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How do you hold on to heaven? There's an angel watching over cowboy Trey Wheeler. After a nasty accident during a snowstorm last spring, a mystery woman saved Trey's life...and disappeared. Since then, he's been looking for his sexy savior. Now the Last Chance Ranch crowd has taken over the Serenity Ski Resort for a Christmas wedding and Trey realizes there's something familiar about the exquisite ski instructor.... Elle Masterson has no halo-just the love of her footloose-and-fancy-free lifestyle. And when she finds out the sinfully hot cowboy she rescued is staying at the resort, she's happy to indulge in a little holiday hanky-panky. Just as long as she can still take off for Argentina in the New Year. But after three days of heaven between the sheets, will this down-to-earth cowboy be able to let his guardian angel go?
Kent is stranded on his own ranch with the very alluring Brianne Gainsborough who is proving herself to be quite the cowgirl. Kent has a notion that she just might decide to brand his hardened heart.
A WOMAN NEVER FORGETS HER FIRST LOVER... Handsome cowboy Ryder McCall was everything sheltered virgin Ashley Bennet had ever wanted in a man. His rugged good looks and seductive Texas charm were impossible to resist. Little did she know that nine months after she relinquished her virtue, the stork would be delivering to her two tiny mementos! Ryder would rather eat his Stetson than take a wife. But when he discovered that Ashley carried his babies, Ryder vowed to make the mother of his children an honest woman. Could he hope for marital bliss after he said "I do"?
Saddle up for heartwarming contemporary tales of rugged cowboys and adorable babies with this specially themed bundle from Harlequin American Romance. COWBOYS & BABIES Volume 1 from Harlequin includes The Texas Ranger's Twins by Tina Leonard, A Baby in the Bunkhouse by Cathy Gillen Thacker and A Cowgirl's Secret by Laurie Marie Altom.
MARRIAGE...VEGAS-STYLETwo months ago Kate McDermot had left for Las Vegas a levelheaded virgin-and returned with a marriage certificate and a baby on the way. Experience had taught her Brady Brown would feel trapped by the news that he was going to be a father. So, in her baby's best interest, she'd wait to tell him until after they dissolved the union. But the more time she spent with her "temporary" husband, the harder it became not to reveal the truth hidden safe within her-and the feelings hidden in her heart.
Kira lit up Trace McKane's life when she said, "I do"-- but when no baby McKanes came, they lost sight of their precious bond. Now Trace is sleeping in the bunkhouse. But when their name reaches the top of the adoption list, he returns to stand firm and strong by his brave, beautiful wife's side. Kira is touched by how far Trace will go to make her dreams come true. Looking up at her husband as if for the first time, she realizes she has all the family she needs. It's then that she's given a miracle. . . .
More than a year had passed since FBI agent Carly Mills's partner disappeared without a trace. Then, just when she'd almost given up hope, she found him, working as a cowboy on a Texas ranch. But, incredibly, he had no memory of his true identity-or the shattering passion they had once shared. . . . ;She ached to take Witt Davidson in her embrace and tell him who he really was, what he had always meant to her. But what if he could never remember the sizzling desire that had constantly flashed between them? And what would he do when he learned of the beautiful child their love had created. . . ;?
No woman's going to hog-tie Creed Callahan into getting hitched. Even if it means losing his claim on Rancho Diablo, the New Mexico spread that one of six brothers will inherit- whoever marries and has the most children. Come hell or high water, Creed plans to be the last single man standing. Until sweet temptation comes knocking.... Preacher Aberdeen Donovan is just fine tending her flock and getting ready to adopt her three nieces. Her job description does not include saving some incorrigible cowboy from himself. But there's something about a little competition that makes the devil-may-care bachelor change his mind about needing a wife. And marriage would help Aberdeen provide a home for the little girls. Not to mention, for the little secret that's on the way....
THE COWBOY'S BONUS BABY -Creed Callahan swore that no woman was going to hog-tie him into getting hitched, but a little competition makes the devil-may-care bachelor change his mind about needing a wife. A wife like sweet Aberdeen Donovan. Marriage would help provide a home for the three little girls Aberdeen wants to adopt. Not to mention, for the little secret that's on the way.... THE BULL RIDER'S TWINS -Finding Daria Cameron warming his bed is a sight Judah Callahan will never forget. How can a red-blooded cowboy say no? Especially when Judah's desired Darla from afar for years. Only, now she's having his babies...and planning on tying the knot with another man. Over his dead body! Can he get her to believe in their future together?
