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Before E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You, there was Anne Rice's New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty In the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey will indulge in Rice's deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come. Praise for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: "Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic. " -Playboy "Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting. " -The Advocate .
An erotic novel of tenderness and cruelty for the enjoyment of men and women. First volume of the Sleeping Beauty trilogy. Second volume is Beauty's Punishment, and final volume is Beauty's Release.
All rugged cattle-station owner Daniel Renton wants is to build a relationship with his motherless daughter. The demons of his past drive him, but when newcomer Lily Halliday comes breezing into town, she's like a breath of fresh air. As he and Lily get to know each other it's clear a bond is forming, but Daniel guards his heart closely. Lily needs to convince Daniel to trust her-because a life with him will be worth the wait...
The Duke of Kylemore knows her as Soraya, London's most celebrated courtesan. Men fight duels to spend an hour in her company. And only he comes close to taming her. Flying in the face of society, he decides to make her his bride; then, she vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Dire circumstances have forced Verity Ashton to barter her innocence and change her name for the sake of her family. But Kylemore destroys her plans for a respectable life when he discovers her safe haven. He kidnaps her, sweeping her away to his hunting lodge in Scotland, where he vows to bend her to his will. There he seduces her anew. Verity spends night after night with him in his bed . . . and though she still dreams of escape and independence, she knows she can never flee the unexpected, unwelcome love for the proud, powerful lover who claims her both body and soul.
A Haven Out West After witnessing her fiancé's murder, Jayne Gardiner won't let herself be caught on the wrong side of a gun again. But a disastrous first lesson in self-defense has left her with a wounded cowboy. She insists on nursing the handsome stranger back to health-whether he wants it or not! Getting waylaid by a wild shot has definitely put a hitch in Seth Collins's step-and plans. Duty may call him home, but Seth can't resist lingering on Eden Valley Ranch to teach the English beauty to shoot. And when a shadowy figure from Jayne's past resurfaces, Seth's sudden urge to protect her has nothing to do with duty. Cowboys of Eden Valley: Forging a future in Canada's west country
Unexpected Love After losing her high-powered job, Olivia Scott finds herself back home in Colorado. She never imagined she'd be taking care of kids, let alone being the nanny to longtime crush Dr. Connor Mitchell's adorable twin girls. But what began as a favor to the handsome widower is growing into something more. Connor's confused by his growing feelings for his best friend's little sister. She's become a beautiful woman with a caring soul, but he can't risk his-or his girls'-heart. Olivia's planning to head back to her city life. Unless this small-town doctor can convince her to stay...forever. Village Green: Offering love, faith and a place to call home in Colorado
Battle scarred and jaded from the Peninsular War, soldier Rhys Morgan is in the market for a bride. But the simpering debutantes on the Marriage Mart don't rouse his interest--let alone fire his blood....Whereas dark-haired, dark-eyed Romany beauty Nadya Argentari has a strength and passion to match his own. If he took her as his mistress, no one would blink an eye. But if Major the Honorable Rhys Morgan were to marry her...it would be the scandal of the year!
As the Texas and Pacific Railroad expands across the wideopen frontier, a spirited young woman finds a triumphant love amidst the tracks and tumult. History in the making . . . July 1876: Building a railroad that reaches Fort Worth city limits by a midnight deadline is an all-consuming obsession for track supervisor Gabriel Corrigan--while his socialite wife, Marthalee, daughter of a powerful Louisiana politician, heads home to arrange a marriage annulment. But when Gabe crosses paths with Josie Laclede, a vivacious businesswoman from St. Louis, he sees a sassy lady bold enough to stake her claim in the wild Texas plains--yet soft and sweet enough to win his heart. Love for the keeping . . . Though her past is a mystery--Josie was a foundling, raised by a kind widower who now runs a shop and hotel with her--Gabe dreams of a bright future with Josie by his side. Tantalized by his gentle kisses, and swept up in the thrilling track-laying race that has all of Fort Worth pitching in, Josie is tempted to fall hard for Gabe. But Marthalee returns, vying for the T&P fortune he stands to make. And when her father offers Gabe a senate seat and a chance to get back into his wellconnected family, a heartbroken Josie vanishes with the prairie breeze. Will their dream of a once-in-a-lifetime love go up in smoke?
