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New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's beloved story about how the hardest mistakes can sometimes lead to the best surprises...From the moment a baseball smashes through his window, banker Adam Barrington's life is never quite the same. The guilty party, an eight-year-old tomboy, soon turns his household upside down. But that shock is nothing compared to when Adam discovers who Billie's mother is...Jane Southwick knows that coming back home won't be easy, and that living next door to Adam again will be sweet torture. But it's pure joy to see the delightful bond growing between him and her daughter-despite the guilty secret that clutches at Jane's heart.
His secret son... Tyler Whitmore has returned home after nine years to claim his half of the family ranch. Brianne is right to be nervous. When Tyler left he had taken more than her innocence--he had taken her dreams and her heart. But unbeknownst to Tyler, he had left Brianne something in return--a baby! Daniel is her pride and joy. But then, eighteen and pregnant, Brianne had been forced to marry the only man who had asked her--Tyler's brother, Boyd. But now her husband is gone and Tyler is back in town. The years have been more than kind to him. Tyler is as devastatingly attractive as ever. But if he'd never forgive her for marrying Boyd--what would he do if he ever discovers the truth about Daniel?
When Kenzie Green relocates to Atlanta, she isn't looking for a man to complete her family. Then she meets her enigmatic new neighbor across the hall. Jonathan Trelauney seems to know just how to handle Kenzie's domestic handful. And her kids are already falling in love with the widowed artist. Kenzie's twin son and daughter are shattering his peace. . . and JT loves every minute of it! They're slowly but surely bringing him out of his reclusive shell. Now he'd like to do the same for their independent single mom. Can JT make Kenzie see that he's a man she can count on? That he can be the husband and father her family needs?
The Cowboy's New Family Widow Abby McDonald is pregnant with twins, suddenly homeless and has nowhere to go. When her late husband's army buddy offers her a temporary haven at his family ranch in Buffalo Gap, Abby accepts the handsome cowboy's hospitality. She knows that Cade Lebret, an honorable man with a complicated life on the Double L, is just "doing the right thing." But when a needy foster child joins their makeshift family, Abby begins to see what a kind, loving father figure Cade is. Suddenly she's dreaming of making the Lebret family ranch her home forever. Family Ties: Bundles of joy bring couples together.ster child joins their makeshift family, Abby begins to see what a kind, loving father figure Cade is. Suddenly she's dreaming of making the Lebret family ranch her home forever. Family Ties: Bundles of joy bring couples together.
"WILL YOU HELP ME HELP MY SON?" The beseeching words were spoken by the most enchanting woman police chief Carlo Garibaldi had ever encountered. But Samantha Underwood was offlimits, the widow of an officer he'd lost during his watch. Now she stood before him, enlisting his help to make her boy smile again. Carlo's gut told him to refuse, but in his heart, his very soul, he wanted to be a hero to mother and son. He couldn't resist trying to coax quiet Jeffrey to talk again, laugh again, be a little boy. And he couldn't resist falling for the one woman he didn't have the right to love...
THE KISS THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING When an innocent kiss turned passionate, Sean Fitzpatrick was shocked to find that girl-next-door Katie Malloy had grown into a fiery woman. And she wanted him to find the right daddy candidate to father her child! This was a lot to absorb in one day. Katie had given up on finding Mr. Right. She just wanted a baby. And despite that one heart-melting kiss with Sean, she could see him only as the best friend a girl could have. So why was her traitorous romantic heart saying Sean was the Mr. Right for her baby-making plan...?
A medical mistake. . . Thanks to his desire to leave behind a genetic legacy--and thanks to a blue-eyed beauty named Rachel Reilly--Jack Sawyer now had a son. He knew he had no right to play daddy, but he was determined to make sure this woman, whom he had never met, was a loving parent. led to the family he'd always wanted! Rachel was unaware that Jack was the sperm-bank donor who had fathered her baby. She only knew that her reaction to the strikingly handsome man who had suddenly appeared in her life was unfamiliar. . . and undeniable. But what would she do when she learned that attraction wasn't the half of what had brought them together?
How is Brent Runyan supposed to reach his troubled nephew? The workaholic businessman knows nothing about providing a real home to the orphaned boy who needs him so much. Special education teacher Molly Manning thinks the answer is threefold: love, time--and a dog. But Brent can barely let his nephew into his heart, let alone a golden retriever. With his tragic past, Brent knows what can happen when you love anything: you can lose it. Until Molly asks this dad-in-training to start with the basics by letting her stay. . . forever.
