COMING HOMEFor three months, Lonnie Corteen had been on the trail of Katherine McBride. But when a very pretty, very pregnant female answered the door, the Texas sheriff feared that telling her about the family she'd never known would send her into premature labor.She had a long-lost family! And Katherine had to know where she truly belonged. But when an ice storm forced her to seek shelter at the handsome lawman's ranch-and Lonnie delivered her bouncing baby boy-family suddenly took on a whole new meaning. Especially with this irresistible new family man in the picture!
They said he had striking looks-andNicolette Saddler certainly felt that something had struck her straight in the heart when she first locked eyes with Dr. Ridge Garroway. But Nicolette had had her fill of good-looking, sweet-talking men and she wasn't interested in another one, especially not a sexy cowboy doctor who had secrets of his own. Yet Ridge, unlike anyone she'd ever met, seemed to warm the coldness that filled her. Could he be a man worth catching once and for all?
When Nick Gallagher returns to his hometown for his brother's Christmas wedding, the confirmed bachelor and military man has to exchange his usual army fatigues for the tux of a best man. Nick has never thought about settling down himself, but soon finds his attention straying...mostly to the very pretty neighbor next door.Allison Lee doesn't trust men-especially ones as handsome as Nick. She knows firsthand that they usually run off at the mention of the word commitment, and she won't risk having her heart broken again. But as Allison begins to see the tenderness behind Nick's charming ways, she's finding it harder and harder to give him his marching orders!
After her recent heartbreak, all Maura Donovan wanted was to pick up the pieces of her life. Taking a position as nurse to an elderly rancher seemed a perfect temporary tonic. Then she met his grandson....His rugged masculinity mesmerized her. His passion branded her. Quint Cantrell was an impossible man to resist. But he was six years younger--and now she was having his baby....
Single mom Angie Malone left Christmas wishes to her daughter. After all, Santa couldn't fix the broken heart Angie'd had since Jubal Jamison married another woman. She had never seen Jubal again. . . not even to say she was carrying his child. But now a miracle might happen for Angie and her little girl. With Jubal hired as the vet for the Sandbur Ranch, there was a chance for father and daughter to find each other. And with Christmas just around the corner, perhaps Jubal and Angie could finally forgive the past--and become the family they'd always wanted to be. . . .
She'd come for the mustangs, Dallas Donovan told herself. Just a quick visit to Boone Barnett's Nevada ranch. Then her truck's engine seized and she stayed the night in the rugged, off-the-charts sexy Boone's home. Had pizza with his daughter, waited for the mechanic-and woke up to a snowfall keeping her in the reclusive rancher's grasp for another few days. Boone didn't believe in Christmas or miracles or a woman who understood his love for this wild untamed land. Yet now Dallas brought decorations and laughter and joy to his home. But what would happen when the snow melted and Christmas was over...?
twins on the doorstep THE RICH RANCHER'S DAUGHTER Bright lights, big cities and a brazenly unfaithful fiancé had fatigued Anna Murdock Sanders and left her longing for home. So she returned to the Bar M, swearing off men forever! But then she met Miguel Chavez... AND THE HIRED HAND The dark, dangerous cowboy sneered at her cool composure. Pronounced her a pampered debutante. And somehow ignited a white-hot desire innocent Anna had never known. She hungered for his kisses, yearned to bear his name...and his child. But what would it take to earn the respect--and love--of this man of land?
Just What Lucinda Needed: A CowboyLucinda Lambert was on the run when rugged Chance Delacroix came to her rescue. But the haven she found in his arms was a joy she knew couldn't last. Leaving was the only way to keep Chance and his family out of danger.Just What the Cowboy Wanted: A Christmas AngelLike an angel, she came out of the raging blizzard-and into his life. Now Chance wasn't about to let this sweet woman go, no matter what kind of stories she told him about "other commitments." By the time Christmas came around, he hoped to get a commitment of his own from Lucinda....
She didn't know which was more dangerous. . . . . . the case that had brought Christina Logan to this south Texas ranch, or the six-foot-three cowboy who was far too sexy for anyone's good. Everything about Lex Saddler screamed Warning! Danger! So why was Christina letting down her guard with the handsome heartbreaker?Lex didn't think he'd ever know the truth about his father's death--until the beautiful private investigator showed up. Christina was willing to risk her life to uncover the truth. Lex had to show her he too could take some risks. Because he'd found the one woman who could touch his heart. . . and he wasn't about to let her go. . . .
