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In the gossip rags, socialite Lizzie Denton's situation looks pretty ugly--Lizzie meets boy, Lizzie dumps boy, brokenhearted boy dies in horrific car crash. Suddenly she's public enemy number one. And a disinherited heiress, to boot. No job, no home and only a designer wardrobe to keep her company. But the worst part is that the papers got it wrong, and Lizzie promised not to tell anyone the truth. Devastated by the death of his half brother, Greek tycoon Sebasten Contaxis decides to punish the woman responsible: Lizzie Denton. But when he discovers that the stunning woman he can't keep his hands off--an inexplicable case of lust at first sight--is the same woman he's been seeking, Sebasten alters his scheme. After all, one broken heart deserves another, right?And revenge is so much sweeter when it's served in bed--that is, until Lizzie has some surprising news for him. . . .
Four sexy stories from the hottest names in gay romantic fiction<P>. Icecapade by Josh Lanyon: Ten years ago, diamond thief Noel Snow seduced FBI special agent Robert Cuffe, then fled into the dawn. Now a successful novelist, Noel has never forgotten the handsome lawman. But when Robert shows up at Noel's farm, elation quickly turns to alarm--he accuses Noel of masterminding recent heists. An innocent Noel can't resist planning a second seduction...but wonders if he can stay out of jail long enough to see it through.<P> Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony by L.B. Gregg: Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our landlord was bad enough. Discovering he had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge. Fortunately, the law is on my side in the form of sexy trooper Tony Gervase. He's always said he isn't interested in me in that way, but the hot encounter in his kitchen just now tells me he's changed his mind...<P> Bending the Iron by Libby Drew: Michael feels trapped by having to keep his sexuality hidden, by his dead-end job, by family obligations. But everything changes when he meets Eric, a passionate museum curator. When Michael's curiosity gives way to intense attraction, Eric happily feels the same. But the truth is, Eric knows exactly what it is to be stuck in a bad situation, and his personal demons may ultimately hurt his connection with Michael.<P> First Time, Forever by KC Burn: Derrick and Trevor used to have an incredibly passionate relationship. Now that their son is off to college, they're working to put vanilla sex behind them--until Trevor begins to notice their age difference. When he chooses to keep his health issues and gray hairs down there to himself, Derrick assumes Trevor is having an affair. Though nothing could be further from the truth, how can Trevor prove he's desperate to reconnect with Derrick?
"They had their words and their deeds; and the relationship between the two functions of their being formed the pattern of the lives. They sought the eternal through the passage of time, and searched for love in the rubric of sex. They huddled beneath their private solutions to the vast problems of their age until they saw that history was a director that used them ruthlessly and without asking permission to include them in its its play." I must not succumb . . . she thought.
When by-the-book economist Lane Davis's first sexual encounter convinces her she doesn't have what it takes to impress in bed, she does the most logical thing: she hires an expert to give her private lessons and get her out of the bottom percentile.Adam Quinn has his own agenda. His sister-one of Lane's best friends-wants him to be just awful enough to convince Lane to give up on her crazy scheme. Once he meets Lane, though, Adam can't quite bring himself to reject her. There's a naive vulnerability just beneath her cool, composed exterior.... The thought of another man taking advantage of that makes Adam a little bit crazy.As for Lane, she makes the uncomfortable discovery that her carefully composed contract doesn't cover everything. Her goal was to seduce a banking executive, but it turns out that she kind of has a thing for Adam. Maybe it's time to renegotiate....
The hunter: Polly Johnson, who, because her mother needed an expensive life-saving operation, became a surrogate mother. Now she's found out her baby's father is Raul Zaforteza . . . The husband? Raul will do anything to keep his unborn child -- he'll even marry Polly. But will she give in to his desire . . . or dare she become a runaway mom?
When Reece Waverly became a widower with an infant son to care for, he turned to Leah Gray. They had a strong friendship and he knew she'd make the perfect wife and mother. It was a convenient marriage - only Reece had no idea Leah had been secretly in love with him for years.... Leah convinced herself she could live with this arrangement, for the baby's sake. But after a year she's forced to admit that she'd hoped to become Reece's wife in more than name only. On the verge of leaving, Leah is stunned when Reece declares it's time he claimed her as his bride for real! Harlequin Romance #3764
Celia was paying Jethro to be her husband--so she was disconcerted to discover Jethro was actually a multimillionaire. Why had he agreed to marry--if he didn't need the money...? All Celia had wanted to do was grant her dying father's wish to see her happily married. Now she must spend day and night pretending to be madly in love with her gorgeous new groom. And, although she'd stipulated "no sex" in the contract, it was exactly that clause she was finding impossible to keep...
