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'Will you marry me?' I think of you, then. I think of you every day. But usually in the quietest part of the morning, or the darkest part of the night. Not when my boyfriend of two years has just proposed. I look up at Richard with his hopeful eyes. 'Lily?' he prompts. It's been ten years, but it feels like only yesterday that you left. How can I say yes to Richard with all my heart when most of it has always belonged to you? I take a deep breath and will myself to speak. . . Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn't have fallen in love with. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can't forget the one that got away. Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart - and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.
TROUBLE IN RED ROSE... Notorious businessman Parker Monroe had left Red Rose years ago, and most of the men had followed. Now Ellie Donahue, his childhood friend, hopes -- unlike the fairy tale -- he can also lead the men back. Whether or not Parker is the Pied Piper, Ellie seems to have him dancing to her tune! This petite one-woman bulldozer can accomplish just about anything she sets her mind to: helping a friend, saving her town, or even making a confirmed bachelor change his stripes. But can Parker overcome the past and convince Ellie that a future with him will be music to her ears?
George and Nadine buy the "Herb Of Grace," a pilgrim's inn, and each of the characters in the novel are transformed for the better by his or her association with the old inn.
The warm and sexy new novel from the bestselling author of Love Rules and Home Truths. Petra Flint is a talented jeweller, crafting beautiful pieces intended to delight and enchant. But her private life is anything but glittering. She has a troubled past and an uncertain future, manifesting itself in frequent sleepwalking. She'd love stability because of her own previous experiences and the bad example set by her parents. But she's understandably cautious. In fact, she doubts true love exists. Then Petra meets up again with Arlo - a boy she knew in her schooldays - for whom love has also dealt cruel blows. He never made it as a musician but is now a music teacher at an eccentric boarding school for boys in North Yorkshire. As her relationship with Arlo deepens, she is able to uncover the reason for her sleepwalking. But will she run away from Arlo and from her demons or will she be able at last to face facts and make sense of her past and future?
The stunning pink diamond earrings are guaranteed to bring out the bombshell in every woman. Little do these 3 friends know that these baubles will make their lives utterly X-rated.
Veronica Jinkowsky makes an abrupt visit to the Long Beach Island, New Jersey home of her estranged grandfather, when he gives her his famous treasure hunting company without her permission. She doesn't want Jinx Inc. and she doesn't want anything to do with her grandfather. But he manipulates her into helping him search for the Pink Diamonds, a stash of priceless pink diamonds that went down in a boat off the New Jersey shore fifty years before. Unknown to Veronica her grandfather's true agenda is to play cupid and get her and her four-times ex-husband Jake, also an investor in Jinx, Inc. to settle down and stay settled once and for all. As Veronica and Jake search for the jewels with the rest of the Jinx team, smoldering fires are re-ignited, but will there be a fifth time for the two of them and will this time really be the charm?
They're the Savage Seven--a ragged group of mercenaries who trust no one, risk everything, and get the job done, no matter what it takes. . . J. P. Lazarus is an ex-Navy Seal who's parlayed his technical expertise into a lucrative and dangerous career. Laz has never lost any sleep over his choices, but then again, he's never met anyone like Dr. Daphne Barrett. She saves lives; he takes them. He changes his persona with every mission; she's straight as an arrow. His latest assignment--setting a trap for Somalian pirates--was risky before, but with the doctor on board his tanker, it's a matter of life, death, and off-the-charts desire. . . Working in Africa for a summer seemed like a good way for Daphne to regroup after her divorce. But when her vessel is hijacked, Daphne's status as a senator's ex-wife makes her a perfect target for ransom. If there's one man equipped to protect her, it's Laz. But the more she learns about him, the more questions arise--about the secrets he's hiding, the chemistry that feels too good to fight, and a future that neither of them can take for granted. . . Katherine Garbera rocks! --Cindy Gerard
Was she dreaming? Hours before the costumed "Pirate's Ball," Elizabeth Rawley witnessed a strange spectacle in the waters off Key West. She could have sworn she saw the Black Cutter, an 18th-century warship, engaged in combat. The ship's treasure had been her obsession for years, but even more intriguing was the ship's legendary captain, a swashbuckling privateer who commanded the high seas and made women swoon. Elizabeth knew she and Captain Richard Colter would have loved each other with a passion to rock the heavens. If only they hadn't lived 200 years apart. Then, on a moonlit beach, she found a man washed ashore. A man whose 18th-century clothes were authentic. A man who truly looked like Richard Colter. A man very much alive.