His daughter needs her mother. And Gavin Gray will do anything for Tory--even reunite with the woman who abandoned them. That's the only reason they've moved to Squam Lake, his ex-wife's last known address. Now it's a waiting game. That game has suddenly gotten more complicated. Because of Allison Bennett, the next-door neighbor he never expected to fall in love with. Just as their future looks promising, his ex-wife returns with a past that haunts them all.
With his Dreams Come True foundation, Ethan Fox turns wishes into reality. Amazing trips. Meeting heroes. But Ethan has come to care deeply for a sick boy whose dream is. . . ;a dad. And not just any dad: Ethan. Though little Cooper has a great chance of getting well, widowed Ethan can't chance loving-and losing-again. Yet he's spending time with the sweet boy and his lovely, strong single mother, Lexie Carlson. Could a little boy's wish for a dad of his own come true after all?
FOR THE CHILDREN FATHER FOUND Ten years ago, Chessa Margolis thought one lie wouldn't hurt anyone. But when little Bobby tracked down the dad on his birth certificate, Nick Purcell appeared--claiming his newfound son! Chessa knew she and Nick had never actually met, but Bobby longed for a father, and Nick desperately wanted to be one. Yet she never thought they'd grow so close...and the last thing she expected was to fall for Nick herself... But the closer she and Nick became, the more Chessa had to lose. She knew before long she'd have to reveal the truth...and risk losing Nick... Sometimes families are made in the most unexpected way!
WHEN FATE STEPS IN... Joe Delacamp was speechless. Louisa Clancy was the last person he'd expected to see when he walked into the sweet-smelling Perry Square bake shop. She was just as beautiful as he'd remembered, but it wasn't until the E.R. doc caught a glimpse of her green-eyed little boy that he realized that Louisa's whereabouts weren't the only thing she'd been keeping secret for the last eight years. Now he needed to figure out a way to win the trust of the little boy he never knew he had -- along with the heart of the woman he'd never stopped loving....
A Convenient Christmas FatherHe claimed he was no Santa, so why had Nick Clark made Faith Hewitt's Christmas wish come true? After charming her son, single-handedly saving the Christmas pageant and making the usually staid Faith swoon at the most inappropriate moments, he'd gone and proposed marriage! She knew Nick's offer had only been to secure her son's future. What would a dashing bachelor like Nick want with a once-upon-a-time wallflower? Yet, as the time ticked away on their marriage clock, Faith desperately wanted her husband of convenience to stay. . . and let her become his wife in every way.
One of the most powerful icons for gay men is the hunky, rough-hewn, authoritative daddy figure, who can offer hot kisses, warm embraces, and a firm hand with equal intensity. This collection of erotic stories reveals the unique sexual and emotional bonds between these older daddies and younger gay men: from twinks hankering for silver foxes to men with the meat of years on their bones mentoring spunky lads just coming out. Everything goes in these stories, from the sexually playful to the wistfully romantic, to hardcore S/M, to role playing, to extreme kink. Written by such masters of the genre as Doug Harrison, Jeff Mann, Xan West, Barry Alexander, Dale Chase, Shaun Levin, and more, these sizzling stories explore the world of men who may differ in age but have the same thing on their mind.
Oliver Watson's world suddenly dissolves around him when Sarah, his wife of eighteen years, returns to Harvard to get her master's degree. Oliver is left on his own, with three children and a freedom he never wanted and doesn't completely understand. His family's needs and demands suddenly consume his life. When Oliver's mother is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease and dies soon thereafter, Oliver's father's life is changed as well. Braver than his son with less of a future before him, George Watson, at seventy-two, quickly embraces new relationships and, eventually, a new life. The sudden changes come as a shock to both father and son. Ben, Oliver's oldest son, rejects his father and reaches outward, under the illusion that he is grown-up and can make it on his own. Melissa, the middle child, blames Oliver for her mother's desertion. And Sam, the "baby," is too shaken to deal with it at all. Now the only parent, Daddy must somehow cope this, his troubled family and explore a world of new responsibilities, new women, and new experiences. Each of the three men must start a new life: Oliver in New York and then in Los Angeles with his children; once he faces the biggest change in his life; his widowed father with the woman next door; and seventeen-year-old Ben with his girlfriend and baby. Nothing is as it was before... nothing is as they once thought it would be. But in the end, different is better... different is more... for each of them--and especially for "Daddy." (From the Paperback edition.)
Not getting far in the game of love? Have we got the course for you! DADDY 101 Results guaranteed. There were rules about men like Alex Bradlee. Alex had inherited more than dazzling looks and an awe-inspiring income from his dad. He's also gotten a set of rules: secrets for playing love like a game and always keeping the winning hand. Simple and direct, the rules had served Alex well...until a magazine ranked him "sexiest man in the world" and he met Dani Jacobson. Dr. Dani took one look at the guy in her waiting room and made an instant diagnosis. Trouble. Dani had some rules of her own, particularly about men like Alex. Rule number one: Run, don't walk, away. But Dani's daughter had other ideas...
