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New York Times bestselling author Maureen Child welcomes you back to Chandler, California, where there's always an extra place at the Candellano family table--and where Mama Candellano is ready to offer lots of unsolicited advice, especially in matters of the heart...Ever since Stevie Ryan was a young girl, she was in love with her best friend Carla's older brother, Nick Candellano. But Nick had to complicate things by growing up gorgeous--and breaking Stevie's heart. Now she's convinced that forgetting him is the way to go. And it's working out fine...until she and Nick's brother, Paul, spend one sultry night together. Has the right brother been under Stevie's nose all along?
He'd taken so many ice-cold showers, he felt like a penguin! Thankfully the longest 3 months of Aidan Reilly's life were coming to an end.
No woman was going to spring her mantrap on Sergeant Nick Paretti! And that included Gina Santini. They'd agreed to publicly play boyfriend/girlfriend, and Nick had never intended to keep up the pretense in Gina's bedroom. But her luscious mouth left him poised before a pleasure-precipice he couldn't resist. So he dived in-and took Gina's virginity with him. The beautiful temptress claimed she was after experience-not marriage-but her heart obviously disagreed. Meanwhile, something told Nick the guards at his heart had thrown down all their weapons and surrendered....
LILAH, A MILITARY WIFE? NO WAY!For years, Lilah Forrest had dodged her matchmaking colonel father's 'bachelor bullets.' But that didn't stop him from steamrolling Sergeant Kevin Rogan into playing Lilah's personal escort. She'd never marry military-not even sexy soldier Rogan. But at the drill instructor's touch, her icy emotions did a swift about-face...and the virgin found herself unable to resist his masterful seduction. Still, Lilah knew what she wanted in a man-and gruff and solitary wasn't it. So why, after just one more night of loving, did she want to give this marine his marching orders...to meet her at the altar?
Two romantic, reader-favorite stories from "USA Today"-bestselling author Child are collected in this red-hot volume sure to warm up readers' holiday season. Reissue.
The Littlest Marine Bachelor marine Harding Casey was about to face his greatest challenge. Fatherhood. But convincing his expecting--and reluctant--intended bride to marry him was going to be his toughest battle yet! Elizabeth Stone didn't know if her jitters were caused by Harding's incredible good looks or the fear of marrying without love. Could her intended groom prove that his marriage proposal was about more than giving a name to the littlest marine she was carrying? The Oldest Living Married Virgin When Colonel Candello found his daughter in a marine's room the morning after the Battalion Ball, he was ready to explode. Until First Sergeant Jack Harris offered to marry Donna--in name only--to save all their reputations. So, for better or worse, they married. But the romantic vows that were supposed to bring flutters of happiness were making Donna wince. For now she wasn't only the oldest living virgin, but the oldest living married virgin. And so she set out to make her strong, rugged and heart-stoppingly handsome husband want her as his wife...forever.
The maid of honor and the best man were barely speaking. Other than that, the rehearsal of the rehearsal dinner seemed to be a success. Still, Elizabeth Stone thought, nowhere was it written that as maid of honor she had to like the best man.
A fake engagement at the Texas Cattleman's Club? It must be a fairy tale from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child! Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss-and Dave's business rival-missing and her paycheck on hold, she accepts Dave's fantasy proposal. But when their pretend romance takes an unexpected turn into passionate nights, Dave isn't ready to let Mia go. Can the smooth-talking businessman negotiate a more permanent arrangement?
After his wife's death, weddings and crowds were unbearable to Dr. Sam Holden. But his self-imposed isolation was shaken by Tricia Wright, the groom's sexy sister.
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Child welcomes you back to Chandler, California, where there's always an extra place at the Candellano family table--and where Mama Candellano is ready to offer lots of unsolicited advice, especially in matters of the heart...On the surface, things always came easy for Nick Candellano with his dashing good looks, easy charm, and penchant for women. When an injury permanently sidelines the pro football running back, he's forced to start over with a new job--and trouble in the form of Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy, who claims Nick is his father. If it's true, he wants to do the right thing. The problem is Tasha Flynn, Jonas's foster mother, a woman as lovely as she is defiant...Tasha thinks Nick is bad news for Jonas and is trying to destroy the only family she's got. Tasha tries to ignore the sparks of attraction that go off every time the handsome football player is near her. She's got secrets no one knows about--and reasons she can never let her heart go unguarded. Nick Candellano is one person she should run from. But sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need...
