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Christmastime. Hannah Bradshaw arrives home to find an elderly gentleman with a snowy-white beard waiting on her steps. He hands her a worn and battered envelope. But before Hannah can find out who he is, he vanishes.... Hannah opens the envelope to find a long-lost letter from her hometown sweetheart, Roman Frazer. Seven years ago they'd planned to marry - until another woman claimed to be carrying Roman's child. Distraught, Hannah fled. This letter states the baby wasn't Roman's. Could Hannah have been wrong to run away from the one man she'd always loved...and still loved? It's time for Hannah to find out the truth....
Five years earlier Saber, the Earl of Avenall, had won her young fancy, then mysteriously vanished. Now fate reunites them and Ella stands before him: grown, beautiful, seductive. Even as Saber swears never to taint her with his own dark demons, he cannot resist her. Nor can he stand idle while vicious ton gossips set out to ruin her. As their passion grows, so does his inner torment. Yet Ella knows that together they must face society--and each other's secrets--if they are to realize the full bliss of their love.
Emma Lachance is taken by surprise when she runs into her friend and high-school crush, Finn Duhon, on a construction site in Pointe Judah, Louisiana. But the last thing she expects to find is the corpse of her friend, a local journalist whose relentlessly scathing articles have enraged every lawmaker and opportunist in town, including the mayor-Emma's husband.When more bodies are found, Emma and Finn wonder if the link is Secrets, an eclectic support group for women in which all the murder victims were members. A group that has helped Emma find the strength to divorce her abusive, unfaithful husband.Could an innocent women's club drive a furious husband or boyfriend to murder, or are the killings only made to look as if that's the connection? Emma and Finn intend to find out-before Emma becomes the next body of evidence....
Lady Justine Girvin, the Duke of Franchot's elegant spinster sister, decided to grab one last chance for happiness--by doing something incredibly scandalous. Defying convention, she traveled alone to a Scottish castle to find the mysterious Straun, her brother's friend, and to ask him to teach her all about love.
Was he ready for commitment? It wasn't exactly a midlife crisis, but at thirty-seven, Sara Fletcher had fallen in love with a younger man. Evan McGrath was only thirty-two, and an engineer on short-term contract where she worked--not a man Sara would ever expect to put down roots or be a father to her adopted teenage daughter. Was she? Evan kept proving Sara wrong. He reached out to Sara's daughter--and she clearly adored him. He nursed Sara when she fell ill. Then Sara became pregnant, and she hesitated to tell Evan--not without giving him every chance to opt out. But was it Evan she was afraid to trust... or herself?
'Tis the season to be wary. . . Christmas is coming and all is far from calm in Pointe Judah, Louisiana. Newcomer Christian DeAngelo--Angel to his friends--is at his wit's end trying to manage Sonny, the hotheaded nineteen-year-old everyone believes is his nephew. In fact, Sonny is the orphaned son of a notorious mob boss, a protected witness. . . and Angel's responsibility. Angel has been commiserating with Eileen Moggeridge, whose lonely son Aaron has latched on to Sonny and gotten into deeper trouble than ever. But nothing could prepare Angel and Eileen for the boys' latest crisis: as they are horsing around in the swamp one afternoon, a shot rings out. Aaron is hit, but was the bullet meant for Sonny? Suddenly, goodwill toward men is in short supply and Angel doesn't know who's more dangerous: the hoodoo mystic with an eerie hold over the boys, the hit man roaming the bayou or Eileen's volatile ex-husband, Chuck.
Roche Savage is a talented psychiatrist with an insatiable--some might say kinky--sex drive. He's always avoided gentle, reserved women because he knows that if he loses control. . . Unfortunately, he spies reticent Bleu Labeau, a young widow who has come to Toussaint to start a new school--Bleu, who was taught that sex is dirty, wrong and best performed in the dark. The school has unleashed another passion, as well. When bodies start turning up, the local sheriff and the townspeople must fend for themselves. Taking the lead, Roche and Bleu race to unravel the mystery. But when it's revealed that all the victims are former patients of Roche, speculation arises that the people of Toussaint may not be looking for a stranger, but one of their own.
WHEN NIGHT FALLSAfter her husband's tragic death, Leigh Kelly arrives on Whidbey Island determined to start over. Yet the tiny town of Chimney Rock is not as peaceful as it seems. Women have been disappearing, and Leigh can't shake the feeling that she's being watched . . . especially at night. Soon, she's experiencing visions she can't explain and fighting her attraction to a handsome stranger who seems to know her most intimate desires.PASSION TRANSFORMS THEMAs the leader of the Team, a pack of werehounds forced to hide their very existence, former special ops soldier Niles Latimer is desperate to prove a man's heart beats beneath his predator's body. And Leigh-the mysterious beauty possessing powers she doesn't yet understand-may be the one woman who can help him. But Niles isn't the only one who recognizes Leigh's true identity. Something evil is waiting in the woods-and the hunt has begun . . .