Can love change this lonely cowboy?Having struggled for years, Leyla Chee wasn't about to mess up her temporary job as cook on the Chaparral Ranch. That meant focusing on her work, her young son and her dreams of going back to school. And certainly not being tempted by the sexy foreman who devoured her cooking, put a smile on Dillon's face and made her own heart race!But Laramie Jones's strong shoulders seemed ready to share Leyla's burdens. His rough hands smoothed away her cares. And his mouth...well, what he did with that mouth made her blush! Yet Laramie was a man without a real past-could she trust that what he really wanted was a future with her?
Savannah Starr's new boss, Joe McCann, was a rugged, blue-eyed hunk. But the man didn't know a thing about raising a child. . . so Savannah decided it was her job to give Joe some daddy lessons. Joe didn't need anybody telling him how to be a good father. . . especially not Savannah! Why, he was just about to fire his sassy, sexy secretary when she captured his daughter's heart. Joe couldn't deny that he needed some help on the homefront. But he'd already learned his lesson about love and no woman was going to steal his heart again.
A changed man... How did her instant motherhood make Vanessa's boss a different man? While caring for the twins she'd inherited, Vanessa Valdez saw rancher Conall Donovan in a new light. Once a coldhearted businessman, he'd dropped everything to help her care for the newborns. And he was suddenly looking at her with passion in his eyes... Though she'd been half in love with him for years, he'd always been out of her reach. Yet now he was a caring man whose touches thrilled her. Vanessa didn't know why the rugged Conall suddenly wanted her and her new family. But having his arms around her was enough to make her sleepless nights worthwhile...
Jess Malone didn't want to raise his son Daniel alone, but he didn't want to get married, either. He'd already learned that loving a woman didn't guarantee she'd stay. But Jess couldn't deny his son a mother. And Daniel had his heart set on Hannah Dunbar. Hannah couldn't believe it! Jess Malone had popped the question! As a girl, she had secretly loved the handsome town rebel from afar. Now she wondered if she could marry a man who would never return her love.
She's on the trail...Everyone knew that Tyler Pickens was the grumpiest, most reclusive rancher in town. But Deputy Sheriff Rosalinda Lightfoot hadn't realized he was also the sexiest.... When her arson investigation brought her face-to-face with Ty, she couldn't deny the flutter his green-eyed gaze ignited. But she was wary of men with secrets-and Tyler had plenty.Tyler couldn't deny his instant connection to Rosalinda or the feelings he'd thought long dead. But his betrayed heart wasn't so easy to heal. As the excitement heated up and secrets came to light, could Rosalinda and Tyler forget their pasts and make their own future?
She'd never thought she had a crush on her grumpy boss-but when Russ Hollister announced he was leaving his vet practice, the thought of not seeing him every day struck Laurel Stanton hard. Then his next proposal-that she move with him to a ranch and continue to be his assistant-made her rethink everything....For Russ, to focus on the horses and cattle on the Cantrell ranch was the chance of a lifetime. But suddenly, facing a day without lovely Laurel's patience, smile and soothing touch would be pure purgatory. He'd made her one offer-but should he make her another?
EVERYONE ASKED HIM WHEN HE PLANNED TO FIND A GOOD WOMAN. MAYBE SHE'D JUST WALKED IN THE DOOR.Quito Perez did not know what to make of it. There he was, minding his own business when who should stroll in but Clementine Jones. She looked as stunning as ever-blue eyes, long blond hair, expensive jewelry-and as out of place as a kitten in a cattle yard.Catching sight of him in the restaurant sent Celementine into shock. His mahogany skin, flinty Navajo gaze and quiet voice brought back searing memories that made her burn with desire. Now she understood why she'd returned to Aztec. First she had to convince the sheriff that she was no longer the flighty, immature girl who had walked out on him years ago. Then she had to steal back his heart.
Sweeter than the sugarcane on her father's Louisiana plantation, Anne-Marie Duveuil had been taught to avoid cowboys like Cordero Sanchez at all costs. But something about the handsome Texas horseman tempted her to take a crazy risk. Now she could never forget him. Because she was carrying his baby. . . ;. Cordero had seen too much heartache in his life, and couldn't just walk out on Anne-Marie when she was going to have his child. Yet, settling down wasn't in his game plan. Still, life was a long and lonely road to nowhere without a woman-and a place a man could call home.
