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From USA Today-bestselling author Nan Ryan, the passionate story of a woman determined to reclaim her stolen legacy--even if it means seducing and marrying her most hated enemyIn 1847, a dying general entrusts to his friend the final instructions for his heir, never imagining the treachery that will last for generations . . . The magnificent Southern California cattle ranch Lindo Vista is Sabella's past--and her future. Now, as the lone survivor of a family that was cheated out of its rightful land, she will stop at nothing to regain what belongs to her.Burton J. Burnett, cattle baron and sole heir to the sprawling Lindo Vista, first spies the stunning blond stranger at a party celebrating his engagement to another woman. Passionately obsessed with the elusive beauty, he vows to make Sabella his, unaware that she is orchestrating her long-awaited revenge . . .A story of seduction, love, betrayal, and a decades-old lie that is about to come full circle, Because You're Mine is Nan Ryan at her enthralling, steamy best.
Alone in Arabia, a young woman finds love and adventure among the dunesThe thought of another summer in Europe is torture to a brash young American like Temple Longworth. In turn-of-the-century society, she flits from party to party, until every soirée blends together, and every man she meets is just another dour old bore begging for her hand. As yet another young Englishman grovels for her affection, she realizes she does not want marriage--she wants adventure. And so, without a chaperone, and without a man, Temple sets out on the journey of a lifetime. She makes her way to Arabia, where she sees sights she never could have imagined. And when she's kidnapped and finds herself in the oasis palace of the mysterious sheik El Siif, she finds that love and desire go hand-in-hand, and that passion's flower grows even in the desert.
THE CHIEFTAINProud but with a heavy heart, Shanaco fulfills his grandfather's dying wish by leading the last of their Comanche tribe to the safety of the reservation at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He vows to stay only long enough to ensure the fair treatment of his people. Until...he sees a beautiful, flame-haired woman who instantly touches his heart.THE TEACHERDefiant and headstrong, Maggie Bankhead has left the security of her Virginia home for the adventure of the Western frontier. Teaching English on the reservation proves more rewarding than anything she's ever done and she vows to stay at Fort Sill forever. UntiL.she meets the handsome, bronze-skinned warrior with the striking silver eyes that look right into her lonely soul.Brought together in a dangerous land where there are no rules, Shanaco and Maggie will discover a love powerful enough to forge a destiny of their own...
In this sizzling historical romance set in the majestic Colorado Rockies, USA Today-bestselling author Nan Ryan brings to life the tempestuous passions of a beautiful, strong-willed ranch owner who can't help loving a mysterious drifter she is not sure she can trustOne minute, Natalie Vallance is safely ensconced in the stagecoach taking her from Santa Fe to her ranch in the Rockies. The next, a shot rings out, and the coach is surrounded by marauding Apaches. Facing certain death, Natalie is stunned when a blue-eyed stranger comes to her rescue. She ends up sharing a night of forbidden passion with him. When the virile drifter, Kane Covington, reappears at her ranch, Cloudcastle, Natalie wonders what he is after and who he really is--an outlaw, a swindler, or a charming rogue? Natalie has reason to be suspicious, for she is the protector of sacred Indian ground and the guardian of a treasure in buried gold that unscrupulous men will kill to claim . . .
She was a proper lady As the mighty ocean liner sank to its watery grave, two strangers bold savored their final moments by making passionate love. Matching the raging hurricane outside with her own white-hot abandon, Countess Madeleine Cavendish willingly surrendered herself to the devilishly handsome Creole rogue-never dreaming of a fate worse than death. Never dreaming she'd survive. Except in his arms Now, amidst the glitter of New Orleans society, reunited with her oh-so-proper fiancé, Madeleine tried to forget the lover who awoke her to temptation. But trying to forget a man like Armand de Chevalier is impossible. Especially since he, too, survived and is seizing every opportunity to remind her of their shared desire. But as a treacherous web of deceit closes around her, Madeleine must turn to the one man she swore never to acknowledge again, daring to surrender to a passion that could shatter her world-or bring her its sweetest bliss...
Susanna LeGrande lost her fiancÉ, her brother and her beloved home to the Union Army. But her grief only strengthened her resolve to spy for the Confederacy. The once-pampered Southern belle charmed her way through Washington society, falling brazenly into the arms of Rear Admiral Mitchell B. Longley, a commanding Union sailor. She seduced, used. . . ;and loved the powerful man. In the heat of ecstasy, Susanna forgot Mitch was her enemy-she surrendered her body and her heart. But her ruthless betrayal in the name of the South would cost Mitch everything-his command, his men and very nearly his life. She left a shattered, soulless man in her wake. And now Susanna's dearest love, her dearest enemy, will show her that the sweet kiss of vengeance is a game he, too, can play. . . ;.
