...and his bed...for one month. That will cure the hunger that's afflicted him since she left.... But Rico can't know what it cost Teresa to leave him. Nor the exquisite torture of being with him again. Because soon, her divided loyalties could once again cost her the love of her life.
Manhattan millionaire Max Rolland didn't do relationships. . . until his one-night stand turned up pregnant. Blue-blooded Julia Prentice may have been a lamb by day, but she'd been a lion in the bedroom. And when the expectant socialite showed up on his doorstep, Max knew the baby couldn't be his. But he offered marriage anyway. For one year. He'd get his heir and a sexy bedmate. But before the prenup ink was dry, Max was wondering if he'd want more from Julia than just a business deal. . . .
'TIS THE SEASON TO TAKE A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE. . . Silhouette Nocturne is proud to present these two sensual, heartwarming tales of love during the holiday season. True, the heroes may not wear red suits or be very jolly. But tall, dark and handsome, with the unusual power to thrill, can sometimes be the best gift of all. In Christmas Cravings by Maureen Child, a vampire finds himself in need of a miracle, and discovers it on the doorstep of his childhood home in the form of Theresa Franklin. Most women dream of being swept off their feet by a man--not whisked away by a devastatingly handsome vampire. But for Connie Morales in Fate Calls by Caridad Pineiro, Hadrian's tempting kisses make her long to deliver the gift of life to a man who thinks he has no soul. . .
Assistant D. A. Gina Palermo was a nice girl--with a gangster family. And when a threat to her life put this law-abiding daughter under the protection of one of her dad's mob men, Gina wondered if she could resist the tempting embrace of sexy Nick Falcone. . . .
Single mom Nicole Baxter is perfectly fulfilled without a man in her life. But when billionaire Griffin King moves in next door, she considers a fling. Not only is he gorgeous and exciting, but he's not staying. It's an ideal situation, as long as she doesn't fall in love....Griffin King never met a woman he couldn't leave. But desire sparks with Nicole like lightning: quick and hot. It's just what this workaholic commitmentphobe needs. But why does the thought of summer's end have Griffin longing for more with the one woman he shouldn't have?
As penance for losing a bet, Rafe King had promised to work one job as an everyday carpenter. And that's when he hit the jackpot-an introduction to Katie Charles. With every word, every touch, the sweet, sexy lady made Rafe feel like more than the cold-hearted tycoon he was reputed to be. There was only one problem: Katie despised all wealthy men, especially those in the King family. He couldn't reveal his feelings without coming clean about his last name. But if he kept this secret, it might cost him...everything.
It takes a special woman to win the heart of a King. . . The King family is back with new stories in USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child's Kings of California series! And she's brought us three more strong alpha heroes: professional surfer-turned-playboy billionaire Jesse King; Justice King, reunited with the wife he lost and the son he never knew he had; and honorable oldest brother Jefferson King, who gets a second chance at love. Meet them all (for one low price!) in the Kings of California Books 4-6 bundle. Includes: Conquering King's Heart, Claiming King's Baby and Wedding at King's Convenience.
The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. ClaireFor one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away without a backward glance to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off-but Kendra has no intention of giving in so easily....Tangling with Ty by Jill ShalvisDr. Nicole Mann, a child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen, has no room in her mind or her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off-and Ty Patrick O'Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good.Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen ChildConnor Reilly only has a few weeks to go in his "no sex for ninety days" bet with his brothers-and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!
He'd taken so many ice-cold showers, he felt like a penguin! Thankfully the longest 3 months of Aidan Reilly's life were coming to an end.
No woman was going to spring her mantrap on Sergeant Nick Paretti! And that included Gina Santini. They'd agreed to publicly play boyfriend/girlfriend, and Nick had never intended to keep up the pretense in Gina's bedroom. But her luscious mouth left him poised before a pleasure-precipice he couldn't resist. So he dived in-and took Gina's virginity with him. The beautiful temptress claimed she was after experience-not marriage-but her heart obviously disagreed. Meanwhile, something told Nick the guards at his heart had thrown down all their weapons and surrendered....
Two romantic, reader-favorite stories from "USA Today"-bestselling author Child are collected in this red-hot volume sure to warm up readers' holiday season. Reissue.
The Littlest Marine Bachelor marine Harding Casey was about to face his greatest challenge. Fatherhood. But convincing his expecting--and reluctant--intended bride to marry him was going to be his toughest battle yet! Elizabeth Stone didn't know if her jitters were caused by Harding's incredible good looks or the fear of marrying without love. Could her intended groom prove that his marriage proposal was about more than giving a name to the littlest marine she was carrying? The Oldest Living Married Virgin When Colonel Candello found his daughter in a marine's room the morning after the Battalion Ball, he was ready to explode. Until First Sergeant Jack Harris offered to marry Donna--in name only--to save all their reputations. So, for better or worse, they married. But the romantic vows that were supposed to bring flutters of happiness were making Donna wince. For now she wasn't only the oldest living virgin, but the oldest living married virgin. And so she set out to make her strong, rugged and heart-stoppingly handsome husband want her as his wife...forever.
The maid of honor and the best man were barely speaking. Other than that, the rehearsal of the rehearsal dinner seemed to be a success. Still, Elizabeth Stone thought, nowhere was it written that as maid of honor she had to like the best man.
A fake engagement at the Texas Cattleman's Club? It must be a fairy tale from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child! Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss-and Dave's business rival-missing and her paycheck on hold, she accepts Dave's fantasy proposal. But when their pretend romance takes an unexpected turn into passionate nights, Dave isn't ready to let Mia go. Can the smooth-talking businessman negotiate a more permanent arrangement?
