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Olivia LockhartCedar 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 is always willing 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 my mother's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work-and I actually 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's talking.Cedar Cove-people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it!See you soon...Olivia
There isnt a situation that cant be fixed by a coat of chocolate body paint or a liberal smear of Champagne Lick, right? Wrong Ever since her father was murdered by a gang of youths, Sienna Lloyd has named herself Potterfords protector-her sexy lingerie shop is a place where the towns women can visit and feel safe. But when that shop is in danger of closing, Sienna needs a solution that will keep her in Potterford, where she can always look out for her mother, friends, and clients. The answer? Move the shop to her home at 16 Marsden Place. The problem? Her new neighbor, the delicious but seriously uptight Jack Beaton. Oh, and his four-year-old twin girls. Jack has just moved to the tiny town of Potterford in a bid to start over. To build a new life that keeps his children safe from their violent and sex-crazed mother. So when he discovers his neighbor intends to open a sex shop right next door, Jack will do anything to ensure it doesnt happen...including fighting every ounce of his attraction to the shops owner and his innate need to trust again.
In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore's job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they're captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who've petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay. Rescuing James Ayala isn't going to be easy: he's crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that's granted him psychic power he isn't sure how to control. That's the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James's mental stability. So they're on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can't resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he's got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there's the question of how much he's actually changed?
Off the coast of Burma Two women pearl divers found a handful of unheard of blue pearls, 18 millimeters in diameter. As a reward, they were savage. Grady and Julia search for the truth and pearls.
Back in 1989, Theo Wellis made a mistake: he ran from Luke, the man he loved. He's regretted it ever since--especially because the man in question died more than twenty years ago. One lonely, drunken night, he gets the chance to change the past. Will he take it or run away once again?
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. ...
Madisyn O'Riley has had her share of Mr. Player-Player. She wanted a man who had a kind heart, a good soul, and shared her love of life. So when Aidan Coles, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, turns his attention on her, she doesn't know what to do. She joins his charity and begins to see the athlete in a different light, especially when he comes to her rescue when her ex-boyfriend begins threatening her and her family. Aidan can't believe Madisyn is as good as she makes out. Something about her made him want to protect her, and Aidan pulls out all the stops to make her his. He attends church with her, meets her family, and lets her teach him how to cook. As she displays her excellent administrative skills and helps get his pet charity, Mature Alliance, off the ground, Aidan knows she's too good to be true. Was he ready to make the play for life?
Madisyn O'Riley has had her share of Mr. Player-Player. She wanted a man who had a kind heart, a good soul, and shared her love of life. So when Aidan Coles, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, turns his attention on her, she doesn't know what to do. She joins his charity and begins to see the athlete in a different light, especially when he comes to her rescue when her ex-boyfriend begins threatening her and her family.Aidan can't believe Madisyn is as good as she makes out. Something about her made him want to protect her, and Aidan pulls out all the stops to make her his. He attends church with her, meets her family, and lets her teach him how to cook. As she displays her excellent administrative skills and helps get his pet charity, Mature Alliance, off the ground, Aidan knows she's too good to be true. Was he ready to make the play for life?
One kiss she didn't forget!Junior surgeon Kara Stephens has been assigned her first high-profile case to help an injured princess. Great news-if she wasn't working with hotshot Irish surgeon Declan Underwood, the man she kissed at the hospital ball! Declan's notoriety with women is rivaled only by his reputation as the best reconstructive surgeon around. But his glamorous life in London is a far cry from his poverty-stricken childhood, and Kara's about to discover that there's more to her charismatic maverick than meets the eye....200 HARLEY STREETGlamour, intensity, desire-the lives and loves of London's hottest team of surgeons!
Reunited with his past...Running the Hunter Clinic's charity operation has given surgeon and ex-soldier Ethan Hunter a new lease on life. His reconstructive work with wounded soldiers and civilians helps block out his army traumas. But when Ethan learns that he'll be working alongside beautiful surgeon Olivia Fairchild-the woman whose heart he regretfully broke-he can't help but remember the passion they once shared...and he's surprised by the sinfully delicious sparks her touch still ignites! Is Olivia the only woman to finally provide peace for this long-tortured hero?200 HARLEY STREETGlamour, intensity, desire-the lives and loves of London's hottest team of surgeons!