Married off to a Texas landowner, a young woman fights temptation when her husband's son moves homeHer whole life, Angie Webster has been raised to heed her father. Since her mother died--a fallen woman, and a disgrace to the family name--Jeremiah has kept Angie away from friends, from society, and, most of all, from boys. But as Jeremiah nears death, he realizes it is time for her to settle down. He chooses Barrett McClain, a wealthy rancher whose isolated mansion might provide Angie with a haven from the temptations of the world. But for this frightened young bride, temptation is just the beginning. Although her new husband seems to be a kindly old widower, his smile hides inconceivable viciousness. And then there is his son, Pecos, who appears to hate his father's new bride, but secretly lusts for her. Alone on the ranch, Angie will learn that to become a woman, she must learn to fight like a man.
They were well-matched opponents in the game of seductionTempted by the idea of living a life she could only imagine, Claire Orwell decides to impersonate the flamboyant Duchess of Beaumont when she's mistaken for the merry widow. Of course, there's only one way for the innocent young woman to be convincing-she'll need to seduce the most sought-after man in Saratoga Springs...by playing hard to get.Wealthy, eligible and wildly attractive, Hank Cassidy has never found himself so mesmerized by a woman. After one look, he knows he must make her his. But the duchess is not an easy conquest, and he soon finds himself caught in a seductive game of cat and mouse. Until passion gives way to true love-and they discover there's far more to lose than either had bargained for...
A Southern debutante falls in love with a headstrong gamblerIn the unforgiving heat of the Deep South, the cotton barons of Mississippi have created an idyllic playground for their wives and daughters--a playground that Kathleen Beauregard is dying to escape. Trapped in her father's mansion, she spends her days dreaming of being rescued by a handsome Southern gentleman. Unbeknownst to her, there is a striking young man who has long worshipped her from afar. But though he may be charming, Dawson Blakely is far from a prince. Kathleen meets the well-traveled gambler at one of her father's interminable parties. Blakely has rough manners and a hot temper; and though she knows he is wrong for her, Kathleen cannot resist him. When these two star-crossed Southerners connect, Dixie will burn before it keeps them apart.
USA Today-bestselling author Nan Ryan draws readers into the wildly passionate, suspenseful tale of a woman at the mercy of the rugged man guiding her through the New Mexico desertShreveport. 1865. Elizabeth Montbleau is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. But the Natchez-belle-turned-Rebel won't be facing the firing squad alone. Another prisoner--a convicted Yankee spy--has been condemned along with her. Knowing that this will be her last night on earth, Elizabeth gives in to the desire the sensual stranger awakens in her.The next morning, fate steps in, and both their lives are spared. But they're destined to meet again . . . West Quarternight has never forgotten the red-haired beauty and the fleeting night of passion they shared. The last place he expects to find her is on a treacherous journey across the merciless desert. Now, as Elizabeth's guide, he will lead her on a quest for her missing husband . . . and an elusive, legendary treasure. No longer a memory, Elizabeth is now a prize that West intends to win, even though he swears he will never love her.
HER CHALLENGE The war had robbed Helen Burke Courtney of her money and her husband. All she had left was her coastal Alabama farm, a broken-down plow horse, a cat, and her pride, but she meant to fight to hold on to them all against her creditors ... against fate itself. Captain Kurt Northway of the Union Army might be the answer to her prayers, or a way to get to hell a little faster. He rode up, his young son on the saddle before him, and asked for work. Helen needed a man's help to plant her crops; she didn't know if she could stand to have a damned, handsome Yankee do it. HER BELOVED Despite the past that made them enemies, Kurt was struggling to raise his son alone, not looking to take advantage of a woman or retaliate for the deep pain haunting his soul. So Helen took him in, though the entire town turned against her. He respected her; he didn't dare to touch her. Yet both felt the passion igniting between them, a fire that could destroy them both ... or a gift of healing, if they dared to risk their hearts.
Alone after the war, a Confederate widow takes in a destitute Union captainAs she breaks her back to plow her barren fields, Karen Courtney cannot help but glance at the road towards Mobile, hoping to see her beloved husband riding home. He has been gone for four years, and though she knows he must be dead, her broken heart refuses to give up hope. Finally, a man arrives, but not the sort for which she was looking. He is not Southern; he is not a gentleman. But Kurt Northway may prove to be just the man for whom she was waiting. A Yankee captain whose Southern wife died during the war, he has come to Alabama to retrieve his son. Friendless, broke, and far from the Mason-Dixon Line, he begs Karen for work for the sake of the boy, and she takes pity on the child. At Karen's shattered farm, love will take root--if her Confederate heart is not too proud to let it flourish.
