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Merlyn Forrest Steele couldn't refuse the offer-work for a living for one month, and her father would stop his clumsy matchmaking attempts. Maybe she'd somehow find a man who had eyes for her, not her bank account, and meanwhile, she could prove she was no dilettante heiress. So it was ironic that the first man to penetrate her defenses in her new life would be the one who was looking for just that...Not that she'd have the sardonic, arrogant Cameron Thorpe, even if he asked her. Let him go ahead and marry some insipid little heiress-he'd get exactly what he deserved...But why did this thought give Merlyn no comfort at all?
THE LAST MERCENARY WAS ABOUT TO RETIRE HIS GUN...But that was before the virginal beauty from Micah Steele's past was kidnapped by his sworn enemy. Traveling far and wide to rescue Callie Kirby from a dangerous desperado was far less daunting than trying to combat Micah's potent desire for the feisty young woman. Though her beguiling innocence and sassy spirit penetrated Micah's granite heart, bitter discord had shattered their trust and torn them apart. Still, the heavenly taste of Callie's sweetly tempting lips-and the heady rush of her satiny-soft body yielding to him so trustingly-was slowly driving Micah insane. Was the last mercenary finally ready to claim his bride?
PRIVATE PROTECTOR Micah Steele was a mystery, as silent as stone and just as intractable. Not even those closest to him knew the details of his life-which was exactly how it had to be. Because Micah was a mercenary, and his lies protected those he loved. Or they had, until the young beauty he'd left behind in Jacobsville, Texas, was kidnapped by his sworn enemy. Micah was prepared to go to the ends of the earth to rescue Callie Kirby. But he wasn't prepared for her sweet innocence to be more dangerous than the evil he hunted. He could protect Callie from ruthless drug lords, but who would protect her from Micah?
Five years ago, Judd Dunn, a hard-edged Texas Ranger, put Christabel Gaines's father behind bars-where he belonged. But Judd's involvement in Crissy's life was far from over. With their jointly owned ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, Judd wed her in name only, vowing to save their land, and vowing to ignore the sexual tension between them. Now, just when Judd decides to release Crissy from their sham of a marriage, he is blindsided by a bloodthirsty foe who is setting the stage for unspeakable evil by preying upon Judd's greatest weakness-his wife. No longer a starry-eyed schoolgirl, Crissy's a smart, fearless woman with unfulfilled desires. And she will do anything in the name of love-including taking a bullet for her husband.With their very lives at stake, Crissy and Judd must confront their darkest demons, their new rivals and their deepest desires-and face up to a mutual destiny they cannot outrun.
Five years ago, Judd Dunn, a hard-edged Texas Ranger, put Christabel Gaines's father behind bars-where he belonged. But Judd's involvement in Crissy's life was far from over. With their jointly owned ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, Judd wed her in name only, promising to save their land and vowing to ignore the sexual tension between them. Now, just when Judd decides to release Crissy from their sham of a marriage, he is blindsided by a bloodthirsty foe who is setting the stage for unspeakable evil by preying upon Judd's greatest weakness-his wife. No longer a starry-eyed schoolgirl, Crissy's a smart, fearless woman with unfulfilled desires. And she will do anything in the name of love-including taking a bullet for her husband. With their very lives at stake, Crissy and Judd must confront their darkest demons, their new rivals and their deepest desires-and face up to a mutual destiny they cannot outrun. belonged. But Judd's involvement in Crissy's life was far from over. With their jointly owned ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, Judd wed her in name only, promising to save their land and vowing to ignore the sexual tension between them. Now, just when Judd decides to release Crissy from their sham of a marriage, he is blindsided by a bloodthirsty foe who is setting the stage for unspeakable evil by preying upon Judd's greatest weakness-his wife. No longer a starry-eyed schoolgirl, Crissy's a smart, fearless woman with unfulfilled desires. And she will do anything in the name of love-including taking a bullet for her husband. With their very lives at stake, Crissy and Judd must confront their darkest demons, their new rivals and their deepest desires-and face up to a mutual destiny they cannot outrun.
When San Antonio FBI agent Garon Grier buys a ranch in Jacobsville, Texas, the strong, silent loner is hoping to mend some broken family fences. He's not looking for love. Grace Carver grew up in this quiet Texas town, but because of her troubled youth, she's never married-hadn't even thought about it...until Garon.These unlikely allies are brought together by the most difficult case of Garon's career: hunting an escaped child predator whose former victims are all dead. All except one.Now a desperate lawman and the woman who is the lone survivor of a madman's twisted rampage have one chance to put the past to rest....
THE LAST HART BACHELOR GETS LASSOED!As the holiday season approached, the residents of Jacobsville were whispering about Janie Brewster's hopeless crush on Leo Hart. Up till now, all her efforts to lasso the dynamic cattleman had crumbled quicker than those mouthwatering biscuits the Hart men coveted. However, this time the starry-eyed debutante had come up with the perfect self-improvement campaign to dazzle Leo-she'd become a courageous cowgirl!Still, her sudden transformation seemed to rouse Leo's formidable temper more than ever. But was it tender yearning-not dark disdain-that gleamed in his eyes when they kissed beneath the mistletoe? Could the last Hart bachelor be on the verge of taking Janie as his bride?
