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Guarding Jeannie The Protector: Sam Dundee The cynical bodyguard was hired to protect Jeannie Alverson from an overzealous religious fanatic. But when he saw the love and trust in her eyes, he realized that he was the one who would need protection.... Blackwood's Woman The Protector: J. T. Blackwood He had come to New Mexico in search of a peaceful vacation. And then he met beautiful Joanna Beaumont, who was being stalked by a dangerous killer - and he knew that relaxing was one thing this trip was not going to be.... Roarke's Wife The Protector: Simon Roarke Cleo McNamara was in desperate need of both a bodyguard and a husband - and clearly, she thought she'd found a two-for-one deal in Simon. But was their pretend game turning all too real?
SHE WAS A STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND. . . . Jenny Sherman had come to the Eagle Rock Mission to share her knowledge and her God with the people of the Apache reservation. She had anticipated their resistance, but she hadn't planned on learning a lesson of her own. Ram Scheval, the local sheriff, had seen her world, but in the end he'd returned to the land and the people he loved. Jenny was as intrigued with him as with his heritage. Would she ever gain the trust of these people and the one man who carried on the legend of their proud spirit?
A male T.V executive is shipwrecked with a repressed married woman and a plain, shy, androgynous one.
Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At thirty, she's living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes. As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten not just by the town's beguiling mix of ancient and modern, but by the welcome she receives. In this small town near Galway Bay, strife is no stranger, strangers are family, and no one is ever too busy for a cup of tea or a pint. And though her new job presents challenges-from a meddling neighbor to the pub's colorful regulars-there are compensations galore. Like the freedom to sing, joke, and tell stories, and in doing so, find her own voice. And in her flirtation with Ronan McBride, the pub's charming, reckless former owner, she just may find the freedom to follow where impulse leads and trust her heart-and her luck-for the very first time. . . Praise for Mary Carter's My Sister's Voice"At once a story about love and loss, family and friends, the world of the hearing and that of the deaf, My Sister's Voice satisfies on many levels. " --Holly Chamberlin, author of The Family Beach House "Gripping, entertaining and honest. This is a unique, sincere story about the invisible, unbreakable bonds of sisterhood that sustain us no matter how far they're buried. " --Cathy Lamb, author of Henry's Sisters
9 MONTHS LATER Moonstruck? Dr. Danni Goodlove would like to blame everything on the moon. If it hadn't been full that night, maybe the emergency room would have been quieter. Maybe one of the E.R. doctors would've had time to patch up firefighter Matt Creed. Maybe Danni could have stayed in Labor and Delivery where she belonged instead of attending Matt's injuries-and struggling to control her own heart rate. She might be able to blame that night on the full moon. But how could she explain what happened next? Matt's showing up at her medical convention in the Caribbean. His crazy proposal, her equally crazy acceptance and an unusual marriage ceremony-followed by her new husband's tender lovemaking. And now, just a the doctor's regaining her senses, she's having a baby....
After an unforseen one night stand with arrogant, rival editor Darryl Horak. Magazine editor Belle Martens discovers that she's pregnant. It's an unlikely match when the two move in together, but soon they're drawn together by the passion that had started it all. What will happen when Belle reads Darryl's article on "Why Fathers Make Better Parents"?
A deliciously decadent glimpse inside a day salon that also caters to the sexual fantasies of its affluent clientele. Behind closed doors, the Pure Paradise salon secretly offers a more salacious menu of services for its discerning clients. While the company is raking in the dough, its proprietor Milan cultivates her own personal Rolodex of willing men and women who crave to indulge her most voracious desires. It would seem as if Milan has it all, but she wants more. For Milan, the ultimate catch would be the elusive Hilton Dorsey, an unreasonably handsome, former football player. But her relentless, irrational pursuit of the golden boy has caused Milan to neglect her financial benefactor, jeopardizing her budding empire. Will her obsession with Hilton Dorsey be her ultimate downfall? National bestselling author Allison Hobbs returns with another heart-thumping erotic adventure with Pure Paradise, a thrilling novel that caters to the sensual tastes of a diverse audience that is sure to leave readers begging for more.
