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Things change. Coming home isn't easy for Dylan Donovan. He left thirteen years ago, carrying a terrible secret about his father, and he can't believe what's happened since. His widowed mother is now a savvy entrepreneur, his family home has been turned into student housing and his brothers seem to think his well-meant advice is just bossy interference. And then there's Maddie Lamont-Dylan doesn't know what to think about her.People change. Maddie's grown up a lot since the summer she spent with the Donovans. The braces, thick glasses and boyish figure have all been replaced, and Dylan's man enough to appreciate the transformation. What he doesn't appreciate is the influence Maddie seems to have on his family-particularly his mother. But like it or not, he has to get along with Maddie and remember that change is good. At least, that's what he keeps telling himself....
KIDS & KISSES A lawyer--in the nursery! Grant Harris was used to dealing with difficult disputes, but when he agreed to help out his sister and run her nursery for a while he was clearly out of his depth. Being a substitute father to a bunch of noisy toddlers was no problem; it was Susan Spencer--one of the mothers--who gave him all the grief. The trouble was, Grant wanted her, but Susan didn't trust him--or any man, for that matter. Nothing Grant did was right--not his ingenious plans to entertain the kids or his winning ways with her son, Jamie. So, if he couldn't convince her of his talents as a dad, how could he convince her he'd make a good husband? A story that's brimming with fun, laughter and emotion from this talented duo! Where kids and kisses go hand in hand
So much for peace and quiet... Brendan Millar wants to spend a quiet summer in the woods of northern Minnesota. He has a difficult decision to make--whether or not to become a priest--and he needs time alone. But that isn't going to happen. Not when Dani Taylor, a beautiful woman with questions of her own, arrives. It's impossible to ignore Dani--and soon Brendan isn't sure he wants to. Then, as if Dani isn't enough of a complication, his teenage niece shows up. She's a runaway--a pregnant runaway. And the baby's due any day. Things aren't turning out the way Brendan planned. But he still has to come up with an answer. Does he choose the path he's spent most of his life following or take a chance on Dani? And what about the baby?
The bridesmaid is pregnant...The stuffy air in the church and her queasy stomach are a bad combination, especially since Krystal Graham is trying to hide her condition-particularly from Garret Donovan, the groomsman assigned to escort her down the aisle. The groomsman who just happens to be the father of her baby.Unfortunately, once the "I do's" are over and the newlyweds are on their way, Krystal knows she's in trouble, and she tries to make her exit before she embarrasses herself. But that's the least of her worries. Garret's a smart man and a doctor. What's she going to do once her secret is out?
Who is Faith?That's what Adam Novak wants to know. She looks just like his ex-lover, now missing and presumed dead-whose disappearance turned him from carefree bachelor into instant father to their six-year-old daughter, Megan. That's also what Faith wants to know. Left by the side of the road, the victim of an assault, she has no memory and no identity.Whether or not she is Megan's mom, Faith has won the hearts of the little girl and her father. But could there be another family out there waiting for her? And when her memory returns, will she have to leave Adam and Megan behind?
What Austin Bennett needed was a good swift kick!The arrogant CEO had been driving feisty filly Kacy Judd crazy with his excessive demands, blatant disregard of procedures and toe-curling kisses. Someone needed to bring the corporate executive down a peg-and Kacy was just the gal for the job!So, when a minor accident landed Austin back at her ranch-with no memory of his former ill-tempered inclinations-Kacy knew her chance for revenge had arrived. But the passion that had once flared between them was suddenly so much more dangerous. For Kacy hadn't counted on courting an Austin who was a cowboy and a gentleman....
FAMILY MAN LOCAL MAN IS HERO Thirty-five-year-old Tyler Brant saved the life of popular TV personality Kristen Kellar when the small plane they were traveling in crashed into the St. Louis River near Hibbing, Minnesota. Brant--single father of a six-year-old daughter--was not available for comment. Tyler Brant has no intention of speaking to reporters. And while he's happy that Kristen Kellar is recovering, he wishes she wouldn't keep telling people he's a hero. All he wants is to put the crash behind him, get on with his life, spend more time with his daughter. Still, he can't forget the beautiful woman he'd carried from the wreck. Unfortunately, Kristen's big news--and Tyler has reason to stay away. But he hadn't counted on Kristen's determination to thank him in person. And he hadn't counted on his little girl's growing attachment to her. He certainly hadn't counted on falling in love...
Some lucky baby is about to be discovered by talent scout Kika Mancini, and hopeful parents in Tyler are all stirred up! The only baby she wants, though, belongs to Nick Miller. And he's not even tempted by what Kika is offering his daughter. What she's offering him, however, is another matter entirely.
There's no turning back once Paige makes a colossal mistake that could cost her the best friend she's ever had. How can life possibly stay the same for her and Justin after they spend one passionate night together? If only her fiancegrave; hadn't run off with another woman. And if only Justin hadn't been there to comfort her when she'd been so utterly vulnerable. . . . But now she's pregnant and Paige can't turn back the clock and things couldn't get any more complicated. Because this innocent little baby puts a whole new spin on the term "just friends. "
SHE'D REACHED THE END OF HER ROPE. Montana rancher Jenna Morgan was exasperated by her son's summer romance with sixteen-year-old Molly Drake. Cody spent hours on the phone and neglected his chores. Harrison Drake, New York financier, wasn't overjoyed with the relationship, either. Especially when both teenagers declared they were in love. Convinced it was just infatuation, he and Jenna tried to discourage the pair ... with unexpected results. Harrison found himself intrigued by this sexy, sassy rodeo champ. Jenna was unlike anyone he'd ever known. And he wasn't about to let anything-including the kids-keep them apart.