A shipload of women--theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn't be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and want to settle down with wives on the uncharted island paradise they've discovered. And the women are bound to be grateful to be rescued from the life of drudgery awaiting them in New South Wales . . . Married? To pirates? Sara Willis couldn't be more appalled. First she demands proper courting--at least a month. The darkly handsome pirate lord gives them two weeks. Then Sara insists the men vacate their huts for the women--Gideon demands her kisses in return. As the demands heat up, so do their passions--and soon Sara can't remember just why she's fighting the devilishly seductive captain so hard. . .
There's a price on privateer Van Gast's head. So high that Van is tempted to turn himself in for the reward, then escape with it. Escaping with full pockets is what he does best. He managed to steal a ship, a bride, a dowry, a diamond the size of a fist-and then disappear without a trace.But this time, he can't go very far. The woman of his dreams, his Josie, has stolen his ship and is leading him on a merry chase dangerously close to Estovan, the one place Van Gast should steer clear of...89,000 words
She was his deffiant captive.With her flame gold-hair and azure eyes, Skye Kinsdale was a prize beyond compare. Betrothed to a lord she'd never met, she set sail for America sworn to reject him on sight until the infamous pirate Silver Hawk seized her ship and banished all other men from her life. Burning with rage and passion, she was determined to destroy the arrogant buccaneer, to be free at any cost...He Was Her Keeper...And Her SlaveThe black prince of the seas, he was feared by pirate and privateer alike. Silver Hawk vowed he would have the vixen, make her crave his savage embrace. She was his--by law of the sea. The man who commanded a Caribbean kingdom swore he would teach his wild temptress to love, to surrender to the lawless thrill of...A Pirates Pleasure.From the Paperback edition.
Journalist Madison Wade decides to move to Philadelphia when one of her articles on violence in the city hits too close to home. Madison and her fourteen-year-old adopted son, Ethan, take refuge in Buckeye, a small town in eastern Tennessee where her father had grown up. Despite the tranquility, Madison and Ethan feel like outsiders. But Gabe Wyatt, the local sheriff, is determined to welcome them to the town. He immediately falls for this beautiful journalist from the city. Madison resists Gabe's advances, but he's persistent and unlike anyone she's ever met before. As a romance develops between them, Madison becomes comfortable in the rural setting, and when Ethan becomes friends with Jordan, a fellow outsider at school, Buckeye begins to feel like home. But a tragic death changes everything for them. When Jordan's father is murdered during a weekend camping trip, Ethan becomes the prime suspect. Gabe's investigation of the murder causes a rift in his relationship with Madison. As small town gossip builds a damaging case against Ethan, Madison races to discover the truth. Heartbroken and lost, she struggles to find anyone who will believe in her and Ethan, despite their past.
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When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship. Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and missteps, tears and laughter--lots of it. And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where she belongs. . . Praise for Jo Goodman's Marry MeFans of historical and western romance will appreciate Goodman's witty dialogue, first-rate narrative prose and clever plotting. -Publishers Weekly (starred review) An insightful, gently sensual love story. -Library Journal
As the dim lights of the train station faded, Christine Bennett wondered if she would ever come home again. With the death of her grandfather, her only living relative, she felt deep loneliness as she'd never felt it before. Again she could hear the words of the lawyer as he read the will: "In the event of her death, everything will go to Vince Jeffers." Something was terribly wrong! Grandpa would never have written that! Jeffers, Grandpa's business partner, had watched her with an evil, self-satisfied look that made her shiver. And now, afraid of what might happen, she was obeying a note she had received saying she was in danger and must leave town immediately. After escaping to the small community of Baxter, Christine begins to piece together a new life. The love she finds there, along with a new-found faith, sustains her as she faces the threat of danger. Although her life can never be the same, Christine finally finds A PLACE CALLED HOME.
The small town of Rainwater, Oklahoma, has become a notorious boomtown now that a gusher has flooded its streets with drillers, welders, and roustabouts of every description. Jill, a spunky and hard-working young woman who runs the hotel for her aunt, is unprepared to cope with the attention she receives from the woman-hungry men. Despite her attempts to thwart their advances, she finds herself cornered by a group of men on the street one afternoon when Thad Taylor, a young neighbor, comes to her rescue. Believing Jill to be a street flapper, Thad makes it his duty to curb her wild ways. Jill wants nothing to do with Thad until a woman is murdered in town. Now, Jill's finally accepted Thad's protection...but is she willing to accept more?
In 1915 it has been three years since Lucy Richards left her teaching post in West Texas and returned home where she is busy being indispensable to her eccentric mother, keeping her Aunt Catherine comfortable, and taking on many of the chores her very pregnant sister no longer feels up to. She decides to choose a husband from the local beaus, but none of them stand a chance when handsome, irreverent Josh Arnold comes to town. The newlyweds move to the sleepy hamlet of Sweet Shrub, Arkansas, where they are soon caught up in the lives of their neighbors and discover that the surface tranquility of the town hides simmering tensions and unrest that will inevitably result in tragedy.
