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Looking for your next great romantic escape? This contemporary sampler from HarlequinTM and AvonTM has you covered! Whether you're in the mood for something sweet or something edgy, this collection of excerpts from nine of today's hottest authors mixes #1 New York Times bestsellers with the freshest voices in romance: Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr Thrill Me by Susan Mallery Only In My Dreams by Darcy Burke Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter All of Me by Jennifer Bernard Bad News Cowboy by Maisey Yates Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye Exit Strategy by Lena Diaz
Four unforgettable stories from the biggest names in romance... Falling in love isn't on Fayrene Hopkins's schedule for at least four years, but from her very first kiss with charming Ryan Patterson, she's already Halfway There. In Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold, some plans are made to be broken.... In Lori Foster's Buckhorn Ever After, the last thing Nadine Moest wants is to be the latest notch on gorgeous ranger Shohn Hudson's bedpost. But Shohn is determined to win her trust-and her heart. Kenna Starr will do anything to overcome her bad-girl past in Gena Showalter's The One You Want. Dane Michaelson is exactly the kind of guy she needs to avoid, but he's used to getting what he wants, and he wants her. Noah Bryant and Colbie Michaels are meant to be-at least, that's what he thinks when they keep serendipitously meeting. Now he just has to convince her they're destined for each other, in Bella Andre's One Perfect Night.
"Are You My Baby's Mother?"Billionaire Alex Dalton has had more than his share of women. But now he needs just one-Julie Bartlett, the fiery redhead who'd once given him the hottest night of his life. Was she the mother who had left a baby on the Dalton doorstep? When a paternity test proves inconclusive, he needs Julie's DNA to determine if it is Alex or his twin brother who's now a father. But when Julie refuses to cooperate, Alex vows to tempt her into giving him everything he wants.
Knitting is many things to many people Knitting is a way of life The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber Widow Anne 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. Like many of their wishes, it's come true, and now they knit every day. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen's birth father, who has recently entered their lives... Knitting is a passion Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery When Robyn Mulligan's dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to an intense longing for her childhood home, she decides it's time to make a fresh start back in Texas, running her grandmother's knitting store. But the handsome, hot-tempered T. J. Passman-who's joined the shop's knitting circle-isn't making it easy. If he can learn to trust Robyn and overcome his tragic past, they just might discover a passion like no other. Knitting is a comfort Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye After a devastating car accident, Caro McNeal finds healing on Oregon's sleepy Summer Island, where she's warmly embraced by a community of knitters. 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 untangle her fears and pick up the threads of hope?
Wanted:-Single mom seeks billionaire's pocketbook to fund dying son's research cure. Will seduce if necessary. Blackmail is not out of the question. Miracles welcome.-Cynical billionaire seeks working mom with a heart of gold for PR campaign to improve his standing in the community. Must be willing to attend social events. Anyone looking for love need not apply.It seemed like the perfect match...until the unthinkable happened.
Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he'll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool's Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he's frustrated to discover that even in his hometown, people see him only for his world-famous...assets.Firefighter Chantal (Charlie) Dixon grew up an ugly duckling beside her delicately beautiful mother, a feeling reinforced long ago by a man who left soul-deep scars. Now she has good friends, a solid job and the itch to start a family-yet she can't move toward the future while she's haunted by painful memories.Clay finds an unexpected ally, and unexpected temptation, in tomboyish Charlie, the only person who sees beyond his dazzling good looks to the real man beneath. But when Charlie comes to him with an indecent proposal, will they be able to overcome their pasts and find a love that lasts beyond one incredible summer?
Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she'd stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they'd ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool's Gold, California-forever, she thought....Now Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn't know of their son's existence. And this time she won't have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can't deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?
Ever since she was young, Paige McLean has longed to see the world. Still, she never imagined the world would land on her doorstep in the form of a charming British surgeon who needs a place to stay when his plans fall through.After a devastating loss, Alistair Woodbury has vowed to live his life alone. But in all his travels, he hasn't encountered a town as welcoming as Fool's Gold, nor a woman as caring - or as beautiful - as Paige. Her compassion warms him almost as much as their stolen kisses.When it's Alistair's time to leave, will his brief visit turn into a lifetime stay?A Fool's Gold series novella.
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents-aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love....
