Once a woman of wealth and privilege, Kate Whitehead now lives an ordinary life in an ordinary San Diego neighborhood as Tricia Campbell. Two years ago she escaped her powerful and abusive husband and became a different person. She disappeared for her own safety-and that of her unborn child.Tricia has found a measure of happiness with paramedic Scott McCall, although he knows nothing of her background, and they live as a family with her son. Then a newspaper article threatens her newfound life: her husband, Thomas, has been charged with her "murder." Tricia must make a difficult choice-protect herself and let an innocent man go to jail, or do the right thing and save a man who could destroy everything.
Welcome to Twin Oaks-the new B and B in Cooper's Corner. Some come for pleasure, others for passion-and one to set things straight...Check-in: TV news reporter Laurel London has booked a room at the new Twin Oaks B and B, and so has noted travel writer William Byrd. Owners Clint and Maureen Cooper are hoping for a great review!Checkout: Then suddenly, William Byrd vanishes. Policeman Scott Hunter is on the case-and Laurel is determined to be in on the action. But Scott and Laurel share a painful history. His brother-her fiancé-died tragically. Can cop and reporter mend their heartbreak, join their hearts...and get to the bottom of Byrd's disappearance?
Marybeth Lawson has the life she's always wanted. And it all revolves around her cozy bed-and-breakfast. As busy as it keeps her, there is no room for romance, which is fine with her. Then one Christmas, the very good-looking Craig McKellips reserves a room--and everything changes. The attraction between them is intense and instant. With each visit, the connection between them deepens and Marybeth marvels as the wall around her heart crumbles. Could Craig be the one? Then he reveals a shocking secret that threatens their relationship. Now Marybeth must pick up the pieces and discover what it means to really know someone. . . and love them anyway.
On the outside, Arizona chief prosecutor Janet McNeil is the epitome of a driven, daring attorney who lives life by her own rules. But inside, her world is in chaos. Terrifying nightmares keep her in a constant state of anxiety. Yet saving face is imperative now that she's prosecuting a member of a white supremacy organization, a killer who wouldn't think twice about using his twisted followers to silence Janet for good. Neighbor Simon Green is the only person who isn't begging her to quit the case. Simon, an ex-police officer with dark secrets of his own, understands how vital it is to obliterate violence and hate. But when one word from the most unlikely source threatens to change their lives forever, Janet must decide what risks she's willing to take.
In the shelter of this town...Mark Heber accepts a mysterious scholarship to a prominent college in Shelter Valley, Arizona. Being a mature student is a big change from his hardscrabble life in the mountains of West Virginia, one that could transform his whole future.For attorney Adrianna Keller, Shelter Valley is the scene of a childhood tragedy and she returns for one reason only-her loyalty to college president Will Parsons. Somebody's blackmailing him. Adrianna agrees to investigate discreetly, posing as a student named Adele Kennedy."Adele" and newcomer Mark become neighbors and develop a friendship that quickly becomes something more. In fact, Adrianna begins to envision a life with him. But maybe it's too late. Because her secret-and the shocking discovery she makes-could destroy Mark's future. And her own....
The best things in life are those you don't expect... Dana Harris's world has turned upside down. So when she receives the unexpected opportunity to attend Montford University in Shelter Valley, Arizona, she sees it as the perfect time to start over. Especially when Josh Redmond adopts a puppy she's rescued. That's the beginning of an instant friendship between them, even though she senses that he's holding something back.... Still, their friendship culminates in romance-and a night together. A night that has consequences. But at Christmas, a surprise revelation and a baby-to-be bring them both comfort. And joy!
A little comfort, caring and compassion go a long way toward making the world a better place. Just ask the dedicated women handpicked from countless worthy nominees across North America to become this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. To celebrate their accomplishments, five New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.We hope you're stirred by More Than Words to become a real-life heroine in your own community.
By the Year 2000: BABY! What have you resolved to do by the year 2000?Susan Kennedy's going to have a baby...by the time she turns forty. Which is in the year 2000. It's something she's wanted-planned-for the past decade. Now she's got everything she needs to go ahead. A nice home, a successful career, a loving family. Everything except for a husband.She used to have a husband-Michael Kennedy-and that's the man she wants for her baby's father. She only needs Michael's "biological" contribution, though.But then, when Susan's pregnant, she discovers two unexpected complications:1. She loves Michael more than ever and wants him to be her husband again-and a father to his child.2. There isn't going to be one baby, but two-she's having twins!