To end a long running feud, a proud Scottish lass convinced the clan's women to refuse their men everything.
Despite an end to two thousand years of conflict with the Daughters of Isis, jackal shifter Hector still distrusts the witches. But he cannot deny his growing hunger for Rana, a beautiful and gentle priestess who soothes his anger and awakens his passions as no other ever has.As a healer, Rana is working tirelessly to find a way to protect the jackals from a deadly curse-and restore the honor of her bloodline. As a woman, she cannot resist surrendering to her desire for Hector, the powerful and virile second in command. But when her secret is revealed, will their new bond be strong enough to survive the truth?
The sleepy town of Wildwoods was abuzz with romance ever since a doctoral student decided to come there and find everyone's perfect match. When sophisticated city girl Stacie Summers was paired with rugged cowboy Josh Collins, they both thought it was a terrible mistake. After all, they didn't have a thing in common...other than the spark that instantly flared between them. But even though Josh thought his survey result was way off base, he couldn't push the gregarious Stacie from his mind. And Stacie's low opinion of ranchers inched up with her heart rate whenever Josh was around. Could this unlikely friendship turn into something even unlikelier--love?
Their Unexpected Love Sunshine Carston is looking for more than beautiful scenery when she moves with her daughter to Hunter Ridge, Arizona. She's looking for answers. According to family legend, her ancestors were cheated out of their land by the Hunter family. But when she meets Grady Hunter, Sunshine's mission is endangered-how can she investigate the Hunters when she's falling for one? When Grady's mother becomes ill, Grady steps in to help her run against Sunshine for town council. But what will Grady say when he finds out about Sunshine's investigation? To rise above the past and forge a future together, they'll need a love stronger than any feud...
After centuries of slavery to Poseidon, demi-god Rourk has finally won his freedom-and the hand of Poseidon's daughter, Lily. She's a temptress he's long desired to claim, but she's unaware that Rourk is her intended husband. When Lily escapes to Earth to indulge in carnal delights before what she assumes will be a passionless marriage, Rourk is hot on her trail. He may be able to convinces her to return home-but in exchange, he must grant her a night of pleasure....
Werewolf Christian Hart thought he missed the action of battling vampires-until an encounter with vampiress Danni Weber. She bites him during their fight, the worst fate imaginable for a wolf. His pack would banish Hart forever if they find out. Nevertheless, Hart finds himself drawn to Danni, his sworn enemy, a woman he knows is as deadly as she is beautiful.Then the blood hunger hits. Hart refuses to harm a mortal, even as his desire for blood and sex becomes too overwhelming to fight. His solution: turn to Danni to satisfy his cravings....
The start of the new year sees hearts broken and mended. Nina isn't at the hospital with Ben when he needs her most. Claire gets thinks she's gotten her soul mate, but he's leaving the island along with Christopher who's departing with shattered dreams. Jake sees a softer side of Lara and hopes she'll join him at AA meetings. Zoey and Lucas are forgiving and forgiven. The teens on the island are thinking about the future where nothing is certain. Track their every day lives and their love lives in all twenty-eight books in the Making Out series available from Bookshare including: #1 Zoey Fools Around, #2 Jake Finds Out, #3 Nina Won't Tell, #4 Ben's In Love, #5 Claire Gets Caught, #6 What Zoey Saw, #7 Lucas Gets Hurt, #8 Aisha Goes Wild, #9 Zoey Plays Games, #10 Nina Shapes Up, #11 Ben Takes A Chance, #13 Don't Tell Zoey, #14 Aaron Lets Go, #15 Who Loves Kate?, #16 Lara Gets Even, #17 Two Timing Aisha, #18 Zoey Speaks Out, #19 Kate Finds Love, #20 Never Trust Lara, and #21 Trouble with Aaron.