WILD WEST WEDDINGS WITH ONLY FORTY-EIGHT HOURS TO LASSO THEIR MATES--IT'S A STAMPEDE...TO THE ALTAR! Some said he'd become hard, wild--untamed. But the once gentle Cody McKendrick had survived. A horse, the ranch and the big Montana sky were all he needed since Callie Sheridan had disappeared years ago only hours after they'd eloped. Now, his wily, wealthy Uncle Max, had fixed it so Cody would not only have to take a wife, but remarry his runaway bride--the same woman who'd taken this cowboy for a fool, stolen his heart and still owed him a wedding night...!
A sprained ankle at her going-away party postponed Carly Winter's departure from Elk Creek indefinitely. Suddenly she was looking at a very full house when new town doctor Bax McDermot and his daughter moved into her home...as scheduled...then moved into her life...something totally unexpected. Bax looked more cowboy than caregiver, but his rock-solid build belied the gentleness of his touch. His tender, loving caresses helped to heal Carly's wounded foot-and her wounded heart. But Carly had given up on men, convinced she'd find true happiness when she explored the world outside Wyoming. Only everything she could ever want was living under her very own roof...
Book 2 of Cowboys & BridesFrom New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a contemporary Western romance filled to the brim with sexy cowboys, gutsy heroines, and genuine down-home Texas twang.'Tis the season for...A pistol-totin' woman who's no angel A tough cowboy who doesn't believe in miracles Love that warms the coldest nightsAfter a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can't wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person. When he pulls in, there's Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.Lucas is unfazed. But wait...is that a BABY in her arms?Fans of Linda Lael Miller and Diana Palmer will thrill to this charming story of a Texas cowboy military veteran, the woman of his dreams...and the secret baby that binds them together.Cowboys & Brides Series Order: Billion Dollar Cowboy (Book 1, Cowboys & Brides) The Cowboy's Christmas Baby (Book 2, Cowboys & Brides) The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (Book 3, Cowboys & Brides) How to Marry a Cowboy (Book 4, Cowboys & Brides)Praise for Bestselling Contemporary Western Romances by Carolyn Brown: "Carolyn Brown created some handsome, hunkified, HOT cowboys! A fun, enjoyable, four-star-Christmas-to-remember novel."-The Romance Reviews "Full of sizzling chemistry and razor-sharp dialogue."-Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick 4 ½ stars "Makes me believe in Christmas miracles and long slow kisses under the mistletoe."-The Romance Studio
A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR? Returning to Crooked Valley is more terrifying than the battlefield to ex-soldier Duke Duggan. Still, Duke has an important reason to be back-to take control of his late grandfather's ranch. But being thrown headfirst into his old life makes Duke feel like a fish out of water. That is, until he sees Carrie Coulter again. Twenty years may have passed but the chemistry between them is stronger than ever. When Duke threatens to sell the ranch, Carrie, the foreman, realizes she could lose her livelihood. But no decisions will be made until after the holidays. Until then, they have time to explore the feelings that draw them to each other. Together, can they come up with a way to keep the ranch...and the burning love between them?
Christmas was tough for widow Jenna Wheeler and her four children. But even though she'd sold part of her family's land to make ends meet, she was determined to spin the holiday into the stuff of magic--no matter what it took. Now if she could only find a job. . . . Maybe her new landlord could oblige--gorgeous, child-averse Carson McRaven. He needed a chef, and he knew the lovely Jenna could do a bang-up job--if only she could keep her brood out of his hair. But as he found himself catapulted into the cheerful chaos of her family. . . not to mention Jenna's arms. . . he learned more about the spirit of Christmas than he'd ever dreamed.
One snowy Christmas, wedding bells ring!Penny Bradford has inherited her family ranch, but she has no idea how to run it! So she hires rugged rancher Jake Larson to train her up and show her the ropes. Jake thinks it will be easy--he'll run the ranch and hold Penny's hand until she realizes she isn't cut out for ranching. Trouble is, Jake realizes he doesn't want to let Penny's hand go!As the snow falls thick and fast, Christmas begins to work its magic on the boss and her rancher. . .
The Best Christmas Present Since the first grade, Holly Johnson has known that Ramon Rodriguez is the only man for her. But the carefree, determinedly single Texas cowboy with the killer smile doesn't have a clue. Until they share a dance and a kiss...and Ray finally sees his best friend for the woman in love she is. With his brothers racing each other down the aisle, Ray figured he'd be the last bachelor in Forever. That was before the night that changed his life. He can't believe the sexy, beautiful lady who arouses heart-stopping desire is his pal and confidante, and loving aunt to the most adorable little girl. Now that he realizes what he's been missing, Ray plans to make up for lost time...starting with the three little words Holly's waited thirteen years to hear.
