Straitlaced lawyer Lizzie Gilbred has had it with being a good girl. This Christmas, she's going to be naughty--very, very naughty. And lucky for her, she knows just the guy to help her. . . . Patrick Gauge, a footloose musician with a body to die for, is exactly the type of man Lizzie's got on her holiday wish list. What better way to take the plunge into the official world of bad girl-dom than jumping right into his bed! Gauge makes her body sing. . . and it's a wickedly seductive tune. Lizzie can't believe what a wildcat she becomes in his arms. But it's clearly just a physical thing between her and the restless guitarist. . . . That is, unless she can find a new song for them to play--one with more permanent lyrics!
An indecent proposal. A friendship betrayed. One-night-only anonymous sex with a stranger? Seems too wanton even for Nina Leonard. Until it's insinuated that the mystery man might be one of her business partners--two guys she adores who also happen to be complete hotties. Out comes the blindfold, and Nina has the steamiest night of her life. Now she's got to have more--only, no one's fessing up. One of her two best friends rocked her world that night. But which one was it? If she guesses wrong, she could lose them both. . . .
As exciting as a pile of cracker crumbs. . . 'That's what Kyra White's ex thinks of her. Well, she'll show him - and every other guy who's ever dumped her! Toting the book that will transform her into a sex kitten in twelve simple steps, gal-next-door Kyra sets out to go from blah to breathtaking with the help of blond hair dye and barely there clothing. But architect and best friend Michael Romero isn't so sure he likes the new Kyra. With her fresh confidence and come on to me looks, she's making it even more difficult for him to keep his feelings for her under wraps, but he'd better soon reveal that his attraction runs more than skin-deep because now that Kyra's making serious waves in the XY gene pool, her makeover could turn into his game over.
On her wedding day, right before the ceremony, right there in the Greek Orthodox church, Sofie Metropolis discovered her groom and her maid of honor in each other's arms. Sofie took this as a sign. Now, she is no longer waiting tables at her father's or her grandfather's dueling Greek restaurants in Astoria, Queens. She kept the engagement ring (the garbage disposal choked on it( and all the wedding presents, including the small apartment building that was a gift from her parents. It's not easy to collect rent from an eccentric group of tenants that includes a trio of lackadaisical business-school students and a nice little old Jewish lady who plies Sofie with ethnic delicacies, but at least Sofie has a roof over her head. Sofie also has a new career, thanks to Uncle Spyros's detective agency. Okay, so far, the cases haven't been all that exciting-mostly, Sofie's been tracking down lost pets and cheating spouses-but even Sam Spade had to start somewhere. Then ... Sofie's mother's best friend, Mrs. Kapoor, who seems to dose everything-even tea-with curry, reports that her dog has been stolen. Sofie must drop everything to search for the meanest mutt on the face of the Earth.... The agency's usually unflappable office manager comes to Sofie in terror because the neighborhood "vampire" has disappeared, replaced by his even creepier nephew.... Tailing a wayward wife, Sofie is caught in a shoot-out and is rescued by Australian man-of-mystery Jake Porter, who might be a bounty hunter and who definitely gets Sofie's engine started.... And what is Jake Porter doing in the middle of Sofie's adultery case anyway, and why is the cheating wife now on the run?
The French Quarter: when darkness falls, the games begin. . . The Game: SubmissionThe Players: Alan Chevalier, homicide detective. Molly Laraway, murder victim's twin. The Object of the Game: Give your lover all you've got. . . but take even more. When sexy Molly Laraway shows up asking about her dead sister's murder investigation, hardened detective Alan Chevalier tells her to go home and let him do his job. But with the oh-so-gorgeous lady saying she won't leave his side until he solves the case, he decides she could be useful to him--on the beat during the day, and in bed at night. Molly's no fool. She knows the tough-as-nails New Orleans detective spells trouble. But he's the only one who can track down the "Quarter Killer. " Besides, something about this darkly attractive man makes her want a taste of danger. And she has no doubt that taste will only whet her appetite. . . .
In Seline Sanborn's opinion, her latest con was a thing of beauty--mind-blowing sex, enough cold cash to keep her in diamonds and a gorgeous mark who would never know what hit him. What a rush! And she'd gotten away free and clear. After all, it was just chump change to sexy CEO Ryder Blackwell. There was no way he'd consider tracking her down. . . . But even Seline's wildest erotic fantasies couldn't prepare her for what happened next. . .