Hometown Girl Returns...With A Secret One suitcase is all Amanda Gardner has to her name when she ends up back in Harland, North Carolina. No one knows how the high-powered ad exec, the girl who couldn't leave town fast enough after high school, lost her glamorous life in California. Everyone's curious-except John Sawyer. He's done enough wondering about his childhood best friend over the years. Why she never called...or wrote...or visited. But John's instinct is to protect Amanda, and something tells him she's in deep trouble. Will she feel safe enough to trust him-and lean on his strength?
The tears fell and streamed down her face. "In your father's eyes, I will always be a servant. Think about how your family has treated servants in the past. We were possessions, cattle. We were not people with our own thoughts and desires. You're a part of that. You've treated your servants like that too-even me." "You were never. . ." He let his words trail off. She was right. He had treated her like a servant. He had ordered her about the way he did all the others. Until he fell in love with her. "I can't accept that it's not possible for us to marry, Katherine. I admit there will be hardship at times, but God is the Lord of our lives. He'll help us." "Perhaps. But Hiram Greene will always stand in the way," she said with a boldness he'd never heard from her. Shelton's heart pounded. How could this be, after all this time of being patient, gently coaxing her like a skittish mare? "I love you, Katherine. Nothing should stand in opposition to that. Except God. And I believe He brought us together." "I'm sorry, Shelton. I just can't." He wanted to argue, but what would that accomplish? Instead, he gave her a passionate kiss. "If you ever change your mind, you know how to find me." With all the strength he could muster, he left. God, he prayed as he climbed up on Kehoe, move in Katherine Chinni's heart. There's nothing more I can do.
SMALL-TOWN TROUBLE All Detective Judd Hanna was looking for was a few days of peace and solitude, away from the dark shadows of big-city crime. But in a little town in the Wyoming high country, he found something more, much more--a woman who made him dream, for the first time in years, of a life filled with love and laughter .... But even here, peace was hard to find. For Charlotte "Charlie" Franklin--a strong but gentle woman who was raising an adorable little girl alone--was in mortal danger. And before Judd could hope for a future with her, he had to make sure she lived to see tomorrow ....
[from the back cover] "Romantic Suspense A Place to Hide is a stirring tale of political intrigue and terrorism, of a family tragically torn between love and loyalty. Frank Arbuthnot's Irish Catholic mother died giving him birth, and from that moment he was hated by his father, a wealthy Anglo-Irishman. Only the strong bond of love forged with his half-sister, Claire, sustains Frank, and when Claire marries and moves to England, he is easily persuaded by his mother's relatives to become a Catholic loyalist. Hearing that her brother is missing, Claire sets out on a terrifying journey across Ireland to find him, the love of her youth, now under the sway of a beautiful IRA terrorist and a pawn in the murderous game of Irish politics."
"Ghosts, a curse, secrets--a perfect mix. " --Hannah HowellChristmas in the Highlands. . . Not any dashing English lord's idea of a good time. But now that Lord Alexander Mallory has won a Scottish estate in a hand of cards, he is the unlikely laird of the wild, snowy Bonniebroch. Worse yet, the ancient pile of stones comes with a betrothal. To a fiery red-headed virgin. And a curse. Alex will have his hands full honoring the first, seducing the second and breaking the third. . . all by Twelfth Night. Praise for Mia Marlowe and her novels"Marlowe proves she has the 'touch' for strong heroines, wickedly sexy heroes, and love scenes so hot they singe the pages. " --"USA Today "bestselling author Jennifer Ashley"Sensuality, sexuality, passion and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale. " --"RT Book Reviews""Both historical and paranormal readers will love this crossover tale. " --"Publishers Weekly" starred review
"A wonderful tale " --Hannah Howell, "New York Times "bestselling author A bride comes to Bonniebroch. . . But Cait Grant is hardly dreaming of wedded bliss. For political reasons, she must marry Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch. And then, as a duty to her clan, she must murder him. . . If only her new husband weren't so devilishly handsome. If only she didn't have to play the loving wife for one long, languorous month. If only she didn't surrender to his softly sensual touch, she would be able to fulfill her duty. If only she didn't fall in love. . . Praise for Mia Marlowe and her novels "Marlowe proves she has the 'touch' for strong heroines, wickedly sexy heroes, and love scenes so hot they singe the pages. " --"USA Today "bestselling author Jennifer Ashley "Sensuality, sexuality, passion and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale. " --"Romantic Times" "Both historical and paranormal readers will love this crossover tale. " --"Publishers Weekly " starred review29,618 Words
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