Wth their parents gone, old resentments, misunderstandings and betrayals have driven a wedge between the three Keyes sisters, just when they most need one another. For musical prodigy Claire, turning her back on her career and returning to Seattle to start a new life, it comes as a shock to discover the animosity her sisters feel toward her. For her twin Nicole, saddled with the responsibility of running the family bakery and raising her wild younger sister, life seems supremely unfair. For youngest sister Jesse, the belief that no one wanted her has made her reckless and wild, until she realizes how much she needs her family. And all three have been unlucky in love. But they're about to have their worlds turned upside down by unexpected romance. . . and a newfound bond with the family they had lost. Get all three books in award winning,USA TODAYbestselling author Susan Mallery's heartwarming trilogy for one low price. Bundle includesSweet Talk, Sweet SpotandSweet Trouble.
Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she's still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner's suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn's cheerful veneer.Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it.To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It'll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.
New York Times bestselling sensation Susan Mallery returns to Fool's Gold, California, where it's true that sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs... <P> Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women-from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless-until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life. <P> Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her "wild youth" to raise her sisters. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night-all night-would've been nice. <P> His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam's luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery brings you a reader-favorite tale of redemption, self-discovery and a love that conquers all.Elizabeth Abbot is finally pulling her life back together. She's endured enough heartbreak at the hands of her deceitful ex-husband and is determined to provide a happy life for her daughter. That's exactly why she should stay away from Travis Haynes, the sheriff of Glenwood, with his trademark Stetson and sexy smile.With all of her broken heart, Elizabeth longs to trust the legendary lawman, to let him past the walls she has built up so carefully. But will her shattered past forever hold her hostage, even from a love that could make her whole?
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is at her heart-stirring best in this witty, richly layered story about friendship, love, and breaking free.In high school, studious Jayne Scott and wild child Rebecca Worden became unlikely best friends--atie that endured even after Rebecca fled her family to live overseas. After Jayne's mother passed away, she became part unpaid assistant, part surrogate daughter to the wealthy Wordens. But now, ten years later, Rebecca is coming home to L.A. to cause havoc for Elizabeth, the mother who all but rejected her. And Jayne finds herself pulled deeper into the Wordens' complicated family dynamics--especially when Rebecca's brother, David, returns as well.David is the man Jayne always wanted and knew she could never have. But when he gravitates toward her in spite of Elizabeth's protests, her vow to escape the family's shadow is put to the ultimate test. And as lies are shattered and true feelings exposed, Jayne must decide where loyalty ends, and love begins. . . .
An irresistible new love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold series, set in a town Library Journal calls "so appealing, readers will want to start scoping out real estate." To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend-a male friend-to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her? Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in Mitchell Adventure Tours...and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's inadvertently become that guy-the one-night Casanova-and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect. As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool's Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they're just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery delivers her acclaimed story about how life-and love-can change in an instant.Beth Davis's fairy-tale days are over...or so the single mother of two thinks. She suddenly finds herself on a date with her very own Prince Charming, millionaire bachelor Todd Graham. He's smart, sexy and very eligible-everything a woman could want in a man. But Beth's a suburban mom, and approaching forty... She's not sure if she's Cinderella material.Todd was supposed to be raising money for charity, not auctioning off his heart, but he never expected to be so taken with his date. Something in Beth's smile captures the Texas tycoon's attention, and suddenly life as a bachelor seems less exciting than it used to. But they're worlds apart, and building a life with Beth isn't as simple as all that. Can these unlikely lovers find their courage-and the fairy-tale ending they deserve?
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery delivers a fan-favorite tale about how a moment's kindness can lead to a lifetime of love.Bodyguard Mike Blackburne can't get enough of the job, especially the danger. After taking a bullet in the line of duty, he accepts his most difficult assignment yet: a peaceful recovery in the suburbs. He manages to avoid the small town and its boring ways...until the charming woman next door slips past his defenses.When single mom Cindy Jones offers to look in on her neighbor's injured brother, she isn't expecting him to be so difficult...or so drop-dead gorgeous. His won't be the easiest recovery to handle, but it might just be the best favor Kelly ever agreed to!
Welcome to Fool's Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There's lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there's just one tiny problem in Fool's Gold: the men don't seem to stick around. Maybe it's the lure of big-city life, or maybe it's plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.Charity's nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down, and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer-everything, that is, except its sexiest and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she's not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone else thinks he's perfect just the way he is. But maybe that's just what he needs-someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he's just chasing perfect.
