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Montana Bride

by Joan Johnston

When Karl Norwood's mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she's going to pretend to be all the things she isn't--including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she's going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child. Karl smells a rat when a much younger woman than he was expecting arrives with two children who look nothing like her. But his mail-order bride is so beautiful, he doesn't object--until he realizes that his charming new wife has been lying . . . about everything. Can a woman forced to keep secrets and a man hindered by distrust ever hope to find happily ever after in each other's arms?

More Than Words, Volume 6

by Robyn Carr Joan Johnston Maureen Child Rochelle Alers Christina Skye

Presenting...the sixth annual More Than Words anthology.Little by little, one person at a time, we can make our world a better place. The five dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have done just that, by discovering a seed of compassion, and nurturing it to effect real change in their communities. To celebrate their accomplishments, five bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.We hope More Than Words inspires you to look into your heart and find the heroine who lives within.

The Next Mrs. Blackthorne (Bitter Creek #6)

by Joan Johnston

A lavish summer wedding is being planned at Bitter Creek ranch. In one month, Clay Blackthorne will wed socialite Jocelyn Montrose. But when she hears stirrings of a corporate takeover by the family's archrival, North Grayhawk, Jocelyn covertly heads to North's ranch to offer a valuable commodity -- herself -- if North will call off his plans. Striking a deal to spend the summer with the steely, seductive North, Jocelyn fails to see that her sacrifice to protect the man she loves may have dire consequences. Stunned by his fiancee's rejection, Clay, a newly appointed federal judge, begins presiding over an incendiary terrorism trial, which brings him face to face with his first love, Libby Grayhawk. As tensions mount, forces beyond Clay's control threaten the women most precious to him in the past and the present. And only in a daring act of sacrifice will he know which woman will become the next Mrs. Blackthorne.

Outcast (Benedict Brothers / Taggart Men #1)

by Joan Johnston

Society bachelor and former army sniper Ben Benedict moves between two worlds--from high-society Washington to the mean city streets, from tuxedos to Glocks. His powerful Virginia family wants him out of harm's way, but Ben stays on the job, determined to make amends for a past that haunts him.Dr. Anna Schuster is fighting demons of her own when she crosses paths with Agent Benedict. The two become adversaries--and lovers--as they search for an Al Qaeda operative bent on revenge.Ben must fight against time--and his own darkness--to rescue millions of innocents and the woman he loves from a virulent bioweapon in the hands of a dangerous enemy.

Outlaw's Bride (Mail Order Bride Series #2)

by Joan Johnston

Determined to capture the heart of her childhood friend Ethan Hawk, Patch Kendrick, now a beautiful blonde, helps Patch clear his name so that he will be free to love. By the author of Kid Calhoun.From the Paperback edition.

The Price (Bitter Creek #4)

by Joan Johnston

New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston has captivated millions of readers with her sprawling, sensuous novels about the two opposing dynasties of Bitter Creek, Texas -- the Blackthornes and the Creeds. Now in her highly anticipated hardcover debut, Johnston tells an impassioned story of love and danger, ambition and family, that features the popular character Luke Creed, a young man who has turned his back on his family's ranch to pursue his fortune as an attorney at Houston's most powerful law firm. Even though the stress and the punishing hours of his job as a litigation associate at DeWitt & Blackthorne have cost him his marriage and quality time with his two young daughters, Luke Creed remains fiercely driven to succeed. When Luke takes on the defense of a pharmaceutical company in an explosive wrongful death suit that could make or break his career, he is surprised to find himself squared off against the woman he has always loved, Amy Hazeltine Nash, his high school sweetheart. A single mother recovering from a failed marriage, Amy is a passionate advocate for her bereaved client and is shocked that once-rebellious Luke is now a member of the Establishment, representing corporate interests. But Amy cannot deny the feelings that seeing Luke rekindles in her heart. Concerned that his client may be lying, Luke investigates the case more closely, which means spending more time with Amy with whom a new romance begins to blossom. But when one of Luke's colleagues dies under suspicious circumstances, he finds he is in danger of losing not only the case but his life. With help from Amy and a trio of fearless colleagues, Luke delves into a dangerous web of corruption that involves his client and his firm. In doing so he has no choice but to question the price of his own ambitions. From the towering skyscrapers of Houston to the majestic plains of south Texas ranch country, The Price sweeps readers into a powerfully engrossing, passionate novel that will keep them on the edge of their seats as it explores the questions of what is truly important in life and how high a price a person is willing to pay to achieve his or her ambitions.

