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Anything That Can Go Wrong . . . Nothing is going to go wrong. Ashley Miles has worked too hard for her independence to let some Bentley-driving hunk named Quinton Murphy interfere with her plans--or her freedom. Yes, the chemistry is phenomenal. Kind of scary, actually. But that's it. NO emotional commitments. . . . Will But he's SO wonderful--a woman could fall in lov . . . How did that happen? That wasn't part of the plan! But can she trust him? Really trust him? The man is just so mysterious. There's only one solution: put it all on the line and see what Quinton does when she tells him how she feels. And hope everything that can go wrong . . . won't . . .
Muscle Men is a celebration of the body beautiful, where men who look like Greek gods are worshipped for their outsized attributes. Editor Richard Labonté takes us into the erotic world of body builders and the men who desire them. These uninhibited stories are by the masters of the genre, including Jack Fritscher, Jeff Mann, Steven Bereznai, Tom Fuchs, and Ryan Field. At the gym, in the locker room, and especially in the steam room, the hunks who look hard, work hard, and play hard inspire fantasies the world over. Visit the masculine studs of Muscle Men to enjoy a taste of their strength and power.
Content with where life finds her, Drusie happily plans her future with Gladdie, her handsome fiance. Gladdie has a dream to own the store he works in, but money is hard to come by in Sunshine Holler, North Carolina. And then Gladdie's cousin, a successful record producer, hears Drusie sing and offers her the chance of a lifetime. Gladdie doesn't know what to think when Drusie and her sister head to the city to make a record and go on tour. Drusie says she's only doing this to help him buy that store. But what will happen when she hits the big time-and when other men start to appreciate his girl? Can their homespun romance survive a tangle with the glamor and excitement of city life and show business? Or will the underside of that business tear them apart?
Theresa Nichols is a red-blooded young woman-trapped in a red-hot dragon's body. Until the chance for a real-live date with her cyber boy toy Zeke sends her running to Satan to strike a deal. After all, when you've gone without sex for over two hundred years, a night of good lovin' is worth your eternal soul, right? Zeke Siccardi is a private detective trying to live a normal life--and outrun his dragon-slaying past. Not easy to do when his sexy online paramour turns out to be a dragon with a contract out on her life. Now Zeke has to protect a woman he was born to kill. But for the love of a fire-breathing sexpot, how hard could it be?
Margo Menlove loves everything Scottish-especially the legendary warrior hero Magnus MacBride. But while exploring in the Highlands she picks up a magical stone on the shore, and awakens to the sight of MacBride himself. And the reality may be much more dangerous-and passionate-than her dreams could ever be. .
Navigating the high seas as the female captain of a pirate ship means always being on your guard-especially when one takes a temptingly handsome slave on board.Captain Joelle Quint believes the slave claiming to be a cartographer can help her decipher the map her father left her when she was a child. She's spent years trying to unlock its truths, hoping that it holds the answers to a dark family secret.Sloan Ricker has no intention of remaining captive. When the fiery, red-headed captain offers him his freedom in exchange for solving her map, what begins as an opportunity to escape becomes a struggle to make the beautiful, intriguing Joelle his mistress in more ways than one.Amidst a battle with the Royal Navy and a first mate's jealousy, Joelle also fights her growing lust. And as much as he'd like to deny it, Ricker's desire for Joelle has overcome his initial disdain. To get the answers, independence and love that they both long for, Joelle and Ricker must relinquish control to each other...or die trying.75,000 words
Two good friends, two thorny problems. Kurt needs a wife to convince a judge he can provide a stable home for his son. Shelly wants a baby to love. She's had a crush on him for years. He's never thought of her as anything more than his best buddy. So when she offers him a solution to both their problems, he's not sure. But knowing she wants him changes everything, and pretty soon he can't keep his mind or his hands off her...
