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Where her heart is concerned, Rachel isn't about to take any risksPilot Rachel Quinlan is fearless fighting forest fires, but on the home front it's a different story. She's still not completely over her crush on Cole Hudson, love of her sister Missy's life-and he left Eden eleven years ago. Not that it matters, because now she has Missy's kids to raise and her family's failing business to run. But that's before the past collides with the present-and an accident brings Cole to the rescue.Rachel wants to know if what she feels for Cole is adolescent fantasy or adult attraction. But how can she spend time with him when she has so much to hide?
What if your son's grandmother calls, wanting your help? The problem? The woman doesn't know she's a grandmother. Rosie DeWitt is a savvy political consultant and devoted single mother. When Vivian McCloud gives her the career opportunity of a lifetime-- to be campaign manager for her son, Hudson-- Rosie is torn. How can she work with Hudson and hide the truth? That she'd had an affair with his brother-- and her son is a McCloud by blood if not in name? As the campaign heats up, Rosie discovers she's falling for Hudson-- but how can their relationship go anywhere when her secret lies between them?
Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine! Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child... But she doesn't need money, she only needs him. Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl-and her widowed father-believe again. Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date...and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!
It took guts for Annie Raye to come home to Vegas. With a cardsharp for a father and a convicted embezzler for an ex, she's already got two strikes against her. The last thing the struggling single mother needs is some private investigator deep-sixing her chance to go straight!Annie, a former gambling protégé, isn't going to pull the wool over this ex-soldier's eyes--even if Sam Knight is finding the woman and her daughter impossible to resist. She certainly has an uncanny knack for counting cards, but Sam can read people. And everything about Annie tells him she wants the same things he only wishes he could have: a family and a love you can rely on. . .
SOMETIMES WISHES DO COME TRUE, SHE'D HEARD IT SAID Will Jackson was a control freak and a killjoy. He had been since they were kids. He'd made it his mission to come between Emma Willoughby and her best friend-his little sister-all their lives. But why? Until the day of the accident, Emma had always thought of herself as adventurous, not dangerous.... And then her friend had almost died. She desperately needed to apologize, to try to explain, if she could. Will had managed to keep the two apart while Tracy was in the hospital, but now that she was home in Harmony Valley, the winemaker wannabe had to understand that getting past this was the only way they could heal. And yet even if Tracy was able to, Emma wasn't sure she could forgive herself. And Will had made it abundantly clear: he wouldn't sleep until he'd found retribution.oughby and her best friend-his little sister-all their lives. But why? Until the day of the accident, Emma had always thought of herself as adventurous, not dangerous.... And then her friend had almost died. She desperately needed to apologize, to try to explain, if she could. Will had managed to keep the two apart while Tracy was in the hospital, but now that she was home in Harmony Valley, the winemaker wannabe had to understand that getting past this was the only way they could heal. And yet even if Tracy was able to, Emma wasn't sure she could forgive herself. And Will had made it abundantly clear: he wouldn't sleep until he'd found retribution.
What not to expect when you're expecting...Becca Thomas is thrilled to be pregnant, even though it means bringing up her baby alone. At thirty-eight, this may be her last chance to have a child. And she doesn't expect to see Aiden Rodas again-doesn't think that a freewheeling younger man like him would even want to be a father.WrongAiden may live the life of a devil-may-care wildland firefighter, but he's not going to walk away from his responsibilities, no matter how unexpected they are. His challenge now is making Becca see that their child needs both of them. An even bigger challenge will be to make her realize that this expectant father has fallen in love with a certain mother-to-be!
Uncle Knows Best?Part-time caregiver Thea Gayle is left to care for two young girls who've been abandoned by their father. She turns to the man who is the only family the twins have-their uncle, Logan McCall. But is Logan-a wildland firefighter who is never home-up to the job? Thea has to know, because she won't leave the twins with someone else who is going to let them down.Logan's been in a slump ever since his twin sister died. The biggest mistake of his life was allowing his nieces to be taken away, all because he thought he couldn't raise them on his own. He's going to try to make it right this time, by giving the girls-and Thea-the happiest home he can.
Part-time caregiver Thea Gayle is left to care for two young girls who've been abandoned by their father. She turns to the man who is the only family the twins have--their uncle, Logan McCall. But is Logan-a wildland firefighter who is never home--up to the job? Thea has to know, because she won't leave the twins with someone else who is going to let them down. Logan's been in a slump ever since the girls' mom, his twin sister, died. The biggest mistake of his life was allowing his nieces to be taken away, all because he thought he couldn't raise them on his own. But he's going to try to make it right this time by giving the girls--and Thea--the happiest home he can.
