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Kendal was devoted to her husband and baby son, but there was room in her life for a career, as well, wasn't there? Jarrad didn't think so. He expected Kendal to be a dutiful wife and mother--while he had a successful and glamorous mistress? There was no proof of Jarrad's infidelity, but Kendal couldn't live with her suspicions any longer. Her marriage seemed over. Until the unthinkable happened: someone had kidnapped their baby! Working together to find their son, would Jarrad and Kendal mend theirmarriage?
El Dorado, Kansas, 1881Marshal Cord Donovan believed he was married to his badge-until one incredible night in Florie Rockford's bed changed everything. When Florie unexpectedly arrives in town with a desperate warning for his safety, Cord is determined to show her that their spark burns so hot that one night will never be enough.But Florie has returned with more than just a warning-the consequence of their passion defies all the lawman's rules!
Hidden behind a mask, Jonathan Kirkland, Lord Redcliffe, has disguised himself as a highwayman to win a wager: to collect kisses from the first five women who pass. With only one kiss left, victory seems easy...until he encounters Miss Sarah Tatton, who has fled on horseback to escape her vile fianc?.Distraught and desperate, the last thing Sarah needs is to run straight into the arms of a highwayman. But his heart-stopping kiss gives Sarah an idea--to lose her virginity in order to break her engagement. And the surprisingly gentlemanlike thief is just the man to teach her the art of love...at least enough to pretend that she has lost her virtue.But as Jonathan and Sarah's passion grows, all pretense must come to an end...
The rumor is up and the banns are read: The Dissolute Duke has finally wed!With a name synonymous with sin and debauchery so shocking it is spoken of only in whispers, Taylen Ellesmere, Duke of Alderworth, is more surprised than anyone when he finds himself forced to marry! Before the ink is dry on the register, he turns his back on this sham of a marriage and leaves.Three years later, having barely survived the scandal, Lady Lucinda has placed one delicately shod foot back in the hallowed halls of the ton when her husband returns. He has an offer she can't refuse. And in exchange? Their wedding night!
David Sands is a painter who has just moved into a spacious new loft -- he's readying his oils and brushes to begin a new work when he spies a beautiful woman in the window of the facing building. She is dancing sensuously, moving to a rhythm David can not hear. David watches her and is instantly mesmerized. Days later, after torturing him with her erotic moves, she comes to him, and they make passionate love. In the morning, however, she has disappeared. This mysterious woman has touched something deep within David's soul, and he vows to find her again. But what he finds shocks him. Nona, this elusive lady in the building facing his, died years ago at the hand of her abusive husband. Or did she? Is David on the brink of madness? He is dying to discover the truth, and what he finds just might kill him.
Hester Parker resides in an elegant Victorian house in the town of Bolton, Illinois. She spends her evenings listening to the lush tones of Mahler and Chopin, drinking sub-par Merlot, and reflecting on a life that has suddenly fallen apart. At seventy-one, Hester is as brilliant and sharp-tongued as ever, capable of inspiring her music students to soaring heights or reducing them to tears with a single comment. But her wit can't hide the bitterness that comes with loss-the loss of her renowned violinist husband, Arthur Donovan, who left her for another woman, and the loss of her career as a concert pianist after injuring her wrist. When Hester decides to rent out the attic apartment to Alex, a young college student, she has no idea of the impact he will have on her life and her family. Good-natured and awkward, with secrets of his own, Alex becomes an unlikely confidant and a means of reconnecting with the world outside Hester's window. But his presence also exposes old memories and grief that Hester has tried to bury. Over the course of one remarkable month, Hester will confront angry accusations, long-hidden jealousies, and the inescapable truth that tore her family apart and might, against all odds, help reconcile them again. And her brief friendship with Alex will leave each with a surprising legacy-acceptance of the past, a seed of comfort in the present, and hope for the future, wherever it may lead. "Absorbing. . . brims with quiet intensity. "--Publishers Weekly
This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French--well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day.But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can't help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk.Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint with new releases each month.
Wild meets Endless Love in this multilayered story of love, survival, and self-discoveryMcKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone's a drifter, at least temporarily.Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.
Ana Darcy is basking with her lovely new family in southern New Mexico when the untimely arrival of relatives threatens her people's reunion with their homeland. With many misgivings, she is determined to rescue her people's jeopardized mission, but her new public exposure puts her square in the path of mortal danger.Forced to choose between death and returning to her home planet, what will become of her? What will happen to her family? "God bless heroines like Darcy! We need to see how virtue, clever, intelligent and creative, can attract good and loving allies and find a way to outwit a pack of black-hearted villains. Take my word for it, Darcy leaves them in the deep West Texas Dust." Margaret Moser, Beeville Bee-Picayune, Sep. 6, 2006
Two men travel back nearly a twentieth century to a Canadian mining town. Will they avert disaster or be caught in it? Was there really ever a treasure and where is it now?
