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Hotshot attorney Ashley D'Angelo had taken refuge at the tranquil cottage after a terrible case made her reevaluate everything.
New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods brings you a fan-favorite Adams Dynasty tale of navigating unexpected surprises...Angela Adams refused to have anything to do with her unborn baby's reluctant father, much less marry him! True, her pregnancy was unexpected, but Clint Brady didn't have to act so dazed when she announced her impending motherhood. And while Clint admitted his reaction could have been more enthusiastic, the thought of baby bottles and diaper pins was enough to rattle even a rugged rancher like himself. But now that the shock had passed, nothing was going to come between Clint and fatherhood-not even stubborn Angela!
Mother-by-Accident Angela Adams refused to have anything to do with her unborn baby's reluctant father, much less marry him! True, her pregnancy was unexpected, but Clint Brady didn't have to act so dazed when she announced her impending motherhood. Father-by-Surprise Clint Brady admitted his reaction could have been more enthusiastic, but the thought of baby bottles and nappies was enough to rattle even a rugged rancher like himself. Now that the shock had passed, nothing was going to come between Clint and fatherhood -- not even stubborn Angela!
Was it her biker boots, her belligerent blue jeans...or her mean left hook? Jason Halloran never knew what hit him. But just as his perfectly predictable life seemed to be going nowhere, sassy, street- smart Dana Roberts began driving him up a wall!Dana Roberts had been on her own since age sixteen, and she intended to keep it that way. The last thing she wanted was some sexy, rich corporate VP playing Prince Charming and making her his helpless Cinderella. But what would she do if the shoe fit?Vows: Love, Honor and Cherish-words that three generations of Halloran men vowed to live by.
Rescuing Allie Matthews from the rubble of her home should have been all in a day's work for Ricky Wilder. But her quiet intensity sparked his protective instincts, and unexpectedly, the feisty beauty soon had Ricky rethinking his bachelor ways.But vulnerable Allie preferred things predictable and risk-free--until Ricky stormed her life and coaxed her out of her cautious world. Could she trust her heart to a man who had always lived on the edge?
Don't miss this reader-favorite Adams Dynasty tale of renewing old passions in new places from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods.Once upon a time, Michael Delacourt's tempting kisses had sent Grace Foster's heartbeat ricocheting. Now here she was on an isolated Texas ranch with the only man she'd ever loved...the man she could never marry. So when a tidal wave of longing washed over her resistance, she focused on the two vulnerable runaways who'd landed in Michael's care. Clearly, the oil tycoon needed Grace's parenting skills, so why the fire in his touch? Did he harbor a fierce desire for one more chance at love--this time forever?
Can Michael Delacourt put aside the responsibilities of his family's company and grasp the love of Grace, who he has loved for years?
Two families... Bound by friendship... Devastated by SecretsFor ten years Emily Dobbs and Marcie Carter have been the closest of friends. They've raised their kids together, shared joy and heartache, exchanged neighborhood gossip over tea. But when Marcie's son, now a college freshman sports star, is arrested for date rape, the bond between the families could be shattered forever.As the Carters try to deal with the unthinkable, Emily discovers her daughter has been hiding a terrible secret...a secret that threatens the futures of both families. Recently divorced, Emily struggles to keep it all together-to support her terrified daughter, to maintain her friendship with Evan's mother and to have faith in the detective who could change all of their lives.When things seem darkest, both she and Marcie discover that sometimes the first step toward a better future is mending fences with the past.
When Elliott Cruz first courted struggling single mom Karen Ames, it it was a romance worthy of any Sweet Magnolia fantasy. The sexy personal trainer made it his mission to restore Karen's strength-physical and emotional-and to charm her children.Now, a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear them them apart. Elliott's desire to finance the business opportunity of a lifetime with their hard-earned "baby money" stirs Karen's deep-rooted financial insecurities. It's the discovery that their brother-in-law is cheating on Elliott's sister-and thinks it's justified-that puts their irreconcilable differences into perspective. Will their own loving fidelity be a bond so strong they can triumph against all odds?
Elizabeth Gentry put all her passion into her students. Educating them, encouraging them, reaching them-that was easy. It was the living that was hard. After the betrayal, the grief and the pain, there was a kind of peace in giving away her heart to her pupils.That was what made Todd Lewis so dangerous. With his dogged determination and rugged handsomeness, he had slowly staked his own claim on her heart and made her feel again. Made her want to hope and dream. But her hopes, her dreams, her heart-were so fragile. Could she entrust them to him? Or would he destroy them for good?