By the Year 2000: BABY! What have you resolved to do by the year 2000?Susan Kennedy's going to have a baby...by the time she turns forty. Which is in the year 2000. It's something she's wanted-planned-for the past decade. Now she's got everything she needs to go ahead. A nice home, a successful career, a loving family. Everything except for a husband.She used to have a husband-Michael Kennedy-and that's the man she wants for her baby's father. She only needs Michael's "biological" contribution, though.But then, when Susan's pregnant, she discovers two unexpected complications:1. She loves Michael more than ever and wants him to be her husband again-and a father to his child.2. There isn't going to be one baby, but two-she's having twins!
Liberty Wentworth may have abandoned Duke Forrester on their wedding day, but when she returns to Tulips, Texas, pregnant with his child, Duke knows he'll do anything to win her back. But how? Liberty's claiming he's as ornery as ever, and she can't live with a bullheaded man like him for the rest of her life. So Duke takes some advice from an unlikely source--the ladies of the Tulips Saloon. These women have brought him much pain with their meddling, but if he's ever going to marry the woman he loves, he'll have to follow their "recipe" for success. Because no matter what it takes, Duke is going to spend his life with Liberty--even if that means softening up around the edges. After all, a man has to do what a man has to do!
Secret identity . . . Denise Hadley is poised, elegant, and beautiful. Her best friend, Ginny Belasca, isn't any of these things, and she's always comparing herself to Denise. So when Ginny decides to do volunteer work for a teen phone hot line, Denise hopes that it will give Ginny some self-confidence. It looks as if she's right when Ginny helps a guy named Mike, who says he wants to meet her in person! But now Ginny's terrified that her looks won't meet Mike's expectations. In desperation, she asks Denise to meet Mike in her place. Denise agrees-and falls for Mike. Can Denise and Ginny's friendship survive a battle for the boy they both love?
She might be the last twenty-nine-year-old virgin in Greece, but Melina Kostos did not need her overprotective father and brothers handpicking her husband! So when American businessman and single dad Adam Blake proposed a convenient marriage on her terms, she accepted. By Zeus, their bargain gave her everything she wanted: a gold band, a little girl to love and a green card. So why wasn't it enough? Because Melina wanted to break her no-touching-in-private rule and make her husband her first. Because she didn't want to be just a child's friend, she wanted to have Adam's babies. Because she wanted the whole thing - big fat Greek wedding and all!
What happens when supernatural forces intrude on two honeymooner's wedded bliss? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural honeymoon stories.
WEREWOLVES, VAMPIRES, WITCHES, VOODOO, ELVIS-AND WEDDINGS AN "ORDINARY" WEDDING CAN GET CRAZY ENOUGH, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories. What's the seating plan when rival clans of werewolves and vampires meet under the same roof? How can a couple in the throes of love overcome traps set by feuding relatives... who are experts at voodoo? Will you have a good marriage if your high-seas wedding is held on a cursed ship? How do you deal with a wedding singer who's just a little too good at impersonating Elvis? SHAPE-SHIFTERS, WIZARDS, AND MAGIC, OH MY! Contains Spellbound by L. A. Banks, Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher, Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine, All Shook Up by P. N. Elrod, The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Ester M. Friesner, Charmed by the Moon by Lori Handeland, Tacky by Charlaine Harris, A Hard Day's Night-Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and ...Or Forever Hold Your Peace by Susan Krinard.
FROM THE BELOVED AUTHOR OF COURTING EDEN AND SWEET ENCHANTMENT COMES A BREATHTAKING TALE OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE SET IN 18TH-CENTURY MARYLAND, A PROSPEROUS NEW LAND WHERE PASSIONS ARE RIVALED ONLY BY DREAMS ... A MAN IN LOVE ... On the shores of the Chesapeake, Nicholas Talbot scans the faces of the disembarking passengers for his beloved Alyssa, the beauty who sailed from England to Maryland Colony to be his bride and mistress of his plantation. But to his utter shock, he finds himself facing her older sister Kate, who announces that Alyssa has fallen in love with another man and that she has come to take her place. ... WITH THE WRONG WOMAN Kate tries bravely to conceal her humiliation at Nicholas's cruel rejection. Her own traitorous passion for her sister's fiancé had won out when she was asked to travel to the Colonies in her sister's stead. Though the plight of Nicholas's orphaned nieces gives Kate a reason to stay, each day is an agonizing torment of unrequited desire. Then, just as a fragile trust begins to grow between Nicholas and Kate, Alyssa arrives in America, ready to claim what is hers--daring Kate to fight for the man and the love she refuses to surrender at any cost ....