Dynasties: The Danforths. A family of prominence...tested by scandal, sustained by passion!It was an unusual assignment for seasoned warrior Zack Sheridan. He was more accustomed to fighting in jungles than baby-sitting sharp-tongued, wealthy young women like Kimberly Danforth. But what began as a cakewalk for the U.S. Navy SEAL quickly turned into something else. Thirty days and thirty nights of shadowing Kimberly's every move, breathing her scent, memorizing every curve of her body...Zack was soon having trouble reconciling his duty with desire. Heaven help him if Kim came to him at night seeking comfort--and heaven help her if she did!
A torrential hurricane stranded Karen Beckett in a tiny motel room with Gunnery Sergeant Sam Paretti, the one man she never wanted to see again! Just months before, Karen had severed all ties with the gorgeous marine-but bittersweet memories of their love refused to vacate her mind. Now her rescuer demanded a hefty price for shelter from the storm. His eyes shimmered with a desire equal to the hunger clawing at Karen's control. But she had to resist! Because to surrender to their urgent need would mean exposing her past...and admitting her fathomless love for Sam....
Wed and bed one of his biggest client's unsavory daughters? No thanks. But the only way millionaire Travis King could get the man off his back was to marry someone else. So he handpicked his temporary and on-his-terms bride--hometown girl Julie O'Hara. The woman was desperate and should easily fade into the background. And, as per their contract, she'd do exactly what he wanted during their year of platonic marriage. Unless what he wanted began to change. . .
The stick was blue -- and positive! Any way she looked at it, Denise Torrances's well-ordered life was about to turn upside-down . . . and all because of an unexpected night with the man of her dreams! So when that very man insisted they marry for their child's sake, Denise could only hope Mike Ryan would be the groom of her dreams, too . . . There was no denying the passion that burned between them -- her handsome new husband's desire for her hadn't cooled a bit. But dare Denise hope to win his heart.
HER STAND-IN FIANCÉ?When Tracy Hall vowed to be the belle of her high school reunion, she thought all she'd need was a glamorous new look, a diamond ring on her finger and a fiancé-conveniently left behind, of course. Simple, right? Wrong!Once she met up with high school heartthrob Rick Bennet, her simple plan went awry. For after an unexpected night of passion with the gorgeous marine captain, Tracy suddenly found herself inconveniently pregnant. Now Rick no longer wanted to be her pretend fiancé...but her husband of convenience. But what Rick was willing to do for duty, Tracy could do only for love....BACHELOR BATTALION: Defending their country is their duty; love and marriage is their reward!
Harlequin More Than Words: Acts of Kindness Three bestselling authors Three real-life heroines Every day, women in your community are working to make the world a better place. You may not know their names, but you've probably got something in common with these real-life heroines: compassion for those who need a helping hand, and the desire to make a difference. Each year, the Harlequin More Than Words award is given to three women who strive to change people's lives for the better. Inspired by their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written stories to honor these real-life heroines. Brenda Jackson explores the importance of family in Whispers of the Heart, the story of a father's struggle to recognize and manage his daughter's health challenges. Stephanie Bond's It's Not About the Dress tells the tale of a wedding dress gone missing, in which the perfect gown turns out to be the perfect gift for a bride in need. Maureen Child reminds us of the happiness and purpose that even a youngster can find by putting her best foot forward in The Princess Shoes.Harlequin More Than Words: Acts of Kindness
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.
Reborn moments after Queen Isabella of Spain ordered her lover's death, Santos accepted eternal life in exchange for protecting humanity. For centuries, he's kept himself secluded in a hillside mansion. But all that changes one night when he takes in a woman who claims to have seen him in a vision. A dire prediction has convinced Erin Brady she will be murdered on her thirtieth birthday--and that Santos is the only man who can help her. Unwittingly drawn to the beauty who can read his thoughts and heart like no one ever has, Santos realizes she is his Destined Mate. And with the threat of her imminent extinction ticking like a time bomb, Santos suddenly has something worth dying. . . and worth living for.
When Angela Santini felt the power of First Sergeant Dan Mahoney' s smoldering gaze, she dared to throw caution to the wind. It had been so long since she' d be held, kissed, touched... But how was this straitlaced single mom supposed to know that one fantasy-filled night of passion with this mesmerizing marine would never be enough?Dan Mahoney knew the pitfalls of getting too close to soft-hearted Angela Santini and her lonely son. But if the elusive bachelor was so set on a life of solitude, why couldn' t he just stay away? Was it because this Cassanova in uniform might actually be... in love?
