In the darkest hours of the Dominion War, as the Federation's downfall seemed ever more certain, Jem'Hadar and Cardassian forces conquered Betazed, the homeworld of Deanna Troi. Their victory sent shock waves through the Alpha Quadrant, and put the Dominion within striking distance of Vulcan, Andor, Tellar -- and possibly Earth itself. To secure their position in the very heart of the Federation, the Cardassians begin constructing space station Sentok Nor in orbit of Betazed. The station is to serve as both the seat of the Dominion occupation and the site of horrific experiments by Cardassia's foremost exobiologist, the infamous Dr. Crell Moset. With Starfleet's forces spread too thinky in the ongoing struggle to retake Betazed outright, the U. S. S. Enterprise along with some old and new friends, is deployed to carry out a dangerous and desperate plan. But no matter what the outcome, the consequences could alter Betazed irrevocably, forcing Deanna Troi to choose between her world's survival and its very soul.
Just one night. That's all it will take to satisfy Maggie Miller's hunger for her boss, movie genius Quinn Scott. But how can she get him into her bed, when Quinn sees her only as his ever-efficient secretary? Then a masquerade party on his calendar gives her a wicked idea. . . . A blue dress, a feathered mask, a French accent. When Maggie puts them on, she becomes a different woman. Someone shockingly bold, wickedly sexy. Someone Quinn cannot, will not resist. . . After spending the most incredible night of her life in Quinn's arms, Maggie realizes she's miscalculated. One night isn't nearly enough. And given Quinn's frenzied attempts to uncover the identity of his mystery lady, he's got it just as badly.
KIRK HARDAKER:Ex-Marine Search and Rescue operativeASSIGNMENT:To find his missing wife...and secret baby?He'd lost more than most men could bear and had isolated himself from the world. But when former Marine Search and Rescue specialist Kirk Hardaker learned his ex-wife-and the baby that had to be his-had gone down in a sabotaged plane in the Rockies, he came out of his seclusion. His high school sweetheart, Sara, had left him when he'd refused to quit his dangerous career. But now she was running from a killer who wanted her top-secret software. The passion still smoldering between them was hot enough to melt a glacier, but would they rebuild their trust in time to save the family they'd always wanted?
In the world of the paranormal, the imagination reigns supreme. Populated by mysterious supernatural beings, mythic creatures and mortals possessing extraordinary powers, the ten enthralling fantasies in this spellbinding collection will transport you to the dark and dazzling realm of ghosts and shapeshifters, werewolves and witches, vampires and demons. Prepare to be mesmerized and beguiled by the seductive power of these dark and sensual immortals as they do battle against evil and long for love and redemption. Bundle includes: Wild Thing by Julie Kenner, Touch Me by Susan Kearney, Surrender by Julie Leto, Kiss of the Wolf by Susan Krinard, Shadow Kissing by Tanith Lee, by Evelyn Vaughn, Soul of the Wolf by Karen Whiddon, Forever Mine by Linda Winstead Jones, Her Best Enemy by Maggie Shayne and Dancers in the Dark by Charlaine Harris.
A JOB HE COULDN'T REFUSEBold, rugged special operative Ryker Stevens agreed to pose as heiress Daria Harrington's new accountant and lover while he tried to uncover who was trying to frame her for murder. But that was before he met the gorgeous, sophisticated uptown girl. Suddenly, spending days and nights with Daria sounded like mission impossible. After all, how could he keep her safe if he couldn't keep his hands off her? With no one else but him to trust-her friends, employees and even family were suspects-Ryker had no choice but to play his part as passionate paramour...and risk losing his heart forever.
Bad boy Zane Masterson thoroughly enjoys living up to his reputation as a lady-killer. And he's hoping, by switching places with his identical twin brother, that he can fix Grey's "rep," too. Little does he guess how soon he'll get that chance....Clothing designer Toni Maxwell is smart, sexy and always gets what she wants. Right now what she wants is a scandal with the suddenly infamous Grey Masterson. And she's not above hunting him down to get it....Zane can't wait for the woman stalking his brother to show up...but he never dreams he'll actually fall for her! Then again, Toni Maxwell isn't your average stalker. In fact, she makes it clear she only wants to use the notorious Masterson reputation. She's hoping that getting involved in a sex scandal will scare off her overzealous boyfriend. So, what else can Zane do but give the lady "exactly" what she wants....