His job...or his family?Jackson Garrett is a Hot Shot, one of an elite team who fights forest fires. More than once he's saved the lives of the people on his crew. And more than once, Jackson knows, the reason he's made it out alive is Lexie-his one true love. It's always been a relief that he could go home to her. But now she doesn't want him back.Lexie Garrett doesn't feel as if she ever had a husband. With Jackson always away, she's raised their daughter alone. During one last night of bliss before she finalizes their divorce, she becomes pregnant. Lexie loves Jackson-she has no doubt about that. But will he be there for her, the way he says he will? This time-and forever?
They were just friends when they got married. Jill desperately needed a father for her unborn child, and Vince Patrizio wanted to give them both his name. And if Jill could ever learn to love him, he'd consider himself a fortunate man. Then Jill walked out of his life. But eleven years later, it's Vince's turn to have his say. Arriving in Jill's sleepy California town, he has plans to transform it into a mini Vegas. . . to reclaim his wife. . . and to meet the son who should have been theirs. And Vince isn't leaving until he gets what he came for.
She was banishedCori's grandfather Salvatore Messina told her she'd never be able to make it on her own as a single mother. He threatened her-tell him the name of the father so he could ruin him, or she and her child would be cut off from the family. As the field manager of Messina Vineyards, Blake would not only lose his job, but his whole career could be destroyed. Cori couldn't do that to Blake-she still loved him. So she kept the identity of Michael's father a secret.But now she's back...for good?Almost five years later, Cori has returned to her family's winery with her young son, Michael. Her mother is dying and Cori is determined to do whatever she can for her. But Cori's also back for another reason: it's time to find out if Blake will recognize-and accept-their son.
"Just Like the Ones We Used To Know" by Brenda Novak Angela Forrester is determined her foster child will get the one thing she wants for Christmas: to meet her real father--even though he doesn't know he has a little girl. "The Night Before Christmas" by Melinda Curtis Simon Castle's on his way to a make-or-break meeting unseasonably scheduled for December 25--until the gorgeous redhead subbing for his limo driver takes him on a detour. . . . "All the Christmases To Come" by Anna Adams Single dad Andrew Durham had resigned himself to losing Rachel Ford. After all, she wants more kids, and he doesn't. But the minute he finds out his second child is coming he goes after Rachel. . .
Marriage seems to be the solution...until the men change the rules! Two beloved marriage of convenience stories from Kathleen Oâ TMBrien and Melinda Curtis in one volume.Texas WeddingSusannah Everly is determined to save the family ranch, even if she must marry onetime love Trent Maxwell to do so. They both know this is a business arrangement with rules that do not include rekindling old feelings or surprise midnight seductions. When Trent seems determined to break their agreement, it may be time for Susannah to renegotiate.A Marriage Between FriendsWhen Jill desperately needed a father for her unborn child, Vince Patrizio gave them both his name. Then Jill walked out of his life. Now, years later, it's Vince's turn to have his say. Arriving in Jill's sleepy California town, he has plans to transform it into a mini Vegas...and to turn this convenient marriage into a real one.
Harmony Valley...not so harmonious after all! Christine Alexander needs to prove herself as a top-notch winemaker, and in Harmony Valley she's got a chance to build something legitimate, quality and lasting. What she doesn't need is part-owner Slade Jennings poking his nose in her cabernet. Brooding, buttoned-up Slade Jennings won't be making things easy for his new hire. Someone has to worry about the bottom line. Forced into an uneasy partnership, the pair faces two challenges: create a spectacular award-winning vintage within months...and figure out if their tenuous friendship can grow into something deeper and lasting.
Her carefully crafted facade is unraveling...fast Rebecca MacKenzie's career as a caregiver for the elderly suited her perfectly. Ease their suffering, hop back in the motor home and move on. Caring without commitment. It was ideal for someone trying to outrun her memories...and mistakes. Someone determined to stay detached. Flynn Harris, her new patient's grandson, is weakening her resolve in every way. His scrutiny, his suspicion-and worst of all, his kisses-are more than distracting. They're dangerous. Because she's teetering on the edge of caring. And revealing her secrets. And...staying.
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