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOONEver since shapeshifter Elin escaped to Whidbey Island, danger has stalked her every move. Her human traits, combined with her unique supernatural gifts, make her a prized being to be possessed . . . or destroyed. It is only the passionate attraction she shares with werehound Sean Black that gives her hope for her future-if she can elude the lethal predators who are hot on her scent.HIDES DANGER AND DESIRESean knows that Elin, with her delicate beauty and seductive powers, is his one perfect mate. The woman who can restore his humanity and make him stronger than ever. He'll need that strength and more to protect her from those who wish to destroy him and everything he desires. For Sean carries a secret that binds him to an enemy from the past and to a darker, deadlier force-a malignant evil that is hunting the women of Whidbey Island . . .
Oliver Worth, the American heir to a vast shipping fortune, longs to know the secret past of his family, which has remained hidden since his father was banished from England years ago. Upon his father's death, Oliver travels to England and meets the intelligent and attractive Lily Adler, whose father has mysterious secrets of his own. Soon Oliver and Lily find themselves entangled in a dark web of danger, secrets and romance.
Torn apart by the past... Laura Fenton last saw her friend, lawyer Mark Hunt, in a courtroom. Mark had been seeking a criminal conviction against Laura in the accidental death of his father - her uncle's law partner. The case had been thrown out, and Laura had moved away, escaping the pain and guilt by building a new life for herself entertaining children. Now the past could bring them together... Five years later, Mark was out to find Laura. Her uncle had died and she'd inherited his half of the law firm. Mark still blamed Laura for his father's tragic death. But now, seeing Laura again, Mark blamed himself... for ever having let her go.
Set in lush and languid New Orleans, FRENCH QUARTER is the story of Celina Payne, a talented and beautiful woman thrust into a harrowing world of murder and deceit, who must not only fight for her life and her future, but for the soul of a man who could fulfill her entirely--or ruin both their lives. Celina Payne still celebrates the day she met visionary New Orleans business man Errol Petrie. When Petrie hired her to represent Dreams--a company that caters to the whims of the wealthy and uses the profits to fund the wishes of dying children--he rescued her from a domineering mother and the suffocating world of high society. But Celina's new-found happiness is shattered all too soon. Arriving one morning at Petrie's opulent French Quarter mansion, Celina finds him dead--with all the evidence of a night of sexual excess around him--and is hurled into an unimaginable nightmare. The days and weeks that follow, Celina will be hounded by a cadre of scandal-hungry reporters who smell sensation in her boss's flamboyant death, and stalked by a ruthless politician who sees a way to turn her vulnerability to his advantage. But most of all, Celina finds herself fleeing Jack Charbonnet, Petrie's business partner and best friend. The bitter and volatile Charbonnet is certain that Celina is hiding something about his old friend's murder, and will stop at nothing to discover what it is. Jack is right about one thing, Celina is keeping a secret--one that makes her heart swell with tenderness and sorrow ... and one she is determined to keep. In the sultry heat of the bayou, amid the gothic buildings of the French Quarter, passions tangle, as Jack and Celina draw dangerously close to the truth about Errol Petrie--and alarmingly close to each other. And when Jack's ties to New Orleans underworld come back to haunt him, he will find himself trapped with Celina in a world more twisted, more starkly evil than even he could ever have imagined. French Quarter delivers chilling suspense, seething sensuality, and an utterly compelling love story. A tale that will draw readers into the world of a woman who dares to break more than one unwritten rule .
The first mistake Dead: one ordinary man. Just the latest in a string of losers in the wrong place at the worst time. Not the kind of case to yank New Orleans homicide detective Guy Gautreaux back from his leave of absence in Toussaint Louisiana. The second mistake There's someone in Toussaint Guy will do anything to protect-, Jilly Gable is desperate to find the love of the family who abandoned her as a child. And when the wife of a powerful New Orleans antiques dealer and loan shark sweeps into town claiming to be her mother, Jilly is all too willing to love and forget. The final reckoning Slowly and methodically, evil closes in on Jilly, and only the truth-and Guy-can save her. Connecting the dots" , between the Big Easy and Toussaint all but cinches his case, but Jilly and Guy are still in danger. They have only each other for protection But will that be enough? ?
One night, eight months ago, Sonnie Giacano lost everything--her husband, her unborn child, and a significant portion of her memory. She knows what happened to her was no accident, but rather something so sinister she's blocked it from her mind. A cynical man on the run from his own demons, ex-NYPD cop Chris Talon isn't interested in Sonnie's case. But against his will, Chris is drawn into her harrowing world. Tormented by nightmarish flashbacks, Sonnie is determined to find out the truth. Does she really hear what she hears...and see what she sees. When Sonnie and Chris put their lives on the line, her nightmares soon threaten to bleed into reality...