Three western romance titles by Nan Ryan about an outlaw, a cowgirl, and a determined European princess finding their fortunes in the American WestIn Outlaw's Kiss, a young woman joins a gang of rough-riding outlaws. As she begins her career as a renegade, the son of a soldier killed in a long-ago raid searches Mexico for justice. His fevered quest could destroy Cordell's band of outlaws, but only if he can resist the charms of the sultry young woman who rides like a man.In Written in the Stars, the beautiful star of a Wild West show sets off with the traveling spectacle's most recent addition: a captured man, raised by the Shoshoni. Together, they embark on a passionate adventure that will change both of their lives forever.And in The Princess Goes West, the heiress of a bankrupt kingdom travels to the New World in search of a fortune. The princess decides to find investors among the gold-rush millionaires of the American West. Instead she finds misery, danger, and a handsome stranger with a temper rough enough to match her own. To make it home, Europe's toughest princess will have to find her inner cowgirl.
She looks like an angel, acts like a vixen and sings like an alley cat.Marietta Stone had big dreams-to sing opera, to be famous, to see the world. And if her rich gentleman benefactor was a tad overprotective, well, it was a small price to pay. She had a glorious future ahead.But it did not include being kidnapped by Cole Heflin, who seemed to be the only man on earth she couldn't wrap around her delicate finger. He was a ruthless, conniving scoundrel who'd literally been unstrung from the gallows and paid to bring her back to the one place she'd vowed never to set foot again-home.Cole had never met a woman he didn't like, nor one he wasn't happy to love. Until now. Sure, Marietta was a little wildcat who drove him crazy with desire, but he wouldn't give her the satisfaction of knowing it. They had a lot of miles to cross on the way back to Texas, with her benefactor's hired gunmen on their trail and a dangerous frontier ahead. But the trip home was not nearly as dangerous as the temptation naughty Marietta inspired....
With her life in shambles, a young woman joins a gang of rough-riding outlawsWhen the ambush of a gold shipment for the army ends with the death of a Union soldier, Cordell Rogers and his ex-Confederate raiding party flee to Mexico. Cordell brings his wife and daughter, Mollie, but scarlet fever leaves him a widower, and young Mollie must grow up among his ragtag band of bandits. On her eighteenth birthday, Mollie makes a decision. She leaps on her horse, straps on a pistol, and prepares to become an outlaw. As Mollie begins her career as a renegade, the son of the soldier killed in the long-ago raid searches Mexico for justice. His fevered quest could destroy Cordell's band of outlaws, but only if he can resist the charms of the sultry young woman who rides like a man.
Her kingdom bankrupt, a princess travels to the New World in search of a fortuneWhen Princess Marlena's father, the benevolent ruler of the tiny kingdom of Hartz-Coburg, dies, he leaves behind nothing but a famous name and a mountain of debt. To fill her beloved nation's empty coffers, Marlena has two choices: marry or beg. Although she's considered one of Europe's great beauties, Marlena has a fiery temper and frightens off all but the most repulsive of the international nobility. Too proud to surrender to a man she does not love, Marlena goes to America to raise the money, arriving just in time to see the stock market crash of 1880. Penniless and desperate, the princess decides to find investors among the gold-rush millionaires of the American West. Instead she finds misery, danger, and a handsome stranger with a temper rough enough to match her own. To make it home, Europe's toughest princess will have to find her inner cowgirl.
A kidnapped young woman finds she has nothing to fear but her own heartThe toast of Chicago society at eighteen, Martay Kidd is too wild to be satisfied with a life spent in parlors and ballrooms. Bored with the big city, the slender beauty hops a westbound train to join her army general father in the frontier country of Colorado. But when she arrives in Denver, she becomes the unwitting target of a Sioux warrior named Night Sun, who seeks revenge against Martay's father for slaughtering his family years before. Night Sun abducts the general's daughter, stealing her away to a world that is far rougher, and far more exciting, than she could have ever imagined. Though stubborn, strange, and violent, Night Sun is no match for the fiery Midwestern debutante. And it will not be long before the mistress of the ballroom has him dancing to whatever tune she calls.