As quiet and dangerous as a jungle cat, achieving the impossible is one of Luc Garnier's defining characteristics. Princess Gabrielle is invaluable- a pearl beyond price. Yet Luc has defied the odds, and a contract for marriage is drawn up. This will be a union on paper first, and in the bedroom later... Except Gabrielle is just the same in private as in public- well-bred, well behaved and a credit to her country. Luc is determined to find the wanton within and leave his pure princess in total disarray!
Horse trainer Aidan McKenna had the sight, the ability to glimpse into the future. He also had a family curse that threatened the life of any woman he loved. So when the dreams began-searing, erotic dreams starring his new partner, Cat Clarke-he resisted his fierce desire with all his strength. Because Aidan knew the dangers of ever falling in love again.Aidan and the beautiful horse breeder had staked everything on their racing venture. But when Cat's missing stable manager turned up dead, it became clear they had more to lose than races. If he couldn't stop himself from loving her, Aidan knew he had to find a way to defeat destiny to save the woman of his dreams.
England is under the rule of Oliver Cromwell, and young Lucinda Carstairs, daughter of a Royalist family, is in a state of limbo as her betrothed, James Happington, is in exile in Europe with Charles Stuart. Lucinda unwittingly attracts the eye of their elderly neighbour, Ezekiel Watkins, a Puritan who acquired his estate through his support of Cromwell, and when her brother is seen on a secret visit home to raise money for the Royalist cause, Watkins uses this to blackmail her into marriage, and to her horror she finds that his puritanical mask hides a monster of depravity, and that her life with him is a living hell. But on the news that Charles has been restored to the throne after Cromwell's death, the loathsome Watkins dies of apoplexy and she is free to marry her beloved James - only to find he has acquired somewhat 'exotic' tastes whilst abroad, and things may have gone very much from bad to worse. The final straw comes when James takes to using Lucinda to entertain his associates and settle his gambling debts, and so she must at last try to find a way to freedom and independence...
Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable-it felt like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging.... The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice. Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen. ABSOLUTE PURITY ACHIEVED And when a second man dies under near-identical circumstances, Eve starts racking her brain for answers and the courage to face the impossible ... that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man....
Fashion sleuth Haley Randolph is back for another murderous romp with the stylish set at Holt's Department Store. . . When Haley arrives at the Holt employee luncheon and fashion show, she spies a sick server hiding in a back room. Deciding to help out, Haley grabs a uniform. The catered array of food and personalized fruit bouquets from Edible Elegance is a hit until top fashion model Claudia Gray is found dead in the ladies room. Now, it's going to take more than a Chanel sample sale to ease Haley's panic once she learns Claudia's been poisoned. For someone thinks murder is the height of fashion--with Haley's name on the label. "A quick read with lots of humor. " --Booklist "A solid mystery. " --Publishers Weekly "Haley Randolph is a hoot. There is no way to get through Howell's latest without laughing out loud at least once a chapter. " --Romantic Times"A treat for those with a passion for fashion. No doubt this sassy heroine's in for a long run. " --Kirkus Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards weaves a complex tale of a political conspiracy at the highest level of government, with a steamy love affair between protector and prey. When rookie lawyer Jessica Ford gets the call from her boss, John Davenport, the senior partner at the illustrious law firm for which she works, she can tell he is well on his way to being drunk. He needs Jess to meet First Lady Annette Cooper, for whom Davenport is a personal lawyer, at a Washington, D.C., hotel. Jess is thrilled: this high-profile assignment must mean that she's earned her boss's trust and she's on her way to bigger things. But unfortunately, bigger isn't always better. Jess doesn't remember much--only that in the course of the late-night meeting with Annette Cooper, she ended up in the backseat of a car, speeding off into the darkness. All Jess knows is that the car crashed en route, and the other three passengers were killed, including the First Lady. Badly injured, Jess is the only survivor of what is trumpeted around the world as a tragic accident. Although she has no memory about the events leading up to the accident, Jess is still bothered by one question: Was it really an accident? The Secret Service agent on the case, Mark Ryan, gets the feeling that Jess is hiding something. As his suspicions grow, Jess's world starts falling apart. First, she is brutally attacked in the hospital, barely escaping with her life. Then her boss dies under questionable circumstances. In fact, everyone who might possibly know the details about the First Lady's last few hours starts turning up dead. And then Jess understands: If she remembers that night, she'll be dead too. Terrified and certain that the First Lady's death was no accident, Jess has only Mark Ryan to turn to. . . .