In the land of aloha and paradise, dark secrets lurk just below the surface.<P> When a tragic accident downs a tourist boat off the coast of Hawaii, dolphin researcher Kaia Oana is one of the first in the water, risking her own life to try and save others. She's enlisted to help the U.S. Navy find out what really happened - utilizing her specially trained dolphins to help Kaia and Lieutenant Commander Jesse Matthews team up in the investigation - but as they edge closer to the truth about the incident, their own lives are threatened. Will a spirit of grace and forgiveness prevail or will it be overshadowed by the distant echoes of past pain and the imminent danger from a cold-blooded killer?<P> Set on the breathtaking Hawaiian island of Kauai, this novel provides an intoxicating mix of romance and suspense with the rhythms of island life.
Toni Rodden has escaped a life of prostitution and vows she'll never let a man control her again. After months on the wagon train, she's finally earned her place, albeit grudgingly from some, and has found a surrogate family in Fannie Caldwell and her two siblings. For the first time she can taste freedom and the possibilities of a new life. But as Fannie prepares to marry wagon master Blake Tanner, Toni realizes how alone she is and questions whether she'll ever find acceptance, or true love. Despite Toni's conviction that no man will be able to see beyond her marred past, Sam Two-Feathers, the half-Indian wagon scout and acting preacher for the train, seems to know of a love that forgives sins and values much more than outward appearances. Will Sam have the confidence to declare his love? Will Toni be able to trust in a love that can forgive even the darkest past?
Mary Jo Putney's passionate, vivid characters and captivating stories have earned enthusiastic acclaim from reviewers and readers everywhere. Now the New York Times bestselling author weaves a new tale in the Guardian series-a dazzling romantic fantasy that takes readers not only from the elegant streets of London to a dangerously tempting Mediterranean island but across time. Jean Macrae's family is one of the most prominent clans of Guardians, humans whose magical powers come from nature, but Jean considers her skills modest at best. She has never been able to summon the intense, earth-altering ability that has marked the most talented Guardians, and she is content without the adventure that such skill brings . . . until the day she is confronted by a handsome stranger whose magic imprisons her on his pirate ship. Captain Nikolai Gregorio is convinced that Jean's father abandoned him, as a child, to slavers. Now he seeks vengeance against the Macraes, no matter the cost. But Jean soon finds his untrained magical gifts far more dangerous than his thirst for revenge, especially when they intensify her own powers to an unthinkable-and enticing-degree. And when Jean and Nikolai's irresistible connection summons a woman from the future, they are charged with a formidable task: protect those who will oppose slavery's evil and forever change the future of two nations. This quest will sweep Jean and Nikolai into the most fantastic of realms and try their powers beyond even what the Guardians themselves would dare. And when ultimate disaster threatens, they will stake everything on a shattering test of love that could secure the fate of generations . . . or destroy them and all they cherish.
The story of Distant Music -- chosen as one of the best books of 2002 by The Spectator -- begins in 1429 on Madeira, an island consumed by a fire that has blazed for seven years. A young peasant girl, Esperanca, meets Emanuel, a Jewish boy on shore from a Portuguese sailing ship. The courtship blossoms when he teaches her to read, but they know they must separate when the ship leaves. From that first meeting and parting, others flow across six centuries: each life is short and the couple faces peril, tenderness, and horror. What survives is love, the ache of longing, the awareness of something lost, the immensity of distance, and the fragility of human bonds.
Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher who has recently moved to a housing estate in a small village. Solomon is a night-watchman, an immigrant from an unnamed country in Africa. Each is desperate for love. And yet each harbors secrets that may make attaining it impossible. With breathtaking assurance and compassion, Caryl Phillips retraces the paths that lead Dorothy and Solomon to their meeting point: her failed marriage and ruinous obsession with a younger man, the horrors he witnessed as a soldier in his disintegrating native land, and the cruelty he encounters as a stranger in his new one. Intimate and panoramic, measured and shattering, A Distant Shore charts the oceanic expanses that separate people from their homes, their hearts, and their selves. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In her remarkable New York Times bestseller, Summer Island, Kristin Hannah struck a chord in readers and critics alike with her portrayal of the bittersweet reunion between an errant mother and her unforgiving daughter. Now Hannah once again reveals the fragile ties that bind a family in transition, as two people choose to escape the limits of their ordinary lives and reach for the extraordinary promise that lies on Distant Shores.Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a future together. But after the children leave home, they quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job offer, Elizabeth puts her needs aside to follow him across the country. Until the sudden death of her father changes everything.Grieving and alone, she retreats to an isolated beach house where she packs away the last remnants of her parents' lives. There, the pieces of a past she never knew unfold to reveal a tender story of lasting devotion, the kind of steadfast commitment that Elizabeth admits is missing from her own marriage. Faced with her own disillusionment, she makes a terrifying decision, risking everything she has for a second chance at happiness. Enriched by soul-stirring emotion and an appreciation for the simple joy of everyday miracles, Distant Shores is an exquisite reminder of the most precious gifts in life: friends and family, children and lovers, the strength to change, and the courage to forgive-all flawlessly captured by the graceful hands of Kristin Hannah.From the Hardcover edition.
