As children, Molly, Lena and Tessa McBride witnessed their parents' murder-suicide. That life-changing moment shaped their future in unimaginable ways, but was unable to destroy the ties between them.Molly chose a life of helping others through her work as a nun. But her determination to do good cannot prevent darkness from touching her life...or make her forget the man she secretly loves: her sister's husband.Lena longs for intimacy, but fears again losing someone she loves-until she meets Dr. Reece Longworth. His belief in her makes her willing to try to open her heart again. But by the time she learns to love him, will it be too late?Adopted as a baby, Tessa McBride remembers little of her sisters, but feels the effects of their parents' deaths as keenly. She seeks fame, but finds herself caught by a man whose promise of love comes with terrible consequences.
Chicago homicide detective Kate Delaney fiercely defends victims. Which is why -- despite death threats -- she's testifying to a federal grand jury about local police corruption. It's also why she's infuriated by the New Orleans police department's blasÉ attitude toward her estranged sister's death. But pursuing an investigation in a strange city means allying with someone who knows the territory. And the players. Someone with a total disregard for the rules. As an ex-cop from a police family, New Orleans PI Nick Broussard knows that cops live by their own code. You don't rat out a fellow officer. The last thing he needs is some smart-mouthed, by-the-book outsider unknowingly injecting herself into his undercover search for the truth. Even worse is the way she conjures up visions of tangled sheets. . . . Nick and Kate's chase pits them against the criminal underworld of the sultry southern city. And as they peel away layers of deadly deception, they discover a dark secret too many are willing to kill to keep.
Former Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee is settling back into civilian life, refurbishing a farmhouse for an old friend who plans to turn it into a culinary school. Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand has been publicly humiliated by a philandering husband. So Madeline jumps at the chance to return to Shelter Bay to recover and help her grandmother turn the family farm into a new business. Little does she know that the man who broke her heart years ago is already on the job--or that he's going to cook up a recipe of passion, patience, and perseverance to win her over.
Continuing her sparkling, sexy Stewart Sisters trilogy, bestselling author JoAnn Ross pens a romantic suspense story set in the glorious Great Smoky Mountains, where a tough man and a passionate woman find love amid danger. Lark Stewart is on the run from a singing career that skyrocketed out of control. . . and from someone who's bent on murder. When one of her band members is killed in New Orleans, Lucas McCloud -- her first love and a former FBI agent -- takes Lark home. But the remote Stewart family resort offers no protection from the madman who's working his way across the mountains. A Desert Storm hero and FBI sniper, Lucas is haunted by a tragic mission in his past. But with the mysterious killer stalking Lark, Lucas is forced back into the life he left behind. For Lark is the only woman he's ever loved, and the only person who can save his soul. . . provided he saves her first.
Following her wildly popular Callahan Brothers trilogy, national bestselling author JoAnn Ross begins the sparkling Stewart Sisters trilogy with this fun, sexy riff on the classic movie To Catch a Thief-- with a Scottish twist!Lily Stewart is busy planning the summer Highland Games at her family's Great Smoky Mountain resort. So the last thing she needs is some arrogant, demanding Scotsman-- no matter how sexy-- arriving to film the annual festival. It's bad enough that he's constantly interrupting her days -- but even worse that he's tempting her to rev up her nights with a Highland fling. Filmmaker Ian MacDougall MacKenzie is actually there to steal back the Brooch of Lorn, which has gone back and forth between the Stewarts and the MacDougalls ever since it was ripped from Robert the Bruce's tartan in 1306. But when Ian realizes Lily has stolen his heart, he wonders whether love can prevail once she discovers he's been deceiving her all along...
Southern hospitality can kill you. . . . There's no escaping the sweltering heat when White House correspondent Laurel Stewart arrives in Somersett, South Carolina, and discovers that her best friend -- the vice president's protocol advisor -- has disappeared. As frustrated as she is by Detective Joe Gannon's skepticism regarding her suspicions, Laurel finds his smooth-talking southern ways and brazen bedroom eyes disturbingly, dangerously, seductive. With the homicide rate escalating as fast as the mercury, the last thing Joe needs is a stubborn, argumentative reporter -- particularly not an outsider from Washington, D. C. , who triggers a sexual jolt at every encounter -- spinning her crazy conspiracy theories. But while he may not entirely believe Laurel Stewart, Joe can't stop himself from wanting her. Thrown together by necessity, drawn together by passion, Laurel and Joe follow a twisted trail into the darkest corners of the sultry, moss-draped city to uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep.
