The Innocent: Too tall and entirely too outspoken, Miss Eliza Sheringham grew up thumbing her nose at polite English society. So when Captain Lord Marcus Wharton, called Beau for his stunning good looks, set his rakish sights on her, Eliza thought nothing of rejecting his advances. Until a stolen kiss swept her into the arms of a man too dangerous too love.... The Beau: Called to battle, Marcus left behind the woman who had captured his heart--and the scandal ignited by their kiss. His brother's disappearance made him Duke of Blackthorne, guardian of twin nieces who were rumored to be his own daughters. Badly scared in battle, the Beau had become the Beast of Blackthorne, a wounded animal destined to spend his life hiding in a shadowy wing of Blackthorne Abbey. The Beast: When Eliza Sheringham showed up on his doorstep proposing herself as governess for the incorrigible twins, the Beast demanded marriage as the price of the job. He knew she could never love him. Surely his looks would drive her away--now that he hungered for her more than life itself. ...
From genteel Boston to the wilds of Montana, she is searching for a safe haven for her family--and finds unexpected love. Having lost her beloved husband, a whaling captain, to a watery grave, Molly Gallagher refuses to risk more heartbreak. Determined to keep her headstrong son from following in his father's footsteps, she agrees to become the mail-order bride of a Montana country doctor. She tells her new husband that she can never give her love to another man; what she doesn't tell him is that she has a young daughter and a rebellious teenage son. Molly's ruse might have worked, but Seth Kendrick has secrets of his own: a willful daughter determined to end the marriage before it even begins--and a double life keeping his neighbors safe from outlaws. In an untamed land of vigilante justice, Molly has no choice but to trust this gray-eyed stranger whose stubbornness matches her own, whose kisses unleash flash floods of desire--and who may be the one man in a million who could win her fiery, faithful heart. "A book you will read and remember for a long, long time . . . Wonderful characters light up the pages."--RendezvousFrom the Paperback edition.
Sworn to protect her, he was forbidden to touch her. ... Joan Johnston is a masterful creator of unforgettable characters and stories that make you feel as if you're falling in love again. Now she sweeps you back to Regency-era Scotland, where a determined young woman challenges a man's world--even as she embraces the outsider who protects her life and steals her heart .... When the tall, rugged stranger stepped out of the shadows and rescued her from a fate worse than death, Katherine MacKinnon knew she had found her bodyguard. With his steely arms and reckless courage, he would shield her from her clansmen, who refused to accept her as laird, and from the hated Duke of Blackthorne, who controlled her family's lands. As her desire grew for the mysterious man who was constantly by her side, she had no idea that she was falling in love with the enemy himself. ...
He vowed to wed, bed, and abandon her. But love got in the way... Joan Johnston sweeps you back to Regency-era England and Scotland with a love story that will take your breath away. Here is romance at its best as Johnston brings back unforgettable characters from her bestsellers, Captive, After the Kiss, and The Bodyguard in a spellbinding novel of seduction and betrayal. She was the reigning belle of the ton for the fourth Season in a row, but Lady Regina Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne's daughter, was determined to avoid the perils of marriage. She had already seen enough to distrust all men. Then Clay Bannister, the dashing Earl of Carlisle, dared to steal a kiss and stir new and exciting desires. Scarred by tragedy, Carlisle intrigued her with his mysterious past and his dark, dangerous charm. She never suspected she was about to marry her father's most vengeful enemy--or that her greatest defense would be the passions he could not resist. ...
She was a gorgeous rebel. Defying all the rules, daring to speak her mind, Charlotte Edgerton declared her independence before she even entered the Earl of Denbigh's home. Her new guardian immediately made her a prisoner in her own room--until she agreed to learn the lady-like arts. Furious, she complied. Anything to buy her freedom from Denbigh. She's even marry a man she didn't love to get away from her domineering guardian. In fact, love was the furthest thing from her mind... He was the Earl who vowed to tame her. Lionel Morgan, Earl of Denbigh, had been betrayed at the altar by another woman and vowed that no female would ensnare him again. Then Charlotte Edgerton burst into his life. Denbigh wasn't prepared for this headstrong American--or the passions she inspired on first sight. He knew only that he had to civilize her, present her at court, and Almack's, and then marry her off to the highest bidder. It wasn't until he nearly lost her that he realized the truth: She'd somehow reversed their roles and become the captor of his heart.