Only UsPet groomer Carina Fiore wants nothing more than to confess her feelings to the man she loves. She's drawn to veterinarian Cameron McKenzie's good looks, caring nature and especially his devotion to his young daughter. There's just one problem-he's her boss. Putting her heart on the line could cost Rina both her job and their friendship forever. But when a kiss under the mistletoe unlocks the simmering passion between them, Rina and Cameron may just find love for the holidays after all....The Sheik and the Christmas BrideWhen Prince As'ad of El Deharia agrees to adopt three orphaned American girls, he does so on one condition-that their beautiful teacher, Kayleen James, become their nanny. His plan is to leave her to deal with the children as he continues his life, undisturbed. But all that changes when Kayleen and the girls invade the palace-and As'ad's heart-and change it for the better.
Detective Mark Kincaid was worn to the bone after his years on New York's tough city streets. Upon his return to Whitehorn, all he wanted was peace and quiet-not some sweet, adorable do-gooder messing up the sanctity of his brooding existence. His neighbor Darcy Montague was all sugar and spice, endearing herself with loaves of pumpkin bread and intimate dinners for two. Mark kept up his guard, knowing from experience that he could be hurt beyond repair. Was Darcy Montague too good to be true, or just the woman to make his heart come alive?
There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped... Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of it. That's why she's opening her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush. Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugarplums, thanks to his drill sergeant father. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from an injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle...and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing. Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse....
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a classic story of destiny, desire and a little holiday magic! In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on gorgeous bad boy Dylan Black-even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they'd have a great adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she's finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise. A guarded Dylan always had a weakness for Molly, and when she waltzes back into his life-grown-up and gorgeous-he's stunned. So why not whisk her away for some no-strings-attached fun? Laughter-filled days and late-night kisses are changing Molly's life, for good. The only gift she truly wants now is Dylan's love, but when he discovers the secret she's been keeping, she may lose him again...this time forever.
A masquerade ball is plunged into darkness. . . A woman is poisoned. . . A millionaire bachelor becomes a father. . . As a blackout gripped Grand Springs, Colorado, CEO Jonathan Steele was having quite a night. First, Cynthia Morgan--aka Cinderella--drank poison meant for him. Then his blackmailing half brother and sister-in-law were murdered, leavign Jonathan with his newborn baby nephew. In thirty-six hours, Jonathan's life had changed forever. Then grateful-to-be-alive Cynthia offered to move into his home as a temporary nanny, a series challenge to Jonathan's bachelorhood. . .
Circle of Friends Complete Collection: Circle of Friends: Part 1 of 6\Circle of Friends: Part 2 of 6\Circle of Friends: Part 3 of 6\Circle of Friends: Part 4 of 6\Circle of Friends: Part 5 of 6\Circle of Friends: Part 6 of 6by Susan Mallery
Originally published as the Positively Pregnant series! This box set includes all 6 parts of the Circle of Friends serialization. All 6 parts were previously published as full books: * Having Her Boss' Baby (Parts 1 and 2 of Circle of Friends) * The Ladies' Man (Parts 3 and 4 of Circle of Friends) * Her Last First Date (Parts 5 and 6 of Circle of Friends) Get by with a little help from your friends Noelle Stevenson, Rachel Harper, and Crissy Phillips found more than yarn and sweaters at their local knitting group--they found each other, the sisters they never had. Now follow their journey as they navigate love, marriage and babies--not necessarily in that order!--in the Circle of Friends! This box set is approximately 170K words
Fall back in love with Haley and Kevin in Susan Mallery's fan-favorite tale of growing up, finding yourself and falling in love Haley Foster has lived her entire life for other people. Her preacher father and the residents of her tiny hometown have an opinion for everything, including what she should do, what she should wear and even the person she ought to marry. Somewhere along the way, she's lost her sense of self. But not anymore. Now Haley is determined to live on her own terms and do all the things good preachers' daughters don't do--starting with Kevin Harmon. The injured US Marshal needs a ride from Kansas to his home in Texas. Haley has a car, and she owes him a favor. And he knows a lot more about being bad than she does. A few days with just the two of them in her tiny convertible and intimate hotel rooms... It'll be fun, it'll be passionate and it will be an unforgettable experience. At least, that's her plan. He just doesn't know it yet.
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