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The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage the Fool's Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.Jaded lawyer Dante Jeï¬ erson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister-oï¬ -limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen....
He had a secret daughter?One moment, computer consultant Parker Hamilton was quietly programming in his house along the rugged Pacific coast. And the next, his life was thrown into a tailspin. He discovered he was a father. What would he do? What would he say to his daughter? Did she know the truth-that he hadn't known about her? And why was her beautiful aunt, Erin Ridgeway, suddenly giving him the chance to be a full-time father?Despite everything, Erin promised herself she'd give Parker a chance to know his daughter. But what could a lonely millionaire know about raising a little girl? Well, Erin was going to have to find out...for the sake of Christie, who so desperately wanted a family....
Eight years after she skipped town on the eve of her engagement, Kari Asbury briefly revisited sleepy Possum Landing, certain she'd encounter the handsome, upstanding lawman whose love once thrilled--and intimidated--her teenage heart. Still, she never expected to stumble into a bank robbery and meet Sheriff Gage Reynolds at gunpoint!Gage's forceful gaze captivated Kari. His gallant rescue riveted her. His earthy, upright appeal enthralled her. All male, Gage was everything a woman--no longer a girl--could want. But with years of heartbreak...and untold secrets...between them, could Kari find the courage to stand by the man she'd always loved?
Readers have fallen in love with the town and people of Fool's Gold in Susan Mallery's New York Times bestselling series. Meet her latest couple in this special Fool's Gold novella!Fayrene Hopkins may be only twenty-four years old, but she runs her own business and has big plans-plans that don't involve falling in love yet. She's determined to make her mark on the world before settling down. She thinks she's got life all figured out-until she meets Ryan Patterson on her latest job. Fayrene senses his interest in her, and she has to admit he gets her pulse racing. Luckily, starting a relationship with Ryan is safe-he's leaving Fool's Gold when his work contract is up.Ryan has goals of his own and a job waiting for him in Texas. He doesn't expect to get waylaid by a sassy blonde and cozy town. But what started out as temporary is starting to look like the real thing. If only he can convince Fayrene that some plans are made to be broken.Return to Fool's Gold in Just One Kiss, Two of a Kind and Three Little Words. Plus, look for the entire Fool's Gold series-and dozens of other memorable titles by Susan Mallery-available now from Harlequin HQN.
When Noelle Stevenson saw the positive results of her pregnancy test, she didn't know what to do. The baby's father was gone, killed serving his country in Iraq. And nineteen-year-old Noelle was barely making ends meet putting herself through college and working part-time. So when her take-charge boss, Devlin Hunter, offered to marry her--in a purely temporary business arrangement--how could she possibly refuse?Dev wanted to do the right thing for a woman in need. But he didn't anticipate that his beautiful bride, wed in a marriage of convenience, would stir his hardened heart. This platonic partnership was rapidly headed down the road to romance....
What to do when the stick turns blue?1. Take the test again-and again-and again. 2. Try to convince yourself the five tests you have now taken are defective. 3. Accept that you are pregnant-for the second time in your life. 4. Start making plans to tell the father that your one night together is about to deliver a little surprise in nine months. 5. Kiss the man to get him prepared for the news. 6. Realize that kissing the man makes you forget everything you were ever thinking. 7. Take a deep breath and deliver your news.
Mr. December: Duncan Patrick, CEO Scrooge His Objective: Lose the "bah humbug" attitude His Plan: Find the right (temporary) mistress A powerful businessman, Duncan didn't like ultimatums, unless he was making them. But the board demanded his public image change. When he encountered sweet kindergarten teacher Annie McCoy, he knew she'd make him look like a perfect angel, though it would take some devilish manipulation. Once he had Annie playing his pretend mistress, Duncan needed to make her his real-life lover. Could a grouchy CEO cultivate the charm necessary to win the woman he'd almost destroyed?
A storm had claimed her apartment and now Holly Garrett was without a home for the holidays. But just when she saw her plans for Christmas crumbling, a miracle came her way. The handsome firefighter who'd saved her and her cat--and who'd injured himself in the rescue--was now asking her for help. And he was inviting her to live with him. Sure, she could cook and clean for him while he recuperated, but was that really all he wanted?Jordan Haynes couldn't let Holly be alone for Christmas--not when she brought out his every protective instinct. No, he could play the needy patient as well as anyone...and just maybe he could convince her to keep him company through the holidays--if not longer.
Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take care of herself and protect those she loves. Especially her best friends, the Titan sisters.Twenty years ago, Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now he's back to fulfill that promise, even if Jed's daughters get caught in the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is Dana, her gun and a growing passion that can't be denied....
Hannah Pace needed a pretend husband-fast! She lied to her long-lost mother about being married, and now she had to produce the groom. So she hired hometown bad boy Nick Archer. Though he wasn't every mother's dream, he sure was Hannah's hottest fantasy....Trouble was, Nick relished the part a bit too much. Dizzying kisses, heated glances, tender touches. Minute by minute, Nick's paid performance was feeling all too real. And soon Hannah wanted him to be a husband for life...
Millionaire of the Month: Jack Howington III Source of Fortune: International security corporation The woman he can never have: Meredith PalmerWhen he arrived at Hunter's Landing, Jack got the surprise of his life. His best friend's shy little sister had become a breathtaking young woman--with an ax to grind. Still smarting over Jack's long-ago rejection, Meredith was now intent on luring the mogul into her bed. . . and her bed was right across the hall. At what cost would Jack keep a decade-old promise?
When ex-Marine Walker Buchanan stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it's just the neighborly thing to do. And when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she's just returning the favor...right?Both of them have sworn off dating-Elissa's determined to protect her little girl, and that means ditching her taste for dangerous men...especially former Marines with dark secrets. Walker knows that he's not cut out for hearth and home...his own crazy family made sure of that. But the sparks won't stop flying between them.Now the two are struggling to keep their relationship "just friends," but with every kiss, their rules fly out the window...
He won't hesitate to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart? Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw's otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now he's back in Fool's Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won't abandon her again-and her daughter, too?When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He's returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can't resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice's past doesn't make him husband, or father, material.Patience and Justice think they'll succumb to just one kiss... Then one more... Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone's control.
Though years had passed since he'd left town, Justin Kincaid still had something to prove. Especially to Megan Bartlett, the only woman he'd ever loved, and the one woman he could never forgive. This couldn't be happening, Megan told herself, Justin was back. Justin Kincaid had returned. But the boy he'd been was gone, replaced by a man who'd brought Megan a child to cherish. And her own secret past to confront.
The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie MacomberAnne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes-on which they included learning to knit. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen's birth father, who's recently entered their lives....Coming Unraveled by Susan MalleryWhen Robyn Mulligan's dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to longing for her childhood home, she returns to Texas, running her grandmother's knitting store. But the handsome, hot-tempered T. J. Passman isn't making it easy on her. If he can learn to trust Robyn, and overcome his tragic past, they just might discover a passion like no other.Return to Summer Island by Christina SkyeAfter a devastating car accident, Caro McNeal is welcomed by a community of knitters on Oregon's sleepy Summer Island. She also finds meaning and purpose in the letters she exchanges with a marine serving in Afghanistan. But when life takes another unexpected turn, will Caro pick up the threads of hope, opening her heart to wherever it takes her?
She'd resolved to "act more sophisticated" and "get out more." But the rumpled bedding, the coffee brewed by other hands and The Note reminded Rachel Harper that she'd done something completely out of character. She'd brought a man home from a bar.And apparently made a baby.She'd been nervous to tell Carter Brockett the news. Oh, she felt strangely safe with him despite his dangerous looks. Worse, she liked him. But what must he think of the naive schoolteacher who'd lost control and gotten herself knocked up? After all, the man had a legion of exes who'd been unable to snare a commitment, and here she had a forever-binding one!Then she remembered. He'd lost control, too....
Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.Former Navy SEAL Mitch Cassidy comes home to find nearly everything different. His wounds from battle have changed the way people treat him. His cattle ranch is suddenly organic. But time hasn't touched his desire for Skye-or the sting of her betrayal. Forget lip service. He's asking that luscious mouth of hers to reveal the truth. But will Mitch be able to put the past aside to help Skye get out from under her father's thumb...and help himself recover from a broken heart?