Wolfe Longwalker: Proud of his heritage, he used words-as a writer-to battle the white man. His enemies used a more basic method: they were about to hang Wolfe for a crime he didn't commit.So when Noel Giraudeau, a modern-day princess, found herself in 1896 Arizona, what else could she do except rescue Wolfe? But he was a man who didn't trust anyone, least of all a woman. On the run from the law, their passionate adventure quickly turned into something much more real...but Noel's destiny was back in her own time and Wolfe's was in his....ROGUESDangerous to love, impossible to resist!
Do You Have a Secret Fantasy?Desiree Dupree fears she might be living hers.By day she's an investigative reporter. But at night she pens sexy, intimate love stories. Lately the sexy and mysterious Roman Falconer has been playing a starring role in her fantasies. At the same time, she's also investigating him. Something scary is going on in New Orleans and Roman's novels seem to contain the answers. Roman is also the prime suspect, but still Desiree can't deny her passion for him.Desiree has to find the truth. But that means walking a fine line between danger and desire....
A NEW HOPE Caine O'Halloran had been a hero. A husband. A father. Now he was none of those things. His career as a baseball pitcher - all but over. His marriage to Nora Anderson - history. The son he loved - gone. And now, as he returns to his hometown to regroup, he finds instead that every familiar corner, every familiar face is a reminder of what he has lost. Except for Nora. Because with her he has a second chance. A chance at forgiveness, redemption and hope. But after all the golden opportunities Caine has squandered in his life, can he believe he deserves another chance?
JoAnn Ross, one of the most passionate voices in contemporary romantic fiction, returns to the moss-draped splendor of Blue Bayou in a powerful novel of love and suspense, filled with characters you will never forget. Julia Summers is in Blue Bayou, Louisiana, wrapping up her role on the sizzling soap opera River Road before jetting off to play the part of her dreams. But when she receives an all-too-real threat, her director saddles her with a no-nonsense FBI agent as protection. Free-spirited Julia figures she'll just use her feminine wiles to keep the handsome bodyguard out of her way. Finn Callahan has no interest in baby-sitting a spoiled starlet, but he owes his brother, Blue Bayou's mayor, a favor. When danger closes in on Julia, Finn realizes that what he feels for her is much more than physical attraction. Now he'll willingly lay his life on the line for the woman who has shown him how beautiful life can be when it's filled with laughter and love.
Roarke O'Malley:loves danger and beautiful women. As a glove-trotting journalist, he lives on the edge using his wits, daring and sheer love of adventure. Home to recuperate from an attempt on his life, set up by a woman who claimed to love him, he falls into the greatest danger of all....Beautiful and vulnerable Daria Shea runs to Roarke for help. Without her memory, she doesn't know who is trying to hurt her or why. Roarke claims he's no knight in shining armor, but with him Daria feels safe. And as they investigate together, the hot sultry days of New Orleans turn into steamy, loving nights.... But with his history-and the ring from another man on her finger-can Daria make Roarke believe in love?NEW ORLEANS KNIGHTS: Three brothers, three unforgettable heroes
She Loved His Brother...Grief-stricken over the death of his brother, cynical, hard-nosed movie maverick Bram Fortune did the unthinkable-he sought comfort in the arms of his brother's fiancée. The morning after, they both realized their mistake and left for their separate lives. Only, Bram couldn't forget Dani Cantrell's soft skin or beautiful eyes. Even as he was beginning to think he had to see her again, Dani came to him.She was pregnant with his child. His-not his brother's. Bram knew he wanted Dani more than he'd ever wanted any other woman.First he had to marry her.Then he had to make her love him.
He was used to getting what he wanted. And what he wanted was her. As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, Dillon Slater had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Now, he's enjoying the pace of life in Shelter Bay, where he teaches high school physics. He still gets to blow things up, but as the school basketball coach he also gets to impart leadership skills. His latest minefield: fifteen-year-old Matt Templeton--and Matt's irresistible mother... Claire Templeton moved her troubled teenage son to the small town of Shelter Bay to escape the bad influences at his school in L. A. But when his attitude earns her a visit from the handsome basketball coach, she wonders if this role model might be too much of a temptation--for her. Because though she isn't looking for a relationship, she can't seem to resist Dillon's playful charm. But what she doesn't realize is that Dillon isn't playing games--he's playing for keeps...