From the New York Times bestselling author of Guilty When the First Lady dies in a fiery car crash, rookie attorney Jessica Ford is the only survivor of the tragedy. As the nation mourns, Ford has reason to believe it wasn't an accident. One by one, others in the First Lady's inner circle are being killed. Jessica must find out why- before she's next. .
What lengths would a young lady go to in her pursuit of the perfect match? And how far would a gentleman go to stop her? Cassandra Effington is one of the most delicious debutantes to ever waltz across a London ballroom. But while her identical twin sister Delia is now wed, Cassandra is still unclaimed, and everyone agrees her standards are entirely too high. So how could she possibly lose a most unseemly wager with the handsome, scandalous Viscount Berkley? The proposition: She will find him an ideal bride well before he finds her the perfect match. But Lord Berkley intends to be very hard to please. He's already chosen the right woman, and no lady Cassandra puts forward to him will be perfect enough save the luscious Cassandra herself. And he'll do whatever it takes to make certain no gentleman he introduces her to is enticing enough, until she realizes that the perfect object in her pursuit of marriage is none other than the viscount himself.
Never Say "Never" To Passion. . . Lizzie Paxton's dream in life is to be a widow--if only she could skip the wedding and the husband. When her childhood friend Captain James Marlowe proposes a marriage in name only, she accepts, knowing she'll have the independence she craves once he sets sail. Though James is the only man Lizzie trusts, she doesn't trust the scintillating desire he evokes in her. James knows he shouldn't get involved with anyone, especially with his uncertain future. But he just can't help himself when he overhears Lizzie's declaration. Though he's promised her a marriage of convenience, he wastes no time in seducing her and taking her over the precipice of desire. Yet not even his beautiful wife can deter him from his cause. But when Lizzie discovers her husband has deceived her, James must choose between devotion to duty and loyalty to the woman he cannot live without. . . "Intrigue, sensuality and romance collide. " --Jenna Petersen "Elizabeth Essex's The Pursuit Of Pleasure is elegant, evocative, and absolutely dangerous to a good night's sleep. " --Courtney MilanWhen not re-reading Jane Austen, sipping tea or mucking about her garden, Elizabeth Essex can be found at her computer, making up stories about people who live far more interesting lives than she. It wasn't always so. Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classical Studies and Art History and then earned her MA from Texas A&M University in Nautical Archaeology, also known as the archaeology of shipwrecks. While Elizabeth loved the adventurous life of a working archaeologist, after writing and reading all those dry, dusty reports on ship construction, she would daydream about how lovely it would have been if only someone had fallen in love on just one of those ships. And so now she writes stories about just that. Elizabeth lives in Texas with her family.
What was to be a grand adventure for Melissa MacGregor -- an escape from the wilds of her Scottish home into the whirl of the London social scene -- seems to pale before the promise in the passionate gaze of Lincoln Ross Burnett. Though they exchange but a few words before parting after a chance encounter on her grandfather's lands, Melissa instantly knows this bold stranger is her destiny, while Lincoln realizes his heart has been claimed forever and he will never be complete until Melissa MacGregor is his bride. But there are serious obstacles impeding the well-smitten Viscount Cambury's pursuit of glorious romance: sixteen of them -- all big and brawny, six named Ian and all named MacFearson. The bane of Lincoln's youth, Melissa's stifling, disapproving uncles are now determined to rob him of his newfound happiness. Yet he is equally resolved to confront the peril -- and to pursue his exquisite obsession all the way to London. . . and to the ends of the earth, if necessary.