Shattered (Bitter Creek #8)

by Joan Johnston

Nine years ago Kate Grayhawk Pendelton walked into Wyatt Shaw's life--and out of it the next morning. Now Wyatt's back--and has the power to shatter Kate's future with the man she loves.By reputation, Wyatt Shaw is a brutal killer who always gets what he wants. And he wants Kate and her twin eight-year-old sons. Texas Ranger Jack McKinley is hot on Wyatt Shaw's trail. The presumed heir to the D'Amato crime syndicate is threatening to steal the woman he loves.Holly McKinley is fighting to keep Jack from leaving her for another woman. Now the secret she's kept for over twenty years may save their son's life, and cost her the only man she's ever loved.

Sisters Found

by Joan Johnston

HopeHope Butler is about to watch the man of her dreams, Jake Whitelaw, marry another woman-unless she finds the courage to stand up and fight for him.FaithFaith has always been more concerned with the happiness of others than with her own, and if she isn't careful, she's going to let a good man slip through her fingers.CharityAdopted at a young age, Charity Burnette never really had a home, and she's not one for putting down roots-even if it means shutting out the man who'd love to call her his wife.When the three sisters come together unexpectedly at Hawk's Pride Ranch, the sparks fly. But each woman is about to learn something about herself...about family...and about the love of a good man.

A Stranger’s Game (Bitter Creek #7)

by Joan Johnston

FromNew York Timesbestselling author Joan Johnston comes a dazzling new Bitter Creek novel that features all of the passion and intrigue in Texas high society that her readers know and love, mixed with an explosive, spine-tingling tale of murder, wrongful imprisonment, and a woman who counts no cost too high to see a killer brought to justice. FBI Special Agent Breed Grayhawk has the hottest sex in his life with a stranger who calls herself Grace Smith, only to discover early the next morning that her real name is Merle Raye Finkel -- and she's a convicted double murderer who broke her parole a year ago and disappeared. Now she's his prime suspect in a terrorist threat against the U. S. president. Grace Caldwell is determined to find the killer who framed her for the murder of her father and stepmother -- and make him pay. She burgles the home of her #1 suspect and nets a surprising haul: a hot-pink, silk-covered diary -- the record of a sex-addicted wife's adventures -- which suggests that Grace's #1 suspect isa serial killer. But her theft has been caught on tape, and the man she's been chasing becomes the hunter. . . with Grace as his prey. With just five days until the president arrives in Austin, Texas, the last thing the FBI needs is a serial killer on the prowl. . . and a terrorist suspect who will stop at nothing to clear her name. The clock is ticking down, and Agent Grayhawk is racing time to discover the truth about his dangerous lover.

Sweetwater Seduction

by Joan Johnston

Spinster schoolteacher Eden Devlin was desperate when she convinced rancher and nester wives to withhold sex from their husbands until they agreed to end a devastating range war. But frustrated husbands held at arm's length by their wives resorted to their own desperate measures - and hired gunslinger Burke Kerrigan to seduce Miss Devlin.