New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston, who "writes brisk romance chock-full of compelling conflicts and strong local color" (Publishers Weekly), evokes the grandeur, excitement, and danger of the American frontier in this sweeping historical novel. When Kinyan Holloway's husband is killed in a range accident, she has no idea how she and her children will manage. Torn between the Sioux world in which she was raised and maintaining her husband's ranch - the largest in the Wyoming Territory - she knows only that somehow she will not just survive but preserve her children's heritage for them. Into her life rides Benjamin Colter, a scarred stranger who's fast with his gun. Colter has tried to put vengeance behind him, but the past seems destined to catch up with him. What he wants now is Kinyan Holloway - and her ranch - but he can get them only if he defeats a deadly rival and agrees to become a father to three children who awnt more from him than he's able to give.
In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three strong willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a woman captured by Comanches - and of the proud warrior who vows to make her love him Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who'd been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years he'd searched for the violet eyed beauty, and now a strange twist of fate led him to her. Called Shadow by her captors, Bay had almost given up hope of rescue, when a rugged stranger in buckskins appeared, risking his life to bring her home and awakening a passion that burned hot and true. Bay knew her place was with her family. But Long Quiet hadn't found her only to lose her again. He had to convince this woman his woman that her true home was with him as together they would fight for a love strong enough to bridge two worlds. .
Joan Johnston transports us to rugged present-day Texas--a place of wide-open prairies and unbridled ambitions--where two ranching families, the Blackthornes and the Creeds, are locked in a bitter century-old feud. Here, Johnston brings to life a breathtaking love story--between the Blackthornes' oldest son and the Creeds' beautiful daughter--a magnificent novel of passion, vengeance, and star-crossed love.Trace Blackthorne was taught from the cradle to take what he wanted. And he wanted Callie Creed. Eleven years ago, the feud between their families had torn them apart. But now Trace has come home, a ruthless hard-eyed stranger, making her an offer she couldn't refuse: marry him and save her struggling family from financial ruin. But the secrets of the past return to haunt them. And Callie is once again compelled to make an impossible choice--between the family who desperately needs her and the only man she has ever loved.From the Paperback edition.
The prequel to the New York Times bestseller The Cowboy Sprawling 1840s Texas comes alive in the hands of Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy and The Texan. Introducing the unforgettable Creed dynasty, transporting us back to a wild, lawless frontier, Frontier Woman brings us a stirring, passionate story of Texas Ranger Jarrett Creed and the free-spirited beauty who captures his heart . . . a woman sworn to love no man. . . . Captured by Comanches as a boy, Jarrett Creed grew to manhood torn between two worlds. But with the young republic under siege from ravaging Mexican armies and marauding Indian tribes alike, he made his choice. Now, as a secret government mission brings the Texas Ranger to lovely Cricket Stewart's door, he must choose again. The youngest daughter of a wealthy gentleman planter, Cricket lives life as she pleases and vows never to be a wife to any man. Until the day Jarrett Creed saves her from avenging Comanches . . . by claiming her as his bride. The last thing either expects is to fall in love. But as a traitorous conspiracy and a secret tragedy test their newfound union, a wild-spirited beauty and a Texas lawman will discover just how far they will go for their precious homeland . . . and for a love that could free them from the sorrows of the past. . . .
Meet Hawk's Way's sexiest cowboys! From New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston comes a story of a cherished member of the Whitelaw family as she finds the life she's always wanted. Adventurous and stubborn Tate Whitelaw has had enough of her three overprotective brothers. After growing up under their watchful eyes, she can't live up to the expectations everyone seems to have for her. To prevent them from further meddling in her life, she leaves the only family she's ever known--and runs straight into the arms of hardened rancher Adam Phillips. Adam has had enough experience with misfits and strays that he knows a damsel in distress when he sees one. He's in no mood to deal with the spirited women, but he can't seem to keep her out of his heart...or his bed. But when Tate's brother track her down with shotguns in hand, Adam will have to wrangle her heart, before he loses her for good. Previously published as The Rancher and the Runaway Bride.
Will three incredibly strong and stubborn men of the land rethink their bachelor ways when love comes a-calling?THE RANCHER AND THE RUNAWAY BRIDEWhen lovestruck virgin Tate Whitelaw becomes brawny Adam Philips's adoring woman, her bossy brothers arrive with shotguns in hand!THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESSWill the fiery discord between breathtaking beauty Belinda Prescott and ill-tempered cowboy Faron Whitelaw catch them off guard. . . 'THE WRANGLER AND THE RICH GIRLTempting Texas debutante Candy Baylor makes potently masculine horse breeder Garth Whitelaw an offer he can't possibly refuse!