Jess O'Brien has overcome a lot-the challenges of attention deficit disorder, the near bankruptcy of her beloved Inn at Eagle Point and her self-perception as a screwup in a family of overachievers. Now she's ready to share the future with a man. Her friends persuade her to join a dating service-but she gets no takers! Which is fine with her childhood friend, psychologist Will Lincoln, who's already chosen the perfect man for Jess: himself.Will has loved Jess practically forever. He knows her faults and her strengths. But for all Will's sincerity and charm, Jess fears he views her as some psychological case study. With her family and the town of Chesapeake Shores behind him, Will finally makes his case. But is it enough to convince Jess to take the risk of a lifetime?
Five bestselling authorsFive real-life heroines You might meet them at the coffee shop, the grocery store, or walking down the street. They're women across North America committed to reaching out and changing lives one good deed at a time. Five of these exceptional women have been selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. And once again five New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors have kindly offered their creativity to write original short stories inspired by these real-life heroines. We hope More Than Words will touch your heart and inspire the heroine living inside you.
Three bestselling authorsThree real-life heroinesEach of us can effect change. In our own unique ways, we can all make the world a better place. We need only to take that first step, do that first good deed and the ripple effect will be life- changing to so many. Three extraordinary women who were compelled to take that first leap and make a difference have been chosen as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. To celebrate their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.Sherryl Woods captures the magic of pretty dresses and first dances in Black Tie and Promises.Christina Skye's Safely Home is the story of a woman determined to help the elderly in her newly adopted community.Pamela Morsi explores how literacy and the love of reading can enrich and indeed change lives, in Daffodils in Spring.Net proceeds from the sale of this book will be reinvested into the Harlequin More Than Words program to support causes that are of concern to women.
Don't miss this fan-favorite tale from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods of finding love in unexpected places... Marilou Stockton frequently saw some odd things at her job as a postal worker in the dead-letter office. But when she stumbled across a grandmother's heartrending missive, one glance convinced her she had to seek out the writer's little grandson.But Cal Rivers was no child! He was a man--a sexy, stubborn rancher with no intention of honorably mending his fences. As far as Marilou could tell, all of Cal's intentions were strictly dishonorable...and aimed at her. But while his anger might be valid, she knew there was more to life than holding grudges. There was forgiveness...and love.
Friendship blossoms into romance in this reader-favorite Adams Dynasty story from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods.Jordan Adams proposed a marriage of convenience to single mom Kelly Flint because he thought it was time they each settled down with a perfectly compatible, always-dependable partner. After all, they'd both learned the hard way that love only leads to heartache.But to his surprise, Kelly made Jordan feel that their marriage would be anything but platonic, and her little daughter kindled fond feelings of fatherhood in his heart. Now he had to convince Kelly that he was not only a natural born daddy...but also the perfect husband she'd been waiting for all her life.
Let New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods sweep you away to Texas with this acclaimed tale of bending the rules...Texas-born-and-bred lawman Justin Adams had always been a by-the-book kind of guy. Until one day the deputy caught a petty thief in the act of stealing a bottle of baby medicine. And when Justin looked into the imploring eyes of desperate single mother Patsy Langhorn--not to mention those of her feverish little boy--he decided to bend the rules, just a little.Patsy Langhorn was wary of men in general, and one who'd sworn to uphold the law should have had her running for cover. But somehow this man had her wondering if maybe the time had come to stop running--if maybe, finally, he was what she'd waited her whole life to find.
Two Adams men, and one Adams woman, are on a collision course with love, marriage, and babies in these three novels. In "Unexpected Mommy, " a schoolteacher marries the sexy rancher father of her rambunctious student. In "The Cowgirl and the Unexpected Wedding, " an heiress must choose between a medical career and the rancher she loves. And in "Natural Born Lawman, " a sheriff cares for a single mother and her sick baby.
Don't miss this acclaimed Adams Dynasty story from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods about learning to fall in love again.Texan Dani Adams was through with single dads. Never again would she brush away their children's tears or bandage scraped knees. Instead, she'd care for the sick animals brought to her veterinary practice. She'd find fulfillment-without the heartache.So, darn Duke Jenkins and his adorable twins. The sexy single dad had just moved to town...and he was determined to make Dani his kids' mother! His soul-searing kisses, warm embraces and his children's antics were quickly melting her resolve. But was Dani heading for another disappointment...or down the aisle to meet her groom?