Shayne O'Malley: Undercover operative. Handsome as sin, he plays the part of a jet-setting playboy, perfectly willing to use seduction to finish his assignment. No woman had ever been his match until...Suspected thief Bliss Fortune turned his world upside down. Shayne's superiors were convinced Bliss was part of an international jewel-smuggling ring, but cynical, world-weary Shayne is suddenly having other ideas. He's beginning to wonder if the trusting, beautiful, passionate woman might be innocent. But that meant someone was setting her up....NEW ORLEANS KNIGHTS: Three brothers, three unforgettable heroes
[From the back cover] "Silver Bells" by FERN MICHAELS For years, movie star Amy Lee wondered what it would he like to leave her shallow Hollywood life and go hack home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. This Christmas, she plans to find out. And Hank Anders, her high-school boyfriend, is now ready to give her a welcome she'll never forget... "Dear Santa..." by JOANN ROSS Mystery author Holly Berry's SUV has broken down in the little hamlet of Santa's Village, Washington. Holly hates the holidays-that is until lodge owner Gabriel O'Halloran and his five-year-old daughter rekindle her belief in passion, magic, and Christmas wishes... "Christmas Past" by MARY BURTON Photographer Nicole Piper just received a very unwelcome Christmas gift-a letter that holds clues to an elusive killer's identity. Enlisting homicide detective David Ayden's help, she embarks on a road trip that will take them both into the heart ot danger and desire... "A Mulberry Park Christmas" by JUDY DUARTE After a bitter breakup, Alyssa Ridgeway's heart just isn't into Christmas this year. But running into her first love, James "Mac" MacGregor, fills her with memories of the tender kiss they once shared...
To her fans, Roxanne Scarbrough is the genteel Southern queen of good taste-she's built an empire around the howto's of gracious living. To her critics-and there are many- Roxanne is a tyrant. And now somebody wants her dead.Chelsea Cassidy, Roxanne's official biographer, knows that Roxanne is determined to keep her dark secrets buried, whatever the cost. But when Chelsea begins to unearth the truth about Roxanne's life, her search leads her back into the arms of her college love, Cash Beaudine-a man Roxanne wants for herself. And suddenly Chelsea's investigation takes on a very personal nature-with potentially fatal consequences.
Hunter St. John wants Gillian Cassidy. In his bed fulfilling his fantasies. For thirty nights, that's the deal. He's going to make her scream with wild, wanton pleasure. Enjoy a little sweet revenge in the process. The perfect way to get her out of his system, right? Maybe. Gillian is shocked by his proposition--and aroused. She's never forgotten Hunter and the way he can make her feel. But it's emotional blackmail. It could also be the best sex of her life... Except what happens when the thirty days are over?
She Was Marrying the Wrong GroomBlythe Fielding realized she was making a terrible mistake marrying Alan Sturgess. Since her aborted walk down the aisle-because of an earthquake; was fate trying to tell her something?-she'd begun to have dreams about other men.Like Bachelor Arms resident Gage Remington. The private investigator Blythe had hired to help solve a decades-old mystery was everything she'd ever dreamed of in a man. Sexy, dangerous and compelling. His kisses sizzled, his eyes promised a passion she'd never known. He made it clear he wanted her.But in her dreams there was also another man....
Rory Mannion: An 1890s gunslinger turned marshal. A lone wolf, he doesn't need anyone's help--especially not a woman's. Jessica Ingersoll: A very 1990s woman and Whiskey River's county attorney. Used to being in control of any situation-or man. Whiskey River is known for its unusual occurrences, but when Jessica rescues a wounded man who claims he is on a mission to avenge a murder over a hundred years old, well, it is a little much! The rough and rugged lawman is unlike any man she's ever met. Jessica fears she is falling in love, especially when Rory awakens memories of a life and love they shared once before. Once Rory has his vengeance, however, do they have a future? Come and be spellbound...
Ireland-a land of unbridled spirit, ancient legends, whitewashed cottages and storybook castles. A place where anything can happen and there are no strangers-until now.Quinn Gallagher has reluctantly come to Castlelough. He's cynical, bitter and disillusioned. But the magic of the west coast is about to change him.He's never met anyone like Nora Fitzpatrick. Despite all of life's hardships, the young widow still has a generous heart. Quinn can't help himself. He falls in love.But life has taught Quinn never to trust in anything...especially a happy ending.
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