HAWK'S WAY: BILLY (Hawk's Way #9) A reader-favorite story of love, family and second chances Previously published in June 1996 as The Temporary Groom If single dad Billy Stonecreek doesn't find himself a wife who is mother material, his horrible in-laws will gain custody of his little twin daughters. Billy loves his girls more than anything, but who will love him enough to live with all of them? Cherry Whitelaw can't seem to outrun the reputation she has in Hawk's Way. And when she hears what Billy needs, she sees the perfect way to gain some respectability in the community. But can she make her new husband fall in love with her, too?
A true master of Western romance, Joan Johnston has lassoed readers with her delightful Hawk's Way series. Now three best-loved favorites from the popular family saga - The Unforgiving Bride, The Headstrong Bride and The Disobedient Bride - are available in one convenient download!
In Joan Johnston's fan-favorite story, love conquers all Previously published in December 1994 as The Headstrong Bride Callen has no idea why everyone thinks rancher Sam Longstreet is no good. There isn't a man in all of Texas as sexy, kind and thoughtful as her husband-to-be. Surely marriage will soften up his rough edges. Sam has planned the perfect revenge against his enemy: to woo and wed the man's daughter. And he knows just how to make Callen Whitelaw fall in love with him. The only problem is, Sam never counted on loving Callen back...
Watch tempers rise and sparks fly as the Whitelaws of Hawk's Way meet their matches in these two unforgettable classics!The Headstrong BrideCallen Whitelaw had one surefire way to soften up a rugged rancher out for revenge against her beloved clan. The headstrong bride would marry him!The Disobedient BrideZach Whitelaw chose his "convenient" wife for one reason only-to provide him with a brood of little Whitelaws. But no matter how many long, lazy days they spend in their marriage bed, his disobedient bride refuses to get pregnant.
HAWK'S WAY: CARTER (Hawk's Way #5)Joan Johnston's fan-favorite tale of a convenient marriage and a surprising love...Previously published in March 1994 as The Cowboy Takes a WifeWhen single mother Desiree Parrish discovers that her abusive ex-husband is being released from prison, she knows she needs live-in protection at her ranch. And since hiring a bodyguard would only scare her young daughter, Desiree decides to hire a husband--one who has more muscles than questions.All cowboy Carter Prescott has to do to own a piece of Texas is say "I do" and live with a pretty woman and her cute kid. He doesn't have to love his instant family, and since Carter knows he's incapable of that, he thinks he's gotten a sweet deal. At least, until his new wife learns the truth...
Two fan-favorite western romances in one volume by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Johnston.The Cowboy Takes a WifeDesiree Parrish had two weeks to find a man strong enough to protect her from her abusive ex-husband. She'd never forgotten Carter Prescott's kindness to her, many years ago, but could she trust him to keep her and her daughter safe now? Though she was offering him a marriage in name only, Carter had one nonnegotiable condition-Desiree would have to share his name and his bed!The Unforgiving BrideFrom the moment rancher Falcon Whitelaw first saw Mara Ainsworth, she was the woman of his dreams-but she belonged to someone else. Then a tragic accident left her widowed-and she blamed Falcon. Now Mara has come to him for help. It seems marrying him is the only way to save her daughter's life. Now that he's got her just where he wants her, can Falcon convince Mara to forgive him and make this a marriage for real?
The Cowboy Takes a Wife Desiree Parrish had two weeks to find a man strong enough to protect her from her abusive ex-husband. She'd never forgotten Carter Prescott's kindness to her, many years ago, but could she trust him to keep her and her daughter safe now? Though she was offering him a marriage in name only, Carter had one nonnegotiable condition--Desiree would have to share his name and his bed! The Unforgiving Bride From the moment rancher Falcon Whitelaw first saw Mara Ainsworth, she was the woman of his dreams--but she belonged to someone else. Then a tragic accident left her widowed--and she blamed Falcon. Now Mara has come to him for help. It seems marrying him is the only way to save her daughter's life. Now that he's got her just where he wants her, can Falcon convince Mara to forgive him and make this a marriage for real?
In this heartwarming reader-favorite holiday story, single father Gavin Talbot gets a second chance at happiness as he rediscovers the joy of family at Christmas with the Whitelaws. Return to Joan Johnston's Hawk's Way holiday classic.
