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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.
From New York Times bestseller Diana Palmer comes a reader-favorite story of a woman attempting to do the impossible: tame the roguish man she loves from afar...There has only ever been one man for young Danetta Marist...but he's the one she can never have. That's gruff, handsome boss Cabe Ritter, whose mere glance makes her spine tingle and her heart race. And then there was that heart-stopping kiss in his office. But Danetta believes in marriage and happily-ever-afters. And everyone knows Cabe is a terrible womanizer...Deep down, Cabe is no playboy. Long ago, he put up a facade to protect himself from any woman--like his alluring secretary--who wanted a commitment from him. Cabe knows that young, fresh and deliciously tempting Danetta has a lot to learn about love. But now that he has held her in his arms once, he decides that he'll be the man to teach her...for the rest of their lives.
New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers another fan-favorite story of intrigue, passion and unexpected love!Maureen Harris is dedicated to her job at McFaber Corporation, which manufactures jets. The green-eyed ingenue has her eye on everything that comes through the company's offices...including a report of a sabotaged plane!When she hears the news, Maureen decides to conduct her own investigation. She is suspicious of the company's newest and most antagonistic mechanic. There's more to him than meets the eye, though. Soon, Maureen is shocked to find herself seduced by the sexy stranger! But Jake has a deeply buried secret that will surprise her even more...
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...
New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer serves up HUNTER, a fan-favorite Man of the Month, for your reading pleasure!Phillip Hunter is a strong, independent loner who bears his Native-American heritage with pride. He's also able to overcome the most life-threatening dangers with ease. But his next assignment as chief of security for a top-secret operation brings him into contact with geologist Jennifer Marist. Suddenly, Hunter finds himself tempted to overstep his orders to protect Jenny from all danger and take her into his arms...The mission soon proves the ultimate challenge of his career--spending a week on the rugged Arizona plains with the one woman he yearns for above all others, and the one he is determined to keep at arm's length. But Hunter never planned on facing the allure of Jenny's wild, sweet passion--or on discovering a love he'd never dared dream could be his.
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.
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, promising 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. 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, promising 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.
When San Antonio FBI agent Garon Grier buys a ranch in Jacobsville, Texas, the strong, silent loner is hoping to mend some broken family fences. He's not looking for love. Grace Carver grew up in this quiet Texas town, but because of her troubled youth, she's never married-hadn't even thought about it...until Garon.These unlikely allies are brought together by the most difficult case of Garon's career: hunting an escaped child predator whose former victims are all dead. All except one.Now a desperate lawman and the woman who is the lone survivor of a madman's twisted rampage have one chance to put the past to rest....
THE LAST HART BACHELOR GETS LASSOED!As the holiday season approached, the residents of Jacobsville were whispering about Janie Brewster's hopeless crush on Leo Hart. Up till now, all her efforts to lasso the dynamic cattleman had crumbled quicker than those mouthwatering biscuits the Hart men coveted. However, this time the starry-eyed debutante had come up with the perfect self-improvement campaign to dazzle Leo-she'd become a courageous cowgirl!Still, her sudden transformation seemed to rouse Leo's formidable temper more than ever. But was it tender yearning-not dark disdain-that gleamed in his eyes when they kissed beneath the mistletoe? Could the last Hart bachelor be on the verge of taking Janie as his bride?
Four Christmas novellas: Christmas Cowboy by Palmer, Redbird by Palmer, A Hawk's Way Christmas by Johnston, and Taming the Lone Wolf by Johnston.
The Winter SoldierEveryone in Jacobsville, Texas, steered clear of taciturn Cy Parks--everyone but the spirited Lisa Monroe, who electrified the formidable loner with her tantalizing kisses. Their fiery passion escalated when the soldier returned from the line of duty--and claimed Lisa as his bride, to shield her from a revenge-seeking desperado. Clearly Cy was getting mighty possessive of this enchanting woman who needed the type of safeguarding only he could provide. But who would protect the beguiling bride from him?Cattleman's PrideHe was strong, seductive and set in his ways. She was shy, unassuming and achingly innocent. Yet when Jordan made it his personal crusade to help Libby hold on to her beloved homestead, everyone in Jacobsville knew it was just a matter of time before wedding bells chimed. But a cattleman's pride was a force to be reckoned with. Could Libby accomplish what no woman had and tame this Long, Tall Texan's restless heart?
Three untamed Texas men are about to meet their matches-ready or not!REDBIRD: After years of heartache and drama, musician Hank Shoeman has come to the conclusion that love is nothing more than a nuisance! But a few days stuck in a mountain retreat with a beautiful woman could change the mind of any man....PAPER HUSBAND: Hank Grant is not interested in marriage-been there, done that. But if it means saving his ranch then he'll commit, as long as it remains a business transaction. Of course, he didn't expect his wedding night to feel so real...and so right! CHRISTMAS COWBOY: Corrigan Hart hasn't escaped life without a few bruises, and it seems neither has Dorie Wayne-his long-lost love. After fleeing town from his rejection eight years ago, Dorie is finally back. Is she willing to give Corrigan another chance, before it's too late for both of them?
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