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Surprise even yourself!When longtime best friends, Patsy Leslie and Louise Jernigan decide to jump-start their not-so-dead libidos, quilting and bridge suddenly take a backseat to, well, more amorous pursuits. Local tongues wag, and Patsy's son and Louise's daughter-who happen to be married to each other-demand answers to the burning questions Who is this man and where's the rest of Mama's skirt?Then life throws Patsy and Louise another sharp curve, and they don't know whether to drown their shock in hot fudge or buy some strong binoculars and take up spying-on each other! Can forty-five years of friendship and family ties survive unexpected detours on the bumpy road to liberation? Maybe all Patsy and Louise need is to grow wings and learn to fly again....
Sneaking in is the easy part. But living it down is tough...One corporate pink slip and Morgan Miller is back in Pittsburgh bunking with her mother. But when Morgan agrees to attend a posh wedding reception for fabulous "Penny and Sam," she's appalled to learn her invitation is far from legitimate.Though her friends agree that party crashing is a superlative way to meet men, Morgan's life is becoming completely unmanageable. Wedding photographer Conner Danning keeps shooting her swoon-worthy glances and Morgan's ex is trying to de-ex himself.She can't wait to run home to San Diego...but maybe living life as an "unofficial guest" is better than facing a B-list existence alone.
A savvy young music exec for Rockstar Records, Hannah Love has a glamorous apartment and a tight pack of equally fine friends. But luxury and loyalty can't protect her from a broken heart, courtesy of her super-rich fiancé. To recover, Hannah accelerates her already high-octane life by pursuing a fantasy she's had since childhood: to become an NBA cheerleader for the Chicago Diamonds. As she juggles promoting the hottest singer on the rise, dodges advances from Rockstar's ultra-slick VP, and puts her body and her will to the test during cut-throat tryouts for a spot on the Diamond Dolls squad, she receives the full attention of the team's star player, Max Knight. Though the Dolls are strictly forbidden to date players, the heat between Hannah and Max builds on the sidelines. But as catty cheerleaders plot against her, and her boss at the record company secretly negotiates a merger that could leave her jobless, Hannah discovers that it may take much more than the lust for a hot man to hold her steady. It may take hislove. From the Trade Paperback edition.
They are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society--and the woman destined to be his perfect match. . .Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London's most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy--and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him. . .Justine Brightmore may be a viscount's niece, but she's also a spy's daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction. . ."Has all the elements of my favorite novels--a bad boy hero, a spirited heroine, a dash of intrigue, and a sizzling romance. Put her on your auto-buy list; you won't be disappointed." --Shana Galen
Legend says that whomever possesses the St. John talisman ring will find their one true love. Now that the ring rests in the pocket of renowned scoundrel Brandon St. John, the dashing rake must decide whether it is a blessing ... or a curse. Never has the irresistible rogue, Brandon St. John, pursued a woman with more fervor -- but his ardent suit of Lady Verena Westforth has a different purpose. The delectable blond lovely is indeed enticing, but Brandon suspects her of hiding a valuable missive that he has sworn to recover. With a sensuous kiss and a passionate caress he intends to lower Verena's guard ... and then discover where she's hidden "the goods." Without the missive, Verena stands to lose the one thing dearest to her heart. And now an extraordinary man has entered her life ... at the worst possible time! Vulnerable though she may be, Verena vows she will not be just another of Brandon's "conquests," even as she aches to melt in his arms. But is he a needed friend or a foe in alluring disguise ... and will she be able to prove to him that love is their true destiny?
Some secrets are meant to be revealed ...Or so you'll discover, in three sexy, unforgettable Valentine's Day stories from New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ryan and contemporary romance stars Candis Terry and Jennifer Seasons.Waiting for You by Jennifer RyanRancher Grant Devane has waited for Taylor Larson's return to Fallbrook for more than ten years. Now that the fearless beauty has come home on her terms, he'll do anything and everything necessary to win back her heart.Sweet Fortune by Candis TerrySarah Randall is tired of being invisible to the opposite sex. So when a leap of faith sends her to Sweet, Texas, and into the path of ridiculously hot Deputy Brady Bennett, she's determined to catch his eye ... even if it means staying hidden just a little bit longer.Major League Crush by Jennifer SeasonsProfessional baseball player Drake Paulson can't help wanting to know more about his cute, shy neighbor. But when he discovers her deepest secret and she flees, it'll be up to him to win her trust--and her love--one gift at a time.