I wasn'tsupposedto love Nate Grady, let alone marry him. But we found a love that triumphed over all adversity...just like Jane Eyre, my very favorite heroine. I was young, bookish, naive...on the verge of entering the convent-and then I met him.... The day I abandoned my old life, the day I agreed to marry him, now seems an eternity ago. But despite everyone's objections, I fell for Nate. An older, previously married man. My first and only love. My husband. When I looked into Nate's eyes on our wedding day, the rest of the world vanished. If I was crazy for doing this, I prayed the craziness would last forever....
LostHis bride. She'd turned tail and run minutes before her father was about to pronounce them man and wife. What demons were pursuing the girl Max Santana had waited eleven years to marry?FoundHer flesh and blood. Rachel Blair thought she'd finally put her college days behind her, but the child she'd given up for adoption then haunted her still. Could Max really understand that her future included mothering this child, no matter what?
Sara Calhoun has a perfectly orchestrated life. Until she opens her door one morning to come face-to-face with Ryan, the son she'd loved--and given up for adoption twenty-one years ago. Sara's memory of the night Ryan was conceived is virtually nonexistent, but the aftermath continues to haunt her. Three men went to jail after that night, but were they guilty? And which one is her son's father? Ryan, now a police officer, believes the case is rife with inconsistencies, but the only man who can help them uncover the truth is Mark Dalton--one of the accused. Still, Sara can't believe she feels so--secure with Mark. He's an enigma and her worst nightmare, isn't he?Or maybe not--
They say big-city problems don't happen here. They're wrong. That's why psychologist Kelly Chapman is so concerned about fourteen-year-old Maggie Winston. She's a straight-A student who's developed a sudden interest in an older man. A man she knows only as Mac. Deputy Samantha Jones, Kelly's longtime friend, is worried, too. She has been ever since a local businessman killed his wife and then himself. Since a kid was caught selling drugs. Since the discovery of a mysterious chemical dump on Kyle Evans's farm. Kyle, her former fiancé and current lover. . . Are all these things connected? That's what Sam and Kelly are beginning to think. And that means someone in Chandler is lying.
Can you ever escape your past? Jon Swartz is an adult recipient-the second one-of a scholarship awarded by an anonymous donor. A single father, he comes to Shelter Valley, Arizona, to begin his life anew. He's a man with a secret past, a past he has to hide to protect both himself and his two-year-old son, Abe. Lillie Henderson, a child life specialist, has her own history of loss and betrayal. She and Jon are brought together by Abe-and by an attraction they can't deny. They have to decide not to let the emotions...and mistakes...of the past sabotage their hopes for the future. Abe's happiness depends on it. And so does theirs!
Sam Montford left Shelter Valley ten years ago. He's a direct descendant of the town's founder, the first Samuel Montford, and for him, Shelter Valley's expectations had become oppressive. Home had become smothering instead of sheltering.Sam returns to the town-and to his ex-wife, Cassie Tate-with a seven-year-old child. This is a complete shock to Cassie. When Sam left, he hadn't known she was pregnant. Or that she had lost their baby.Sam's back in Shelter Valley now, back to stay. But he refuses to become the man people expected him to be ten years ago. Can he be the man Cassie needs now?
Three dramatic stories that explore the trials and tribulations of parenthood come together in this volume that features themes of single fatherhood, adoption, and longing for a child.
Twenty-five years ago...a mysterious crime was committed in Comfort Cove, Massachusetts. Frank Whittier was accused-but never charged. And it ruined his life.Now...Cal Whittier, Frank's son, is determined to protect him, to safeguard his father's identity. After years on the run, they finally have their lives on an even keel, with Cal teaching at a college in Tennessee. Two things could change all that.First, a cop in Comfort Cove starts looking into the case again. And second, Cal gets involved with single mother Morgan Lowen. He has plenty of reasons to avoid her-not the least of which is that she's an adult student in one of his classes. And in Cal's situation, any relationship is risky. Still...it could be the best risk he's ever taken!
Sophie Curtis lives a big secret. She's been having an affair with Duane Koch. Their days-and nights- together are their own oasis away from the world. It's unconventional but, given the difference in their ages and her troubled past, it works for them. Then Duane is asked to step into the political ring-an opportunity he's been waiting for. Too bad about the timing, though. Because Sophie's just found out she's pregnant, and an instant family-with her-could ruin his chances. The right thing would be for her to bow out of his life. But when he surprises her with a proposal, will she have the strength to walk away from the man she loves?
