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Could he ever belong to her?<P> Antonia was devastated to learn that the very attractive man she had met at Celia's party was none other than Reed Gallagher, Celia's fiance. He hadn't acted like a man in love, but perhaps their sort of people behaved differently. And Antonia was very definitely not their sort.<P> Although she resolved to forget Reed, Antonia couldn't escape him. He invaded her life and her heart. And despite her guilt feelings, she soon discovered she couldn't live without him.<P> Nor could she live with herself for wanting another woman's man.
Two years ago in Miami, Abigail Leighton spent one unforgettable night with irresistible, enigmatic Alejandro Varga. But malicious lies broke them apart, and Abby left determined to forget about Alejandro forever.Now Abby is back and forced to face her Latin lover once more. To her surprise, passion between them flares as strongly as ever. But Alejandro hasn't forgotten the past, and he's intent on revenge by seduction...
Ally Sloan's flattered when a gorgeous stranger seeks her out. Single again after years in a loveless marriage, a heady night of desire is just what she needs to boost her confidence and remind her that life can be passionate. Off to the Bahamas the following day, Ally tells herself she's relieved not to be seeing Raul again -- she is older than he is, after all! But more than one surprise awaits her in the sultry heat of the Caribbean . . .
"Me - I'm a loner," Dimitri said sardonically. "I want no little woman to warm my slippers on a winter's evening and cook me exotic eastern food!"<P> Joanne was furious, as much with herself as with him. It was no use speculating now on what might have happened if she had not written the letter, but she still could not understand why suddenly everything was going wrong!
"You're trying to frighten me, Dion."<P> Martha's voice was uneven, trying to conceal the fact that he was succeeding. She'd been tricked into this confrontation with her husband, and his proposal amazed her.<P> After five years apart, she was being virtually forced to rejoin her wealthy Greek husband as his wife. Along with their small daughter, Josy.<P> Martha realized her feelings for Dion were as deep as ever. But how could she once again cope with Dion's strong passionate nature if getting their child back was his only reason for wanting her?
Escape! Juliet savored the word.<P> For years, Juliet's father had used his wealth, power and influence to rule her life. But now, she was free to make her own decisions. She had assumed a new name and identity, and had run away to a job on this beautiful West Indian island.<P> But had she jumped from the frying pan into the fire?<P> Bad as her father had been, her employer, the Duque Felipe Ricardo de Castro, turned out to be even more domineering. And what was worse--Juliet fell in love with him!
It was to save her father from ruin that Stephanie had married Santino Ventura and gone to live with him in his castle in Sicily.<P> Santino had made it clear that he had not married her because he wanted a real wife, but a companion for his small daughter - but why, oh, why had he done it at all?
Would a lie keep them apart?<P> Expecting sun and relaxation from her stay with a friend in Italy, Grace Horton actually found herself walking into an emotional minefield. Her friend was clearly set on marrying Matteo di Falco. He was wealthy, gorgeous and equally determined--to see a lot more of Grace!<P> Grace wondered what she could do to prevent her friend from getting hurt--and stop herself from falling into Matteo's arms. Then some shocking news was revealed, which threatened to keep Matteo by her friend's side forever.
When Juliet meets broodingly handsome Italian Raphael Marchese, there is an instant and dangerous attraction between them. But because of the pretense Juliet has agreed to in order to help a friend, Rafe mistakenly thinks she's a gold-digger who's engaged to another man!However, the tension between Juliet and Rafe is stronger than reason, and it erupts. Raphael makes love to her-passionately and savagely. He reasons that though he can never have her, he can enjoy the pleasure of her body....
Olivia didn't expect returning home to be easy.<P> And it wasn't. Especially when it was Matthew Ryan who met her at the airport when she returned to England fro her grandmother's funeral.<P> Matt and Olivia had once been passionate lovers and he had been desperate to marry her. Instead, she had chosen to leave him, although it had nearly broken her heart.<P> But that had been ten years ago, part of their past. Until Olivia discovered their past was far from being dead and forgotten - a potent attraction flared between them as if they'd never been parted!
Isobel has never forgotten the night Brazilian millionaire Alejandro Cabral took her innocence. The image of Alejandro's sexy body has left a lifelong impression on her-as did his seed. He will never know he has a daughter....Until three years later, when Isobel is led right back to Alejandro-and she's shocked. He's a changed man. He's still utterly sexy, but a terrible car accident has left him scarred, brooding and bitter. What's more, he's deliberately lured Isobel to Brazil because he knows all about his child.
Isobel has never forgotten the night Brazilian millionaire Alejandro Cabral took her innocence. The image of Alejandro's sexy body has left a lifelong impression on her--as did his seed. He will never know he has a daughter. . . . Until three years later, when Isobel is led right back to Alejandro--and she's shocked. He's a changed man. He's still utterly sexy, but a terrible car accident has left him scarred, brooding and bitter. What's more, he's deliberately lured Isobel to Brazil because he knows all about his child.
Wedlocked?<P> Rachel's marriage had ended in bitterness and tears. Ben had been unfaithful to her, she was sure, though, of course, he had denied it. Now their only point of contact was their small daughter, Daisy, and that suited Rachel. But when she announced, "Ben, I want a divorce. I've met someone else and we want to get married," her ex-husband's reaction was very surprising! Ben seemed reluctant to accept that their relationship was finally over and apparently had very definite ideas about where Rachel's future happiness lay. Did Rachel dare to believe that the brittle bonds still tying her to Ben could ever be the basis for a lifetime of loving...
