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Romance author Grace Fairchild has just received her fourth threatening note. She's in San Francisco for a romance convention and decides she needs a bodyguard. Sure, she can come up with a list of suspects who don't like her, but she's having a hard time believing that any of them would want to kill her.
The small book with the biggest collection of loving ideas ever gathered in one place, now in a tenth anniversary edition. This is the ultimate practical, giftable resource for couples, filled with 10,000 ideas for expressing affection. 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You overflows with surprise ideas, back-to-basics classics that always work, and inspired twists on creative expression. Readers can express true affection with secret love notes, perpetual bouquets, secluded picnics, outrageous gifts and 9,996 more ways to say I love you. This tenth anniversary edition offers fresh tips for today's world of texting and social networking, giving readers more reasons than ever to pick up this best-loved romantic collection.
"My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." --Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice The taboo affair of Jane and Mr. Rochester. The (literally) timeless love between Edward and Bella. The improbable pairing of Grace and Josh. Climb between the covers with The 100 Best Romance Novels, collected here for the very first time. Avid fans of the romance genre, the ladies at Crimson Romance know a thing or two about igniting scintillating passion. They've not only collected 100 of the best romance novels of all time, but also provided delicious summaries for each of their picks. From tempting classics like E.M. Hull's The Sheik to adrenaline-pumping contemporaries like Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me, this collection of romance novels is sure to melt your heart!
PURE HUNK How did Danielle Herte get mixed up in a zany trail ride with a gaggle of giggling teenage girls and a cowboy who gave new meaning to the term sexy? She agreed to the outing to bond with her rebellious daughter--not become smitten with handsome Cody Walker. But one look into his electric blue eyes and Danielle was mesmerized.... PURE ATTRACTION! Full of arrogance and pride, Cody was the embodiment of the Wild West--the stuff that real man were made of. This 100% pure cowboy wasn't the kind of man a good girl should have. But nevertheless he was just the man she wanted! And this city gal had to learn how to lasso her cowboy--fast!
Dear Reader,Guess what? I'm falling in love! With Mack McAfee.My baby daughter, Noelle, and I have been living next door to Mack since the spring. I'm still a little wary about our relationship, because I haven't always made good decisions when it comes to men. My baby's father, David Rhodes, is testament to that. I'm so worried he might sue for custody.In the meantime, the World War II letters I found are a wonderful distraction. Both Mack and I are trying to learn what happened to the soldier who wrote them and the woman he loved.Come by sometime for a glass of iced tea and I'll show you the letters. Plus I'll tell you the latest about Grace and Olivia, my brother Linc and his wife, Lori (who tied the knot about five minutes after they met!), and all our other mutual friends. Oh, and maybe Mack can join us....Mary Jo Wyse
Dear Reader, You've probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel's pregnant, and she says she can't handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it's my fault. As a widower I spoiled her--Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that's not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that's not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don't even know where she is. She's not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is...when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat? Of course, I'm not the only one in town with problems. Linc Wyse's father-in-law is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she's becoming forgetful, and the family's worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on-but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am. If you have any idea where my wife is, give me a call. Please.
The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.But...someone recently left a basket ï ¬ lled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.As always in life-and in Cedar Cove-there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!
ANGELA PARETTI, CALL YOUR MOTHER! Which is what Angie meant to do, except she wasn't quite sure how to explain how a simple chauffeuring assignment had trapped her in a mountain cabin, on Valentine's Day, with handsome CEO Jack Merritt. JACK MERRITT, CALL YOUR OFFICE! He wanted to, but since bullets were suddenly bouncing off his limo, he had little time for amenities--or even for his very enticing driver. Was their secluded hideout a safe haven--or the beginning of another sort of danger altogether? Holiday Honeymoons. Because when you combine holidays with weddings, something magical happens!
From best friend to frenemy to flat-out enemy For her Sweet Sixteen, Jordan Wright gets rid of the frizzy hair, the conservative clothes, and finally likes the hip new girl smiling in the mirror. So when she hears about an open casting call for the hottest rapper's new video, she has the confidence to go for it. She and her best friend, Adrienne, try out with hundreds of hopefuls, but only Jordan makes it. Adrienne seems fine with it. But when Jordan starts getting some serious attention, Adrienne turns into a hater. And after Jordan has an innocent in-the-hall conversation with Adrienne's ex-boyfriend--they dated for one week, like four years ago!--Adrienne plots to ruin Jordan's life by spreading rumors, writing stuff on the bathroom walls and telling Jordan she'd be better off dead. Suddenly Jordan's popularity is fading. Forget sweet sixteen. She soon discovers that what she needs most is to find the strength to be herself.