HE WOULD PROTECT HER WITH HIS LIFE...Architect Alexandra Golden insisted she didn't need the bodyguard her brother, Jake, had hired. Surely the papers Jake had sent weren't worth killing her for. Anyway, could she trust the handsome stranger? Sure, he was gentle with her and funny, and his I've-got-to-have-you kisses made her knees weak, but he was also arrogant, secretive and very dangerous.Roarke Stone, ex-CIA field officer, had failed to save his fiancée from a terrorist's bomb and had no intention of losing Alexandra to the powerful, deadly men who were pursuing her. He was determined to protect her, but could he protect his own vulnerable heart?
Three siblings in mortal danger--can they find the secrets of their past in time to save their lives? HE'D OPENED HIS HEART TO HER. Jake Cochran was eighteen when Cassidy Atkins walked out of his life. Now he had no intention of letting the beautiful attorney get close to him. When Cassidy discovered her father had withheld documents Jake needed to uncover the secrets of his past, she wanted to help him in his search. Except her well-meant efforts put them both in mortal danger. Forced to work together to elude their deadly pursuers, they couldn't ignore the attraction that shimmered between them. But when passion turned to love, Cassidy risked everything to convince Jake that this time he could trust her with his heart.
GRAB THE BRIDE AND RUN LIKE HELLKidnapping Kendall Davis less than an hour before she said "I do" wasn't special operative Web Garfield's idea of a manly mission. But his assignment was clear: safeguard the bride-to-be until the threat against her and the United States was put to rest. Keeping his hands off the vulnerable beauty was another matter altogether.Kendall was supposed to be marrying her fiancé, not running from him. But if Web was right, her espoused was more interested in her funeral than her wedding. Now she was on the run with a sexy, enigmatic agent whose touch made her question her true feelings. If she and Web survived, could a marriage be in her future after all?
Spanning three centuries, this volume contains historical, contemporary, and futuristic novellas that are editorially linked by a mystical chest. Original.
A DANGEROUS MISSION Vivianne Blackstone devotes herself to her career, putting her love life on hold. Her latest project is a spaceship designed to protect Earth from the deadly Tribes. But its engineer, the alluring Jordan McArthur, now threatens both her job and her wary heart . . . AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE Jordan's past goes back to King Arthur, and he must find the ancient artifact that can save the galaxy. Vivianne's ship is his best hope, but convincing the fiercely independent beauty won't be easy. Especially when the passion flaring between them burns through their defenses - and love is the last thing they need to survive.
When the Sutton family is besieged by a secret enemy, will they be able to preserve the only thing that matters most: a future for their children...? A SUTTON HAD MADE A DEVIL'S BARGAIN WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Cameron Sutton needed a marriage of convenience to keep custody of his twin baby boys. He knew Alexa Whitfield would care for his children as if they were her own. But before long, he wanted his temporary wife to care about him as more than just an in-name-only husband.... But someone wanted Alexa away from the Sutton ranch and away from him-someone who would use Cameron's little boys as bait. How could Cam choose between his children's safety and Alexa's life, when he needed all three of them to complete his family?
HE WAS BIG AND STRONG AND SEXY... But he was a complete stranger! So why was she lying in his arms on a public beach? He said he'd rescued her when a blue sedan had forced her car into the ocean, but she couldn't remember anything....CIA analyst Clay Rogan was sent to find and decode the documents Melinda Murphy's brother had mailed to her. But first he had to keep her safe from the killers pursuing her. Harder still, he had to fight the desire that glittered between them. Clay was determined to win the battle with their deadly enemies-but with Melinda, all he could think of was surrender!
On a mission to the stars to find the Holy Grail, Lucan meets High Priestess Cael and they get caught in a futuristic romance.