Four Christmas novellas: Christmas Cowboy by Palmer, Redbird by Palmer, A Hawk's Way Christmas by Johnston, and Taming the Lone Wolf by Johnston.
The Winter SoldierEveryone in Jacobsville, Texas, steered clear of taciturn Cy Parks--everyone but the spirited Lisa Monroe, who electrified the formidable loner with her tantalizing kisses. Their fiery passion escalated when the soldier returned from the line of duty--and claimed Lisa as his bride, to shield her from a revenge-seeking desperado. Clearly Cy was getting mighty possessive of this enchanting woman who needed the type of safeguarding only he could provide. But who would protect the beguiling bride from him?Cattleman's PrideHe was strong, seductive and set in his ways. She was shy, unassuming and achingly innocent. Yet when Jordan made it his personal crusade to help Libby hold on to her beloved homestead, everyone in Jacobsville knew it was just a matter of time before wedding bells chimed. But a cattleman's pride was a force to be reckoned with. Could Libby accomplish what no woman had and tame this Long, Tall Texan's restless heart?
Three untamed Texas men are about to meet their matches--ready or not! REDBIRD: After years of heartache and drama, musician Hank Shoeman has come to the conclusion that love is nothing more than a nuisance! But a few days stuck in a mountain retreat with a beautiful woman could change the mind of any man.... PAPER HUSBAND: Hank Grant is not interested in marriage--been there, done that. But if it means saving his ranch then he'll commit, as long as it remains a business transaction. Of course, he didn't expect his wedding night to feel so real...and so right! CHRISTMAS COWBOY: Corrigan Hart hasn't escaped life without a few bruises, and it seems neither has Dorie Wayne--his long-lost love. After fleeing town from his rejection eight years ago, Dorie is finally back. Is she willing to give Corrigan another chance, before it's too late for both of them?
New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers two reader-favorite tales of cowboys on the range!THE FOUNDING FATHERDiscover how legends were made when Jacobsville founding father Big John Jacobs weds the daughter of a prosperous railroad tycoon. Will passion blaze when the fortune-seeking Long, Tall Texan brands his sweetly unassuming wife with his soul-searing kisses?JUSTINJustin Ballenger was jilted by Shelby Jacobs, privileged daughter of the Jacobsville fortune, for a wealthy playboy. After six resentful years, Shelby returned, penniless and alone. It was Justin's turn to sneer, but honor wouldn't allow it. He was sure he could never trust her again, but that old flame burned hotter than a three-alarm brush fire-and Shelby had a secret that only fanned the flames.
Three gorgeous, iron-willed men, forged under the hot Texan sun Tom Walker Discovering he has a daughter could be stubborn Toms last chance to win back Elysia Craig, the mother of his child and the woman he lost so long ago. Drew Morris When Kitty Carson became his receptionist, Drew didnt know what had hit him. She attracted trouble like a magnet, making Drew determined to protect her! Jobe Dodd No one believed that this rugged rancher would ever settle down until Sandy Regan made it her mission to tame him! Discover Diana The author of over a hundred books, Diana Palmer is one of the top ten romance authors in America. This is sweeping, intense, passionate romance at its very best!
They're rugged and lean...and the best-looking, sweetest talking men to be found in the entire Lone Star state! CALHOUN, JUSTIN, and TYLER-the three cowboys who started the legend. Now they're back by popular demand in one classic volume-ready to lasso your heart! CALHOUN: When would the powerful rancher realize the possessive and protective feelings Abby aroused meant she was a grown woman ...? JUSTIN: The bitter rancher had dreamed of Shelby begging for his help-but when she finally needed him, how could he refuse? TYLER: The smooth-talking charmer always won over every woman he met-until he encountered plainspoken, irresistible Nell!
Sheltered small-town girl Gretchen Brannon was out of her element when she aligned herself with Sheikh Philippe Sabon, the formidable ruler of Qawi. They came from different worlds, yet she found a soul mate in the powerful, sensual man who'd suppressed his passions for far too long-and harbored a secret anguish. Nevertheless, he made the virtuous young woman aware of her own courage...and, in turn, she aroused his sleeping senses as no other woman could. However, now that Gretchen's heart belonged to the Lord of the Desert, danger loomed when she became the target for vengeance by the sheikh's most diabolical enemy. In a final showdown that would pit good against evil, could love and destiny triumph...?
Chairman of the board Worth Carson had been none too pleased when beautiful Amelia Glenn walked into his office wearing only a trench coat and belly-dancer costume. While revenge had been the primary goal in Worth's mind as he sought out the mystery woman, all thoughts of getting even soon vanished.A free spirit who couldn't resist a dare, Amelia didn't know that baiting a man like Worth was rather like baiting a grizzly bear. Or guess that a tiny misunderstanding with the police and getting fired from her job were both part of an unorthodox strategy to get her into his lair...