MAIL ORDER GROOM"WHAT YOU NEED IS A MAN!"No, Hannah Davis corrected her meddlesome aunt. She needed a hand-not the rest of the man who came with it! A burly, able body to tend the acreage-not a tall, sexy stranger in a Stetson, who looked at her with doe-brown eyes that melted her soul.WHAT SHE GOT WAS A COWBOY!Hannah couldn't believe that her aunt had actually advertised for this cowboy. True, he liked her son and his dog and he did make her long for someone to share the big house during those long, lonely nights.... That is, until she discovered the real reason he was on her land-that old biddy aimed to have her legally wedded...and properly bedded!
A little boy with a big plan...Bryan Shepard wanted a mother, and a new neighbor Alexis Gordon was perfect for the job. He just had to convince his dad she' d make the perfect wife....Judd Shepard understood his son' s attraction to Alexis but, convinced she was playing mom to boost her career, told him to keep away. Naturally, the little scamp disobeyed him-and then tricked Judd into asking Alexis on a date!Alexis had to be pretty special if Bryan was willing to risk his pocket money to prove his dad wrong! Perhaps Judd should give this " make-believe mother" a chance after all?KIDS & KISSESWhere kids and kisses go hand in hand
Dena Bailey is a woman with goals. And they're all about work. Dena Bailey knows what she wants. And that's to be left alone. Dena Bailey, meet Quinn Sterling. He's about to turn your world upside down.When Dena moves to a new city, she is looking forward to the anonymity it offers. After all, that fits into her plan to concentrate on her career. Then she's introduced to the man upstairs.Dena finds Quinn Sterling hard to resist. So much so that she almost changes her plans. But that's before Quinn suddenly becomes guardian to two children. Making room in her life for a handsome man is one thing. For a woman who never expected to be a mother, making room for a handsome man, a sad little boy and his rebellious older sister is quite another....
She was pretty as a picture... but that certainly didn't mean Michael McFerrin would marry her! True, Cassie Carrigan had snared his interest, but she was the linchpin in his lovable-but-meddling mother's plan to garner a grandchild. The beautiful portrait artist claimed she wasn't a willing player in this game of marriage-go-round, but her kisses said otherwise. Michael was determined to halt his mother's antics -- and the havoc Cassie caused in his heart. Why, he'd show Cassie who was in control...even if he had to marry her to do it!
Truly a Merry Christmas!Merry Mattson has come a long way in her life-from poor and unwanted child to successful musician.One of her few ties to childhood is her continuing friendship with Holden Drake. He'd been not only her best friend but the first boy she fell in love with; now he's a wealthy and decidedly cynical divorce lawyer in California. Out of long habit, Merry visits Holden every Christmas-although they both insist that Christmas means nothing to them.This Christmas is different, though. Because Merry's engaged and she won't be joining Holden in California. Holden's convinced that she's making a mistake-and he decides to join her in Minnesota instead.
WEDDING DRESSFOR SALESize 7, never worn. It's a masterpiece. He wasn't. Call Annie at 555-7255.After breaking her fourth engagement, Annie Jamison had a mountain of debts, a heal of white lace and a shoe box full of momentos. Why not sell the dress? She obviously wasn't destined to wear it anyway! But when the Bargain Shopper switched her phone number with an ad for a vintage truck, Annie had some choice words for the conceited oaf who called himself The Pick-Up Man.In the flesh, Mr. Pick-Up was gorgeous, sexy, with a body to die for. Unfortunately, he was also her first ex-fiancé-the only man she truly ever loved. Oh, and one small thing: He wanted to buy the dress-for another woman!
Only thirty days till Christmas...Sara Richards had one month to save the sleepy hamlet of Christmas, Minnesota, from extinction-and one month to save herself from Joe Gibson. The man who'd fueled her schoolgirl fantasies was home for the holidays, and everyone in town knew there was unfinished business between her and Joe.Joe was more desirable than ever. Just the sight of him made Sara hot all over-even in the midst of a Minnesota winter. The the townsfolk-all 272 of them-decided to play matchmaker, and Sara wondered how her heart was going to make it till Christmas....Give the gift of joy this holiday season, with Harlequin American Romance!
Riverbend...home of the River Rats - a group of small-town sons and daughters who've been friends since high school. The River Rats are all grown up now. Living their lives and learning that some days are good and some days aren't - and that you can get through anything as long as you have your friends. Charlie Callahan is the original good-time Charlie. At least, that's what everyone thinks, especially Beth Pennington, and she should know. After all, she was briefly - disastrously - married to him. But even Charlie isn't laughing when they discover they share an inheritance left to them by Riverbend's favorite patriarch. Now they're forced back together to settle the strange bequest...and to deal with the problems of a troubled boy.
Ten-year-old Alex Harper is putting up posters everywhere. He wants to find his dad, but only so the judge can force the "deadbeat" to pay the support he owes. Maybe then his mother can stop working all the time, and she and Alex, his twin sister and little brother can finally take a real vacation together. To everyone's surprise, Alex actually finds his dad -- or does he? The man calling himself Joe Smith certainly looks the part, but he claims there's been a mistake. And Frannie, Alex's mom, is willing to believe him. After all, he doesn't exactly act like her ex-husband. Besides, it's said that everybody has a double somewhere. Of course, it's also said that twins run in families....
A family Christmas! Charli McKenna runs a business that specializes in organizing all those annoying domestic details of life, from dinner parties to laundry. Christmas is her specialty! Max Taylor wants a full-time wife. A wife will also get him a seat on the board. That last thing he wants is messy emotional ties. He'd even prefer a make-believe wife-and Charli is the ideal candidate. Charli can't exactly say why she has agreed to pretend to be Max's wife-his smile, perhaps? But since she has agreed, she's going to make a go of it. She's determined to have a real tree, a real turkey and...a real husband!