EVANGELINE LOGAN WANTS a kiss. A spectacular, heart-stopping, life changing kiss. Somehow "The Crimson Kiss "(a romance novel she's become obsessed with) and "Four Steps to Living Your Fantasy "(a self-help book she's reading) have fused in Evangeline's mind and sent her on a quest for a kiss. But the path to perfection is paved with many bad kisses--the smash mouth, the ear licker, the "misser. " The phrase "I don't kiss and tell" means nothing to the boys in her school. And worse: someone starts writing her name and number on bathroom walls. And worst of all: the boy she's just kissed turns out to be her best friend's new crush. Kissing turns out to be way more complicated than the romance novels would have you believe . . . "From the Hardcover edition. "
Dear Diary,Sam MacInnes is back in town. He's still so gorgeous, but there's a haunted look in his eyes. People say he's a cop now-he must see some awful things on the job. I used to have the biggest crush on him! He never noticed me, but I wrote all about him in my old diary. My hair curls every time I think of someone reading it! All those dreams of passionate kisses and more... Can you imagine that getting out?Only problem is, the local rumor mill says that he's remodeling the very house where I hid the diary. I've just got to get it back before Sam finds it-what would he think of me if he discovered all my secret desires?
Geena can't wait to spend summer vacation at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop with her best friend, Amber, and her cousin, Hero. But Amber and Hero hate each other on sight, and Geena's dreams of a girl-bonding summer fly out the window - then vanish entirely when a few cute (okay, drop-dead gorgeous) guys enter the picture. All is not what it seems, though, and in a story of mistaken identities, summer high jinks, and just enough romance, Geena and her friends learn that when Bettys unite, they can take on the most powerful force in their world: a hot guy. .
SHE'S LOSING HER HEART TO A BLOODSUCKER.<P> GOT FANGS?<P> When you're traveling through Europe with psychics, magicians, and other really bizarre people, normality is hard to come by, but something Francesca longs for. Until she meets Benedikt. He's actually taller than her, rides a motorcycle, and doesn't think Fran is the least bit weird. On the dark side, he's also a vampire--and Fran is supposed to redeem his soul. But when Ben's kisses turn out to be anything but normal, Fran starts to embrace the freakiness that is her life.<P> ...AND LEARNING THAT VAMPIRES CAN KEEP SECRETS FOREVER.<P> CIRCUS OF THE DARNED <P> With a witch for a mom, it's no surprise that Fran might not fit in, but having vampire for a boyfriend is doing wonders for her self-esteem. And now, even though she suspects Ben is keeping things from her, her only concern is finding some time--and something to wear--for their first actual date. But Fran's own mysterious talents seem to get in the way when she accidentally conjures an entire battlefield of warring Viking ghosts. Two's company--a dozen is a crowd....
The Naked Truth . . . Alistair, Viscount Moncreiffe, must confess: He is thoroughly bored with the proper ladies of the ton. The rogue longs for an adventurous beauty who will make his world more . . . interesting. So Alistair is delighted when fiery, fearless Charlotte Parnell literally drops into his arms-and he's quick to tender a marriage proposal when they are discovered in this scandalous position. Better a Spy Than a Bride . . . Charlotte wishes to continue spying for the Crown alongside her brother, who thinks she should marry instead. Now she's determined to solve a most important and dangerous case before he does. But a misstep on a London rooftop has landed her in Viscount Moncreiffe's embrace-and she is intrigued by the handsome rake's offer of matrimony. With a fiancÉ by her side, she'll arouse fewer suspicions-and she'll end the engagement once her mission is completed. But will Alistair's disarming passion inspire Charlotte to uncover the most astonishing secret of all: the love hidden deep in her heart?
Rose Zarelli 2.0 here-2.0, as in, innovative...superior...improved.Improved how? Glad you asked. This year, I will not:1. Do things just because other people want me to.2. Randomly shoot off my mouth.3. Worry about whether I'm someone's girlfriend-or not.So, what will I do this year?1. Find my thing and be who I want to be.2. Learn when to speak up-and when to shut up.3. Tell off Jamie Forta and move on.I'm older and smarter now-I can totally pull this off. How hard can it be?