CHRISTMAS MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! Cabe Jensen hates Christmas. After losing his beloved wife, the holidays are nothing but a painful reminder of all that was good in his world. When his best friend asks to get married at his ranch, Cabe has no idea that it's to be a Christmas wedding! The worst part is he has to work with Saedra Robbins-a friend of the groom-on the plans. And Saedra can't seem to stop herself from poking her nose everywhere, making him feel things he'd rather forget. Trouble is, he's not sure what Saedra's after. She makes herself at home around the place, and his daughter likes her. All Cabe knows is he can't stop thinking about kissing her....
No self-respecting cowboy wants to be a rich girl's dirty little secret. That's why Nick Benson left Grady Gulch, looking for greener pastures even as his heart was breaking. Little did he know that the beauty he left behind was carrying his child, a son. Or that his wealthy lover would be abandoned by her family because of their forbidden affair.Now Nick has returned, and he wants to be a father to little Garrett. But Courtney Chambers has been taking care of herself long enough to distrust their renewed passion. Her little boy is her life now. Only when he disappears, does she realize how dangerous love can be....
AN IRRESISTIBLE ATTRACTION... Years ago, Emma Reardon had transformed herself from a poor farmer's daughter to an independent career woman. And though she'd sworn to never look back, everything changed while interviewing Nick Barlow. For Emma was drawn to the charming rancher whose precarious lifestyle mirrored a past she'd wanted to forget. A FOREVER LOVE? Experience cautioned Nick to rebuff the beautiful city sophisticate who didn't understand his deep ties to the land--or his proud cowboy code. Yet, when impending danger brought them together, Emma's sassy spirit and soft vulnerability set his own pulse racing. Now the stakes were higher than ever as he put his heart--and their future--on the line...
YOURS, MINE...OURS The most handsome man in Texas had asked Megan Delaney to be his bride--well, his convenient bride. For when social services came a-callin' on the bachelor cowboy raising his adopted kid sister, Linc Stoner acted fact. And there Megan mysteriously was--a woman better suited to help raise the girl than anyone knew... Megan had come to Linc's ranch to make good on a promise. And before she could blink an eye, she'd fallen in love with Linc and had her heart stolen by his sister. But could she marry the man of her dreams with a gigantic lie standing between them?
Second Chance RanchShe was a woman in need of protection. But trust is the one thing feisty Grace "Red" Henderson is sure she'll never give to any man again-not even the cowboy who rescued her. Still, Ward Walker longs to protect the wary beauty and her little sister-in all the ways he couldn't safeguard his own family.Red desperately wants to put her tarnished past behind her. Little by little, Ward is persuading her to take a chance on Eden Valley, and on him. Yet turning his practical proposal into a real marriage means a leap of faith for both...toward a future filled with the promise of love.
IT WAS FATE... Destiny Saunders is tough, but being left at the altar makes even the toughest gals do some strange things. When she stumbles upon a stranded cowboy-Buck Owens Cash, the best thing to arrive in Lizard Gulch, Arizona, in a long time-she arranges things so they can have a little fun before he rides off into the sunset. The sexy, shapely auto mechanic is just one surprise after another, so Buck plays along to see what will happen. What happens is love...the kind that makes a man want to prove himself. Then Buck discovers Destiny's secret-one that will tie her to another man for the rest of her life. Betrayed, he returns to the rodeo circuit determined to forget Destiny...but fate has other plans!
WHAT EXACTLY DO COWBOYS DO BEST? Seduction. Chase McGuire knew he shouldn't seduce his new, pretty boss lady. But he wanted Summer Callahan in the worst way. Wanted to show her what his work-roughened hands would feel like, as they rolled in the prickly hay in the barn, tangled in the cool sheets in his bed... EVERYTHING, HONEY! No man had ever made Summer feel the way Chase did. But she was a forever kind of woman and he was a wandering man who'd never commit to one place or one woman. Could Summer take a sultry, torrid affair and turn it into happily-ever-after?
Round 'Em Up, Cowboy! Luke Tanner wasn't afraid of looking danger right in the eye. He'd wrestled his way through his share of ornery situation, and he'd never run from anything-or anyone-in his life! Except once...Jillian Crane was part of Luke's past. Her beauty tempted him, and her spirit awoke a passion in him that he swore never to give in to. But that was then...and now Jillian wasn't going to leave Luke's ranch refuge until she got her man. And there was nothing Luke could do to stop himself from losing his heart to her....
A Cowboy's Christmas Wish Noah Tanner had taken more hard knocks on the rodeo circuit than he cared to count, but nothing had ever thrown him for a loop like this! A chance encounter brought him face-to-face with Tess Montgomery-and the child he never knew he had.Now, after eight years of life on the road, he felt a hankering to settle down. Noah's cowboy luck hadn't failed him yet-and he'd make sure Tess saw that all he wanted was to spend this, and every Christmas to come, with her and their daughter....