Will Claire's Florida BFFs become former BFFs? Back in Orlando for the summer, Claire is reunited with her Florida best friends, Sarah, Sari, and Mandy, after a long year apart. Her FBFs haven't changed at all. Too bad they think Claire has . . . and not for the better. Claire sets out to prove her loyalty by entering Kissimmee's Miss Kiss pageant. But when a very special visitor shows up and vows to win the crown, Claire finds herself torn between Keds and couture. Will Claire finally kiss-immee her past goodbye-once and for all?
"Romance and chivalry are alive and well," declared The Literary Times of this beloved medieval series. "Claire Delacroix brings them alive with her stunning talent for storytelling!" Experience the passion, adventure, and magic all over again as the extraordinary heroes and heroines of the first three Bride Quest novels live and love in this wonderful eBook bundle. THE PRINCESS Forced to marry one of the sons of the man who had conquered her family's castle, Princess Brianna issues a seemingly impossible challenge: He who returns with a gift that makes her laugh will win her hand. Burke and Rowan, knights both, set out at her command. Only Luc Fitzgavin remains, refusing to indulge the glorious Irish princess. Even Brianna's legendary beauty cannot tempt him--until she invades his senses . . . and his soul. THE DAMSEL Once upon a time, Burke Fitzgavin galloped into Kiltorren Castle and fell in love with Alys, the lord's orphaned niece--only to be sent away through tricks and lies. When Burke returns to Kiltorren, his long-lost love has become a servant on her uncle's estate, paying penance for their long-ago embrace. Even as Burke slowly rekindles her desire, Alys's family attempts to thwart him. Thus begins Burke's greatest challenge ever: the battle to win the hand and the heart of his one true love. THE HEIRESS No woman can resist Rowan de Montvieux, but the dashing rogue has set out to wed only the wealthiest heiress in Ireland. When a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen, Rowan suspects she can lead him to the bride he seeks--never imagining she is the sought-after Bronwyn of Ballyroyal. But their perilous voyage kindles passions that risk both their lives, as the beautiful, defiant slave girl slowly takes possession of his wary heart.
Claire just can't mind her own business. It may be meddling, but she knows deep down inside, her friends desperately need her guidance. How would they ever get by without her? The gang is going on a ski trip to Killington and everyone is sure they'll to have a fantastic time. But with Claire along, there may be more trouble than fun. Claire means well, but her meddling is sure to turn the ski trip into anything but fantastic. Get to the heart of these teen romances by catching up on the whole Making Out series at Bookshare including: #1 ZOEY FOOLS AROUND, #2 JAKE FINDS OUT, #3 NINA WON'T TELL, #4 BEN'S IN LOVE, #6 WHAT ZOEY SAW, #7 LUCAS GETS HURT, #8 AISHA GOES WILD, #9 ZOEY PLAYS GAMES, and #10 NINA SHAPES UP, with more to come!
Novel version of the classic lesbian movie; two women meet at a writer's colony.