#1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Maya Banks tells the story of a fake engagement that leads to real passion. He's wanted her for six months. And the opportunity has finally arrived to make Celia Taylor his-at least temporarily. Billionaire businessman Evan Reese knows she's desperate to get him to sign with Maddox Communications. But first he needs her to pose as his fiancée at a family wedding on Catalina Island. There he'll wine, dine and seduce the stunning ad executive... Yet what happens when the fake engagement becomes more than just an act? A Reader Favorite Story originally published as Billionaire's Contract Engagement.
Taking charge of her new boss!Fleur has been hired by self-made businessman Darcy Howard to motivate his staff...and her first task is to insist that the workaholic Darcy starts having more fun. Only things aren't going to plan. It's Darcy who's showing Fleur the best time of her life!Now Fleur's wishing her temporary contract with Darcy could become a permanent one-and she's not thinking about business.
Last year, Scarlet King was a blushing bride-to-be, but now she's alone and more than anything she longs for a baby. This time, she's determined to prove she doesn't need a man!Successful, spine-tinglingly gorgeous John Mitchell has desired Scarlet for years, so he seizes the chance to claim her. But his proposal comes with a devilish price: if she wants a baby, they'll do it the old-fashioned way!John reminds Scarlet of the pleasures she's been missing, but when the affair is over, will Scarlet gain her wish, but lose her heart?
A MILLIONAIRE...Patrick Farr is perfectly happy with his bachelor life, wining and dining beautiful young women. If only he could make them understand that he will never marry for love....A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE...Louisa Dennison is the perfect PA. She's also a single mom, bringing up two very demanding kids! So when Patrick proposes, her answer is definitely no! Or is it?A MARRIAGE FOR REAL?Patrick's offer could answer Lou's prayers-financial security for life. But will their attempts to avoid love lead them to exactly that...?
A marriage is forever, not just for convenience. . . Hunter Myles: this Australian's worth billions and can buy any woman he wants!Lily Harper: perfect for a convenient marriage and she needs Hunter's help!Hunter's ring is on her finger, but Lily knows it'll only be there for twelve months. Soon, a year doesn't seem quite long enough. Lily has fallen in love with her temporary husband!
THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT:<P> Clause I: At all times and in all places, Rebecca Linden and Logan Brewster must remember that they are together for business ...and business only.<P> Clause II: Even though Ms. Linden is living in Mr. Brewster's hotel for the duration of this transaction, neither one shall dwell on the accessibility of any of the rooms--especially the exclusively-made-for-two honeymoon suite.<P> Clause III: If at any point either party falls in love with the other party, then this contract shall be null and void. Once the heart is involved, anything can happen....<P> THE WEDDING AUCTION: The highest bidder wins...LOVE!
When everything starts spinning out of control . . . Three years into college, Tressa Oliver's life is a nonstop party. She's skating by in her classes, and there's no shortage of drinking, dancing, and general hell-raising. The only aspect that hasn't been much fun: She can't shake the toxic jerks that always seem to gravitate toward her. It will take someone totally wrong . . . Trent James is the classic anti-bad boy: smart, boring, and way too serious. To a wild girl like Tressa, there's no way in hell they're compatible--especially since Trent seems to see straight through her defenses. To set her right. When a college prank goes terribly wrong, Tressa starts to suspect that her partying ways are leading nowhere fast. Now she has to turn to the last person she ever thought she'd ask for help--and quickly discovers that there's more to Trent than meets the eye . . .