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make...1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry-get it?)Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable. (Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)(Sorry. That was rude.)
Ex-Girlfriend Emma Carter has a lot on her mind. Her boyfriend got a life-in L.A. Her hairdresser found God. And that extra ten pounds of "relationship flab" she acquired while falling in love with a commitment-phobe has just put her out of the running for new romance-or so she thinks. But before Emma can get on with her life, she's got to face a few startling truths about being single in New York City....Confession #5: Marriage suddenly seems like a social disease.Even the latest bride in my family-my mother-has put me to work in the service of her wedding day. What about us non-brides-to-be? Working in the warped little world of wedding planning has only led me to one conclusion: If you don't get married in this world, you get nothing. Once, in an editorial meeting, I jokingly suggested that a woman should get a bridal shower when she turns thirty, wedding or not. Everyone looked at me as if I were some kind of nut. I am 31 years old; am I not entitled to free Calphalon yet?Who ever thought that baring your soul could be this good?
TWICE TEMPTEDSerena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family's future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin's identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn't love and spend the rest of her days living a lie. Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he's introduced to the prim and proper "Meg", he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at true love?
Tony doesn't mean to fall in and out of love so easily; it's just a habit. Of course, loving so many men also has its unfortunate side effects, namely ex-boyfriends. Like Boyfriend #6, the DJ whose daily radio show is a barrage of not-so-flattering songs designed to tell the world what a cad Tony is. When Tony isn't collecting his belongings from the front lawn of a shrieking, cursing ex, he's using his art school degree to knock-off impressionist murals for rich socialites in order to get by. And sometimes, he indulges himself in his only repeat boyfriend, Peter, a beautiful Dane who can't seem to stop loving Tony even as Tony can't seem to stop hurting him. But suddenly, Tony's luck is changing. The Casanova's charms are wearing off and Tony's mad whirl of a life is slowing down just long enough for the pain to catch up. As the collateral damage mounts, Tony thinks he just may have found The One. Now, with the clock ticking and the playbook out the window, Tony's putting everything he has on a last chance at real happiness. And this time, he's going to have to go after it as if his heart, soul, and life depend upon it...
A novel for fans of Philippa Gregory and Michelle Moran, Confessions of Marie Antoinette blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the first years of the French Revolution and the final days of the legendary French queen. Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence. Once her loyal subjects, the people of France now seek to overthrow the crown, placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal peril. Displaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris, the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution. There, despite a few staunch allies, they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies. Yet despite the political and personal threats against her, Marie Antoinette remains, above all, a devoted wife and mother, standing steadfastly by her husband, Louis XVI, and protecting their young son and daughter. And though the queen secretly attempts to arrange her family's rescue from the clutches of the rebels, she finds that they can neither outrun the dangers encircling them nor escape their shocking fate.Advance praise for Confessions of Marie Antoinette "Juliet Grey brings her trilogy on Marie Antoinette's life to a triumphant finale, depicting with sensitivity and compelling vividness the collapse of a bygone glamorous world and the courageous transformation of its ill-fated queen."--C. W. Gortner, author of The Queen's Vow "A heartfelt journey with Marie Antoinette in her wrenching last days . . . We see the end looming that is still veiled from her eyes, and knowing her hopes are in vain makes it all the more poignant. Far from the 'let them eat cake' woman of legend, Juliet Grey's Marie Antoinette reveals herself to be a person we can admire for her courage, her loyalty, and her love of her family and her adopted country, France."--Margaret George Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.aperback edition.
