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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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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....
This Wild West adventure just might be the life she was meant to live.The future is clearly mapped out for New York socialite Eugenia "Gennie" Cooper, but she secretly longs to slip into the boots of her favorite dime-novel heroine and experience just one adventure before settling down. When the opportunity arises, Gennie jumps at the chance to experience the Wild West, but her plans go awry when she is drawn into the lives of silver baron Daniel Beck and his daughter and finds herself caring for them more than is prudent-especially as she's supposed to go back to New York and marry another man. As Gennie adapts to the rough-and-tumble world of 1880s Colorado, she must decide whether her future lies with the enigmatic Daniel Beck or back home with the life planned for her since birth. The question is whether Daniel's past-and disgruntled miners bent on revenge-will take that choice away from her. "The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper is a fast-paced story full of fun, action, drama, and love."-Mary Connealy, author of Calico Canyon, Petticoat Ranch, and Gingham Mountain "If you loved Cathy Marie Hake, give yourself a treat with The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper."-Lauraine Snelling, author of the Red River Series and One Perfect DayFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
She'll take Manhattan. He'll take Managua. When two ambitious reporters from the same New York newspaper get married, something's got to give. And in this wry, witty tale of a modern globe-spanning romance, what gives is the conventional and the expected-as fact turns more fantastic than fiction. Jim Mulvaney has never met a story he didn't think he could write. Barbara Fischkin isn't sure she can write anything in the midst of their maddening marriage. But while Mulvaney is following his legendar...
Shock didn't describe Rachel Dillard's feelings when her estranged husband told her the news: her precious embryo had been stolen! A child-their child-had been born and had become a pawn in a killer's deadly game. Finding their baby was her priority now, but the familiar heat of Jared's arms was proving a dangerous distraction. . . . One touch of Rachel's lips and Lieutenant Jared Dillard knew he'd do anything to have her back in his bed. Bringing their baby home was the first step. Stopping a murderer was the second. And if risking his life was the only way, he would prove the power of a father's love. . . .
"I have no intention of marrying you!" Lizzie was astounded when her widowed father decided to marry Noah Jordan's beautiful sister. It made her all the more aware that it was time she found a husband of her own! But that didn't mean she was about to accept Noah's marriage proposal... Noah was rich, gorgeous, charming, but he saw marriage to Lizzie simply as a means of keeping her under control--a temporary measure to give the newlyweds time alone. Lizzie was determined not to become a convenient bride--but Noah was equally determined to have her!
In no time at all, Dr. Maria Keaton has accomplished what no one else ever could. She's shaken Judge Jake Sloane's dedication to his job and blurred his definitions of right and wrong. Worse, his attraction to her has made him lose focus in a trial--one where she's a key witness.The more Jake resists the sparks between him and Maria, the faster his professional life collides with the personal one. When Maria becomes the town pariah, Jake must choose between the woman he loves and protecting his reputation... before it's too late.
She tried to stay away from him....More than once, White House PR specialist Cara Cranshaw has considered that reporter Max Gray might want her only because he can't have her. Given their work, a relationship is dicey-and impossible now that the president has taken office.For Max, their relationship may be a lark, a fling-maybe she's just another woman in the long line that forms a part of his bachelor lifestyle. But for her, what they have is different. She's all but given him her heart. And now she is having his baby.
A CONTRACT...BETWEEN LOVERSLiterary agent Adrienne Corley liked Gideon McCloud's books, but that didn't mean she liked him. Meeting her temperamental client face-to-face had everything to do with his career and nothing to do with how she found the reclusive writer sexier than she'd dreamed possible....Gideon enjoyed his solitary lifestyle-until his gorgeous agent turned up demanding he attend to matters professional andâ ¦personal. Enthralled by Adrienne's sexy smile, Gideon welcomed her into his home-and into his bed-but could he keep his heart out of the deal?
Be careful what you search for...Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma's ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper's soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer-and her friends--are lost forever.
Penelope Mathews had spent her entire adolescence worshipping the elusive C. C. Tremayne-from afar. Until one night, trying to protect the mysterious loner from landing in a Mexican jail after he had drunk a little too much, Pepi was forced to seek refuge in a wedding chapel-and wound up going one step further by emerging as Mrs. Connal Cade Tremayne!When C.C. realized what had happened, he was outraged-the last thing he needed was a shy virgin on his hands. The marriage was off; he'd see to an annulment immediately. Yet the more time he spent with Pepi, the more he realized he didn't want a divorce... he wanted forever.
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