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Can she find the courage to love all over again? Hunter Smith likes to keep out of messy situations; life is just easier if you don't get emotionally involved. He's never been a knight in shining armor before-but when he sees Abby Gray in trouble, he can't stop himself from stepping in... Trying to put the scars of the past behind her, Abby has decided to make a fresh start. Hunter's offer of making her his new assistant could be a step in just the right direction. But is she ready to believe that happy-ever-afters can happen in real life-not just in fairy tales?
The life of a paid mercenary makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Grange. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it's nothing that the former Green Beret can't handle.A woman's heart, however-that's dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange's biggest problem was avoiding Peg Larson and all the complications being attracted to the daughter of his foreman would entail. Now Grange will need all his training to help General Emilio Machado gain control of the tiny South American nation of Barrera; when Peg arrives unannounced, she's a distraction he can't avoid. She's determined to show Grange she can be useful on and off the battlefield. Once she breaks through his armor, traversing the wilds of the Amazon will prove an easier task than defending himself against her winning charms....
TWO HIGH-OCTANE, PASSIONATE MILITARY STORIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHORS LINDSAY McKENNA AND MERLINE LOVELACE...OUT OF HARM'S WAY by Lindsay McKennaAfter Madison Duncan is kidnapped, Navy SEAL Travis Cooper must bring her back home. He deftly recovers her from a dangerous force, but never expects such a strong attraction...and a love he never saw coming.ANY TIME, ANY PLACE by Merline LovelaceDuke Carmichael, an Air Force combat controller, takes on an assignment to smoke out a terrorist. His cover is to be the husband of his new partner, gorgeous operative Anna Solov. When they receive conflicting orders, can they trust their own instincts-and each other?
Two passion-filled stories from New York Times bestselling author Lindsay McKenna and USA TODAY bestselling author Merline Lovelace! Hidden Heart by Lindsay McKenna After being ambushed in Afghanistan, weapons sergeant Dan Taylor promises a fallen soldier he'll look out for his sister, Cait. But when Dan awakens wounded at a Pearl Harbor hospital, it's Cait, a physical therapist, who's assigned to his care. Now he must protect the woman he secretly loves from himself. Desert Heat by Merline Lovelace
Two edge-of-your-seat, passionate military stories from bestselling authors Lindsay McKenna and Merline Lovelace...
She didn't know the rules of engagementGetting engaged to Marc van Borsele was the last thing Claribel wanted. Marc was the most annoying and exasperating man she had ever met! But, as the engagement was only pretense and she did owe Marc a favor, Claribel agreed. She soon discovered that make-believe can come true, even if you don't want it to! Before she knew it, Claribel found herself head over heels in love with her pretend fiancé. The course of true love never did run smooth....
Sentenced To Marry! Marry Brice McCormack to end their families' feud? Prudence Randolph would sooner wed a snake! The arrogant, know-it-all rancher might be a handsome devil and the sexiest man in Serenity, Texas, but he'd been the bane of Prudence's existence practically from the cradle. Heaven forbid Brice ever learn she was secretly attracted to him! Marry Prudence Randolph? Pretend to be madly in love? Brice swore the judge was crazy. It was time to ride for the hills ... because after claiming Pru's sweet lips in one breathtaking wedding kiss, Brice almost hoped this sentence was for life!
Sentenced To Marry! Marry Brice McCormack to end their families' feud? Prudence Randolph would sooner wed a snake! The arrogant, know-it-all rancher might be a handsome devil and the sexiest man in Serenity, Texas, but he'd been the bane of Prudence's existence practically from the cradle. Heaven forbid Brice ever learn she was secretly attracted to him! Marry Prudence Randolph? Pretend to be madly in love? Brice swore the judge was crazy. It was time to ride for the hills...because after claiming Pru's sweet lips in one breathtaking wedding kiss, Brice almost hoped this sentence was for life! THE WAY WE MET...AND MARRIED: A funny thing happened on the way to the wedding!
The End...or Just the Beginning?Gabe Miller's marriage ended so fast it had hardly begun. Which is why he couldn't quite believe his luck-or his "ex"-when she returned a few months later with the news that legally they were still husband and wife. And that the child she was carrying was his son.Gabe feared Marissa would bolt again, making a custody battle his only option-unless he could turn back the clock and woo her the way he should have during their whirlwind romance. But even with his boy's future at stake, mending fences with a woman-especially the one he loved-wasn't something the strong, silent type found easy to do....
From the author of The Goblin King and the Shadowlands series, The Court of Annwyn Boxed Set contains the first two books in Shona Husks new series, capturing the color, decadence, and danger of the Fairy Court of Annwyn.The Outcast Prince, Caspian, a fairy prince with the ability to feel the history in anything he touches, ventures into the world of humans and meets a woman worth sacrificing everything for - his inheritance, the home he has always dreamed of, even his soul.The Lord of the Hunt, Verden, is responsible for safeguarding the King and the whole Court of Annwyn. Taryn's parents were exiled from the fairy world and she has spent her entire life avoiding her fairy heritage, but now she must get the pardon of the King or her parents will die. But the magic of Annwyn is failing and Verden may have to choose between the woman he loves and the safety of the whole mortal world.Steamy, sensual, and dangerous."-Fresh Fiction on The Goblin King"Romantic and intriguing."-Publishers Weekly"Enthralling."-Booklist"A great fairy-tale feel...dark, fresh, and tantalizing."-Anna's Book BlogExplore a new world of magic, elegance and mystery in the fairy Court of Annwyn, from the author of The Goblin King, The Kiss of The Goblin Prince, For The Love of A Goblin Warrior and The Summons: A Goblin King Prequel Novella.