When the Sutton family is besieged by a secret enemy, will they be able to preserve the only thing that matters most: a future for their children...? WHEN HE LEFT HER BED, RAFE SUTTON DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS PREGNANT.... After seeing the heartache love could cause, Rafe had sworn himself to bachelorhood. But that was before Rhianna McCloud knocked this cowboy for a loop. And though he suspected he'd finally succumbed to love, he still made himself walk away... ...until Rhianna and his unborn child were threatened! Was someone just trying to scare her, or was his baby in real jeopardy? Rafe's protective instincts kicked in full blast? Another Sutton baby was about to be born, and Rafe would make sure his child was safe-even if he had to sacrifice his own life....
When Carlie Myers woke up from a blow to the head, two years were erased from her memory. She couldn't recall how she'd gotten to Alaska, or why she was being blamed for murder. And she didn't know if the sexy stranger who claimed to be her husband was telling the truth... Rugged Sean McCabe wanted justice for his partner's murder. Yet one look in the deep green of Carlie's eyes and he knew she was innocent. Which meant she needed protection. He'd told her a white lie to keep her close-yet how would Sean keep his 'wife' safe and satisfied without putting his heart in jeopardy?
SMALL-TOWN SCANDALShe had no experience at solving crimes, but spirited Kelly McGovern was determined to find out what really happened to her brother. Using a little grit-and a lot of sex appeal-she uncovered the awful truth: her brother's death was no accident! Turning to the only man she could trust, Kelly persuaded reformed bad boy Wade Lansing to join her private investigation. Kelly knew her brother's friend was torn between loyalty and desire, but after a few bullet-dodging incidents and citizen interrogations, his protective streak went into overdrive. But could she convince Wade that their attraction was due less to their daily brush with death, and more to raw, uninhibited desire?
SEEKING A SAVIORWhen Sandy Vale was forced to enlist the help of Travis Cantrel-the last man on earth she wanted to see-she didn't expect a more intense, more in-control version of his former self. Since he was a member of the top secret Shey Group, Sandy knew he would use every available source to search to find a kidnapper before time ran out...except she had to use all of her strength to keep him firmly at bay.Working with Travis 24/7, Sandy was soon consumed by a passion that defied all reason. As the clock ticked down and the deadline for their perilous mission neared, could Sandy allow their love a second chance with everyone's future hanging in the balance?
POWER IN THEIR PASSION Marisa Rourke is a beautiful, fearless telepath who tames dragonshapers on Earth. Rion is a tall, dark, and sexy space explorer whose home planet is a galaxy away. The attraction between them is undeniable, but Rion is hiding a desperate secret that will change Marisa's life forever. DANGER IN THEIR TOUCH Marisa's gift is the only way Rion can communicate with his people, enslaved by a powerful enemy. He knows that kidnapping her is wrong, but saving his planet is worth sparking the fiery clairvoyant's fury. Yet hotter-and more explosive-is the psychic bond growing between Marisa and Rion. Could their passion be the key to freeing Rion's people? Only if he and Marisa can discover how to channel their desire . . . before a vicious enemy destroys them all.
HER UNDERCOVER PRINCENarrowly escaping an assassin, Prince Alexander fled the Vashmiran embassy in Washington, D.C., with only the clothes on his back. But the playboy bachelor was determined to take matters into his own hands. With the help of stunning private investigator Taylor Welles, he went undercover, with the icy American reluctantly posing as his adoring wife....Taylor was cautious of every man she met, especially tall, dark and handsome ones like Alex. But something about him-his honest blue eyes, his confident grin-compelled her to believe his wild, royal story. His wicked seduction made Taylor helpless to deny him, but could she dare believe she'd finally found her Prince Charming, whose very life rested in her hands...?
HER AMERICAN HEROHunter Leigh frightened her a little...and intrigued her-tempted her-even more. With artful precision he'd gone undercover on a dangerous mission to protect her. Princess Tashya Zared knew anything intimate she shared with the disarming American would be fleeting-before he vanished for his next mission like a thief in the night. But couldn't she allow herself today when she might not have tomorrow?Someone had already made attempts on her life and now had kidnapped her two little brothers and demanded her and the crown prince as their ransom! Hunter could keep her safe from the enemy, but who would stop him from crossing the line and falling for his royal charge?