Olivia Lockhart16 Lighthouse RoadCedar Cove, WashingtonDear Reader,You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove because I want you to meet my family, friends and neighbors. Come and hear their stories-maybe even their secrets!I have to admit that my own secrets are pretty open. My marriage failed some years ago, and I have a rather...difficult relationship with my daughter, Justine. Then there's my mother, Charlotte, who has plenty of opinions and isalwayswilling to share them. Here's an example: I'm a family court judge and she likes to drop in on my courtroom. Recently I was hearing a divorce petition. In Charlotte's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work-and I agreed. So I rendered my judgment: Divorce Denied. Well, you wouldn't believe the reaction! Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, the editor of our local paper (and a man I wouldn't mind seeing more of!),everyone'stalking. Cedar Cove-people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it!See you soon...Olivia
With fugitive parents, a brother dodging loan sharks, a hunky cop who's made her outlaw family his business, a buff body mover looking to make a move on her and her ex-fiancé back in the picture, Carlotta Wren thought her life couldn't get any more complicated. And then...Her best friend jumps on the body-moving bandwagon. Her fugitive parents phone home. Her identity is stolen by a look-alike. Her look-alike is found, well...dead. Under suspicion for murder, Carlotta discovers that her devious double might've been bumped off accidentally-and that she could be the real target! Throw in dealing with her motley crew of family, friends and wannabe lovers, and Carlotta begins to think that jail isn't such a bad alternative after all. ...
ABBY STANFORD WAS ONE SMART COOKIE... And she'd always given 200%--especially to her job. But there was more to life... There was home, family--and the love of a good man. So she filled her cozy house with the aroma of fresh-baked cookies. She crocheted crafts until her fingers were sore. But where was that good man? Then sexy, sweet-talking Gar stopped by, sampled her wares and insisted that she was meant to be his wife. Abby didn't quite believe him, but she was about to learn what it meant to give and receive love--200%!
A year 2000 computer glitch got her $1 million and a cowboy--and the wildest adventure of her life . . .P.R. whiz Tess O'Mara is burned out. She's looking for a change. Something wild and crazy. The year 2000 has arrived. And that's when the trouble begins. A computer glitch has deposited one million dollars into her bank account. Problem is, it's somebody else's money, somebody who's willing to kill to find it--and Tess has already spent a big chunk of it on a new wardrobe and a powder-blue Mercedes convertible. Suddenly Tess is running for her life, as fast and as far as she can go . . . . . . until she reaches the sleepy desert town of Almost, Arizona. Sheriff Jake McCall, a dead ringer for Mel Gibson, is there to catch her as she careens into town and collapses from heatstroke in his arms. Jake's prepared for anything--except the spoiled city slicker with trouble in her wake. The last thing he expects is to fall for her. But as danger tracks Tess to her door, something unexpected happens that will transform two very different people, and one dusty, dead-end town, forever . . .From the Paperback edition.
Dear Reader,If you've been to Cedar Cove before we've probably met. You can usually find me either at home or at the public library, where I work. I've lived in this town all my life and raised two daughters here. But my husband and I - well, about six months ago, he disappeared. Just. . . disappeared. Where's Dan? Why did he go? Who's he with? Will I ever find out?My hometown, my family and friends, bring me comfort during this difficult time. Comfort and a sense of shelter. I'm continually reminded that life can and does go on. For instance, everyone's been discussing weddings and babies lately. Justine - the only daughter of my best friend, Olivia Lockhart - impulsively got married a little while ago. My own daughter Kelly recently had a baby. Unfortunately, she refuses to accept that Dan might not return to see his first grandchild. My older daughter, Maryellen, is more realistic. I think she's seeing a new man, but for some reason she won't tell me who it is. Then there's Jack, who's been pursuing a romance with Olivia, and his son, Eric, and Eric's girlfriend, Shelly (I think she's pregnant), and Zach and Rosemary Cox, whose marriage is reputedly on the skids and. . . Well, just come on over and we'll talk!Grace
Laura Nolan's past debts are forcing her to sell her beloved Georgia house. It was built by her grandfather and is the only home Laura has ever known. Few people can afford the price, and James Paden seems to be the first serious buyer. But womanizer Paden, returning from a ten-year absence, is the only person to ever inspire passion in Laura.
Prescott Personal Securities provided the best bodyguards money could buy. New client Kelly Warner had trouble she couldn't escape. Trapped in controversy, Kelly and her young daughter had the whole world watching them. But only one man was hired to look out for their best interests: Jack Sanders. Kelly had secrets that people would kill for--and someone was trying real hard. But now she had Jack, and he would never take his eyes off her, no matter their past together. Caught under the gun, the all-American bodyguard had a message to send--Denver was under the protection of PPS, and there just wasn't room for anyone else.