In this imaginative escape into enthralling new lands, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege. Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors--one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy--causes heads to turn. When Kal's powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test her new friend's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.
In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege. Read the first 12 chapters now!Book Description:Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors--one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy--causes heads to turn. When Kal's powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test her new friend's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.
Bamboozled Into Going Home Again... Sunny Carmichael is a veterinarian-and a damn good one. So when she agrees to return to Hope Valley Texas, at her mother's urging it's to lend her expertise to a cattle ranch in trouble and rescue a few sick cows. The last person she wants to see is her old flame Jackson Slade, the reason she fled her small hometown ten years ago. Widowed now and taking care of his quiet little girl alone, Jack runs the cattle ranch Sunny needs to check on. The last person he wants nosing around is Sunny Carmichael. It isn't long before the passionate spark that fired their youthful romance quickly blazes stronger than ever-maybe even out of control Soon Sunny and Jackson have a couple of problems on their hands: a deadly cattle epidemic and the two of them!
Welcome to Bear Creek, Wyoming-where faith, love and family prevail-in this novella from Lacy Williams's Wyoming Legacy series!Wyoming, 1895Sam Castlerock's return to Bear Creek, Wyoming, may be the answer to Emily Sands's prayers. Though she's not the kind of girl to rely on anyone else, the handsome cowboy-turned-banker may be able to get her family a much-needed extension on their loan. But Sam also reminds Emily of her dreams of a husband and family of her own....After years on the range, Sam is determined to prove himself to his father by turning around the local bank, even if he must call in loans from his struggling neighbors. But being reunited with Emily stirs old feelings to life, and he's soon torn between his obligations and following his heart. How can Sam do his duty if it will hurt the community-and the woman he loves?Look for more books in Lacy Williams's Wyoming Legacy series, beginning with Roping the Wrangler from Love Inspired Historical.
War hero seeks rich heiress Captain Adam Miller needs to find a wealthy bride! With a title to pass on and an estate in ruins, he must marry well and produce an heir to turn the family fortunes around. Yet despite the endless parade of eligible heiresses thrust before him, none can compare to the exquisite but penniless Jenny Hastings. The moment she sets eyes on the captain, Jenny is swept off her feet. But she has secrets that could change everything. When they come to light, will the captain still want her by his side? Officers and Gentlemen For duty, for honor, for love
Violet never saw it coming. Davis Jackson. Her secret high school sweetheart. The rich boy who risked everything to be with her. The carefree bachelor she thought would never settle down. Pursuing her as if she was the last woman on earth. Suddenly, chasing down a story didn't seem as important as a second chance with Davis. If Violet was willing to stick around long enough to see where it would take them...Davis Jackson couldn't believe his eyes. Violet Osborne. Here. Now. Back in their sleepy hometown. The off-limits miner's daughter had been the love of his life until she went after her big-city dreams, leaving behind one broken-hearted cowboy. But when that old Texas magic started heating up between them, the millionaire playboy made a vow: the girl who got away wasn't getting away again....
Skilled in passion, artful in deception, and driven by betrayal, she is the glittering center of the royal court-but the most desired woman of Renaissance France will draw the wrath of a dangerous adversary. Paris, 1575. The consort of some of Europe's most influential men, Gabrielle Cheney is determined to secure her future by winning the heart of Henry, the Huguenot king of Navarre. As his mistress, Gabrielle hopes she might one day become the power behind the French throne. But her plans are jeopardized by Captain Nicolas Rémy, a devoted warrior whose love Gabrielle desires-and fears-above all. She will also incur the malevolence of the Dark Queen, Catherine de' Medici, whose spies and witch-hunters are legion, and who will summon the black arts to maintain her authority. With the lives of those she loves in peril, Gabrielle must rebel against her queen to fulfill a glorious destiny she has sacrificed everything to gain.Alive with vivid period detail and characters as vibrant as they are memorable, The Courtesan is a sweeping historical tale of dangerous intrigues, deep treachery, and one woman's unshakable resolve to honor her heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Skilled in passion, artful in deception, and driven by betrayal, she is the glittering center of the royal court--but the most desired woman of Renaissance France will draw the wrath of a dangerous adversary. Paris, 1575. The consort of some of Europe's most influential men, Gabrielle Cheney is determined to secure her future by winning the heart of Henry, the Huguenot king of Navarre. As his mistress, Gabrielle hopes she might one day become the power behind the French throne. But her plans are jeopardized by Captain Nicolas Remy, a devoted warrior whose love Gabrielle desires--and fears--above all. She will also incur the malevolence of the Dark Queen, Catherine de' Medici, whose spies and witch-hunters are legion, and who will summon the black arts to maintain her authority. With the lives of those she loves in peril, Gabrielle must rebel against her queen to fulfill a glorious destiny she has sacrificed everything to gain. Alive with vivid period detail and characters as vibrant as they are memorable, The Courtesan is a sweeping historical tale of dangerous intrigues, deep treachery, and one woman's unshakable resolve to honor her heart.