The boy who left to fight for the Confederate army twenty years ago had been a trusting fool. He had trusted the girl who promised to wait for him. He had trusted the friend who betrayed him. Now he has come home to Alabama to avenge what they stole from him: his heart, his soul, his world.Laurette Howard, too, lost her innocence in the cruelest of ways-with news that the boy she loved had died in the war. After a loveless marriage, she contented herself with caring for the sick, knowing her own heart could not be healed.Then Sutton Vane arrived in Mobile, shattering her composure, releasing the wanton, passionate woman that had been locked away. She surrendered totally to a passion so scandalous, it could only be destiny.... But was it a passion calculated to destroy her...or to deliver the sweet promise of a love that refused to die?
THE SPINSTEREllen Cornelius knows exactly what Mister Corey is: an unscrupulous swindler...a man without morals who will fleece her foolish old aunt out of her fortune. But as the group travels west in search of the fountain of youth, Ellen is both repelled and beguiled by his dark, compelling sexuality. Her only protection is to hide behind her prim, patronizing manner and her acid tongue.THE SEDUCERSteve Corey tests Ellen's fragile poise saying things to her that no gentleman would say to a lady. He enjoys infuriating her, takes great pleasure in shocking her. He's become the dark seducer of her dreams, delivering a thunderstorm of ecstasy to a lonely, unsophisticated woman who's been hurt and disappointed too many times before.But he'd never dreamed that his seduction of Ellen would lure his own heart into uncharted territory as well....
There are no laws when it comes to love.Kate Quinn arrives in Fortune, California, with little but a deed to a run-down Victorian mansion and a claim to an abandoned gold mine. But a beautiful woman on her own in a town of lonely, lusty miners also brings trouble.Sheriff Travis McLoud has enough to handle in Fortune, where fast fists and faster guns keep the peace, without the stubbornly independent Miss Kate to look after. But when a dapper, sweet-talking stranger shows a suspicious interest in Kate, Travis feels it's his duty to protect her.With her days spent searching for the glimmer of gold, Kate has no interest in the sheriff and his unnecessary warnings. But she can't prevent him from invading her dreams and showing her that a rough-around-the-edges lawman just might have more to offer than a well-heeled gentleman-including a heart of gold.
Journey back to the days of glittering riverboats, of decadence and lust aboard elegant floating gambling dens.
The riverboat's newest showgirl has no idea what she's getting intoRaised on a houseboat, Nevada Hamilton has spent her whole life on the river. At night she sings for her father and his friends, and when they go to bed, she gazes across the water at the paddleboat gambling palaces, dreaming of the day when she can take her place on one of their stages. When her father is killed in a bar fight, Nevada must pursue her dream. She puts on her make-up, dons her finest dress, and walks into the greatest adventure a young girl could ever imagine. Her first night on the job, she meets world-class gambler Johnny Roulette, who quickly falls for the delicate, innocent Nevada. Depending on how the dice fall, she could win Johnny's heart forever--or she could break her own heart in two.
USA Today-bestselling author Nan Ryan delivers the intensely passionate, spellbinding story of a man driven by revenge, a woman consumed by desire, and a love that transcends the enmity dividing themThe Indian stood naked in the sunlight.To the world, he is the half-breed Luiz Quintano. But to Amy Sullivan, he is Tonatiuh, the magnificent son of a Spanish grandee and an Aztec princess--and she has worshipped him since girlhood. After five years at a New Orleans finishing school, Amy is finally coming home to her family's sprawling Texas ranch--and the man she loves. Until a night of passionate reunion erupts in shattering violence, forcing them to part as bitter enemies.Tonatiuh has waited a decade to take his revenge on the family who almost succeeded in destroying him. His triumphant return as the feared military commander El Capitán is only the first step in his plan. But after he makes Amy his captive, he once again falls prey to her sensual charms. As passion reignites, Tonatiuh is consumed by the need to reclaim the woman who betrayed him, the woman he will hate--and love--for the rest of his life.
The star of a Wild West show falls for its savage new attractionThough one of the most experienced political operatives in Washington, senator's aide Diane Buchanan is a cowgirl at heart. Raised by a showman to rope, ride, and shoot, she returns home when she learns her family's western show is in danger of folding. With her skills as a trick rider, Colonel Buck Buchanan's Wild West Show finds new life. But it isn't until the "Redman of the Rockies" arrives that the profits begin to roll in. The captured man was raised by the Shoshoni, doesn't understand English, and refuses the trappings of western civilization. But Diane sees past his rough edges, recognizing the so-called "Redman" as a sensitive soul who has been unfairly imprisoned. Hoping to learn the captive's secrets, she sets him free--embarking a passionate adventure that will change both of their lives forever.