Devastated on her wedding day by a shattering revelation, Melissa Corbin turned to a stranger with a brazen bargain: she would take his name in exchange for the power of the Corbin empire. Quinn Rafferty was shockingly handsome and used to command. His bold, generous heart was quickly roused to laughter, to anger...and to white-hot desire for the head strong, sable-maned beauty. Quinn's caresses kindled blazing starlight in Melissa's pounding blood...and soon there was no turning back. But above their happiness loomed a bitter man's vengeance that could destroy all that Quinn most cherished. Now Melissa and Quinn would risk their very lives for the glorious heights of ecstasy....
The dress, the flowers, the festivities--every woman dreams of the perfect wedding. But nothing matters more than your dashing groom. . . Border Bride by Shannon DonnellyEloping to Gretna Green was the only way spirited Claire Roxburgh could escape an arranged marriage to the sour elderly gentleman her father had chosen. But she didn't count on her betrothed bringing along his best friend, army officer Alan Carlton. And as her true love began to show his true colors, Claire began to wonder if Carlton should be the man standing with her at the altar. . . Love Lessons by Donna SimpsonWith nowhere else to go, penniless Linnet Pelham took refuge with her sister in London only to find that her sister's betrothal to Lord Cairngrove was the scandal of the ton. Linnet was determined to see the wedding take place, which meant convincing Cairngrove's brother Nic Barton that the union was right. Two more different people had never lived, yet Linnet couldn't help imagining another ceremony, with Nic as her own groom. . . Steal My Heart by Hayley SolomonWhen Lady Fern Reynolds confided in a sympathetic houseguest that she was considering running away to London to escape betrothal to an unknown suitor, she didn't expect him to offer her shelter. And she certainly didn't imagine tumbling for him, the Viscount Sandford. But that was the least of her surprises, as she discovered the wedding was to go on as planned--and her groom was strangely familiar. . .
Who Had Time for Marriage? Certainly not single mother Darian Conroy. Her career was at a turning point and her son was running wild. She hadn't given a thought to romance until wealthy cowboy Tom Steinbuck made a startling proposal. Who Ever Mentioned Love? Tom believed marriage to Darian would finally give him the heir he's always wanted. Since Tom was told he couldn't have children, Darian's family would become his own. But he hadn't figured on falling for his beautiful bride. And then the real surprise occurred....Who Said Anything About Having a Baby
The first novel in a seductive new medieval romance series A valiant warrior... Wearied by the violence of the Crusades, Simon, Knight of Lyan, is returning home to Ireland when he is attacked by a vampire and transformed into a creature of the night. His only chance for redemption is to find an ancient treasure of legend -- the power of which can restore his humanity. A brilliant beauty... Young Isabel of the Castle Charmot knows that her freedom and the preservation of her family's estate depend not only on her comeliness, but on an intricate deception of her own design. Thus far, her ruse has kept potential enemies and amorous suitors at bay -- until the mysterious visitor appears at her door, asking to explore the catacombs of her keep. A desperate desire... In each other, Simon and Isabel find the comfort and trust to share their separate secrets -- and a shared passion they never thought possible. But when the sinister creature that cursed Simon to darkness arises once more, the doomed knight must choose between saving his immortal soul and claiming the heart of the only woman he's ever loved....