Amid the disapproving gossip of the Court, a royal romance defies all obstacles. The Court of François I is full of lust, intrigue, and bawdy bon temps- a different world from the quiet country life Diane de Poitiers led with her elderly husband. Now a widow, the elegant Diane is called back to Court, where the King's obvious interest marks her as an enemy to the King's favourite, Anne d'Heilly. The Court is soon electrified by rumors of their confrontations. As Anne calls on her most venomous tricks to drive Diane away, Diane finds an ally in the one member of Court with no allegiance to the King's mistress: his teenage second son, Henri. Neglected by his father and disliked by his brothers, Prince Henri expects little from his life. But as his friendship with Diane deepens into infatuation and then a romance that scandalizes the Court, the Prince begins to discover hope for a future with Diane. But fate and his father have other plans for Henri- including a political marriage with Catherine de Medici. Despite daunting obstacles, Henri's devotion to Diane never wanes; their passion becomes one of the most legendary romances in the history of France.
After years of dangerous fighting on the Peninsula, Captain Jack Carrington has returned home to take up family duties and find himself a wife. But his life is thrown into turmoil when he views a fencing lesson unlike any other. The talented student is no student at all, but a beautiful young woman, and the most infamous courtesan in all of London-Lady Belle.Who is the mysterious Belle? A jaded cyprian seeking her next protector? A kind friend helping those in need? Or a mistress of sensual delights that tempt a man to madness? Eager to uncover the true woman behind the facade, Jack wagers he can win a kiss from Belle if he bests her at fencing. And though Belle is a woman he can neither afford to keep nor dare to marry, he's willing to risk it all to win her to his bed.
Can a bold-faced lie lead to everlasting love? One by one, the impetuous heroines in the Wicked Deceptions series intend to find out, each in her unique way. . .How to seduce an estranged husband--and banish debt!--in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps... 1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London's leading courtesan. 2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton. 3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband. 4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voila, your future is secure! For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a tempestuous flirtation escalates into full-blown passion--and the feeling is mutual! Could the man the Courtesan Duchess married actually turn out to be the love of her life?
Uncovered: a list of noblemen's names-each one guilty of treason To save his family legacy, Rafe Densmore must seize a courtesan's infamous register. No one can ever know how his father betrayed his country! One person stands in Rafe's way-the beautiful Cornelia, Comtesse de Vane. In the card rooms of Paris, Rafe and Cornelia made an unbeatable...intimate team. Until, convinced of Rafe's desertion, desperate Cornelia married an elderly comte. Now, returning to London an impoverished widow, she'll do anything to possess the register. Even if that means becoming Rafe's partner once again.... "Lee's novel hits the sweet spot." -RT Book Reviews on Engagement of Convenience
TO RESTORE HER REPUTATION, SHE MUST FIRST DESTROY IT...When Dianthe Lovejoy is accused of murdering a courtesan who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, she must go into hiding. And the only man who can protect her is her enemy-notorious rake and gambler Lord Geoffrey Morgan.Owing a debt of honor to her relative, Lord Geoffrey reluctantly takes in the meddlesome miss. But when he learns of her plan to masquerade as a courtesan to unmask the villain, he vows to put a stop to the ridiculous scheme. Thinking that training Dianthe in the courtesan arts will scare her off, Geoffrey discovers that he's met his match. Especially when Dianthe practices her newly acquired wiles on him....
First in a sexy new series featuring a match-making courtesan.Lady Sophia Dalby, everyone?s favorite courtesanturned- countess, faces her toughest match-making case yet: her own obstinate daughter.
In Courtesan's Kiss, an independent woman is determined to make her way in the world-even if it's a scandalous one. But first she must escape a nobleman with plans of his own. In the wake of a broken engagement and shunned by the ton, Mia Castellano does not retire to the country, as a proper young lady might, but sees her chance to escape society's restraints-by becoming a courtesan. In her mind, no unmarried young woman is as free as a courtesan. She alone controls her destiny: managing her own money, having her own house, choosing her lovers. There's only one obstacle in Mia's path-Lord David Pennistan. As a favor to his brother, Lord David agrees to escort Mia to his family's home in Derbyshire, where her guardian awaits. Mia attracts nothing but trouble from the outset of their journey, yet with every adventure they share, Lord David's desire for his charge grows. When they're caught in a compromising situation, Lord David insists that she marry him. But there's only one thing Mia wants from David, and it isn't his charity or his title. Can he convince her before it's too late that the love she wants is already hers-to take or to lose forever? Can he win more from this untamed beauty than just a courtesan's kiss?
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