Though confined by prison walls, King Crawley was a powerful man. Still able to call the shots. Still able to give worse than he got. Revenge was justice. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth-and a mind for a mind. He plotted a unique kind of murder in which death would come long before the body gasped its last breath. One in which killer and victim would be one and the same. Sydney Raferty was his target-and through her, he would make her father pay. His weapon was undetectable, untraceable, because it didn't belong in any arsenal. Nevertheless, it was capable of total annihilation. King Crawley's weapon was love. Sydney Raferty was King Crawley's first victim. There were two others on his list: Dakota Raferty and Asia Raferty. For Crawley, revenge is sweet. KING CRAWLEY He nursed a hatred so strong, prison walls couldn't contain it. Powerful and cunning, he vowed to do to her what had been done to him SYDNEY RAFFERTY LORD In one short day, she had become wife... and widow. Soon, even the memory of her brief happiness began to fade. Now it was replaced by confusion and terror. It couldn't really be her husband's voice she heard calling out to her in the night shadows-or could it? BENNO DEMARTINO He was her dark knight, whose desire for his best friend's widow was matched by fear that his love was cursed. For he, too, was haunted-by a secret he had buried in the past.
When Grace Hammond's parents die in a double suicide, Grace inherits a house no one in the family even knew existed.
QUADRUPLETS ON THE DOORSTEP captures not only the joys and challenges of caring for four infants, but also the dangerous emotional waters and depths such care entails. Will unmarried April Sullivan be able to keep the infants?
Shelby Chapelle was a loner whose ideal night involved old sci-fi flicks and chocolate. But last year, she met the tall, tattooed Becca Gallagher and her life changed. Together with Goth-poet Amber Fellerman and number-obsessed Elisa Crunch, they formed the Queen Geek Social Club and set out to find others of their kind. FIRST RULE OF THE QUEEN GEEKS, NEVER LET GUYS GET IN THE WAY. This year, Becca has big plans for the Queen Geeks. She thinks working on the club's website and planning GeekFest (a talent show of geek-tastic proportions) should be Shelby's number one priority. Guys have always been strictly secondary to the goal spreading geekiness to every corner of Green Pines High School... and then the world! But sophomore year heats up when Shelby is swept off her feet by the karaoke stylings of a guy named Fletcher. Then Becca and Amber fall for the same guy, which results in a cursed love triangle. (Or a doomed love rhombus, if you count Shelby and Fletcher.) The going can get tough when Queen Geeks fall in love, but Shelby knows that being true to your inner geek is the most important thing. That, plus peace, love, and chocolate.
It's not easy being the Queen of Broken Hearts. Just ask Clare, who has willingly assumed the mantle while her career as a divorce coach thrives. Now she's preparing to open a permanent home for the retreats she leads, on a slice of breathtaking property on the Alabama coast owned by her mother-in-law. Make that former mother-in-law, a colorful eccentric who teaches Clare much about love and sacrifice and living freely. When Clare's marriage ends in tragedy, her work becomes the sole focus of her life. While Clare has no problems helping the hundreds of men and women who seek her advice to mend their broken hearts, healing her own is another matter entirely. Falling in love again is the last thing she wants. So when Lex--a charismatic, charming, burly sea captain--moves to town to run the marina, Claire insists they remain friends and nothing more. But even though she fights it, she begins to fall for him only to find she has a rival, his estranged wife Elinor.
Hidden among the remote hills of eighteenth-century England lives a powerful clan of shape-shifters who've become the stuff of myths and legends. They are thedrákon--supersensual creatures with the ability to Turn from human to smoke to dragon. Now a treacherous new enemy threatens to destroy their world of magic and glittering power. For centuries, they thought themselves alone at Darkfrith, but the arrival of a stunning letter from the Princess Maricara sent from the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania suggests the existence of a lost tribe ofdrákon. It is a possibility that the Alpha lord, Kimber Langford, Earl of Chasen, cannot ignore. For whoever this unknown princess may be, she's dangerous enough to know about thedrákon's existence--and where to find them. That, as Kimber can't help but concede, gives her a decidedly deadly advantage. And, indeed, it wouldn't be long before Maricara breached the defenses of Darkfrith and the walls around Kimber's heart. But the mystery of the princess's real identity and the warning she has come to deliver, of a brutal serial killer targeting thedrákonthemselves, seem all but impossible to believe. Until the shadowed threat that stalks her arrives at Darkfrith, and Kimber and Maricara must stand together against the greatest enemy thedrákonhave ever faced--an enemy who may or may not be one of their own. They have no choice but to yield to their passionate attraction for each other. But for two such very differentdrákonleaders, will an alliance of body and soul mean their salvation, their extinction...or both? From the Hardcover edition.
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