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
Lynn Blanchett's Steps to Happiness:Step 1: Find a job. (Done! I'm doing PR for hotshot young designer Muriel B.-which I'm totally unqualified for.)Step 2: Find a man. (Check! There's a rich, gorgeous man chasing me...so what if I find him infinitely less appealing than my charming, possibly gay, French coworker?)Step 3: Find a translator. (Hmm? I do have that French-English dictionary...but it so doesn't help with the language of love.)Step 4: Find a shower. (I did just fly in from New York.... I can't be fabulous all the time!)Dropped into a ridiculously cushy job in Paris by her distant fashion-icon mother, all Lynn has to do to prove she's not a fraud (which she is!) is figure out what exactly her job entails, how she got involved in something that can only be described as fashion treason and how to untangle her love life in time to make Muriel B.'s next runway show the event of the season. With time running short and expertise running low, Lynn has little to guide her but a self-help manual that promises twenty steps to happiness.
She lives in a world of silk sheets, imported champagne, and endless erotic delight. ... She fulfills the deepest fantasies of the most powerful men in the world. Sensual, seductive, and discreet, Valentine Day is a high-class call girl, pampered and adored by her exclusive clientele. But Valentine has a secret. Always in control, she's never experienced true pleasure outside of her work. But all that is about to change. ... Now the woman who's spent a decade pleasuring others is about to embark on an erotic journey of her own. It happens one night at the opera. Seated next to her in the dark is a stranger. As the music swells so does the sexual tension. Gorgeous, sophisticated Joshua Spencer invites her for a drink, and soon she's fantasizing about taking him home. When they finally come together in the most tender and intense lovemaking Valentine has ever known, she's hooked. But suddenly Valentine is questioning everything. Joshua has no idea what she does for a living. Can she risk everything--including her hard-earned freedom and one final, shattering secret--for one man? And would he still want her if he knew the truth? From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
Although having Asperger's Syndrome (AS) can make romantic relations difficult, having a fulfilling relationship with an Asperger man is certainly not impossible. A woman in love with a man with AS may interpret his difficulties with communication and socialization as a lack of interest in the relationship. He may vacillate between being gentle and caring to seeming cold and distant. She may find his behavior hard to understand, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion. This book shows how to overcome these difficulties and maintain a loving relationship with an AS partner. From an unwillingness to show affection in public or even sleep in the same bed, to problems holding down a job, this book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when they are dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone explores the complications of Asperger's relationships with honesty and understanding, drawing on research and personal experience to inform and advise women with AS partners. She offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfillment both individually and as a couple. This book will help women to understand the male Asperger's mind and, equally, it can help men with AS to see things from their partner's perspective. It will also be of interest to counselors working with couples where the male partner has Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone is a writer and Asperger's Syndrome educator who lives in Western New York.
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.
