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9 Months Later Her baby. His heartache. Marcus Cartwright is rich and handsome. What's more, he's in love with his wife. And Lisa Cartwright adores her husband. Their marriage, however, is falling apart. That's because Marcus can't give Lisa the baby they've always longed for. Now he's determined to give Lisa her freedom—to find and marry someone else. To have her own child. It's a freedom Lisa doesn't want, but she can't convince Marcus of that. So Lisa decides to take matters into her own hands. She decides to have a baby. And she's not going to tell Marcus until the artificial insemination procedure is over…. But will Marcus be able to accept another man's child?
Criminal court judge Hannah Montgomery is presiding over a murder trial in Phoenix, Arizona. When the jury finds the defendant, Bobby Donahue, not guilty, Hannah is convinced they've reached the wrong verdict. Especially when strange things start happening around her. . . For one thing, a judge she's always trusted is making decisions she doesn't understand. For another, her pediatrician is being questioned in the deaths of several young patients--including Hannah's adopted son. The police say it was murder. Dr. Brian Hampton says he's been framed. Still reeling from grief at the loss of her child, Hannah no longer knows who to believe, who's lying and who's not. Despite her faith in Brian, she begins to wonder if he's betrayed her. Is he connected with Donahue? Is he responsible for her son's death?
Annie Kincaid has never held the right cards, not when it comes to love. Twice married, twice divorced, she's given up on finding her soul mate--though not on having a family. So Annie's decided to have a baby. On her own. But her brother, Cole, thinks that's a huge gamble, and she can't disagree. At the very least, he tells her, she should go for a known quantity and ask his old friend and best poker buddy, Blake, to be the dad. Blake's certainly a known quantity, all right. He's Annie's first husband. . .
Meet Will and Becca Parsons, who've lived in Shelter Valley, Arizona, all their lives. Shelter Valley means everything to them. Home. Family. Security. Love. Everything that matters is right there in that town. Will and Becca have been married for 20 years. It's a good marriage—a contented marriage—marred by only one disappointment: their inability to have children. But their dream of a baby has gradually been replaced by other interests, other goals. In any case, Will and Becca are in their 40s now. It's too late for babies. Except it's not. Because Becca's pregnant. And that reality throws their carefully ordered lives into complete disarray. A baby—after all these years.
Closing the door doesn't always keep you safe. Laura Elizabeth Clark saw herself as a peacemaker. Until the day she went against her parents' wishes and married Harry Kendall, a brilliant history professor who happens to be black. But happily-ever-after goes horribly wrong one night when an intruder forces his way into their bedroom and commits an unthinkable crime. The police say it was a random act of violence, but Harry will never forget those words whispered in the darkness: 'White should stay with white.' Seeking justice means confronting a group of white supremacists the Ivory Nation with its hush-hush ties to political power. Suddenly, opening the door on truth could threaten not just Harry and Laura's love, but their lives.
Discover last year's finest...with the best eBooks of 2008!Valentine's Day the most romantic day of the year...so show yourself some love by indulging in the best Valentine eBooks of 2008! Bundle includes Tycoon's Valentine Vendetta by Yvonne Lindsay; The Valentine Gift by Tara Taylor Quinn, Jean Brashear, and Linda Cardillo; Valentine's Secret Child by Christine Rimmer; and, as a free bonus, The Valentine Wedding Dress by Sherryl Woods.
Three dramatic stories that explore the trials and tribulations of parenthood come together in this volume that features themes of single fatherhood, adoption, and longing for a child.
What's wrong with this picture? Bonnie Nielson's life looks perfect. She has everything she's always wanted--a husband and child she adores, a successful business, close family and friends, a town she loves. And yet she's not happy. For some unaccountable reason, Bonnie is no longer satisfied with the life she and Keith have created in Shelter Valley. She has to figure out why. And--more important--she has to fix the problem, whatever it is. Whatever it takes. Before she loses everyone and everything she loves.
It's the most romantic day of the year...a day symbolized by a heart, and dedicated to the expression of our deepest yearnings and strongest affections. Discover the irresistible power of love on this very special day with 14 captivating stories about the search for love and the fulfillment of romantic hopes and dreams. Bundle includes Her Secret Valentine, Knock Three Times, The Bride's Surprise, Just Say Yes, Once Upon a Mattress, Gabe's Special Delivery, My Man Valentine, Behind Closed Doors, Mom and Mr. Valentine, In Too Deep, To Die For, Dance with the Devil, Blind Date from Hell and Taking Her Time.