From the book: We are each the love of someone's life. So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other. At his birth, Max's father declares him a Ntsse, a creature of Danish myth, as his baby son has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward-on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child. The story is told in three acts. First, young Max falls in love with a neighbor girl, Alice, who ages as normally as any of us. Max, of course, does not; as a young man, he has an older man's body But his curse is also his blessing: as he gets older, his body grows younger, so each successive time he finds his Alice, she does not recognize him. She takes him for a stranger, and Max is given another chance at love. Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, Max's life and confessions question the very nature of time, of appearance and reality, and of love itself. A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of a "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which we live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
When Marcello Brunelli--aka Il Principe of one of Italy's oldest and most fabulous families--declared his love to down-on-her-luck, done-with-men Venus Gilroy, she learned a few eyebrow-raising things about love and life. And now she's willing to share. . . Portland, Oregon, Really Is A Long Way From Rome. When a prince invites you to his place, it's not for take-out Chinese and a DVD. No, Marcello flew me home, a sprawling palace where we could be under the same roof and still a mile away from each other. It was a far cry from my ratty apartment and my usual luck with men. Turns out Marcello wanted me to teach him about slacking while he did his suave Italian best to seduce me. . . Lifestyles Of The Rich And Royal Are Kind Of. . . Boring. Prince or not, Marcello was an everyday workaholic. Well, everyday in the jetting off and meeting with other captains of industry sense. Which left me noodling around the palazzo with his suspicious adult daughter, his more-royal-than-thou mother--and Johnny, his hot-and-hunky chauffeur, as my Vespa-driving tour guide. There's A Chance Fairy Tales Just Might Come True Anyway. . . Romance and Rome match up like a little black dress on a blonde, and it didn't take long for me to fall head over high heels for Marcello--for real. But sometimes even fairy tales can surprise you. . .
WAS IT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT...Anna Sebastian wanted desperately to learn about the stranger whose transplanted heart beat within her chest...particularly once the erotic dreams and deathly silent late-night calls began. But when her journey brought her face-to-face with her darkly handsome fantasy lover, she debated whether to divulge the truth. For brooding widower Ben Porter was rumored to have murdered the wife whose tragic end had given Anna a precious second chance....OR SOMETHING EVEN MORE DANGEROUS?A former cop, Ben knew that Anna harbored secrets, just as he knew they would become lovers. But Anna's sudden appearance aroused more than his guarded heart and urge to protect. It awakened a dormant killer who'd chosen now to strike again....
Susanna Carr wows readers with her smart, sexy brand of temptation. And when it comes to passion, she knows how to turn up the heat! Presenting two lovers who are about to find out that a little confession is good for the soul. . . Good Bad Girl. . . It's not Stephanie Monroe's fault that the small-town folk of Mayfield can't tell the difference between her haute couture and lady-of-the-evening wear. After several citizen complaints, Stephanie gets booked by one of Mayfield's finest. . . and finest is definitely the word, from Jack Logan's strong jaw to the way he wears his holster. He's resurrecting Stephanie's long-buried, apple-pie good girl. . . and she needs to do something about it fast. . . . . . Meets Good Bad Boy Sheriff Jack Logan has worked hard to bury his devilish wild streak, but the minute he looks into Stephanie's eyes, he knows he's in trouble. More and more, Jack can't decide whether to drag her across the city limits or into his bed. One thing's for sure--the longer she stays in town, the more ready he is to shed his uniform and show Stephanie a whole new side to serve and protect. . . Susanna Carr writes hot contemporary romances for Kensington Brava. Her first novella appeared in the Wicked Woman series, and Susanna's storytelling quickly became known for its sizzling heat and vibrant wit. Romantic Times BOOKclub finds her previous work fun, sexy and romantic while filled with sexual tension and explosive passion.
Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story. She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and heir to a fortune. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved. In a society in which classes rarely mingle on equal terms, and an unwed mother can lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine's anguished spiritual journey from secretive religious cultist to the celebrated Bishop of Hippo. Giving voice to one of history's most mysterious women, The Confessions of X tells the story of Augustine of Hippo's nameless lover, their relationshipbefore his famous conversion, and her life after his rise to fame. A tale of womanhood, faith, and class at the end of antiquity, The Confessions of X is more than historical fiction . . . it is a timeless story of love and loss in the shadow of a theological giant.
The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world's bestselling mystery writer!After investigating multiple homicides and her family's decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.
Wealthy young women are being murdered, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. Her first case was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now she's working to exonerate her brother of his girlfriend's homicide. And danger just got closer.One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer... and Tandy perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim? James Patterson keeps the confessions coming as Tandy delves deeper into her own tumultuous history and the skeletons in the Angel family closet.
Journalist Mallory Stevens's instructions were clear: expose the secrets of elusive radio talk-show host--and Chicago's most eligible bachelor--Logan Bartholomew. Not fall hopelessly in love with him!As their relationship goes off the record, Mallory is stunned to discover she's carrying her own little secret....
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