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THE BEAUTY. THE SPY. AND THE BEHOLDER. From the beloved New York Times bestselling Madeline Hunter comes this riveting historical romance, in which a darkly handsome nobleman is determined to unmask a delicate and mysterious young beauty. . . A refugee from the war in France, Marielle Lyon has established herself at the fringes of London society. Claiming to be the niece of an executed aristocrat, Marielle welcomes the gossip that she is a spy. The more eyes she has watching her, the better protected she is#151;and the better chance she has of saving her father's life. A warrior at heart, Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, would still be in uniform if not for his older brother's untimely death. After all he's seen, Kendale doesn't trust the French#151;or their femmes fatales. He has set up a surveillance network to ferret out undercover agents, and he believes he's found one in the delicate, mysterious Marielle. Ready to pounce on his tempting prey, Kendale arranges a meeting with Marielle, who is more beautiful and more cunning than he anticipated. But the Viscount is ready to do whatever it takes to unmask her#151;even if it means playing a game of seduction#133;
She nearly pinched herself. But Shannon Harper, Dallas waitress, was at the ball! Trouble was, Crown Prince Marco thought she was his prearranged fiancée! His arrival was unexpected-Shannon had only agreed to impersonate the missing princess as a favor. She'd never planned to meet Marco-after all, the real princess barely knew him. So when the moody, mouthwatering prince commented on her smile, admired her empathy and touched her cheek, who was he really falling for? Shannon knew she should grab her pumpkin and split-but how could she resist one last turn in his arms? After all, it wasn't midnight yet....
He's handsome, intelligent, romantic and every woman's perfect husband. Too bad he's also three women's perfect husband. Under assumed names, Todd (aka Terry and Michael James) Darling has used his charm to seduce and betray women like Nikki, Jacqueline and Dawn, who all learned too late that their dream marriage was an illusion. Nikki, pregnant and broke, has taken refuge with a lesbian friend and the woman's partner, who are convinced that Nikki's unborn child is the answer to their prayers. Jacqueline turns to some of her eccentric Southern relatives for help, but their immoral lifestyle is a dangerous temptation. Dawn has fought to keep her independence, but now she's forced to move in with her judgmental older sister and brother-in-law, bringing their fragile marriage to the breaking point. Struggling to rebuild their lives, Nikki, Jacqueline and Dawn are each invited by a mysterious woman to learn more about the husband they thought they knew. But on a journey filled with surprises, the greatest revelations will be the truths they learn about themselves. . . .
Passion sets sail in USA TODAY bestselling author Rachel Bailey's tale of high-stakes inheritance Never be distracted by a woman is hotel magnate Luke Marlow's golden rule, especially when the woman just inherited half his late uncle's luxury cruise liner. But ship's doctor Della Walsh is the exception. Her dignified beauty ignites Luke's desire despite his suspicions. Even so, he will gain full control of the ship at all costs. For Della, the ship has been a sanctuary. Now she has just three weeks to change Luke's mind and save the ship-until passion comes along and steers them off course....
THE CLOCK WAS TICKING, THE ENEMY WAS WATCHING...At first it looked like a glorified babysitting job: safeguard a scientist while she created a countermeasure to neutralize a dangerous weapon that had fallen into the wrong hands. But when Dr. Megan Fuller's life was threatened, undercover agent Sawyer Branson knew the enemy was closing in. Sticking by Megan 24/7 wasn't something he took lightly, even if Megan didn't seem to appreciate his constant presence. For a man used to getting any woman he wanted, Megan was a challenge he was coming to enjoy. Because beneath her boxy lab coat and pinned-back hair lay a brilliant and beautiful warrior. And before long, Sawyer's determination to save the world was matched only by the sudden need to make Megan his.
Defend me in court or else, accused racketeer Adam Steele orders.The last thing defense attorney Bryce Gannon wants to do is get another criminal acquitted. And it does look like it might be the last thing he does. Somebody has already tried to kill him. Now the Feds tell him there's a traitor in Steele's organization who may be gunning for him and that Steele has sent him a beautiful spy to make sure Bryce complies.The Attorney General orders Ciara Alafita to find out if Bryce is corrupt. She hates liars and now she's become one. But finding the truth about Bryce is as hard as finding the identity of the person trying to kill him. As she challenges the cold attorney to thaw, she finds many things to like about him . . . if she can ignore he's defending a mobster. But if she can't convince Bryce to let the Feds protect him or to give up the Steele case, she might never get the chance to admit the truth or her feelings to him.Sensuality Level: Sensual
Catherine Coulter's revamped first novel--a gothic regency romance. The #1 New York Times bestselling author's very first novel, rewritten as a Gothic. A woman who makes the wrong choice for a husband may not live to marry the man of her dreams...
