The Innocent: Too tall and entirely too outspoken, Miss Eliza Sheringham grew up thumbing her nose at polite English society. So when Captain Lord Marcus Wharton, called Beau for his stunning good looks, set his rakish sights on her, Eliza thought nothing of rejecting his advances. Until a stolen kiss swept her into the arms of a man too dangerous too love.... The Beau: Called to battle, Marcus left behind the woman who had captured his heart--and the scandal ignited by their kiss. His brother's disappearance made him Duke of Blackthorne, guardian of twin nieces who were rumored to be his own daughters. Badly scared in battle, the Beau had become the Beast of Blackthorne, a wounded animal destined to spend his life hiding in a shadowy wing of Blackthorne Abbey. The Beast: When Eliza Sheringham showed up on his doorstep proposing herself as governess for the incorrigible twins, the Beast demanded marriage as the price of the job. He knew she could never love him. Surely his looks would drive her away--now that he hungered for her more than life itself. ...
From genteel Boston to the wilds of Montana, she is searching for a safe haven for her family--and finds unexpected love. Having lost her beloved husband, a whaling captain, to a watery grave, Molly Gallagher refuses to risk more heartbreak. Determined to keep her headstrong son from following in his father's footsteps, she agrees to become the mail-order bride of a Montana country doctor. She tells her new husband that she can never give her love to another man; what she doesn't tell him is that she has a young daughter and a rebellious teenage son. Molly's ruse might have worked, but Seth Kendrick has secrets of his own: a willful daughter determined to end the marriage before it even begins--and a double life keeping his neighbors safe from outlaws. In an untamed land of vigilante justice, Molly has no choice but to trust this gray-eyed stranger whose stubbornness matches her own, whose kisses unleash flash floods of desire--and who may be the one man in a million who could win her fiery, faithful heart. "A book you will read and remember for a long, long time . . . Wonderful characters light up the pages."--RendezvousFrom the Paperback edition.
Sworn to protect her, he was forbidden to touch her. ... Joan Johnston is a masterful creator of unforgettable characters and stories that make you feel as if you're falling in love again. Now she sweeps you back to Regency-era Scotland, where a determined young woman challenges a man's world--even as she embraces the outsider who protects her life and steals her heart .... When the tall, rugged stranger stepped out of the shadows and rescued her from a fate worse than death, Katherine MacKinnon knew she had found her bodyguard. With his steely arms and reckless courage, he would shield her from her clansmen, who refused to accept her as laird, and from the hated Duke of Blackthorne, who controlled her family's lands. As her desire grew for the mysterious man who was constantly by her side, she had no idea that she was falling in love with the enemy himself. ...
He vowed to wed, bed, and abandon her. But love got in the way... Joan Johnston sweeps you back to Regency-era England and Scotland with a love story that will take your breath away. Here is romance at its best as Johnston brings back unforgettable characters from her bestsellers, Captive, After the Kiss, and The Bodyguard in a spellbinding novel of seduction and betrayal. She was the reigning belle of the ton for the fourth Season in a row, but Lady Regina Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne's daughter, was determined to avoid the perils of marriage. She had already seen enough to distrust all men. Then Clay Bannister, the dashing Earl of Carlisle, dared to steal a kiss and stir new and exciting desires. Scarred by tragedy, Carlisle intrigued her with his mysterious past and his dark, dangerous charm. She never suspected she was about to marry her father's most vengeful enemy--or that her greatest defense would be the passions he could not resist. ...
She was a gorgeous rebel. Defying all the rules, daring to speak her mind, Charlotte Edgerton declared her independence before she even entered the Earl of Denbigh's home. Her new guardian immediately made her a prisoner in her own room--until she agreed to learn the lady-like arts. Furious, she complied. Anything to buy her freedom from Denbigh. She's even marry a man she didn't love to get away from her domineering guardian. In fact, love was the furthest thing from her mind... He was the Earl who vowed to tame her. Lionel Morgan, Earl of Denbigh, had been betrayed at the altar by another woman and vowed that no female would ensnare him again. Then Charlotte Edgerton burst into his life. Denbigh wasn't prepared for this headstrong American--or the passions she inspired on first sight. He knew only that he had to civilize her, present her at court, and Almack's, and then marry her off to the highest bidder. It wasn't until he nearly lost her that he realized the truth: She'd somehow reversed their roles and become the captor of his heart.
New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston, who "writes brisk romance chock-full of compelling conflicts and strong local color" (Publishers Weekly), evokes the grandeur, excitement, and danger of the American frontier in this sweeping historical novel. When Kinyan Holloway's husband is killed in a range accident, she has no idea how she and her children will manage. Torn between the Sioux world in which she was raised and maintaining her husband's ranch - the largest in the Wyoming Territory - she knows only that somehow she will not just survive but preserve her children's heritage for them. Into her life rides Benjamin Colter, a scarred stranger who's fast with his gun. Colter has tried to put vengeance behind him, but the past seems destined to catch up with him. What he wants now is Kinyan Holloway - and her ranch - but he can get them only if he defeats a deadly rival and agrees to become a father to three children who awnt more from him than he's able to give.