Uh-oh. Nicole Beauman had overcome a lot of obstacles in her life, and she sure as heck had never backed down from a challenge. But her boss, Zane Rankin, presented an entirely new sort of dilemma. Sexy and charming, he was like chocolate--sinfully good, but bad for her health. Nicki knew Zane didn't want to settle down, particularly not with a girl like her, and she didn't plan to lose her heart to a temporary fling. But when a friendly date got a little too friendly, things got a little bit steamy...and Nicki wound up just a little bit...pregnant. What was a girl to do?
With his taut muscles and powerful gaze, bodyguard Tanner Keane was Madison Hilliard's only source of safety. Hired to rescue her, he kept her safe from a corrupt ex-husband who wanted her dead. So after days in close proximity--fear and desire escalating--who would save them from their wildest fantasies?Tanner liked his women easy, and Madison was a fighter. And as her presence brightened his house, he began to want her around all the time. For a man who was tough to the world, Tanner let the tender protector in him guide his actions. Yes, he would save her again. But of course, he was the one who was really in danger. . . .
The Nelson sisters are in a quandry. Their long-lost grandma has offered them each a million bucks if one of them marries her great-nephew. The girls assume he must be a real loser if grandma's going to such lengths to get him hitched. But to humor her, they play a round of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and the loser goes on a date with him. And so begins a journey of misjudgments, misunderstandings, mistaken identity. . . and unexpected love that leads all three sisters to the altar with their own millionaires in tow. Get all three books inUSA TODAYbestseller Susan Mallery's captivating series for one low price. Bundle includesThe Substitute Millionare, The Unexpected MillionaireandThe Ultimate Millionaire.
Bestselling authors Susan Mallery, Bronwyn Williams and Carolyn Davidson bring you three brand-new stories about Montana's most popular family-the Kincaids, men and women who carved out lives in Big Sky Country and found true love in Whitehorn, Montana. Legendary rancher Caleb Kincaid discovers love is sweeter the second time around in the arms of an old flame. Younger brother Will woos the townspeople to his bank with the help of a sassy saloon girl who has a head for business and pleasure. Black sheep cousin James saves a schoolteacher from bandits and soon discovers she's stolen his heart!
"Married in Whitehorn" by Susan MalleryDuty-bound to protect pregnant amnesiac Angela Sheppard, Deputy Sheriff Shane McBride swore he'd never give his heart. Yet, soon he hungered to call the attractive widow his own. Was it possible a wedding-with baby!-was due for Whitehorn's brooding man in blue?"Born in Whitehorn" by Karen HughesDr. Jeremy Winters discovered he was a daddy when he came to beautiful Leah Nighthawk's rescue and delivered their tiny twins. And though the hard-hearted doctor would never deny his babies a daddy this Christmas, would he give Leah the gift of his love?
The Bride Who Was Stolen in the Night by Diana Palmer Young, innocent Abby Turner is determined to marry Mr. Absolutely Wrong...until her childhood crush rides back into her life. Chayce Derringer has deliberately kept his distance from Abby, but can he bear to watch her walk down the aisle with another man? Cowgirl Bride by Susan Mallery Lady wrangler Sierra Conroy gave up on love the day Dylan McLaine broke her heart. And over the years, she's convinced herself she doesn't need it. But the heartbreakingly handsome Dylan is back in town, and he's determined to change her mind-fast!
The Harlequin More Than Words philanthropic program brings inspirational stories to life through the writing of seasoned romance authors. In this collection, three bestselling authors deliver short stories inspired by three real-life recipients of the award. Reissue.
Taking destiny in hand, three women were determined to have families of their own. . . but never expected true love to be part of the bargain!Nurses Rachel, Lily and Jenna never thought meeting Mr. Right would be so tough. After all, they were smart, attractive and surrounded every day by the sexy doctors at Portland General Hospital. As their biological clocks grew louder, all three decided it was time-husband or no-to have babies of their own. But pregnancy tested their friendship in ways they never thought possible. . . and made the notion of happily ever after seem out of reach. Of course, dreams sometimes do come true. . . .
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