Emma had to admit that she was curious.<P> Jordan had said the matter was one of life and death, but since she wouldn't agree to meet him she would never know. <P> Emma's hands trembled as she hung up the receiver, the familiar resentment she felt toward Jordan Kyle enveloping her. To ring her up like that - after all this time? <P> Well, thank goodness she had refused him. At least she'd shown him he couldn't drop her and then pick her up again when it suited him. Unfortunately, she couldn't seem to get him out of her mind...
A brief encounter or lasting love?<P> When Caroline first saw him on the elevator, she had no idea who he was. She only knew that he was tall and darkly handsome--and that she longed to see him again.<P> Later she would discover that the magnetic stranger was Adam Steinbeck -- wealthy owner of the company where she worked as a typist.<P> Caroline's friends warned her about getting involved with a sophisticated man who was more than twice her age. Even Adam's son did his best to stop her. But Caroline, in her youthful innocence, listened only to the dictates of her heart.
The reunion was almost unbearable...Ashley could hardly believe she was actually seeing her son. Circumstances had forced her to give him up at birth seven years earlier to her deceased husband's wealthy Arab family.<P> Now the unexpected sight of Hussein with his uncle, Prince Alain, thoroughly shocked her. No longer was her son an image buried in Ashley's heart: he was there; he was real.<P> And Alain was no longer a memory but as disturbing - and unforgiving - as ever. This time, Ashley resolved, I'm not going to lose either of them.
The child of a broken marriage, seventeen-year-old Tamsyn wasn't at all looking forward to going to Wales to visit the father she hardly knew -- until she arrived there and met Hywel Benedict.<P> Her first feelings of antagonism towards him soon changed into something so deep and violent that they threatened to overwhelm her completely, and it was clear that she affected him in some way -- but marriage? No, he said. He was too old for her, her father's contemporary, not hers. It would not be fair. And besides, there were -- other complications.<P> Or did it all add up to the fact that he didn't really want her?
"Matt, I couldn't marry him ... it's you I love." Even as she said the words, Darrell knew their situation was hopeless.<P> Darrell Anderson's life had been going along reasonably well until she met Matthew Lawford. He was the most attractive, most unforgettable man she'd ever known. Now, the two of them were deeply--and disturbingly--in love.<P> For Matthew was married--unhappily, but married none the less. Darrell knew she'd accept any terms he offered ... but was there any chance for happiness even if she did!
Her situation was impossible, Ryan realized, more impossible than even Alain could imagine.<P> What had he said? "We are married, Ryan. I suggest we attempt to salvage something from the wreck."<P> But friendship was something she and Alain could never share, and she shrank from his pity.<P> If all he could offer was friendship for appearances' sake, there was no future for either of them.
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Why do some women always manage to fall for a man who they know from the start can never be any good to them?<P> Julie Kennedy, like most girls, had hero-worshiped the famous television singer Manuel Cortez from afar, but it had never entered her head that she might meet him, let alone that he would show an interest in her. But it all happened, and before she knew where she was Julie had fallen hopelessly in love with him. Hopelessly--because, as she well knew, to Manuel she was just another in a long line of adoring women, never to be taken seriously, never to last long.<P> Her head told her she must break away from him or regret it bitterly -- but her head had no control over her heart . . .
"Don't be deceived, Emma," Damon said violently. "I'm not letting you go because I feel sorry for you. I'm letting you go because I have no intention of losing my self-respect over a little cheat like you."<P> It didn't seem to matter any more what his reasons were. Emma knew only that she needed him now - more than at any other time of her life. The love she had felt for him when she was seventeen had not died. It had deepened. And today her love for him was that of a woman. Could she ever make him realize how she really felt about him?
No escape<P> Was it pure luck that Ben Russell had chosen to buy the old Priory? Certainly it couldn't have had anything to do with Jaime or her teenage son, Tom. It had been fifteen years since she'd seen her ex-husband's brother. Now his nearness was threatening to destroy all her hard-won independence.<P> Jaime wanted to escape from the sensual strength of his hands and rekindle the hatred she knew she should be feeling toward him - but she couldn't. Becuase Ben had come to claim the woman he had always love, and the son he'd never known...
For the first time since the break-up of their marriage, Julie began to have doubts. Should she have believed Jonas instead of Angela?<P> But suppose Jonas was innocent? Even if he weren't, it was no use deceiving herself any longer.<P> "I think you ought to know, Angela," Julie said, "I still love Jonas, no matter what he did. I may go after him."
Nicola had never met Jason Wilde, but she hated him for the way he had hurt and deceived her sister, and was determined to be revenged on him. <P> So she worked out a plan that seemed fool-proof. She took a job with the oil company for which Jason worked and managed to get out to Abrhm, the remote post in the middle of the North African desert where he was supervising. Miles from civilization and the company of women, he should, she reasoned, be an easy target. She was not exactly unattractive, and it should not be difficult to make him fall for her - and then walk out of him in just the same way as he had walked out on her sister. <P> But things did not quite work out in the way Nicola had expected, and fate turned the tables on her neatly and drastically.
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