In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three strong willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a woman captured by Comanches - and of the proud warrior who vows to make her love him Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who'd been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years he'd searched for the violet eyed beauty, and now a strange twist of fate led him to her. Called Shadow by her captors, Bay had almost given up hope of rescue, when a rugged stranger in buckskins appeared, risking his life to bring her home and awakening a passion that burned hot and true. Bay knew her place was with her family. But Long Quiet hadn't found her only to lose her again. He had to convince this woman his woman that her true home was with him as together they would fight for a love strong enough to bridge two worlds. .
Joan Johnston transports us to rugged present-day Texas--a place of wide-open prairies and unbridled ambitions--where two ranching families, the Blackthornes and the Creeds, are locked in a bitter century-old feud. Here, Johnston brings to life a breathtaking love story--between the Blackthornes' oldest son and the Creeds' beautiful daughter--a magnificent novel of passion, vengeance, and star-crossed love.Trace Blackthorne was taught from the cradle to take what he wanted. And he wanted Callie Creed. Eleven years ago, the feud between their families had torn them apart. But now Trace has come home, a ruthless hard-eyed stranger, making her an offer she couldn't refuse: marry him and save her struggling family from financial ruin. But the secrets of the past return to haunt them. And Callie is once again compelled to make an impossible choice--between the family who desperately needs her and the only man she has ever loved.From the Paperback edition.
The prequel to the New York Times bestseller The Cowboy Sprawling 1840s Texas comes alive in the hands of Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy and The Texan. Introducing the unforgettable Creed dynasty, transporting us back to a wild, lawless frontier, Frontier Woman brings us a stirring, passionate story of Texas Ranger Jarrett Creed and the free-spirited beauty who captures his heart . . . a woman sworn to love no man. . . . Captured by Comanches as a boy, Jarrett Creed grew to manhood torn between two worlds. But with the young republic under siege from ravaging Mexican armies and marauding Indian tribes alike, he made his choice. Now, as a secret government mission brings the Texas Ranger to lovely Cricket Stewart's door, he must choose again. The youngest daughter of a wealthy gentleman planter, Cricket lives life as she pleases and vows never to be a wife to any man. Until the day Jarrett Creed saves her from avenging Comanches . . . by claiming her as his bride. The last thing either expects is to fall in love. But as a traitorous conspiracy and a secret tragedy test their newfound union, a wild-spirited beauty and a Texas lawman will discover just how far they will go for their precious homeland . . . and for a love that could free them from the sorrows of the past. . . .
Will three incredibly strong and stubborn men of the land rethink their bachelor ways when love comes a-calling?THE RANCHER AND THE RUNAWAY BRIDEWhen lovestruck virgin Tate Whitelaw becomes brawny Adam Philips's adoring woman, her bossy brothers arrive with shotguns in hand!THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESSWill the fiery discord between breathtaking beauty Belinda Prescott and ill-tempered cowboy Faron Whitelaw catch them off guard. . . 'THE WRANGLER AND THE RICH GIRLTempting Texas debutante Candy Baylor makes potently masculine horse breeder Garth Whitelaw an offer he can't possibly refuse!
A true master of Western romance, Joan Johnston has lassoed readers with her delightful Hawk's Way series. Now three best-loved favorites from the popular family saga - The Unforgiving Bride, The Headstrong Bride and The Disobedient Bride - are available in one convenient download!
Watch tempers rise and sparks fly as the Whitelaws of Hawk's Way meet their matches in these two unforgettable classics!The Headstrong BrideCallen Whitelaw had one surefire way to soften up a rugged rancher out for revenge against her beloved clan. The headstrong bride would marry him!The Disobedient BrideZach Whitelaw chose his "convenient" wife for one reason only-to provide him with a brood of little Whitelaws. But no matter how many long, lazy days they spend in their marriage bed, his disobedient bride refuses to get pregnant.
Two fan-favorite western romances in one volume by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Johnston.The Cowboy Takes a WifeDesiree Parrish had two weeks to find a man strong enough to protect her from her abusive ex-husband. She'd never forgotten Carter Prescott's kindness to her, many years ago, but could she trust him to keep her and her daughter safe now? Though she was offering him a marriage in name only, Carter had one nonnegotiable condition-Desiree would have to share his name and his bed!The Unforgiving BrideFrom the moment rancher Falcon Whitelaw first saw Mara Ainsworth, she was the woman of his dreams-but she belonged to someone else. Then a tragic accident left her widowed-and she blamed Falcon. Now Mara has come to him for help. It seems marrying him is the only way to save her daughter's life. Now that he's got her just where he wants her, can Falcon convince Mara to forgive him and make this a marriage for real?