Double trouble! Jared Hunter came back from an overseas trip to discover that he had not one, but two adorable two-year-old daughters he'd known nothing about! Desperate, he begged help from the one employee in his office who knew how to look after children--Cassandra Bowles. It wasn't long before Cassie fell in love with the twins and Jared, but when he asked her to marry him she was furious! She couldn't deny the attraction between them, but how could she make him see that marriage had more to do with love than with baby-sitting skills? DADDY BOOM Who says bachelors and babies don't mix?
FOLLOW THAT BABY MUCH ADO ABOUT BABIES Amanda Lucas delivered soft, sweet-smelling babies and soothed anxious moms-to-be. She did not break patient confidences--not even for strong, sensually appealing sweet talkers like Sam Arquette... The single dad wanted information on a missing mom-to-be...and he made it clear he wanted Amanda, too. And though she remained resistant where her patient was concerned, Amanda felt herself falling under Sam's spell. But for a woman who'd given up on dreams, could a ready-made family be just what this doctor needed?
This warm and inviting romance features the transformation of wealthy businessman Ethan Wheeler, who finds his faith renewed--and his love life enriched--when he works at a women's shelter run by Glory Weston.
Tanya Bledso couldn't wait to leave Crested Butte to chase dreams of Hollywood stardom. Now the single mom has returned to run the local theater and raise her daughter. But the peaceful, charming town she took for granted has exploded into a bustling tourist attraction, thanks to one man. Jack Crenshaw. Property developer extraordinaire. . . and her former high school sweetheart. Ten years hasn't cooled the heat between them. Worse, Jack is bonding with her daughter and giving her the crazy idea he'd make the perfect family man. But is he ready to forgive and forget the heartbreak of the past for the role he seems born to play?
He'd been leading a secret life for years. But Thad Kendall got quite the surprise upon his return home-a child he'd never known about. The spy had left Caroline Emerson for her own good, never realizing she'd been carrying his baby and had raised his son alone. Now that was all going to change. Caroline knew Thad had returned to solve the mystery of his parents' murder-not to rekindle their romance. But she never dreamed that having the only man she'd ever loved back in her life would put her and their son in grave danger. For now they'd become the targets of the Christmas Eve killer.
MOTHER-TO-BE Despite the screech of tires and the shattered glass, pregnant Stacy Patterson was aware that sexy Boyd Macauley had gotten her out of her car accident alive. But she had no money, no place to go, and too much pride to ask for help--until Boyd came to her rescue again. FATHER-BY-PROXY Boyd had vowed never to let another person get too close, yet fragile Stacy needed a place to stay. By day they prepared for the birth of her child, and by night they gave in to their overwhelming passions. He'd vowed that it was strictly temporary--but was he only fooling himself? MATERNITY ROW: The street where little miracles are born!
Ex-rodeo rider JD Gonzalez may be a poor Texas rancher, but he's not dumb. He knows that money can't buy love. So when Josephine Delaney arrives in Brandt's Corner and announces that her motherless nephew would be better off with her rich family in Chicago than on his father's run-down spread, no way will he relinquish custody of his son.Josephine has seriously underestimated the opposition. JD isn't a daddy because he has to be. He's a daddy because he wants to be-a daddy by choice. He'll never surrender his little boy.Soon there's something else JD won't surrender-Josephine Delaney herself!
SECOND CHANCE...Dr. Luke Jarrod remembered Madelyn Foster as a seventeen-year-old beauty with whom he'd shared one night of stolen passion. Nine months too late, he returned to discover she'd had his child but had been forced to give their daughter away. Now, after twenty years, Madelyn was back in his life, pregnant again, and needing his help desperately. Luke knew this was his chance to make good on the one truly wonderful thing that had ever happened to him. This amazing woman deserved a knight in shining armor. Could the wary Luke be both a father to her baby-and a man worthy of her precious love?
Parents of twins--and they'd never even kissed! But oh, Laura Edwards wanted to kiss Tom Aldrich. Until she realized it was more than coincidence that made their daughters so amazingly similar. Tom might be the biological father of the child Laura raised as her own! With a fertility clinic scandal brewing, Tom knew there was only one way to protect the girls: marriage! But Laura didn't want a husband--she wanted a saint. The woman was driving him to distraction and Tom would have to pull out the stops on seduction to convince her they should be a family by Christmas!