Shoulders as broad and strong as TexasThat was Lucita Sanchez's first thought as Deputy Ripp McCleod rescued her from a crash. Here was a man that a woman could count on. One who wouldn't betray his wife and leave her with a son to raise alone. But as Ripp investigated her "accident" they realized someone had targeted Lucita--and her son might also be in danger. Though Ripp vowed to protect Lucita with his life, he was wary about offering up his heart. Still, the proud yet vulnerable ranching heiress compelled him to stay close. Could this disaster be the best thing that ever happened to them?
LOVE ON THE RANGEWith nerves of steel and a physique to match, Seth Ketchum took his job as a Texas Ranger very seriously. When he returned to his family ranch to investigate a murder, he was all business-until he encountered Corinna Dawson, the beauty who had mesmerized him since high school.Determined to discover true love, Corinna instead found herself a single mother with her heart in tatters. Once Seth unexpectedly reentered her life, everything changed-except for the old insecurities that had kept them apart for two decades. But it might be time for them to jump into the saddle of true love....
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT...TO FALL IN LOVEIsabella Corrales refused to fall for her newest client, Ross Ketchum. He was cocky and arrogant, with a devil-may-care attitude and dimples deeper than the Grand Canyon. Nope, she wasn't going to fall for him. Not even when she had to move into his ranch house-for investigative purposes, of course....Love-'em-and-leave-'em-smiling Ross knew he hadn't tried to kill his brother-in-law but few others believed him. Isabella was his only hope in clearing his name. Trouble was, close contact with sweet Bella was giving the wary rancher all sorts of strange thoughts-about tomorrow, and the next day, and forever after with the dark-haired lady lawyer!
A man like Johnny Chino ...was impossible to forget...although for five long years Bridget Donovan had certainly tried. But when the proud Apache asked for help, Bridget's job as a doctor wouldn't let her say no. Being so close to the man who'd broken her heart would be a trial, and she vowed never to fall for him again. Johnny was certain he'd done the right thing in breaking it off with Bridget. She deserved so much more than someone like him. Yet having her near reminded him of all he'd given up when he'd pushed her away. And those feelings-no matter how much he ignored them-weren't going away. Sometimes, what's meant to be just can't be denied.
West Texas horse trainer Kitty Cartwright didn't expect a romantic proposal...especially from the New Mexico rancher who was her business rival. She didn't expect a proposal at all! But Kitty was having Liam Donovan's baby. And now the daddy-to-be was insisting they make it legal.No child of Liam's was going to be born without him around. The surprise was how quickly Kitty said "I do"-for the sake of the baby, of course. But with passion reigniting, this marriage of convenience was starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing. Was Liam ready to risk his heart? Because Kitty wasn't settling for anything less.
Proper, polished Rebecca Hardaway came to New Mexico to pay her respects to the aunt she never knew-and discover the truth about her new inheritance. But keeping a broken-down farm wasn't exactly in the big-city girl's plan. Until Jake Rollins showed up at her door. The rancher-usually a "love 'em and leave 'em" kind of guy-couldn't help but wish Rebecca would find a reason to stay, at least for a little while. As she searched for clues about her mysterious past, Jake did what he could to comfort her, to care for her. . . ;and found himself captivated by her. And he kept reminding himself that loving her wasn't in his plan. . . ;.
Gabe Trevino came to the family-owned Sandbur Ranch to train horses, not fall for the boss's daughter. The sultry ranching heiress could ride and rope as well as any man. She was also hiding something, tempting Gabe to solve the enigma that was beautiful, vulnerable Mercedes Saddler. Mercedes knew better than to trust the handsome cowboy. She'd come home to Texas to start over on the ranch she loved. And Sandbur's new head horse trainer was a man who could break her heart as easily as he could break in a foal. But Gabe called to something deep within her, making her yearn to heal the past and build a future with this lonesome, wary-of-love loner. . . .
THREE OF A KIND...Sierra Mendoza was nursing yet another broken heart when an unexpected distraction appeared at her door-an abandoned baby who was truly the man of her dreams. But Child Services wouldn' t consider the unmarried Sierra as a possible foster parent until her friend Alex Calloway came to the rescue, pretending he was Sierra' s fiancé.... Caustic yet charismatic Alex grappled with demons of his own even as he admitted that his feelings for Sierra had grown far deeper than friendship. But when Sierra decided to move forward with plans to adopt the baby, would the ready-made family be too much for Alex to handle?THE FORTUNE' S OF TEXAS: REUNIONThe price of privilege-The power of family
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