To thwart an earl was Lady Pendleton's dearest desire, so she had taken it into her head to invite her two delightful young American nieces to England. Her brother, the pompous Earl of Cumberford, positively loathed the American branch of the family, and when the Powell cousins took London society by storm, he would be livid with rage. Lady Pendleton was certain her plan would succeed, for lively Antonia was irresistibly pretty, and Serena merely required the attentions of a first-rate dressmaker and a more confident manner to attract the notice of London's most eligible bachelors.But if Lady Pendleton could have foreseen how well her scheme would work and just which lords would soon be courting her charges in earnest, she would never have let Antonia and Serena off the boat from America.Jane Austen fans will delight in the reissue of this classic Regency Romance. With a light touch and witty eye for human foibles, Harkness paints the fashionable world of Regency England, when styles were dictated by Beau Brummel, the Duchess of Devonshire held court, and dandies paraded in their phaetons and four. Groomed by their mamas to capture the hearts of the most eligible bachelors of the day, fashionable young ladies passed the Season in London and at Bath, where they were presented at a string of assemblies and balls in all their finery and feathers.Brimming with period detail, Contrary Cousins will delight readers craving a good, old-fashioned romantic caper in the tradition of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.Judith Harkness is the author of five classic Regency Romances: The Montague Scandal, The Admiral's Daughter, The Determined Bachelor, Contrary Cousins, and Lady Charlotte's Ruse, all originally published by Signet. She is the co-author of a screenplay, EMMA in New York, an updated version of the classic Jane Austen novel set in contemporary Manhattan. As J.H. Richardson, she writes non-fiction on subjects ranging from children with learning and developmental issues to profiles of notable creative artists. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Will Taft.
In Laura Marie Altom's blazing-hot romance, the first novel in the Shamed series, a broken woman discovers release and redemption in the arms of a self-made billionaire--who gives her a tantalizing ultimatum. Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different--and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes a shocking proposition. A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded--much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he expects nothing more than a fling, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot stand the thought of ending things so soon. But when he tries to tempt her into joining him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.Ella and Liam's story continues in Possess, coming December 2014!Praise for Control "Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you'll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins."--Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna "Fabulous . . . I cried all they way through. . . . The story is amazing, the writing smooth and the characters are whole."--Brit Nanny Reads "This story takes you on emotional roller coaster because both characters find it hard to handle what they feel for each other and protect themselves because of the past scars."--Books Movies Fandoms "Loved it! . . . OMG, I laughed so hard with this book."--Jamie Frederickson"I really like the connection between Liam and Ella as well as the struggle that they go through, because life is messy and sometimes you have to have the pain to get to the solution, just like the book describes. This is a book about hope and love."--Sportochick's Musings"Wow, do sparks fly! . . . [Control] is very well written [with] a great storyline. . . . I really love how Ella explains her feelings for Liam."--Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Their romance was a modern-day fairy tale: handsome older millionaire falls for struggling young waitress. Robert swept Elsie off her feet-and into his bed-put a huge diamond on her finger and spirited her away in his private jet destined for happily-ever-after.Eight years later, Elsie Kolstadt realizes the clock has struck midnight. The five-star restaurants, exclusive address and exotic vacations can no longer make up for Robert's desire to control everything. From her hair to her music, Robert has things the way he wants them. No matter what.But it's Robert's ultimate, unforgivable manipulation that finally shocks Elsie into action. Though divorce would strip her of everything, she can't live under his roof any more. Making her decision easier is Dion Carter, a high-school football coach with a heart of gold and a body of sculpted steel. Suddenly Elsie is deep in a steamy affair that could cost her everything-because Robert will stop at nothing to keep her under his thumb.will stop at nothing to keep Elsie under his thumb.
"If this is your first time crossing the line into the Dark Side of kinky sex and BDSM, then I recommend this book!"--Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Reviewer Top Pick Will she choose control or just let go? When Madison Morris wanted to hire a shop assistant for her naughty little bookstore, she never dreamed she'd have two handsome men vying for the position--and a whole lot more. Does she choose dark and dangerous Andy with his sexy tattoos? Or quiet, serious Gabriel, whose lean physique and gentle touch tempt her more than she thought possible? She loves the way Andy takes charge when it comes to sex. But the turmoil in Gabe's eyes hints at a deep well of complicated emotions locked inside. When the fun and games are over, only one man can have control of her heart. What readers are saying: "Forget Fifty Shades of Grey...take a look at this and see how long you can stay in control!" "This is honest to God, hands down, the best erotic fiction I've ever read." "Highly addictive!"