BACHELOR BATTALIONASSIGNMENT: FATHERHOOD!Captain Jeff Ryan fought a lot of battles as a marine. But daddy duty was his toughest assignment ever! When an infant was left on his doorstep, Jeff called in reinforcements-and temporary nanny Laura Morgan marched into his life.Suddenly, lovely Laura was giving the orders, and Jeff was under siege. Then baby Miranda captured Laura's heart and was ready to commandeer Jeff's. But he had never planned on being a career father-or husband! Was it only a matter of time before Jeff's reserve would weaken-and he'd forever surrender his heart?BACHELOR BATTALION: Defending their country is their duty; love and marriage is their reward! Don't miss the next irresistible military bachelor in The Oldest Living Married Virgin, in November.
Mr. January: Hunter Cabot, Navy SEAL. Vital Statistics: Tall, rich and. . . married?Mission: Find out who's been sleeping in his bed. The broad-shouldered military man had no patience with games. Margie--Cabot?--had to go. She'd been masquerading as his spouse for nearly a year, living in his house while he'd been overseas. Now all his skills were focused on payback: it would be sweet, swift and sexy. But first he'd have that "wedding night!"
One convenient download. One bargain price. Get all April Silhouette Desire with one click!Two emotionally scarred people give each other the courage to live--and love--again...a pregnant wedding planner spurns the attentions of her baby's millionaire father...a woman pretends to be her twin to reclaim the baby her sister left on the father's doorstep. Find all this and more with six powerful, passionate and provocative stories from Silhouette Desire! Bundle includes Satin & a Scandalous Affair by Jan Colley, Marrying for King's Millions by Maureen Child, Bedded by the Billionaire by Leanne Banks, Pregnant at the Wedding by Sara Orwig, Tycoon's One-Night Revenge by Bronwyn Jameson and Baby on the Billionaire's Doorstep by Emily McKay.
One convenient download. One bargain price. Get all January 2009 Silhouette Desire with one click!A former actress is forced to play the role of fiancÉe to protect her troubled sister. An executive orchestrates a Valentine reunion with his long-lost lover in sunny Spain. And a Navy SEAL and millionaire's heir gets married. . . to a woman he's never met. Experience the passion and romance of these stories and more with all six January Silhouette Desires! Bundle includes:An Officer and a Millionaireby Maureen Child,Blackmailed Into a Fake Engagementby Leanne Banks,The Executive's Valentine Seductionby Merline Lovelace,Man from Stallion Countryby Annette Broadrick,The Duke's Boardroom Affairby Michelle Celmer andThe Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress.
One convenient download. One bargain price. Get all July Silhouette Desire with one click! To fulfill the terms of his father's will, a man must live with his father's illegitimate son and his irritatingly irresistible guardian. A jewelry tycoon pretends to be the husband of a con woman with amnesia to get to the bottom of her scam. A self-made millionaire who believes himself to be infertile assumes his convenient bride is lying about the paternity of their baby. Find all this and more with six powerful, passionate and provocative stories from Silhouette Desire! Bundle includes Billionaire's Favorite Fantasy by Jan Colley, Bound by the Kincaid Baby by Emilie Rose, Dante's Wedding Deception by Day Leclaire, High-Society Secret Pregnancy by Maureen Child, The CEO Takes a Wife by Maxine Sullivan and The Desert Lord's Bride by Olivia Gates.
One convenient download. One bargain price. Get all June 2009 Silhouette Desire with one click!A ruthless Beverly Hills film exec vows to win back his wife the old-fashioned way--in bed.... A commitment-shy playboy gets a surprise gift from a one-night stand with one of his staff in Sydney, Australia.... And a marriage of convenience turns into so much more for a billionaire and a pregnant waitress in Wyoming....The six stories in this bundle of Silhouette Desire romances may span globe, but each and every one is guaranteed to be powerful, passionate and provocative! Bundle includes: The Bride Hunter by Ann Major, Seduced Into a Paper Marriage by Maureen Child, Wyoming Wedding by Sara Orwig, The Prodigal Prince's Seduction by Olivia Gates, Valente's Baby by Maxine Sullivan, and Bedded by Blackmail by Robyn Grady.