The Cowboy Takes a Wife Desiree Parrish had two weeks to find a man strong enough to protect her from her abusive ex-husband. She'd never forgotten Carter Prescott's kindness to her, many years ago, but could she trust him to keep her and her daughter safe now? Though she was offering him a marriage in name only, Carter had one nonnegotiable condition--Desiree would have to share his name and his bed! The Unforgiving Bride From the moment rancher Falcon Whitelaw first saw Mara Ainsworth, she was the woman of his dreams--but she belonged to someone else. Then a tragic accident left her widowed--and she blamed Falcon. Now Mara has come to him for help. It seems marrying him is the only way to save her daughter's life. Now that he's got her just where he wants her, can Falcon convince Mara to forgive him and make this a marriage for real?
THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESSFaron Whitelaw had some nerve calling Belinda Prescott a princess. A nearly bankrupt ranch was hardly a castle, and Faron, an ill-tempered cowboy who'd inherited half her kingdom, was certainly no prince. Faron became spitting mad when Belinda informed him about the truth of his parentage: he wasn't one of the Whitelaws of Texas. He wanted to believe that she was nothing more than a gold digger, but all she seemed to want was him....THE WRANGLER AND THE RICH GIRLGarth Whitelaw couldn't understand why a rich Texas debutante like Candy Baylor would want to train horses. But she looked darn sexy in worn jeans with hay in her hair, so who was he to judge? Candy had no idea why Garth was suddenly so agreeable, but she wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Besides, her instructors in school had never been so ruggedly handsome as this wrangler...and she wouldn't mind engaging in some horseplay!
The Virgin Groom-He was every kid's idol, every man's envy, every woman's fantasy. And then Mac Macready's fiancée dumped him, and his future was looking mighty uncertain. The most shocking thing of all was that the only woman who could save him was notorious Jewel Whitelaw....The Substitute Groom-He'd taught his best friend's girl how to kiss-and had never forgotten the touch of Jennifer Wright's lips. And now that Huck couldn't marry Jenny, U.S. Air Force major Colt Whitelaw vowed to make the ultimate sacrifice. But first Colt needed to convince Jenny this was right-so he drew her close once more....
Celebrate the return of Hawk's Way's sexiest cowboys with these classic tales fromNew York TimesandUSA TODAYbestselling author Joan JohnstonThe Temporary Groom"No-good half-breed" Billy Stonecreek and wild child Cherry Whitelaw met and married in a single night for all the right reasons-except love. He needed a mother for his little twin daughters and she needed to quell her bad reputation, but could a marriage of convenience between the biggest troublemakers in Texas lead to forever?The Virgin GroomHe was every kid's idol, every man's envy, every woman's fantasy. But when Mac Macready's fianc#xE9;e dumped him, and his future was looking mighty uncertain, the most shocking thing of all was that the only woman who could save him was notorious Jewel Whitelaw. . . ;.
New York Times bestselling author Joan Jonston is celebrated worldwide for her emotional, dramatic stories told with a strong sensuality and a decided Western flavor!HONEY AND THE HIRED HANDTall, dark and grumpy, Jesse Whitelaw could scare away cattle rustlers with a single growl. But wary widow Honey Farrell knew just how to tame the mysterious drifter. And it started with a kiss. . . . THE COWBOY TAKES A WIFETo own a piece of land, Carter Prescott had to say I do and agree to protect Desiree Parrish from her abusive ex-husband. He'd thought he could handle being just a bodyguard--until he touched his new bride. . . . THE TEMPORARY GROOMSingle dad and no-good half-breed Billy Stonecreek and wild Whitelaw Brat Cherry Whitelaw met and married in a single night for all the right reasons--except love. Could a marriage begun in haste and seasoned with passion lead to forever?
New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston returns to Texas with a captivating story of justice, secrets, and a love that can heal all woundsDedicated Texas Ranger Jack Kittrick is hard on the trail of a killer who is preying on the helpless in a large San Antonio hospital . . . a hunt that leads him to Maggie Wainwright, the beautiful, enigmatic legal eagle who had access to the victims--and a motive for the crimes. The more Jack learns about Maggie, the more this secretive lady--who makes his spurs tangle and his heart run wild--enthralls and perplexes him.When her own son becomes the killer's target, Maggie can no longer keep silent about her painful, shadowy past. With everything she truly cares about at stake, Maggie must cast her fate to the Texas winds . . . and trust her future, and her love, to the determined lawman who has more questions for her than she has answers.