Palmer has been a reader favorite for more than 30 years. In this tale, attorney Hawke Grayson is known as a ladies man around town. Reporter Cyrene Jameson feels she's immune to his charms But when she's assigned to do a story on Hawke, she wonders if her defenses will hold up.
They're long and lean...and impossible to resist. Mavericks through and through. And they have all the ladies in Jacobsville swooning. But not just any woman can tame these rugged Texans and make them give up their bachelor ways. Because when these Long, Tall Texans fall in love, it's for real, for life, no holds barred....LUKE CRAIG: The elusive bachelor. He won't be lassoed-until the most infuriating lady he's ever met careens into his life....CHRISTOPHER DEVERELL: The man on the move. An ambitious reporter is about to break the story of a century-unless he can stop her.GUY FENTON: The rogue. With a bad-boy reputation, he's beyond redemption. Until a prickly publicist vows to bring him to his knees....
THE SETTING: New York THE CAST: Bett Cambridge, aspiring actress. She had devoted her entire professional life to escaping her backwoods past and was now a Broadway star. The one blot on her resume-an ill-fated affair with America's most promising playwright. Edward "Cul" McCullough, hot new author. He left Bett behind when his career took off, but now they were working together again. Yet Cul was still afraid of commitment, and even as Bett's sensuality washed away his inhibitions, he still tried to deny their love. THE ACTION: A love story, fraught with complications, but destined for fulfillment.
Hot-tempered rancher Powell Long had once stolen Antonia Haye's heart. But small-town lies tore their young love apart, forcing Antonia to flee.Years later, she's returned to find Powell raising a daughter alone. Fatherhood hasn't tempered his wild side or his feelings for the one woman he's always wanted-Antonia.Not even her pride could make her ignore the eager pull of her heartstrings. And taking a chance at a future family with Powell was simply too irresistible....
The Texas RangerWhen Texas Ranger Marc Brannon returns to the line of duty, a high-profile murder mystery pits him against a vibrant junior investigator from his past. He and Josette Langley had parted on explosive terms, but this time a lot more is at stake than just their hearts. Can they set aside past hurts and see justice served? Or will they both be caught in the cross fire?Garden CopOn a case to find a missing informant, FBI Agent Curtis Russell notices that his mother's neighbor is growing something suspicious in her front garden. Mary Ryan, a deputy D.A., can't believe her eyes when she comes across him attacking her tomato plants! Th e crazy mix-up leads to romance, but the missing man that Curtis is looking for is also wanted by the mob...and they'll kill anyone who gets in their way.
Two vintage tales of romance by Palmer, previously available in the Silhouette Desire( series romance line, are now brought together for this special two-in-one volume. Reissue.
Ice Man: Dawson Rutherford, our 100th Silhouette hero!His scheme: Plan a mock engagement to help secure the land he so desperately needed.Only one woman had the power to drive this seemingly heartless cowboy wild, and now he needed her to pose as his bride-to-be! A tempestuous night long ago had forced Dawson to abandon all hope of making Barrie his lawfully wedded wife, but there was not telling what sharing a spread with this hot-blooded woman would do to the man of ice#133;
From the moment rancher Rey Hart first set eyes on Meredith Johns, he was mesmerized by the lovely young woman. For not only did Meredith stir his jaded soul with her tempting innocence, he discovered she was a top-notch biscuit maker!Making a place for the beleaguered Meredith on the Hart ranch as his coveted cook turned out to be a cinch compared to breaking the enchanted spell she had cast over this Long, Tall Texan's heart. Now, the hot-tempered cattleman's plan to preserve his bachelorhood was on the verge of backfiring-big-time-because the more he learned about his mysterious housemate, the more he didn't want to let her go.
NIGHT OF LOVE: To save her struggling dance company, Meg must accept an unthinkable offer from the man she thought betrayed her long ago. But will it cost her more to trust Steven or to deny the irresistible passion reigniting between them? SECRET AGENT MAN: Corporate security chief Lang Patton could hand anything. . . except commitment. But to protect his ex-fiancegrave;e, Kirry Campbell, from a vicious stalker, Lange would rediscover a love worth dying for. . .
He was rich, powerful and every woman's fantasy. Although many had tried to lasso Jacobsville's sought-after bachelor, none had managed to catch Matt Caldwell's eye. However, mysterious Leslie Murfy was about to change all that. For the cynical tycoon's spirited new employee roused his temper like no one ever had before. And despite his fierce denial, her soft vulnerability also brought out his every protective instinct. After sampling her soul-searing kisses, Matt was sorely tempted to possess the enticing innocent who clearly ached for a man's tender touch. Still, this Long, Tall Texan wasn't about to let down his guard until he sweet-talked Leslie into surrendering her heart! Silhouette Special Edition #1297