- She is a USA Today bestselling author who has written over 20 novels for Harlequin Books and Kensington. - 70% of her Harlequin Temptation novels have ranked #1 or #2 in their month. - She is a two-time RITA Award nominee, with 24 novels published with Harlequin Books. - Four of her past six Harlequin Blaze titles have ranked #1 or #2 in their month. - This author also writes the Sophie Metropolis romantic mystery series published by Tor. - Six of her seven Harlequin Temptation novels have ranked in the top half of their month. - Her debut single title, Killing Time, was released by Harlequin in August 2004. - Her first single title from HQN Books, She Drives Me Crazy, will be released in March 2005. - Wedding Customs- Tips & Tricks- Funniest Wedding Stories
When a storm forces fire chief Dan Egan to make an emergency helicopter landing, he and Dr. Natalie Giroux are stranded on a remote island in Courage Bay--a situation that proves both frightening and exciting for both of them. Original.
Carter Southard is cooling his heels in jail when classy attorney Laney Cartwright strides in on her mile-long legs to spring him. Uh-oh. This naughty bad boy's got even bigger trouble. . . . Because their attorney-client privilege is about to take a sizzling detour! The sex is hot and wild--totally unbridled! But scorching the sheets is all this guy from the wrong side of the tracks has in common with an uptown girl. . . right?
Some girls just won't take no for an answer... Security expert Jason Savage lives for his job. Nobody gets past him. No one. So why is he so hot under the collar (and then some) about his latest case? Jordan Cosby is just an assignment-albeit a sexy, damn near irresistible one... In two weeks, Jordan takes the witness stand. Until then, she's confined to her apartment for her safety. Fortunately, Jason is a substantial distraction. And since Jordan's a woman who always gets her own way, she knows it's just a matter of time before Jason comes to her bed-and finds out just how good her way really is...
SHE'S HAVING A BABY!Darby Parker Conrad was the town widow-a sweet, single mother of twin girls. John Sparks was the town sheriff-a former bad boy and her late husband's best friend. And now, three months after one secret night of passion, they were the talk of the town.John was going to be a father! And a husband, too, if only Darby would say yes. But the headstrong beauty was convinced he was only asking because she was carrying their baby. And though that might have been true at first, the confirmed bachelor soon realized he was falling for his best friend's widow....
WALK. DON'T RUN....Whatever was going to happen, Aidan Kendall had decided to stay and ride it out. The truth was, he was tired of running. Tired of packing up his suitcase and hitting the road to nowhere. Tired of being alone, keeping people at arm's length and waiting for the shadow following on his heels to catch up with him and destroy him. Maybe that was the reason he'd stayed in Old Orchard. Perhaps subconsciously he'd known that this was where his running would end.So, he would stop running. And that included from the mysterious and unique Penelope Moon...and whatever bonds were developing between them. But would their love be strong enough to survive the truth?
It's just a simple surveillance job, right? Former marine and FBI agent Linc Williams is monitoring his target's ex-girlfriend, Regina Dodson. But nothing is simple when he's watching a woman who makes him forget everythingâ " except for the need to know Regina as thoroughly and wickedly as possible.... After all, the best way to observe someone is to get as close as possible. And Linc can't get any closer-the sex is absolutely mind-blowing! Unfortunately, Regina has had her share of bad luck with guys. So what will she do when she discovers that these wicked pleasures started as deceptive measures?
Sofie's getting her feet under her as a PI and business is booming. So much so that she's hired her (formerly) layabout cousin and a one-time petty criminal as "boys of all work." Okay, so her reputation's become, well, complicated--everyone in Astoria, Queens, knows that from time to time she shoots one of her own clients--but on the whole, she's getting a lot more respect than when she was best known for leaving her groom at the altar. In fact, Sofie's just landed her first big criminal case--one so big that it's on the news nearly every night. A young man from not quite the wrong side of the tracks has been accused of murdering his beautiful, wealthy girlfriend. His alibi's a mess and his attitude's worse. But his sister believes he's innocent, and soon, so does Sofie. Now she just has to prove it--or find the real killer. If only she didn't have a host of distractions: a body disappears from her aunt Sotiria's funeral home (it's only a week before Halloween, so this might be a prank, or it might have something to do with the dead man's mysterious life). Sofie sees her Dino keeping company with her sister Efi (are they flirting? how dare he? how dare she?); and Jake Porter returns, somehow connected to the missing body and, as always, making Sofie go weak in the knees. And since Dino's otherwise occupied. . . . Then there's Sofie's dog, Muffy, who has unaccountably turned into a whirling dervish of snarling teeth. Never mind the unsettling black cat who turns up outside the agency one morning and soon moves into Sofie's apartment. . . . Meanwhile, young Johnny is facing a life sentence. And Sofie Metropolis, budding PI, is his only hope.