Once accused When Max Savage opens his practice in a remote, seductively beautiful bayou town, he hopes it's the start of a new life. He's got his reputation as a skilled surgeon, his two brothers by his side and a fresh chance. But soon Max discovers he can't escape a past riddled with accusations of murder. . . or the faces of two dead women. Especially since another woman is missing, and he was the last to see her alive. Always suspected Annie Duhon knows all about nightmares that shatter life's dreams and the need to escape the past. But her fascination with Max grows, even when disturbing rumors start to surface and her darkest visions seem to play out in living color. Can she trust Max with her secrets and her deepest desires? Or is he the specter she sees when she sleeps--a killer stalking women with his cleansing fire? Is she about to become his next victim?
THE SPINSTER Finch More, twenty-nine, connoisseur of antique glass, is considered "on the shelf." But when her brother is mysteriously abducted, the world sees the real Finch More . . . a woman of action, a woman of passion-a woman who scorns defeat.
Born of an ancient family of clairvoyants, Marley Millet finds that her psychic gift is both unsettling and incredibly dangerous. She never wants to "travel" again--but the choice is not hers to make.After glimpsing the fates of two missing New Orleans jazz singers, Marley knows she has no choice and must speak up before more women disappear. Flinty cop-turned-writer Gray Fisher, who interviewed both chanteuses before they vanished, takes a special interest in Marley's incredible story--and in Marley.Scouring the wild clubs of the French Quarter, Marley and Gray make an unlikely and uneasy team. But their determination is matched only by the heat between them...and the evil they have uncovered.
Her uncanny Sight reveals abuse and damage suppressed deep within--little wonder she'd rather close her eyesWillow Millet longs to deny her family's exceptional gifts--paranormal talents known to few, shared by even fewer. Benedict Fortune is one such--a connection that should have strengthened the undeniable bond between him and Willow. But her self-doubt has driven them apart.Married instead to her business, Willow's concierge we-can-do-anything service is thriving until it is hit by a string of bizarre and fatal accidents--every victim a client. Now her livelihood depends on two enigmatic socialites and their notoriously decadent parties. In this anything-goes atmosphere, Willow and Ben are thrown together again and their need for each other is as strong as ever, but they are challenged at every turn....For dark forces are stalking Willow--coveting her gift as a means of cheating death...and ruling New Orleans forever.
Psychic master talent Sykes Millet can vanish at will, read minds and control others with hypnosis. What Sykes cannot do is escape his destiny--an ancient curse foretelling the misery his dark beauty may bring to everyone he loves.Poppy Fortune knows all too well the burden of having paranormal talent. The supernatural world has fractured her entire family--now it's keeping at bay the one man she wants more than life.Driven by hatred for the Millets, a killing force has attacked New Orleans. The evil Embran race has no conscience and intends to terrorize the city into submission. Sykes and Poppy must set aside old distrust and use their bonded talents to save their families, themselves...and New Orleans.
From the cover flap: "Ellen Shaw arrives in London expecting to join her sister Fiona, who's found her the perfect job managing an antiquarian bookshop. Instead she finds an empty apartment, and no sign of her sister. Ellen's only contact is Hugh Weston, Fiona's boss and the bookshop's owner. Though Hugh seems solid and dependable, he remains a stranger she's not sure she can trust. Hugh has his own theories about Fiona's disappearance: his grandmother had beenmurdered only days before, and Hugh suspects Fiona had something to do with it. As danger begins to stalk Ellen through the streets of London, Hugh has only moments to decide if she's Fiona's partner in crime...or an unlucky pawn who needs hs help."
Nearly two decades ago a charismatic man called Colin controlled an isolated community hidden in foothills north of San Francisco in what was supposed to be a life free of materialism. Instead, Colin turned The Refuge into a mass grave as he completed a sinister plan to exterminate his followers -all except three children, who slipped through his fingers and escaped with his secrets. Today, Nick Board and the two beautiful sisters, Sarah and Aurelie, who escaped with him, are living quietly under the radar in the little bayou town of Point Judah, Louisiana. But when the bodies at The Refuge are uncovered, the nightmare of the past forces the friends out into the open. To survive, they must stay one step ahead of the man who has been waiting for them to surface. Driven by greed and anger, he intends them to take his secrets to their graves.
Gray Falconer returns to Scotland, bowed yet unbroken by the treachery that made him a prisoner for three long years. His one consolation is that he will soon see his beloved Minerva, his sweet Min. Min herself would willingly leap into his arms, if she were not furious at being left at the altar, three years before. But they soon have more to worry about than their fiery passion. Because danger is closing on them.
This title was missed by most of Stella Cameron's current readership when it was originally published under the Jane Worth Abbott pseudonym in 1987. This title is the conclusion to the trilogy that began with Faces of a Clown, and Choices.
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