Bestselling author Joey W. Hill presents a tale of two strangers united by an unbound passion from their dreams. But what will hold them together once the fantasy ends? Lucas Adler has recently realized he wants more from a relationship than just fantastic sex. But while on a cycling trip through the Berkshires, he encounters a beautiful blonde in the woods. Dressed in only white silk panties and a matching corset, she's stretched out on the back of a motorcycle and revving her engine--just not the one on the bike. Although he wonders if he can have the fantasy and the reality, Lucas is certain of one thing. He wants her... Cassandra Moira wants to relax. Things are crazy back home, and the deal she just tied down has unraveled. So when an opportunity comes along to hop on a motorcycle and take in some scenery, Cass takes it. Stopping to rest and reflect, she remembers the weak men she's dealt with in her life. So she closes her eyes and imagines a man who can take charge. A man, who with the blink of an eye, is right in front of her... After their encounter, Cass enters Lucas's life again. This time, she's part of a negotiating team on a three-day business deal. She's also not about to let any man control her. Now Lucas must use every strategy he knows to prove his love before she's gone from his life again. Includes a preview of the next novel in the bestselling Vampire Queen series, Taken By a Vampire Controlled Response previously appeared in Unlaced.
Back Cover There's TROUBLE IN RIVER CITY Matt Hogan's Memphis detective agency has been on the skids since a recent attack of conscience cost him an important case. When a wealthy investor steps in and saves River City Investigations, Matt thinks all his prayers have been answered-until he finds out that with the investor comes a new partner. Fresh out of criminal justice school and a two-year stint in the Tunica County Sheriff's Department, Natalie Tubberville is out to prove she can cut it in the world of private investigations. But her reluctant partner is just as determined to have nothing to do with her-until Natalie makes him an offer he can't refuse! If Matt solves the next case before she does, she will return her share of the company. And the race is on. As two strong personalities compete, mutual attraction grows... while a simple case of a runaway bride threatens to become an international incident. Will Matt and Natalie call off the competition-or discover an entirely new arrangement?
Denali Deveraux longs to know why her grandfather hates her. She seeks answers, while winning her place in the family business.
A dangerous attraction... Michael Adams is no angel. But she's no murderer either, even if she did joke with her sisters about killing her ex-husband, Phil, after their nasty divorce. How was she to know that someone really wanted Phil dead-or that she would become the prime suspect? It doesn't help that the investigating detective is so distractingly gorgeous that Michael can hardly think straight. ...Michael is sexy, smart and a little bit wild- everything Detective Kyson Dekker loves in a woman. True, there is that tiny problem of her being the prime suspect in a homicide, and the fact that Kyson is torn between seducing her and getting her to confess. But if she's being framed, Michael needs protection-and Kyson is ready to prove he's the man for the job, in every way. ...
From their first encounter, Cooper Winston has known Hannah Lowe is trouble. On that occasion her smart business brain cost him fifteen million dollars! But it hasn't been her mind that's been driving him to distraction ever since.So when Hannah asks him to pretend they are a couple, Cooper agrees-on condition that she move into his penthouse apartment! That way she'll be conveniently close for him to make their pretend affair into a real one....
Lorenzo Wolfe (previously seen in A Phantom Affair) has recently become Lord Moorsea, with lands in southwestern England. When he goes to claim them, he finds he already has company. Lady Valeria Fanning (previously seen in Rhyme and Reason) has come with her 8-year-old nephew to live with the man who was once her guardian, the previous Lord Moorsea. Now they are Lorenzo's responsibility, because she lost everything she owed when her late brother's debts swallowed everything. For Lorenzo, the simplest thing to do would be to find Valeria a convenient arrangement--a marriage to someone else. But that plan goes awry when one of her brother's debtors tries to force her into marriage by using her nephew as a pawn. Instead of the quiet life Lorenzo thought he wanted, he finds himself embroiled in saving the boy who has vexed him too many times. However, he has come to love the little boy as well as his aunt. Suddenly living alone in the isolated house has no appeal, but is it too late?
The Italian's WifeHolly Sansom has hit rock bottom. Homeless, broke and without friends, she has no way to care for herself, let alone her infant son. Then a chance encounter with handsome CEO Rio Lombardi changes everything. Suddenly she's living in luxury, and if she accepts Rio's proposal, all her worries will be behind her. But Holly knows he's keeping something from her. Is it really the perfect life if she doesn't have his love?The Spanish GroomDixie Robinson has never been good at anything. She's clumsy, far too trusting and couldn't keep a job if her life depended on it. The one thing she's done right is befriend an elderly man and keep him from being lonely. She'll do anything for Jasper -except marry his godson. After all, Cesar Valverde doesn't even like her. But as Jasper is rushed to the operating room, Dixie is rushed to the altar. Before she knows it, she's saying "I do. " Is this yet another mistake, or the smartest thing she's ever done?