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Born into a sprawling ranching family, rugged Harden Tremayne was the toughest, wildest man ever to come out of Texas cattle country. And the loneliest. Until he met Miranda Warren, the lovely Chicago widow who aroused feelings too long denied-and a yearning for something that could never be his....Miranda had never felt anything as overwhelming as her passion for the long, lean cowboy. But was her love enough to melt his hard, hungry heart and help them make a new life-together?
HARD-HEARTED LONERBorn into a sprawling ranching family, rugged Harden Tremayne was the toughest, wildest man ever to come out of Texas cattle country. And the loneliest. Until he met Miranda Warren, the lovely Chicago widow who aroused feelings too long denied-and a yearning for something that could never be his....Miranda had never felt anything as overwhelming as her passion for the long, lean cowboy. But was her love enough to melt his hard, hungry heart and help them make a new life-together?
Harlequin Special Edition October 2014 Box Set 1 of 2
Harlequin Special Edition brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! These are heartwarming, romantic stories about life, love and family. This Harlequin Special Edition bundle includes Texas Born by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Diana Palmer, The Last-Chance Maverick by USA TODAY bestselling author Christyne Butler and The Rancher Who Took Her In by Teresa Southwick. Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin Special Edition!
Can an isolated rancher fall for the one woman who thaws his heart? Find out in Diana Palmer's beloved HEART OF ICE.The last thing in the world romance novelist Katriane James wanted to do was spend her holiday with her roommate's arrogant, infuriating brother. A rugged man like Egan Winthrop belonged in New York City about as much as she belonged out in the wilderness of his ranch.But Egan's powerful presence soon stripped Katriane of her defenses, and his offer of a visit to his Wyoming home was one she couldn't refuse. Soon Katriane had lost her heart as completely as the heroines in her own stories. But how could she convince Egan that, unlike the women in her books, she had never yet been loved?
Boone Sinclair is a hallmark Diana Palmer hero: tall, strong and handsome. A businessman and a rancher, Boone had it all--except for Keely Welsh. The first time he spotted her on his property, he was determined not to let her get away from him. The lovely beauty would be his. . . . Every Long, Tall Texan gets his woman, and this one would not be denied.
Woman HaterEveryone in the office described the boss's mysterious older brother as wary of the female of the species-a real woman hater. He'd been burned in the past, and now was twice shy, to say the least. So when Nicole White had to travel with her ailing employer to his brother's home in Montana, she was prepared for the worst. What she found was a man more roughly masculine than any she'd ever met. But Winthrop Christopher's distrust of women ran straight to the bone. Nicki knew she should avoid him, but she couldn't hide from the feelings he stirred in her. Could she ever teach this woman hater to love again?If Winter ComesCharismatic Phoenix mayor Bryan Moreland had already won the devotion of his constituents and was well on his way to getting reporter Carla Maxwell's vote. . . ;until she found out that the hunky leader wasn't all he claimed to be. Rumor had it the popular politician was an embezzler. It was just a rumor, Carla told herself. As a reporter she'd have to get to the bottom of it; as a woman, she wanted nothing more than to lose herself in sexy Mayor Moreland's arms. Or was that exactly where he wanted her, for reasons other than love and seduction?
HEARTBREAKERJ. B. Hammock played by his own rules, and rule number one was never settle down. He treated his women well, but with a no-strings detachment they all accepted. But sweet Tellie Maddox hovered about like a gossamer butterfly, always trying to take care of him, always caring about him. It was enough to make a confirmed bachelor take drastic measures. Then Tellie lost part of her memory. She believed she was J. B. 's faithful sidekick. Even he couldn't be so heartless as to push Tellie aside, and so he played the role of friend. . . until friendship turned to something else, something so much deeper than a heartbreaker like J. B. ever intended. He was hooked. Then Tellie's memory returned. . . .
STONE-COLD COWBOY Wealthy Texas cattle rancher J. B. Hammock was proud of his reputation as a heartbreaker. He treated his women well, but they all knew they would never have a permanent status in his life-all but one. Innocent Tellie Maddox had been just a girl when she'd been orphaned and had come to live with his family. She was fiercely devoted to J.B., but when that devotion turned into something passionate between them, J.B. knew he had to break yet another heart. Tellie hated him for that-until she lost her memory in an accident. Now all she remembered was the closeness she and J.B. once shared. He didn't want to hurt her all over again, but it quickly became clear that there was too much fire between him and Tellie for them to ever just be friends. And the deeper their feelings grew, the more J.B. feared the inevitable return of Tellie's memory.... BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! In Bed with the Wrangler by USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop Amber Hutton knew falling into wrangler Royce Ryder's bed would only be asking for trouble. Though with just one touch from the wealthy playboy, she knew trouble had already found her.