Rosie Cox 311 Pelican Court Cedar Cove, WashingtonDear Reader,One thing about Cedar Cove - people sure are interested in what other people are doing. Take me, for instance. Everybody in this town knows that my husband, Zach, and I recently got a divorce. Everybody also knows that Judge Olivia Lockhart decreed a pretty unusual custody arrangement. It won't be the kids moving between my place and Zach's. We're the ones who'll be going back and forth!Olivia isn't immune to gossip herself. Will she stay with Jack, the guy who runs our local paper, or will she get back with her ex? Inquiring minds want to know! But the really big gossip has to do with the dead guy - the man who died at a local bed-and-breakfast. Who is he and why did he show up there in the middle of the night? Roy McAfee, our local private investigator, is absolutely determined to find out. I hope he does - and then I'll let you know! See you soon. . . ;. Rosie
Moving on down the highway... That's all Cat DeAngelo wants to do, but it's getting harder and harder. That's because someone's trying to ruin DeAngelo Transport. Cat's trucks have suffered a rash of break-ins, and a slimy competitor keeps underbidding her and offering to buy her out. Worse, Cat's at odds with her sister and brother. They want her to get out from behind the wheel and take over the day-to-day running of the family company--from behind a desk! Then Cat takes on a six-foot-five certified "hunk" as a temporary codriver and her problems really escalate! Right along with her heart rate.
Peggy Beldon Thyme and Tide B and B 44 Cranberry Point Cedar Cove, WashingtonDear Reader,I love living in Cedar Cove, but things haven't been the same since a man died in our B and B. Turns out his name was Max Russell, and Bob had known him briefly in Vietnam. We still don't have any idea why he came here and - most important of all - who killed him. Because it now appears that he was poisoned. I sure hope somebody figures it out soon!Not that we're providing the only news in Cedar Cove these days. I heard that Jon Bowman and Maryellen Sherman are getting married. And Maryellen's mom, Grace, has more than her share of interested men! The question is: Which one is she going to choose? Olivia - I guess it's Olivia Griffin now - is back from her honeymoon, and her mother, Charlotte (who's in her mid-seventies at least), seems to have a man in her life, too. I'm not sure Olivia's too pleased. . . ;. There's lots of other gossip I could tell you. Come by for a cup of tea and one of my blueberry muffins and we'll talk. Peggy
Dear Reader,Considering that I'm married to Cedar Cove's private investigator, you might think I enjoy mysteries. But I don't-especially when they involve us! Roy's been receiving anonymous postcards and messages asking if we "regret the past." We don't know what they mean....On a more positive note, we're both delighted that our daughter, Linnette, has moved to Cedar Cove to work at the new medical clinic. A while ago I attended the humane society's "Dog and Bachelor Auction," where I bought her a date with Cal Washburn, who works at Cliff Harding's horse farm. Unfortunately Linnette is less enthusiastic about this date than I am.Speaking of Cliff, the romance between him and Grace Sherman is back on. But that's only one of the many interesting stories here in Cedar Cove. So why don't you drop by for a coffee at my husband's office on Main Street or our house on Harbor and I'll tell you everything that's new!
"Wickedly fun!" --Romantic Times. "Clever writing, a high sensuality factor and an unfettered imagination..." --Publishers Weekly. Jazz can't decide whether to scorch him with a fireball or jump into bed with him. Jasmine Tremaine, a witch who can't stay out of trouble. Nikolai Gregorivich, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire cop on the trail of a serial killer. The sizzling love affair between Jazz and Nick has been off-again, on-again-for about 300 years. Mostly off, lately. But now Nick needs Jazz's help, and while Jazz and Nick try to figure out their own hearts and resist their ever-increasing attraction, they must steer clear of a maniacal killer with super-supernatural powers. They are surrounded by a hilarious cast of oddball paranormal characters, including Irma, the chain-smoking ghost who haunts Jazz's sports car, Dweezil, her ghoul of a boss, and Fluff and Puff, a pair of bunny slippers with sharp teeth and short tempers (watch your ankles)!
When freelance writer Mabel Ivey is offered a full-time job at "Real Men" magazine--the magazine dedicated to helping women find real-life heroes--she jumps at the chance. She's not sure whether to be complimented or insulted, however, that the first story is to be a makeover--"her" makeover!
6 Rainier DriveCedar Cove, WashingtonDear Reader,As you may have heard, we've recently had quite a shock. My husband, Seth, and I lost our business, The Lighthouse restaurant-to arson. The investigation continues. The prime suspect is a young ex-employee named Anson Butler, who disappeared right after the fire. So Seth and I are trying to sort out our lives. (And let me tell you, this kind of crisis isnotgood for a marriage. ) In the meantime, life goes on for everyone else in Cedar Cove-with marriages, births, reunions and even the occasional scandal. One of the most interesting pieces of news is that Cal, who works on Cliff Harding's ranch, is now rescuing wild mustangs from Wyoming. I have to run-I'm meeting an old friend, Warren Saget, for lunch. Let's talk soon, and I'll fill you in on everything that's happening in town!Justine
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