Be Mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forevermore! Driven from her late husband's estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin--and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land--and the fiery countess--in a war of sweet seduction. . . . Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian. Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before. She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day--and make her his pagan bride. Each thought Kinbeath the prize they most desired, a prize to be won at any price. Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess.
COWBOYS AND INDIANS NEVER FOUGHT LIKE THIS! When Letitia DeMarco won the deed to her ex's Montana ranch, she didn't know it came with a negative cash flow--and Tyler Barnes, a foreman with a state-size chip on his shoulder. Before she could even unpack her boots, they locked spurs and the ranch became the wildest honky-tonk in town. Letitia was sultry, high society and Italian in every way but heritage. Tyler was the soul of Montana's wide-open spaces. He had been born and bred on a ranch; his easy chair was a horse's back. When they locked horns, it was winner take all. And, come high noon, there would be only one winner in this showdown.
After the Russian Revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties -- not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. To make matters worse, Rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there's the small matter of Rupert's beautiful and nasty fiancée ...
AS A BRIDE, SHE WAS WORTHLESSIndeed, Catherine de Severin could offer nothing in the way of power and land. A penniless orphan with a shadowed past, she was not a suitable match for a comte destined to control vast holdings. But Geoffrey Dumont cared not, and would defy anyone-even royalty-who kept his fair Cate from him!A loving marriage denied her, her memory a blur, Catherine de Severin had accepted her cloistered fate. But when Geoffrey Dumont, her soul-friend and truest love, abducted her from the nunnery, afire with reckless plans for a future together, her heart embraced him with a passion too strong to be denied!
Things aren't as proper as they seem in Regency London...The next passionate novella in Kate McKinley's erotic trilogy. A COUNTESS BY CHANCE A gambler's daughter, Sophia Weatherby knows her way around a deck of cards. So when her family estate becomes threatened, she has no choice but to use her skills at the gaming tables to save herself from ruin. A lavish house party affords her the perfect opportunity-until the newly minted Earl of Huntington arrives. Adam Greyson has never forgotten the day Sophia rejected his proposal. Now to even the score, he challenges her to a shocking wager-his two thousand pounds against the one valuable commodity she has left: her virtue.
New York Times bestselling author Jillian Hunter has charmed readers with her "sizzling sexual chemistry and rapier wit"(Booklist). Now she returns to the scandalous Boscastle family... All Emily Selwick wanted was to convince the man she had adored for years that she was the woman he ought to marry. She never expected that her ill-fated deception at a party would uncover a scheme against the Crown and ensnare her in the sensual trap of an enigmatic stranger. Damien Boscastle, the Earl of Shalcross, knows he must marry Emily to defend her honor and keep his mission secret. But, by saving her reputation, he will draw her into his arms as well as a dangerous intrigue. After a whirlwind courtship that leaves her breathless, Emily finds herself wed to a husband who vows not only to protect her from his menacing world--but to train his wife in the pleasures of passion.
Josiah Jones Was A Bear Of A Man-- certainly nothing like the mere boys who'd paid court to Tatiana as Countess Karanova. This man personified the wild, untamed lands that called to her own unhappy soul. Tatiana brought something new to the California wilderness--a cool, aristocratic beauty and courage enough to match any man's. But Josiah was a mountain man with a broken heart. He knew such a jewel would never share his wanderlust or his life--especially if she discovered his secret...
Once upon a time, a girl from small-town, Texas, was "America's Cinderella."But Lacey McCoy soon learned that being married to a count was no fairy tale. So she turned in her glass slippers and headed home to Texas, vowing to make her own dreams come true. Except...who would hire an ex-countess with no experience?Rancher Will Proffitt reluctantly gave Lacey a shot, certain she wouldn't last a week. Yet when she accomplished every dirty task he gave her, Will's feelings for Lacey began to change. He may not have been Prince Charming, but with him, Lacey might just have found her happily-ever-after.
The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after . . .Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened . . .Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who had robbed him of his name and title . . . only to discover that he had died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited "wife"-- certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new "husband" . . . and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts!
She was a proper lady As the mighty ocean liner sank to its watery grave, two strangers bold savored their final moments by making passionate love. Matching the raging hurricane outside with her own white-hot abandon, Countess Madeleine Cavendish willingly surrendered herself to the devilishly handsome Creole rogue-never dreaming of a fate worse than death. Never dreaming she'd survive. Except in his arms Now, amidst the glitter of New Orleans society, reunited with her oh-so-proper fiancé, Madeleine tried to forget the lover who awoke her to temptation. But trying to forget a man like Armand de Chevalier is impossible. Especially since he, too, survived and is seizing every opportunity to remind her of their shared desire. But as a treacherous web of deceit closes around her, Madeleine must turn to the one man she swore never to acknowledge again, daring to surrender to a passion that could shatter her world-or bring her its sweetest bliss...