Yes, Duke Jenkins thought, marrying Dani Adams would work out for everyone. Dani would have a ready-made family. His sons would have a mother's love again. And him? He'd already admitted that he was attracted to her. And the prospect of having her in his life wasn't nearly as distasteful as he'd expected, given his determination not to remarry. Duke always trusted his instincts. He also made decisions in a rush and stuck by them. He wondered how he'd present his scheme to Dani. She struck him as a woman who might not be nearly as pragmatic as he was, even under her own currently vulnerable circumstances. She might prefer at least the pretense of romance. When Dani turned toward him, he lifted his beer mug in a silent toast. Anticipation sizzled through his veins like fine champagne. Yes, indeed, life in Los Pinos promised to get downright fascinating.
HEALING HANDSAs a psychologist, Mallory Blake knew there were times when one had to let go. She also knew just how much it hurt. After her husband's death, she'd packed up her belongings and moved to San Francisco, wishing it was as easy to box up her memories and seal away her regrets. But she had her patients at the hospital who helped her move forward, patients like six-year-old Davey. The broken little boy needed Mallory-not that his doctor agreed.Mallory had heard the rumors about neurosurgeon Justin Whitmore. She had experienced firsthand his temper, his impossible standards and his undeniable charm. But beneath all of that, Mallory discovered Justin hid an old pain, one she wasn't sure she could heal. And yet she couldn't walk away from him. Because there were times when it was right to move on...and times when you took someone's hand and never let go.
A real-life romance hits the small screen in this acclaimed story from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl WoodsBarrie MacDonald gave everyone involved with the TV sitcom she produced consistently high ratings--except executive Michael Compton. Charmingly persuasive, Michael was clearly interested in Barrie, but he also wanted to reschedule her show, which would be a disaster. Was Barrie's commitment to the program worth her tuning Michael out completely? She wasn't sure she could deny their attraction. But when she realized the romance of her on-screen heroine was beginning to echo Barrie's real-life dilemmas, she felt that things were getting out of control!
Dating Matthew O'Brien-a playboy and a younger man-cost Laila Riley her career and her parents' respect. A high price, even for love-and when Laila decides it was just a ï ¬ , ing, she breaks it off, despite Matthew's objections.But the O'Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It's a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about the trip. Matthew's bound to be there, and she's far from immune. What if she can't resist temptation?Meanwhile, the O'Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell's unexpected romance with an old ï ¬ , ame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?
ONE STEP FORWARD... In Berry Ridge, Vermont, Beth Callahan had found a place to start over. She'd started a successful real estate and design business in the quaint, picturesque town, and she'd even found her perfect house...where she dreamed of someday living and raising a family. Until a reckless bachelor bought it out from under her. TWO STEPS BACK Ken Hutchinson loved the charming Victorian on sight, and once he got the town's best designer to make it his, it would be perfect. But Beth Callahan seemed to disapprove of everything he wanted to do with the house-and of him. Ken wasn't sure why Beth's opinion was suddenly the only thing that mattered, but one thing he was sure of was that only Beth could make the house a home...for both of them. BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! Once Upon a Proposal by New York Times bestselling author Allison Leigh Gabriel Gannon only needed Bobbie Fairchild to pretend to be his fiancée...but she certainly wouldn't have to pretend she was attracted to the sexy businessman. And that was the problem...
Don't miss this reader-favorite tale of healing hearts from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods. Cynical and soul-weary foreign correspondent Richard Walton had traveled the world and found only pain and misery. He believed there was nothing--and no one--good left in the world. Then he met kind and generous Pastor Anna Louise Perkins. Could this very special woman take away the nightmares and give him the peace his jaded soul is searching for?
Personal and professional lines blur in this fan-favorite Adams Dynasty story from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods.She was beautiful, intelligent...and possibly a corporate spy! Yet the more Jeb Delacourt investigated geologist Brianna O'Ryan, the more he felt her secret was not professional but personal...and the faster she made his pulse race.Her daughter was all that mattered to Brianna. And unnervingly sexy Jeb was getting too close to uncovering what the single mom had tried to keep hidden. But stolen kisses and midnight embraces soon had Brianna wondering if it was time to risk everything for love...
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