Las Vegas is about escape.But the teenage runaways who end up there too often find a world far worse than the one they left behind. A world of prostitution, of danger and fear. One of these runaways is Autumn Stevens, whose half sister, Francesca Witting, comes to Vegas to search for her.Las Vegas is about illusions.Francesca meets Luke Everson, ex-marine and head of security for the luxurious Bonaparte Hotel. But Luke doesn't know whether his relationship with her is real or as illusory as everything else in this neon city. He's not even sure it matters. He's consumed by work-investigating a scam in the hotel's casino. He's also trying to adopt a child, because he wants a family without the "claustrophobia" of marriage.Las Vegas is about connections.Francesca eventually tracks down her sister-and learns that there's an unexpected connection, an unknown connection, between Autumn and Luke.Las Vegas is about dreaming big.And despite everything, finding love with Luke is the biggest dream Francesca has.
A Romance for Every Mood! Discover four ways to fall in love with these four original novellas...A white witch and a soul reaper battle for each other's hearts. A hot cowboy meets a sexy guest at a dude ranch and gets the ride of his life. A deadly storm may bring a detective and the woman he loves together...or tear them apart. And a woman expecting to go on a first date finds herself caught up in an investigation into a terrorist plot-and falling for the secret agent.Enjoy four original Harlequin romance novellas from a variety of genres to suit any mood-sweet and sexy, paranormal and suspenseful-in A Taste of Romance anthology!Anthology includes:The Reaper's Heart by Michele Hauf (Harlequin Nocturne)The Good Girl by Tara Taylor Quinn (It Happened in Comfort Cove series, Harlequin Superromance) Any Man of Mine by Debbi Rawlins (Made in Montana series, Harlequin Blaze) Secret Agent Seduction by Jennifer Morey (Vengeance in Texas series, Harlequin Romantic Suspense)
Quinn delivers the third book in The Chapman Files series featuring psychologist Kelly Chapman.
Brian Glory and Moira Hampshire have been friends since their days in the Peace Corps. Now back in the States pursuing separate lives, they come together to help the victims of disasters. But one night, Moira and Brian see each other in a different light--and their lives will never be the same again.
Just before Thanksgiving, Major Brad Henderson is released from prison, exonerated after almost thirty years for a crime he never committed. His mission: to be reunited with his three daughters. How to find them? Contact Dylan Garrett, of the Finders Keepers Detective Agency. Gabriella Petri is shocked to find Josh Hunter, the object of her most turgid teenage fantasies, at her door one day, with news that sets her world on its ear! Beth Chenoweth, a successful businesswoman, has dealt with a childhood of abandonment by isolating herself on her island home. She flies only by chartered plane, but now her preferred pilot thinks Beth would make the perfect mother for his son! Georgie Hewitt goes from being the sister of four Hewitt brothers to the intended bride of their sworn enemy to the daughter of some unknown air force major, all within twenty-four hours. It's too much, too fast, and she wants out!
A dedicated cop in the Special Victims Bureau, Ryan Mercedes has a trusted friend in lawyer-advocate Audrey Lincoln. Her compassion is the perfect counterpoint to his hard-driving fight for justice. And this good relationship only gets better the night they cross the line from friends to lovers. But they're up against seemingly insurmountable obstacles that could divide them for good. Worse-- now she and Ryan are on opposite sides of a controversial case. Can they trust enough to resolve their differences and find their way back to each other?
The case is cold but the leads are hot...And so is the attraction between detectives Lucy Hayes and Ramsey Miller.Twenty-five years ago, there was a kidnapping in Comfort Cove, Massachusetts. Neither the child nor the kidnapper was ever found.Now there are fresh leads, including one in an Indiana town. Lucy is working that end of the case...She and Ramsey are two top-notch detectives. And two people who've learned to keep an emotional distance from others. But as they explore various confusing clues in the decades-old abduction, they grow closer. Especially when they discover what really happened in Comfort Cove. Because the truth is as shocking as it is unexpected!
Every Valentine's Day is a giftA day to celebrate your love--and the hope, the belief, that it will be everlasting.In Valentine's Daughters by Tara Taylor Quinn, it's a day to remember old promises...and make new ones. In Our Day by Jean Brashear, it's when love gets a second chance.In The Hand That Gives the Rose by Linda Cardillo, it's the day love finally bridges two separate worlds.
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