When Sophie and Samuel Delorme's parents sit them down for a talk, the nearly sixteen-year-old twins expect to hear something major--just not their father's declaration that they come from a long line of French nobility. Suddenly Sophie's lost in dreams of life as a countess.
As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess. Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict. When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.
"The practice of genuine virtue leads to a life of odious boredom. "So feels widowed young countess Anna von Esslin, who is denied her normal erotic pursuits while staying with relatives in Paris. Without her usual opportunities for pleasure, the countess resorts to visiting a local brothel--but not as a client. To get the satisfaction she craves, the countess must masquerade as one of the girls. . . .
In this haunting and hopeful debut novel, a teen's court-mandated psychiatric residency prompts a change in perspective from which there is no looking back.Taylor Truwell is a sixteen-year-old girl from Florida with a troubled past, a neglectful mother, a seemingly callous father, and an urge to flee. When Taylor is caught with a stolen car, her violent reaction lands her in court for resisting arrest. Her father convinces the judge of an alternative to punishment: treatment in a juvenile psychiatric correctional facility. And so Taylor arrives at Sunny Meadows. Sunny Meadows is anything but the easy way out, and Taylor has to fight hard just to hold on to her sanity as she battles her parents, an intrusive therapist, and a group of particularly nasty fellow patients. But even as Taylor clings to her stubborn former self, she gradually relents to new friendships--and to unexpected romance. Sunny Meadows goes against everything Taylor stands for. But could it be the place that saves her? In this striking debut, Laura Lascarso weaves together a powerful story of anger and self-destruction, hope and love, and the complicated way that it all comes together.
COMING HOME TO A COWBOY?Rugged rancher Tom Jarret would move mountains for his precious daughter. But sometimes a father's love just wasn't enough. Miraculously, wandering soul Andrea Larson found a way to reach his troubled little girl, and unexpectedly, the live-in teacher reawakened his wary heart, as well. But Andrea was as secretive as she was beautiful....Andrea was so tired of moving from town to town, but remaining at the Jarret ranch with Tom was dangerous. All she'd ever dreamed of-true love, a family, a home-was finally within her grasp and she yearned to wrap herself in Tom's arms forever. But could she count on this cowboy to stick around once her shameful past caught up with her?
In this rich, involving novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, a woman's life catapults from the old to the new, as she learns to seize the moment. COUNTRY Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she's stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off. Despite her children's grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent individual after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting--and her whole life changes forever. She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can't be anymore. A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world. As it deftly explores the complex ties between spouses, children, lovers, and friends, and dances between the past and the future, Danielle Steel's moving novel brilliantly captures the shock of sudden loss, and the freedom it can bring. Here America's most beloved novelist shares the enduring power of seizing the day. Carpe diem.From the Hardcover edition.
Welcome to Barleybridge, a small village nestled in the Dorset hills of England, where sheep graze on the nearby slopes and everybody knows their neighbors. Young, inexperienced, and somewhat shy, Kate Howard arrives in this idyllic setting to embark on a new adventure and begin a job as a receptionist at the Barleybridge Veterinary Hospital. The busy practice sees creatures large and small, from pets to farm animals, and the staff she meets there is friendly and welcoming. As Kate learns the ins and outs of her job (from who to never let through on the phone to which dogs--and owners--need to be kept away from each other), handsome Australian vet Scott Spencer takes an interest in her and encourages Kate to pursue her dreams to become a vet herself. His advice is solid, and his charm is intoxicating, but Kate is well aware that she is hardly the only woman to fall under the dashing doctor's spell. Add to this the pressure of her longtime but rather dull boyfriend, Adam, who is not at all happy about her newfound aspirations to return to school, and Kate has some decisions to make, decisions that are growing more complex at every turn. Tender, funny, and full of warmth and simple joys,A Country Affairis the perfect introduction to a delightful place and its witty and lovable inhabitants. Watch for the next two novels in Rebecca Shaw's Barleybridge series coming soon. You will want to return to Barleybridge again and again. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sexy gay stories with a country twang.Something about the country brings out the best - and the sexiest - in a man, and country boys are a special breed. These tobacco-chewin', cattle-ropin' icons in temptingly baggy overalls or skin-tight wranglers rank with cops and soldiers as one of the most potent symbols of the naturally masculine male. Sweating and sensual not from the gym but from honest, hard work (and play), they come in all shapes, sizes, and erotic potential. City homos hike the wilds to commune with nature and nature boys. Gay pioneers enjoy rural living and loving. Lonesome queers meet for moonlight trysts in the cornfields. Whether yielding to the rugged charms of that hunky ranger during bear season or skipping the farmer's daughter and bedding his accommodating son instead, the men of Country Boys: Wild Gay Erotica unabashedly explore the sizzling side of life far from the city lights.
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