Ellie Maitland was goal-oriented. She operated on five-year plans. Finishing her master's degree by night, serving as chief administrator at her family's renowned clinic by day, she was out to prove herself, big time. Sloan Cassidy had eighteen-month-old twin daughters, and not a clue in the world how to handle them since his wife had left. But he knew who did. No way was Ellie going to let herself be roped into helping to care for Sloan's little girls. Those kids brought out all the maternal instincts she wanted to suppress. And she had no time. And Sloan was way too appealing. And everyone knew the cowboy had broken her heart ten years ago. Except Sloan.
Will her secret tear them apart? At sixteen, when Talia gave her son up for adoption, she knew she was making the right decision. Now, as an adult, she's come home to Santa Raquel, California, where she volunteers at the Lemonade Stand and provides art therapy at local schools. One of her students is a troubled boy named Kent-the son she gave up all those years ago! She meets his widowed father, Sherman, and they develop an intense connection through their shared concern for Kent. But Talia wonders if the secret she's been keeping might drive away the man she's starting to love.
Secret babies...hidden identities...deception and betrayal. You'll find them all in this fabulous collection. Discover how secrets and lies can fuel passion and romance and lead to everlasting love. Bundle includes What Daddy Doesn't Know by Tara Taylor Quinn, The Rogue's Return by Margaret Moore, Truth or Dare by Joe Leigh, The A&E Consultant's Secret by Lilian Darcy, Her Guilty Secret by Anne Mather and Millionaire Next Door by Kara Lennox.
It looked so good on camera... If it weren't for the money, Spencer Longfellow would happily drive Natasha Stevens and her TV crew right off his ranch. But his land, and his kids, mean the world to him-and he'll do anything to secure their future. Even cohost Natasha's cooking show, Family Secrets, in his barn. Even play the token hunky cowboy to her sophisticated city slicker and flirt with her on national television... It could never amount to anything real anyway. After all, he was fooled and left in the dust by a city girl once. And he will never let that happen to him-or his kids-again.
Too Hot To Handle When policewoman Andrea Parker was assigned to train six male officers for the DARE program, she certainly didn't expect someone like Doug Avery to be among the trainees. Doug was the kind of guy who instinctively resisted authority, who got his kicks by using other people-especially her-as the butt of his crude jokes. What could he possibly know about being a good example to street kids?Andrea knew she should throw Doug out of the program. But she couldn't make herself do it. Beneath his strutting arrogance, she sensed a hidden vulnerability. Maybe he did know something about hardship, about courage....
You can't change the past but you can choose the future!Twenty-five years ago... Emma Sanderson's life was completely overturned. Her baby sister was kidnapped, right there in Comfort Cove, and her family fell apart.Now... Emma lives quietly, cautiously. Until suddenly she finds out that the cold case involving her sister's disappearance has been reopened. Then, she ends her engagement-and meets another man. Chris Talbot shares her intense unexpected attraction, and their hours together mean more than anything she's ever experienced.Despite that, she's uncertain about a relationship with him. He's a man in a dangerous profession, a man who makes his living from the sea, and there are reasons, good reasons, for Emma to keep her distance. But that night could have lasting consequences....
Sue Bookman wishes she believed that Rick Kraynick would make the best parent for her tiny foster baby. As the girl's uncle, he's got a strong claim. But so does the child's grandmother, and Sue knows that if Rick gets custody, he won't let the woman anywhere near. Sue even gets why. But where would Sue be today if she hadn't had a grandmother who loved her unconditionally? While she likes Rick--okay, she more than likes him--the man wants a replacement family. Can he really see the child in her arms or is he blinded by the daughter he lost? And will he ever forgive her if she doesn't choose him?
Two tales about how forgetting the past can destroy the future are collected in this two-in-one volume. Includes "Father: Unknown" by Tara Taylor Quinn and "Fade to Black" by Amanda Stevens. Reissue.