After his wife's death, weddings and crowds were unbearable to Dr. Sam Holden. But his self-imposed isolation was shaken by Tricia Wright, the groom's sexy sister.
Dynasties: The Danforths. A family of prominence...tested by scandal, sustained by passion!It was an unusual assignment for seasoned warrior Zack Sheridan. He was more accustomed to fighting in jungles than baby-sitting sharp-tongued, wealthy young women like Kimberly Danforth. But what began as a cakewalk for the U.S. Navy SEAL quickly turned into something else. Thirty days and thirty nights of shadowing Kimberly's every move, breathing her scent, memorizing every curve of her body...Zack was soon having trouble reconciling his duty with desire. Heaven help him if Kim came to him at night seeking comfort--and heaven help her if she did!
A torrential hurricane stranded Karen Beckett in a tiny motel room with Gunnery Sergeant Sam Paretti, the one man she never wanted to see again! Just months before, Karen had severed all ties with the gorgeous marine-but bittersweet memories of their love refused to vacate her mind. Now her rescuer demanded a hefty price for shelter from the storm. His eyes shimmered with a desire equal to the hunger clawing at Karen's control. But she had to resist! Because to surrender to their urgent need would mean exposing her past...and admitting her fathomless love for Sam....
Wed and bed one of his biggest client's unsavory daughters? No thanks. But the only way millionaire Travis King could get the man off his back was to marry someone else. So he handpicked his temporary and on-his-terms bride--hometown girl Julie O'Hara. The woman was desperate and should easily fade into the background. And, as per their contract, she'd do exactly what he wanted during their year of platonic marriage. Unless what he wanted began to change. . .
The stick was blue -- and positive! Any way she looked at it, Denise Torrances's well-ordered life was about to turn upside-down . . . and all because of an unexpected night with the man of her dreams! So when that very man insisted they marry for their child's sake, Denise could only hope Mike Ryan would be the groom of her dreams, too . . . There was no denying the passion that burned between them -- her handsome new husband's desire for her hadn't cooled a bit. But dare Denise hope to win his heart.
HER STAND-IN FIANCÉ?When Tracy Hall vowed to be the belle of her high school reunion, she thought all she'd need was a glamorous new look, a diamond ring on her finger and a fiancé-conveniently left behind, of course. Simple, right? Wrong!Once she met up with high school heartthrob Rick Bennet, her simple plan went awry. For after an unexpected night of passion with the gorgeous marine captain, Tracy suddenly found herself inconveniently pregnant. Now Rick no longer wanted to be her pretend fiancé...but her husband of convenience. But what Rick was willing to do for duty, Tracy could do only for love....BACHELOR BATTALION: Defending their country is their duty; love and marriage is their reward!
Harlequin More Than Words: Acts of Kindness Three bestselling authors Three real-life heroines Every day, women in your community are working to make the world a better place. You may not know their names, but you've probably got something in common with these real-life heroines: compassion for those who need a helping hand, and the desire to make a difference. Each year, the Harlequin More Than Words award is given to three women who strive to change people's lives for the better. Inspired by their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written stories to honor these real-life heroines. Brenda Jackson explores the importance of family in Whispers of the Heart, the story of a father's struggle to recognize and manage his daughter's health challenges. Stephanie Bond's It's Not About the Dress tells the tale of a wedding dress gone missing, in which the perfect gown turns out to be the perfect gift for a bride in need. Maureen Child reminds us of the happiness and purpose that even a youngster can find by putting her best foot forward in The Princess Shoes.Harlequin More Than Words: Acts of Kindness
Presenting...the sixth annual More Than Words anthology.Little by little, one person at a time, we can make our world a better place. The five dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have done just that, by discovering a seed of compassion, and nurturing it to effect real change in their communities. To celebrate their accomplishments, five bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.We hope More Than Words inspires you to look into your heart and find the heroine who lives within.
Reborn moments after Queen Isabella of Spain ordered her lover's death, Santos accepted eternal life in exchange for protecting humanity. For centuries, he's kept himself secluded in a hillside mansion. But all that changes one night when he takes in a woman who claims to have seen him in a vision. A dire prediction has convinced Erin Brady she will be murdered on her thirtieth birthday--and that Santos is the only man who can help her. Unwittingly drawn to the beauty who can read his thoughts and heart like no one ever has, Santos realizes she is his Destined Mate. And with the threat of her imminent extinction ticking like a time bomb, Santos suddenly has something worth dying. . . and worth living for.
When Angela Santini felt the power of First Sergeant Dan Mahoney' s smoldering gaze, she dared to throw caution to the wind. It had been so long since she' d be held, kissed, touched... But how was this straitlaced single mom supposed to know that one fantasy-filled night of passion with this mesmerizing marine would never be enough?Dan Mahoney knew the pitfalls of getting too close to soft-hearted Angela Santini and her lonely son. But if the elusive bachelor was so set on a life of solitude, why couldn' t he just stay away? Was it because this Cassanova in uniform might actually be... in love?
BACHELOR BATTALIONASSIGNMENT: FATHERHOOD!Captain Jeff Ryan fought a lot of battles as a marine. But daddy duty was his toughest assignment ever! When an infant was left on his doorstep, Jeff called in reinforcements-and temporary nanny Laura Morgan marched into his life.Suddenly, lovely Laura was giving the orders, and Jeff was under siege. Then baby Miranda captured Laura's heart and was ready to commandeer Jeff's. But he had never planned on being a career father-or husband! Was it only a matter of time before Jeff's reserve would weaken-and he'd forever surrender his heart?BACHELOR BATTALION: Defending their country is their duty; love and marriage is their reward! Don't miss the next irresistible military bachelor in The Oldest Living Married Virgin, in November.
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