The Texan (Bitter Creek #2)

by Joan Johnston

Joan Johnston, the New York Times-bestselling author of The Cowboy, casts her beguiling spell once again in her breathtaking new novel. Set against a majestic backdrop of sprawling modern-day Texas, The Texan weaves a tale of two feuding families--the Blackthornes and the Creeds--and of two extraordinary people, loner Owen Blackthorne and beautiful, headstrong Bayleigh Creed, irresistibly drawn to each other despite the desperate odds against their love.Owen Blackthorne was a lone wolf, a man who didn't need anyone. Until Bayleigh Creed appeared on his doorstep, demanding his help in locating her missing brother. They headed into the desolate West Texas wilderness together, a Blackthorne and a Creed, mortal enemies obliged to join forces to survive. Neither counted on the unwanted attraction that drew them together, or the bitter truths that would force them apart. Until the ruthless wilderness compelled them to make life-and-death choices--between family ... and duty ... and love.From the Paperback edition.

Texas Bride (Mail-Order Bride #1)

by Joan Johnston

HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE. SHE MAY BE HIS LAST CHANCE. Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed's Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she's bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she's played on him?Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he's in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter--or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He's determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn't count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn't count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.From the Paperback edition.

Texas Brides: The Rancher and the Runaway Bride & The Bluest Eyes in Texas

by Joan Johnston

THE RANCHER AND THE RUNAWAY BRIDETate Whitelaw has had enough of her older brothers interfering in her life. So she decides to split from the ranch and does what any young, red-blooded girl would do--run straight into the arms of rancher Adam Phillips. Adam's in no mood to rescue a damsel in distress, but his heart has other ideas. Tate has no clue that her estranged brother, Jesse, is as close as the neighboring spread. . . and Adam has no intention of telling her. But when she discovers that Jesse is a ranch hand next door, Adam has some explaining ahead of him. Add in the three Whitelaw boys, who show up to make sure their sister's an honest woman, and there's nothing left to say except I do. THE BLUEST EYES IN TEXASWhen debutante Lindsey Major came under the protection of Texas Ranger Burr Covington, she discovered her greatest challenge yet. Because Burr was determined not to succumb to her charms--despite the desire she saw simmering in his eyes. . .

Texas Woman (Sisters of the Lone Star #3)

by Joan Johnston

The New York Times bestselling author weaves her seductive magic once again as she journeys back to the lawless frontier of Nineteenth-century Texas to bring us the story of two warring hearts and a seduction that began amid the fires of passion and treachery. . . Cruz Guerrero wanted Sloan Stewart from the first moment he laid eyes on the headstrong beauty. But Sloan, eldest daughter of a wealthy cotton planter, belonged to another man--until the day she came to him,...

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

by Joan Johnston Cara Summers

A new life, a second chanceInheriting a practically derelict sheep ranch in Montana wouldn't be considered a windfall for most people. But for Harriet Allistair, it was perfect. The exact challenge to prove to her family and herself that she wasn't a failure, that she could be someone.And she didn't need help, particularly from Nathan Hazard. He might be charming and handsome and a successful sheep rancher in his own right, but Harriet didn't trust his motives. Yet facing the house falling apart, the business in bankruptcy, the land and animals needing attention and her own heart betraying her, could she really do it without him? Did she want to?

Wyoming Bride (Mail-Order Bride #2)

by Joan Johnston

The sensational second novel in Joan Johnston's new Western historical romance series set in the world of Bitter Creek. CAN SECRETS AND SECOND CHOICES EVER LEAD TO LOVE? After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow--pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness. Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west. Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger? Flint Creed has also lost someone he loved--when the woman he hoped to marry chose his younger brother instead. Now he must find a ranch wife of his own. But every female in the remote Wyoming Territory is too old, too young, or already married . . . until he discovers Hannah on the prairie. Flint doesn't pretend to love her, but he doesn't tell her he loves another woman, either. Hannah doesn't pretend to love him, but she doesn't tell him about the child she carries. Though danger surrounds them on the Wyoming frontier, the greatest threats of all are the secrets within--revelations that could destroy the new life Hannah and Flint have begun to cherish.From the Paperback edition.

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