Secrets abound on a Texas ranch...As a teenager, Gracie worshipped her stepbrother, Jason, a strong, silent cowboy who left home early to seek his fortune. Now the wealthy owner of Comanche Wells ranch, Jason has finally come back home and discovered that the little girl he knew is all grown up.In a moment of unbridled passion, Jason realizes that he's falling for Gracie. But Gracie harbors a shameful secret that makes her deeply afraid to love. Stung by her rejection, Jason leaves, ready to put the past-and the one woman he can't have-behind him once more.Gracie thinks she's lost Jason forever. But when danger threatens her she can only hope that her long, tall Texan will come blazing home to save her.
ALL SHE EVER WANTED Cole Everett watched Heather Shaw grow from a child into a girl hovering on the edge of womanhood...and then watched her walk away from him to make it as a singer. Just as her career is taking off, an accident brings Heather back to the ranch and back to Cole.But it is far from a happy homecoming. Heather is confused by her growing awareness of Cole as a man, and hurt by how much he hates her for leaving. Yet he refuses to ask her to stay. What will it take to convince him that the song in her heart is only for him?
The master of romance presents two classic tales of unforgettable men and the women who claim them, in this single volume. Original.
It's a Christmas miracle in Montana with New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer's beloved story, THE HUMBUG MAN.Montana rancher Tate Hollister was the grouchiest man that widowed Maggie Jeffries had ever met. It's Christmastime, and Maggie was determined not to let her Scrooge-like neighbor ruin her young son's holiday. Nearly ten years old, Blake adored Tate for some reason Maggie couldn't fathom.But there's more to Tate than his brusque manner. As the holiday season progressed, Maggie discovered that Tate-with his smoldering black eyes and roguish good looks-wasn't completely immune to the Christmas spirit. In fact, his loving embrace might just be the gift of a lifetime...
Love is right around the snowy bend in two classic Diana Palmer Christmas stories. Two unforgettable heroines might just find passion, redemption and happily-ever-after in their stockings this year.... Snow Kisses-When former model Abby Shane returns home to the Big Sky country she's always loved, she is a pale shadow of her former self. After what happened to her in New York, she can't let any man touch her again. But Cade McLaren isn't just any man, and in his powerful arms Abby slowly begins to heal. If only his attentions stemmed from love instead of pity. Instead, Abby hungers for that other all-consuming blaze she'd sparked in him one summer night a lifetime ago.... Lionhearted-As Christmas approaches in Jacobsville, Texas, starry-eyed debutante Janie Brewster is determined to prove to rancher Leo Hart that she's perfect for him. However, attempting to dazzle the confirmed bachelor with her newly acquired ranching skills only ends up vexing him even further. But wait...is it hot-blooded hunger-and not dark disdain-gleaming in his eyes during those smoldering kisses beneath the mistletoe?
[From the back cover] Under His Spell Three of Hearts! Charismatic Phoenix mayor Bryan Moreland had already won the devotion of his constituents, and was well on the way to bringing reporter Carla Maxwell to his side...until she found out that the heart-stoppingly handsome leader wasn't all he claimed to be. Rumor had it the popular politician was an embezzler. It was just a rumor, Carla told herself. As a reporter she'd have to get to the bottom of it; as a woman, she wanted nothing more than to lose herself in sexy Mayor Moreland's arms. Or was that exactly where he wanted her, for reasons other than love and desire?
A mayor tries to win the election-and a journalist's heart-in New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer's popular story, IF WINTER COMES.Charismatic Phoenix mayor Bryan Moreland had already won the devotion of his constituents, and was well on the way to bringing reporter Carla Maxwell to his side...until she found out that the heart-stoppingly handsome leader wasn't all he claimed to be. Rumor had it the popular politician was an embezzler.It was just a rumor, Carla told herself. As a reporter, she'd have to get to the bottom of it, but as a woman, she wanted nothing more than to lose herself in sexy Mayor Moreland's arms. Or was that exactly where he wanted her, for reasons other than love and desire?