Spend A Little Time in Texas with this reader-favorite story from New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston She's as far from home as she could can be--and home is Texas, 1864. Angela Taylor owes everything to Dallas Masterson, the ranger who saved her life. But somehow, in addition to rescuing her, he's managed to pull her from 1864 into the twentieth century. And it would be easier to hate him for doubting her if he weren't so charming... Dallas is fairly sure the woman he's rescued is completely out of her mind. She wears bizarre clothes, has crazy ideas, and uses strange words. Still, there's something about her fiery spirit and unmistakable beauty that has him wanting to believe her story. Sometimes, when it comes to falling in love, there's no place to go but the future.
From New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston comes another story in the Hawk's Way series, where the Whitelaws of Texas run free… till passion brands their hearts. Faron Whitelaw had some nerve calling Belinda Prescott a princess. A nearly bankrupt ranch was hardly a castle, and Faron, an ill-tempered cowboy who'd inherited half her kingdom, was certainly no prince. The man was lucky she didn't make him sleep in the barn! Faron had been furious when Belinda had to inform him about the truth of his parentage. Suddenly, he wasn't one of the Whitelaws of Texas, and he was taking his anger out on Belinda. He wanted to believe she was nothing more than a gold digger, but all she seemed to want was him …and that was the one thing he couldn't give her. Previously published as The Cowboy And The Princess.
THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESSFaron Whitelaw had some nerve calling Belinda Prescott a princess. A nearly bankrupt ranch was hardly a castle, and Faron, an ill-tempered cowboy who'd inherited half her kingdom, was certainly no prince. Faron became spitting mad when Belinda informed him about the truth of his parentage: he wasn't one of the Whitelaws of Texas. He wanted to believe that she was nothing more than a gold digger, but all she seemed to want was him....THE WRANGLER AND THE RICH GIRLGarth Whitelaw couldn't understand why a rich Texas debutante like Candy Baylor would want to train horses. But she looked darn sexy in worn jeans with hay in her hair, so who was he to judge? Candy had no idea why Garth was suddenly so agreeable, but she wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Besides, her instructors in school had never been so ruggedly handsome as this wrangler...and she wouldn't mind engaging in some horseplay!
From New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston comes a story about how even the most unlikely of men can be a diamond in the rough. Candy Baylor is determined to learn how to train horses and nothing--not even the bullheaded, ruggedly handsome Garth Whitelaw--is going to stop her. When he finally agrees to teach her, Candy is surprised by his sudden agreeable attitude. However she wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Besides, her instructors in school had never been so devilishly good-looking… will Candy be the one to tame a once-reckless wrangler? The last thing Garth wants to do is hold a rich Texas debutante's hand and drag her around his ranch. She's too bossy by half, but she sure looks good in tight, worn jeans and with hay in her hair. Maybe it wasn't such a bad deal after all... Previously published as The Wrangler and the Rich Girl.
The Virgin Groom-He was every kid's idol, every man's envy, every woman's fantasy. And then Mac Macready's fiancée dumped him, and his future was looking mighty uncertain. The most shocking thing of all was that the only woman who could save him was notorious Jewel Whitelaw....The Substitute Groom-He'd taught his best friend's girl how to kiss-and had never forgotten the touch of Jennifer Wright's lips. And now that Huck couldn't marry Jenny, U.S. Air Force major Colt Whitelaw vowed to make the ultimate sacrifice. But first Colt needed to convince Jenny this was right-so he drew her close once more....
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Joan Johnston has captivated readers with her irresistible Hawk's Way series. Discover the book that started it all! Sometimes love needs a helping hand... Honey hasn't been the same ever since her husband, a Texas Ranger, died on the job. Juggling the ranch, raising her two teenage children, and nursing a wounded heart has left her at the end of her rope. So when cowboy Jesse Whitelaw turns up on her doorstep looking for work, he seems like the answer to her prayers. But Honey is used to working on her own terms, and isn't ready for the feelings he's stirring in her heart. Jesse longs to be the man in Honey's life, but he'll do anything to keep his secret hidden. She doesn't know he's really a Ranger himself, and is undercover investigating a cattle-rustling ring. But as they grow closer, it becomes tougher for Jesse to pretend. Can he and Honey obey the law of their own hearts? Previously published as Honey and the Hired Hand.
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