Piers' love had been all Rebecca wanted.<P> Rebecca fell wildly in love with Piers St. Clair--only to discover he was married. All too swiftly, that idyll on a romantic Pacific island had ended.<P> Now, three years later, on the other side of the world, Rebecca had made a new life. And almost found a new love.<P> When Piers suddenly came back into her life, Rebecca knew she'd never stopped loving him. But Piers was full of bitterness--and there was still no future for their love.
From one of the original masters of romance, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Bertrice Small invites you back to the magical, sensual world of Hetar.The time of peace is over. After the murder of her husband, Lara-half faerie, half human-must leave the home she has made in the Outlands and follow the destiny that has long called her. Using her brilliant sword and even sharper mind, Lara must journey toward the coast, seeking alliances to protect the future of her land. But when treachery binds her once more in chains, the green-eyed beauty is taken far beyond the world she knows. Only there will she discover that destiny has a mind of its own-and that true passion knows no boundaries.
From the author of REINCARNATION, another historical, supernatural romance, this time focusing on five sisters whose lives are intertwined with the sinking of the Titanic. Science, spiritualism, history, and romance intertwine in Suzanne Weyn's newest novel. Four sisters and their mother make their way from a spiritualist town in New York to London, becoming acquainted with journalist W. T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor. When they all find themselves on the Titanic, one of Tesla's inventions dooms them...and one could save them.
Subject: U.S. Marine Mace Harrison Current Status: On his last leave of absence Mission: A Secret Undercover Operation...as a Bogus Boyfriend!Obstacle: This business arrangement is turning a little too pleasurable...Mace Harrison is a decorated Marine. In his country's eyes, he's a hero. But in six months his last tour ends, and Mace's next step is unclear. Then he meets graphics designer and diner waitress Geneva Davis, and an immediate friendship turns into...well, a business deal. The terms? They feign a relationship to keep her ex-boyfriend off her back, and matchmaking pals off his.It's uncomplicated. It's convenient. And as far as Geneva is concerned, uniformed dudes are entirely resistible-or so she'd always thought. But Mace is wickedly, mouthwateringly hot. And now she's in a heap of trouble, because this soldier is very ready, willing and able to serve...to her complete satisfaction!
Erin Andersen has been given a tough assignment: Help artist Stephen Spence finish his book on time. The problem is Spence enjoys life too much to slow down and, to her dismay, Erin discovers that distraction is contagious. The independent, young editor travels from the busy streets of Washington D.C. to the rustic coastline of North Carolina's Outer Banks, then boards a sailboat to explore Florida's sunny Key West before packing up and heading for the green mountains of idyllic Eaton, Pennsylvania in her quest to keep the handsome and happy-go-lucky artist on track. We all have our weaknesses and Erin's is the soft, sweet smile of a Southerner.
His forbidding distraction! Jarrett Gaskill has worked his way up from nothing to become a ruthless property tycoon. His next acquisition? High Ridge Hall... Knowing his charm and business skills always seal the deal, he's shocked to find a new tenant already at the manor, refusing to leave! Escaping her cruel marriage, Sophia Markham has arrived at High Ridge Hall looking for a new life-one that certainly doesn't include any involvement with the tall, dark, handsome stranger on her doorstep. But Jarrett isn't going anywhere-at least not until he's got Sophia exactly where he wants her...
Nate Parker had a plan. Find his widowed dad a wife, and keep the old man from butting into his life once and for all! But Nate never dreamed distracting Dad would put him face-to-face with his own Ms. Right. Not that Nate was in the market for a bride...As far as Allie MacLord was concerned, men were strange creatures-and Nate was the strangest of all. It seemed her handsome neighbor wanted to matchmake his dear old dad and he wanted her help. Crazier still, Nate's dad seemed to think she might make Nate a good wife. Judging by the insane attraction Allie was starting to feel for Nate, the old man might be right!
The seductive story that started in The Masseuse continues...Anna Rossi knows that opening your heart only gets you hurt. But Alec Flynn is just too good to resist...It's been three long months since Anna's seen Alec, since he saved her life and lit up her soul with unquenchable desire. Being without him has left her on edge, but his bravery has motivated her to change her life and go after what she's always wanted--a job where she can help people. She can't wait to show Alec the woman she's become in his absence, or to prove how much she's missed him...Three months away has done nothing to slake Alec's need for Anna. Unfortunately, it hasn't made his life any less dangerous. The last thing he wants to do is hurt Anna, but if giving her up is the only way to save her, he's not sure he can do that either. He's determined to have her for as long as he can. Except his past is creeping up on him faster than he knows, and this time he may not be able to keep her from becoming collateral damage...
IN THE CITY BY THE BAY IT'LL TAKE TWO EXPERIENCED FBI AGENTS TO BRING AN END TO A SERIAL KILLER'S REIGN. The quicker Special Agent Christina Sandoval brings a serial killer to justice, the sooner she can get back to her daughter. Reason enough for the FBI to send her a partner-who also happens to be her ex-fiancé, Eric Brody. While Eric's own kidnapping as a child has left him with a sense of justice that never failed, his relationship with Christina had. Now the deeper they dig into the current case, the more personal things get. Trying to capture an elusive killer who seems to know more about Christina than Brody ever did, they'll both need to stop holding back. Or fall victim to this private war, waged without boundaries...
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