She can't afford to lose this...or him There's no way that struggling single mom Janie Young is going to lose Family Secrets. Not even to Dr. Burke Carter. The prize money and media exposure from the cooking-competition show will secure the future for her and her son, who has special needs. Sure, Burke is a talented chef with his own reasons to win, but he already has so much: wealth, a beautiful daughter, great looks...and definitely her attention. As their families become closer, Janie is beginning to care too much about him. But she can't afford to get involved. Not when everything is riding on beating him.
Girl trouble. Jacob's seven-year-old triplets are a handful. Allie is organizing her teacher to death. Jessie is crying in class. Meggie is becoming almost reclusive. Jacob is told what the triplets need is a woman in their lives. But the last thing Jacob needs is to exchange girl trouble for...Woman trouble. Jacob's gone that route before. All it did was get his daughters' hopes up-his hopes up-only to end in disappointment. Maybe the answer is to enlist the help of a friend, someone like his partner, Michelle....Big trouble. Unfortunately, what Jacob begins to feel for Michelle is more than just friendship. And while Michelle's willing to be a surrogate mother to Jacob's children, it's going to take a lot of convincing for her to consider the idea of being a wife to him.
Kelly Chapman, psychologist and expert witness. She's unattached, but 100 percent committed to her clients, her foster child, her friends. Clay Thatcher, FBI special agent: Missing Persons. A loner and, like Kelly, he too is unattached but 100 percent committed to his job-and only his job. That's why he's in Chandler, Ohio. Kelly Chapman has disappeared. Is it because she testified against someone who now wants revenge? Or is she the fourth victim of a killer responsible for three recent deaths?Searching for her, Clay has to work against the clock. And Kelly soon becomes more than just another case to him....
This is a story for every woman who has a best friend...Bailey Watters and Koralynn Mitchell consider themselves "sisters of the soul." Their circumstances growing up couldn't have been more different; Kora came from a wealthy, privileged family, while Bailey's home life was hard. They'd do anything for each other. "I'd give you a kidney," they always say. There are no secrets between them-until there's one secret Bailey can't share.This is a story for every woman who's been in love.Danny Brown is the only man Kora's ever wanted, ever loved, and her marriage seems as flawless as everything else in her life. Bailey, however, doesn't want a husband. She does want a baby-but only by IVF. And the perfect donor, the perfect biological father, would be a man like...Danny.What happens when love and friendship collide?Kora might be willing to give Bailey a kidney. But what about a baby?
Motherhood doesn't always wait for the perfect moment.UNEXPECTING...AGAIN!When the daughter she gave up for adoption appears in her life eager to meet both her birth parents, Amelia Copperstone nervously agrees to track down a man she hasn't seen in thirty years. What she finds is rekindled passion-and, at age forty-eight, a very unexpected pregnancy.IMPERFECT TIMINGApril Renquist is riding the corporate fast track when pregnancy challenges her to sort out her priorities: from the fiancé she broke up with, to the fears that plague her...to the dawning realization that perhaps life doesn't stop with motherhood.HOME AT LASTA couple shattered by the loss of their daughter opens their home to an orphaned Russian girl-unprepared for the emotion she unleashes. As guilt and grief war with the need to love a child again, the remarkable little girl offers healing and hope.
From good to great...to forever Ellen Moore has a good life. But she wants a great one. One that's full, not just safe. That means stepping outside her comfort zone to take a risk. And it doesn't get much riskier than Jay Billingsley. He has all the trappings of a rebel-the leather, the motorcycle, the restlessness. Every instinct tells her to run in the opposite direction-fast. Yet when she's with him, she feels something very different. Emotions this intense have to be right. She senses he could hold the key to helping her put that last piece of her great life into place. But first, she has to change his mind about leaving Shelter Valley.
On February 14th, Gabe Stone finds a living, breathing valentine on his doorstep. The tiny pink bundle of fleece appears to be his daughter, and her mother has given Gabe four hours to get to know his new baby. Four hours to adjust to fatherhood, resolve custody and win back his ex-wife?
Starting over...again It seems a lifetime ago that Brett Ackerman wanted to share his life with Ella Wales. He really believed he could put his abusive family history behind him...until he realized it would always be part of him. Then he pushed her away. Hard. Now Ella's back as part of the High Risk Team at The Lemonade Stand, the unique women's shelter Brett founded. And she needs his help with a family crisis. But even now, Brett can't admit he still loves her. Until one night of passion with Ella turns Brett into the one thing he fears the most-a father.
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