From acclaimed author Jen Holling comes the second novel in a sensual new trilogy full of passion and intrigue about a trio of sisters with the remarkable gift of witchcraft. Gillian MacDonell has always felt lacking because, unlike her sisters, she did not inherit any mystical powers. But when her father arranges a match with notorious Nicholas Lyon, Earl of Kincreag -- a Scotsman rumored to have murdered his wife -- strange visions plague her like never before. From Gillian's first moment inside Kincreag Castle, she is filled with foreboding and when attempts are made on her life, she fears the rumors may be true. But their passion burns bright and Nicholas's cold heart starts to melt. Will his desire for her turn to wrath when he learns that she's really a witch after all?
Jemma Ramsden is a wild thing in a noblewoman's body-so thinks Gordon Dwyre, Laird Barras, watching her galloping on horseback through her brother's lands. Bold, headstrong, beautiful: the perfect bride for a lusty Scots warrior. He might be able to convince her, too, if she would hear his suit. But Barras doesn't wait to be handed what he wants. When he's forced to rescue her from English ruffians, he makes sure she stays safe-by locking her in his castle. Jemma is hardly an eager captive. She has no horse and no freedom, and she is an Englishwoman in a hostile Scots keep: a stranger without work or friend. Barras seems determined to charm her-even tempt forbidden desires, a daring game that leaves Jemma desperate for more. But with passion, love, and a new life within her grasp, Jemma is in more danger than even she knows. . . Praise for the Novels of Mary Wine". . . delightful characters and a charming romance. . . definitely a must-read. " -Heather Graham on In Bed with a Stranger"A bold and lusty hero, a brave heroine, and intrigue at the royal court of Scotland. . . sexy and exciting as the Highland hills themselves!" -Elizabeth Hoyt on In the Warrior's Bed
She is difficult, demanding, and at times, quite fierce. And Dr. John Blackmore can't take his eyes off her. The Countess of Randolph is the most striking woman he has ever seen. . . and the most infuriating patient he has ever tended. Mired in responsibility, Bathsheba doesn't have time to convalesce in the country. She should be in London, hunting for a wealthy new lover to pay off her late husband's vast debts, not dallying with a devastatingly handsome doctor. But it is only a matter of time until the good doctor and the obstinate countess will have to contend with the sparks that fly between them. And once their bodies surrender, their hearts may follow. . . Praise for Vanessa Kelly and Sex and the Single Earl"A sensual treat!" --Anna Campbell"Successfully marrying the tart wit of a traditional Regency romance with the steamy passion of today's Regency historicals isn't easy, but Kelly proves to be more than capable. " -Booklist "Guaranteed to satisfy even the most passionate romance reader. " --Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Plaid
Even a goddess can have a bad day. . . Keira, warrior-queen of the galaxy, is as famous for her beauty as she is for avoiding marriage. But when an upstart little planet called Earth threatens her world with its fleet of spaceships, the fate of her people lies in her hands. She must bind herself to a barbarian from the rogue world-or face the destruction of her own!She's what he never knew he always wanted-Confirmed bachelor Jared Jasper knows that the trick Earth pulls on the alien invaders isn't a permanent solution. What they need is a peace treaty. It just never occurs to him that he will wind up on the bargaining table. Playing the pushover groom to a mouthy alien babe who knows how to use a plasma sword is not exactly his idea of fun. But with six billion people depending on him, he doesn't have much choice-sleep with the enemy. . . or bring on interstellar war. Strange bedfellows? You bet. But this alliance may turn into a romance the likes of which this galaxy's never seen!
Dr. Gwyneth Berke has a perfect life. . . until one day she walks into her pantry, lets out a little scream of disbelief and begins the following list: What to do when you find out that your husband is in love with your interior decorator, Brad (or, A Midlife Crisis Checklist): --Get divorced (this is a must!) --Quickly discover a lifetime supply of humor (this will also help with your children and your mentally deteriorating father) --Stop sulking, show a little spirit and start a new life plan (also a must) --Recruit your two very dear, newly single friends to help you with it --Don't look back and enjoy the ride!
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