When her first husband, a Texas Ranger,was killed on the job, Honey Farrell swore she'd never risk her heart again. She no longer has time for men, anyway-not with a ranch to run, a dwindling bank account and two teenaged boys to raise. So when cowboy Jesse Whitelaw turns up on her doorstep looking for work, he seems like the answer to her prayers.But Honey doesn't know that Jesse's actually a Ranger himself, going undercover to break up a cattle-rustling ring-and as she and Jesse get closer, the secrets he's keeping could destroy them both.
A story of an unforgettable first love in the heart of Texas . . . from New York Times bestselling author Joan JohnstonDelia Carson was only sixteen when she fled her Texas hometown. She left behind a web of lies that destroyed her family . . . and Marsh North, the irresistible bad boy she'd fallen in love with. Now, eleven years later, a family crisis forces Delia to return home--back to the mystery, back to the shadows . . . back to Marsh.His bad-boy reputation behind him, Marsh is now a respected, prizewinning journalist. And he's never forgotten Delia or the youthful love they shared. Determined not to lose her again, Marsh sets out to prove to Delia that they belong together. But will the dark secrets from Delia's past keep them apart?
Daisy knew that someday, somehow, she would pay for wanting what no proper woman wanted...The ravishing Duchess Daisy vowed to save Severn Manor by marrying Nicholas Calloway, a Texas bounty hunter come to claim his family's ancestral lands. But the moment they met, the slate eyed barbarian took Daisy's breath away. She proposed a marriage of convenience. But she hadn't reckoned on flash-fire passion with the savage new duke...Nicholas Calloway came to England to discover the truth about his bastard birth, then sell his inherited estate--with Duchess Daisy's help. Her price was marriage. He agreed, determined to have her on his own terms-only to find himself hostage to the fiery redhead he couldn't leave behind...The highly acclaimed bestselling author of Outlaw's Bride, Joan Johnston brings to life two extraordinary characters--an outrageous duchess and an unlikely duke--in a love story that enchants and enthralls to the very last page.From the Paperback edition.
An old flame rekindles in this fan-favorite tale from New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston... Wealthy aristocrat Bella Benedict has one last wish: to see her five estranged children happily married. But one of her sons, Max Benedict, has no interest in long-term commitment. Instead, he travels the world, working as a sometime spy for the CIA but mostly cementing his reputation as a rich playboy. When he's asked to investigate a foreign threat against the president, he doesn't think twice about accepting--until he hears who he'll be working with in London. FBI Special Agent Kristin Lassiter is under investigation and on the verge of losing everything--her savings, her job, her beloved father. So when Bella Benedict approaches her with an offer to pay her mounting debts, she's tempted to accept. But there's a catch, and a big one. Bella wants Kristin to win the heart of her playboy son Max--the very man who broke Kristin's heart years ago and is unaware that he fathered her nine-year-old daughter. If Kristin succeeds, she'll get the money she needs. But can she win Max's heart without falling back in love with him?
Two Benedict brothers in one convenient box set for the first time by New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston. Invincible Wealthy aristocrat Bella Benedict has one last wish: to see her five children happily settled. But one of her sons, Max Benedict, has no interest in marriage. Instead, he travels the world as a CIA spy, but mostly lives the playboy lifestyle. When he's asked to investigate a threat against the president, he doesn't think twice--until he hears who he'll be working with. FBI Agent Kristin Lassiter is under investigation and on the verge of losing her job and savings. So when Bella offers to pay her debts, she's tempted, but there's a catch. Kristin has to win the heart of Max--the very man who broke her heart years ago. If Kristin succeeds, she'll get the money. But can she succeed without breaking hers again? Outcast Society bachelor and former army sniper Ben Benedict moves between two worlds: from the Washington elite to the mean city streets. His powerful Virginia family wants him out of harm's way, but Ben stays on the job, determined to make amends for his past. Dr. Anna Schuster is plagued by guilt over the sister she couldn't save, so Anna has chosen to help others by becoming a trauma therapist. When Ben turns to her for help, she is unwittingly drawn into his dangerous world--and his heart. As a biological weapon threatens millions of lives, Ben must fight against time to save his country from terrorists and protect the woman he loves.
Texas Ranger Jake Kearney was astonished to discover that the "Kid" Calhoun he stalked, the same outlaw who saved him from ambush, was a woman--and an irresistible one at that! Now Anabeth Calhoun was an unwilling captive of the flinty-eyed Ranger as they pursued a gang of cold-blooded killers . . . and a cache of stolen gold that had mysteriously disappeared. But the lawman's problems had only just begun. Fighting his desire for the outlaw he had sworn would not escape justice, Jake Kearney was soon torn between his duty . . . and his love. . . .Anabeth knew she had found her match in the rugged loner who taught her the joys of passion . . . while she taught him the exquisite perils of love. She also knew that Anabeth "Kid" Calhoun was one outlaw both willing and eager to fall into the long arms of the law!From the Paperback edition.