Get 3 hot reads for one low price with the 24 Hours Bundle!Anything can happen in 24 hours - even love! Bundle includes Minute by Minute, Tall, Tanned, and Texan, and When She Was Bad. . . Minute by MinuteVeterinarian Meg Becker has found the perfect man - online. Newspaper columnist Alex Rosten is funny, sexy - and only a mouse click away day or night. He's exactly what vulnerable Meg needs in her too-frantic life. Never mind that the safest sex is typing from the heart. . . . Alex wants to take their relationship to the next level - meet face-to-face. A romantic at heart, he sends Meg a ticket to a gorgeous tropical island - a place that has starred in the nighttime fantasies of both. The cybersex has been great. But Alex is convinced you can't beat the touch and taste of the real thing. Yet what happens in the next twenty-four hours might just leave them both at a loss for words. . . . Tall, Tanned, and TexanMen have never given tomboy Deanie Codge a second look. But that's about to change. She's signing up for two weeks at Camp E. D. E. N. , a notorious island retreat, to discover her inner sex kitten. And then there'll be no stopping her! When he offered to keep an eye on Deanie for her brother, cowboy Rance McGraw never dreamed that he wouldn't be able to take his eyes off her. His childhood nemesis has turned into a gorgeous woman - one he doesn't want fooling around with anyone but him! So he does everything he can to sabotage her - from directing her to the wrong island. . . to kissing her on the beach. . . to taking her for a roll in the sand. . . . And discovers that a tough Texas cowboy is no match for a sex kitten unleashed. . . When She Was Bad. . . She should refuse. One minute, struggling P. I. Pepper Rossi and ex-CIA agent Cole Buchanan are sharing a wild, spontaneous kiss. The next, rough-edged Cole is propositioning her to spend the next 24 hours exploring all the sensual pleasures of the tropical island they're on. . . with each other. She would say no, except they're in the Caribbean on a crucial case to track down a priceless stolen painting. She'll never prove her worth as a P. I. if Cole muscles in on all the action. And he promises to back off - if she promises him 24 hours to work this attraction out of their systems. Pepper knows she should turn him down. Then again, Pepper hasn't gotten this far by acting the way she's supposed to. . . .
24 Hours begins with the perfect family on a perfect night. They are about to become trapped in the perfect crime. Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a five-year-old daughter he loves beyond measure. But Will and his family are being watched by a con man and psychopath who has crafted the unbeatable crime. A man who has never been caught and whose victims have never talked to the police. A man whose life work strikes at the heart of every family's unspoken fear: the unstoppable kidnapping. But he has never met the likes of Will and Karen Jennings.
Langston Collingsworth was a man to be reckoned with. Powerful and president of the family oil business, opportunists looked at him and saw money, but he saw the land as his life force. So when the Collingsworth empire was threatened--it was personal. It happened innocently enough--a young girl needing his help. But her mother was none other than Trish Edwards--Langston's high school sweetheart. Trish and her daughter were trapped in a blackmail and murder investigation and had been on the run since the day Trish gave birth to a Collingsworth heir. Could Langston trust Trish after the years of deception? He had no choice if he wanted to protect her child--his child--and face down the trouble headed their way.
Sequel to JadedPrecious Gems: Book FourFormer Ranger turned FBI agent Reed Acton faces his biggest challenge yet: a Christmas visit from partner Trent Copeland's parents. He's less equipped to handle hugs and holidays than the Taliban or international art thieves. When he's assigned to track down a set of gold Babylonian artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad, things start to look up. This time, Trent's part of the mission, which takes them to exotic Istanbul. The crowded streets and labyrinthine markets fascinate Trent, but soon murder is on their trail. The investigation continues as Reed goes undercover at a US Army base, with Trent masquerading as his spouse. Surprisingly, fastidious and ever-fashionable Trent fits into base life right away and soon takes one of the suspects' wives under his wing when domestic abuse rears its head. Their faux marriage leads Reed to appreciate Trent in ways he never expected, strengthening their bond--until Reed has to confront the worst demons from his past: his relationship with his estranged family. 2015 Rainbow Awards The Dorien Grey Award Best Gay Mystery/Thriller Runner-Up
One day to see the sights.One night to change your life...Magazine writer Kathryn Taylor is traveling from New York to Paris for work. But the flirtatious Frenchman she left long ago is waiting at the airport--and he wants to play...No one can guide Kat through the sensual city's delights like Marko Renard. He let her get away once, and now he's determined to make her stay--even if he has to tie her down. He will wrap her in cashmere, tease her tongue with chocolate, and take her to the peak of the Eiffel Tower...But can he convince the bohemian beauty she belongs with him, in his luxuriously decadent world? In business, he's the master--but it's Kat's body and soul he truly longs to rule. He has just enough time to show her the pleasures of the boulevards, the boulangeries--and the bedroom. To finally get her to just say oui, he'll have to seize the day--and the night...