He's everything she fears... and everything she wants Mercenary by name and by nature, Carson is a Lakota Sioux who stays to himself and never keeps women around long enough for anything emotional to develop. But working with his friend Cash Grier on a complex murder investigation provides Carson with another kind of fun-shocking Cash's sweet-but-traditional secretary, Carlie Blair, with tales of his latest conquests. Then Carlie lands in deep trouble. She saw something she shouldn't have, and now the face of a criminal is stored permanently in her photographic memory...and Carlie is the key piece of evidence that could implicate a popular politician in the murder case. Her only protection is Carson-the man she once despised. But when she learns that Carson is more than just a tough guy, Carlie realizes she's endangered herself further. Because now her only chance to live means losing her heart to the most dangerous kind of man....
Rancher Jared Cameron was a mystery to everyone in Jacobsville, Texas. . . and he liked it that way. Only sweet-natured bookseller Sara dared to intrude on his privacy--informing the loner that a book on ogres might be more appropriate for a man of his qualities. Charmed by her audaciousness, Jared seduced the town's plain Jane. But their burgeoning relationship soon thrust Sara into Jared's hidden world of intrigue. Now the iron cowboy had to steel himself for the fight of his life. . . and his heart.
Sweet dreams had been all that lovely Shelby Jacobs had ever given Justin Ballenger. He'd loved her, wanted to marry her...and his sweet dreams had blown away. A Ballenger wasn't good enough for Shelby...she'd broken their engagement and flaunted her rich society lover in Justin's face. He vowed never again to be vulnerable to his beautiful Texas rose.Shelby had never stopped loving dark, intense Justin, and seeing him only deepened her feelings. She was sure he despised her, but she knew he needed to hear the truth about the past. She was risking everything, but the heart of her lonesome cowboy was more than worth it...
Cole Whitehall had asked Lacy Jarrett to wait for him. But after the war, he returned to the rambling Whitehall cattle ranch a changed man, the promise of lasting love replaced by a cold, hard distance. And Lacy yearned to reignite the unquenched passion they'd once shared.Unwittingly compromised into marriage, Cole refused to let Lacy get too close-but still, she longed to learn the secrets the handsome Texan harbored in his heart. Tormented, she wouldn't let him shoulder the burden alone, and soon the pursuit of an endless love burned bright enough to set their world ablaze....
Merlyn Forrest Steele couldn't refuse the offer-work for a living for one month, and her father would stop his clumsy matchmaking attempts. Maybe she'd somehow find a man who had eyes for her, not her bank account, and meanwhile, she could prove she was no dilettante heiress. So it was ironic that the first man to penetrate her defenses in her new life would be the one who was looking for just that...Not that she'd have the sardonic, arrogant Cameron Thorpe, even if he asked her. Let him go ahead and marry some insipid little heiress-he'd get exactly what he deserved...But why did this thought give Merlyn no comfort at all?
THE LAST MERCENARY WAS ABOUT TO RETIRE HIS GUN...But that was before the virginal beauty from Micah Steele's past was kidnapped by his sworn enemy. Traveling far and wide to rescue Callie Kirby from a dangerous desperado was far less daunting than trying to combat Micah's potent desire for the feisty young woman. Though her beguiling innocence and sassy spirit penetrated Micah's granite heart, bitter discord had shattered their trust and torn them apart. Still, the heavenly taste of Callie's sweetly tempting lips-and the heady rush of her satiny-soft body yielding to him so trustingly-was slowly driving Micah insane. Was the last mercenary finally ready to claim his bride?
PRIVATE PROTECTOR Micah Steele was a mystery, as silent as stone and just as intractable. Not even those closest to him knew the details of his life-which was exactly how it had to be. Because Micah was a mercenary, and his lies protected those he loved. Or they had, until the young beauty he'd left behind in Jacobsville, Texas, was kidnapped by his sworn enemy. Micah was prepared to go to the ends of the earth to rescue Callie Kirby. But he wasn't prepared for her sweet innocence to be more dangerous than the evil he hunted. He could protect Callie from ruthless drug lords, but who would protect her from Micah?
Five years ago, Judd Dunn, a hard-edged Texas Ranger, put Christabel Gaines's father behind bars-where he belonged. But Judd's involvement in Crissy's life was far from over. With their jointly owned ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, Judd wed her in name only, vowing to save their land, and vowing to ignore the sexual tension between them. Now, just when Judd decides to release Crissy from their sham of a marriage, he is blindsided by a bloodthirsty foe who is setting the stage for unspeakable evil by preying upon Judd's greatest weakness-his wife. No longer a starry-eyed schoolgirl, Crissy's a smart, fearless woman with unfulfilled desires. And she will do anything in the name of love-including taking a bullet for her husband.With their very lives at stake, Crissy and Judd must confront their darkest demons, their new rivals and their deepest desires-and face up to a mutual destiny they cannot outrun.
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