"A thrilling, hilarious, and mysterious romp." --Patricia Engel, author of It's Not Love, It's Just ParisTwo divorces have taught Mariela Estevez that she's better suited to being a mistress than a wife. Whose heart needs all that "forever after" trouble? Still, her affair with her married lover, Hector, has become problematic--especially because he's also a tenant in her apartment building in the heart of Miami's Calle Ocho in Little Havana. But when Hector is found dead just steps from Mariela's back door, on the eve of her fortieth birthday, she's forced to examine her life--and come up with a plan to save it, fast... Complicating matters, Hector's passing sparks the unexpected return of a gift Mariela rejected years ago and thought she'd never have to face again: clairvoyance. Suddenly, Mariela's visions come swiftly and unbidden, as do revelations about her other tenants. Lost loves, hidden yearnings, old jealousies--all reside on Calle Ocho. Most of all, Mariela's second sight awakens her not just to the truth about Hector's death and the secrets in others' lives--but to the possibilities blooming within her own. With warmth, wit, and insight, award-winning author Anjanette Delgado explores one woman's flawed but heartfelt attempt to live and love well, transporting readers to the center of contemporary Little Havana and a community of uniquely human, unforgettable characters. "The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho reminds me of why I started reading in the first place--to be enchanted, to be carried away from my world and dropped into a world more vivid and incandescent. Anjanette Delgado loves her characters, even the miscreants, and makes us love them too." --John Dufresne, author of No Regrets, Coyote
Lovers are torn apart by war in this passionate, action-packed romance set during the Jacobite uprising Beautiful, headstrong Katharine Fraser has done the unthinkable: She has fallen in love with the eldest son of her father's longtime enemy. A nobleman with a notorious past, James Macdonald of Dundrenan is ready to sacrifice his home and heritage for the woman he loves. But fate has other plans. The struggle to restore Bonny Prince Charles to the throne results in a fiery call to arms across Scotland, and Katharine and James's wedding day ends in savage murder. Driven apart by tragedy, James vows his allegiance to the prince against the invading British Army and Katharine embarks on a path of revenge that will lead her into the arms of another man and far from her beloved girlhood home of Clandara. Against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Scotland, from the ashes of a battlefield to the ruins of a magnificent ancestral castle, Katharine and James--torn apart by betrayal, bound by a love stronger than hate--will fight for their homeland.
A CASE GONE COLD...AND AN UNEXPECTED ROMANCE HEATING UPJaci Matlock went to Cape Diablo to solve the thirty-year-old Santiago murders. And though the remote island had a haunting reputation, the forensics novice was determined to expose the reality behind the mysterious events that plagued her arrival.Now in order to uncover an age-old murderous conspiracy, Jaci had to team up with her only ally: Raoul Lazario. But trusting the ruggedly sensual adventure seeker proved to be a distraction she couldn't afford....Solving the cold case would secure Jaci's lifelong dreams, but with Raoul she faced an even more confounding mystery.... Would falling in love have life threatening implications?
Sexy cowboy ropes in stunning secret agent! A wickedly handsome billionaire rancher, Chase Marsden is past his dissolute playboy days. With Covert Cowboys' Kate Rivers posing as his fiancée, he's determined to find the culprits trying to murder an old-and notorious-friend many would kill to keep silent. From the moment Chase eyes Kate-beautiful, tough, but vulnerable-he knows she's the one. Kate, a former Texas Ranger, fears nothing but Chase's reckless kisses. As they investigate together, each clue puts their lives further in jeopardy. Will Christmas find them under the mistletoe...or escaping kidnappers and dodging hit men?
Too Close for Comfort Nothing can put the brakes on Nathan Everett's bid to become Western Oil's CEO. Except dating their chief rival's daughter. But just when he thinks he's put his affair with Ana Birch behind him, there she is, gorgeous as ever...with a baby in tow. And the little boy has the telltale Everett birthmark. With his entire future at stake, Nathan is suddenly struck with a tremendous decision. Does he dare take his clandestine relationship with Ana public and risk losing all he's worked for? Or turn his back on the family he's always been too afraid to want?
YOU'RE NOT WANTED HEREThe warning is painted bloodred on Tamara Jacoby's door. Who wants the newcomer out of the small Nebraska town? Is the vandal connected to the stalker who drove her away from her big-city life? Tamara reluctantly turns to handsome contractor Vince Frenci, her brother-in-law's best friend. His protective instincts ignited, Vince is ready to battle an unknown enemy and uncover the threat to Tamara's life. But as the truth emerges, it becomes clear that someone wants certain secrets to stay buried....